July, 2008
The Mesa Unified School District
Is the State’s Largest
72,000
STUDENTS filled Mesa’s
7,372,000*
(Total Sq. Ft.)
SCHOOL BUILDINGS in
87
SCHOOLS & A VARIETY OF
FOCUS PROGRAMS on
1,390
200
July, 2008
ACRES OF LAND (at school sites)
SQUARE MILES.
A Menu of Services and Personnel
2008-2009
4,600
TEACHERS (includes all
certified contract employees)
instruct
72,000
STUDENTS with the
assistance of
5,700
July, 2008
OTHER WORKERS who
support instruction by offering
a variety of services (includes
all classified staff, contract and
non-contract)
A Menu of Services and Personnel
2008-2009
44,587
1,010
FOOD SERVICES
EMPLOYEES
(includes 504 student employees)
46%
FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH
(Based on Elementary Schools
enrollment)
130
July, 2008
MEALS served daily
8 million per year
NURSES AND HEALTH
ASSISTANTS
providing health services.
A Menu of Services and Personnel
2008-2009
420
67
1,366
138
26
471
735
31,000
20,000
7,500
463
July, 2008
EMPLOYEES providing a clean
healthy classroom environment
EMPLOYEES caring for
ACRES of grass, athletic fields &
courts
EMPLOYEES (Plumbers,
electricians, carpenters, painters,
refrigeration technicians and
other maintenance people) keeping
schools in good repair
MECHANICS (plus 38 staff
members) maintaining approximately
BUSES
BUS DRIVERS and other transportation
staff
MILES per day transporting
STUDENTS per day and
FIELD trips per year
VEHICLES, operations work trucks,
Food and Nutrition delivery trucks,
security vehicles
GRADUATES
CLASS OF 2008
Dobson
645
Mesa High
765
Mountain View
820
Red Mountain
816
Skyline
527
Westwood
583
EVA
Total Graduates
July, 2008
90
4,292
$41,803,837
In Scholarships
Offered to 1,121 graduating seniors
July, 2008
Points of Pride
Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education
recognized the district’s biotechnology program
with the Pathways to Higher Education Award.
We the People Team won the Arizona State
Championship for the 11th time in a dozen years.
The team won the national championship in 2002
and has placed among the top five nationally
several times.
Standard & Poor’s upgrade the district’s bond
rating to AA- from A+.
July, 2008
Points of Pride
Debra Duvall was named 2008 Arizona
Superintendent of the Year by the Arizona School
Administrators Association. Irene Frklich has been
selected to receive the Distinguished Administrator
Award for the Educational Services Division with the
Arizona Schools Administrators. Fredi Buffmire
received the award for the elementary division.
Mary Ann Price, principal of Roosevelt Elementary
Schools, was awarded the Mesa Professional
Educators award in recognition of outstanding
education leadership for 2007.
Dr. Cindy Gardner, Carson Junior High band
director, received the Arizona State University Music
Mentor Teacher Award.
July, 2008
Points of Pride
The district received a $1 million Teaching American
History grant.
Intel Corporation gave a $40,000 grant to the Mesa
Academy for Advanced Studies for a pilot to integrate
technology training, science and mathematics. The
Academy will be used as a training facility to model these
teaching techniques.
Las Sendas Elementary will be presented with an award
by the United Food Bank for having donated the most
food of all Mesa Elementary Schools - 3,000 pounds more
than any other Mesa elementary school.
Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education
recognized the district’s biotechnology program with the
Pathways to Higher Education Award.
July, 2008
Points of Pride
U.S. News and World Report named Dobson, Mesa,
Mountain View, Red Mountain and Skyline in its “Best
High Schools 2008 Search.”
America’s Promise Alliance named the district as No. 1
in graduation rates among the nation’s 50 largest cities.
Three students in the top 10 of the Maricopa County
Regional spelling bee.
Stapley Junior High’s National Academic League team
took second place in the national championship.
Crossroads won one of the three awards at the Model
United Nations for best festival of nations.
July, 2008
Points of Pride
Franklin Northeast received the 2007 No Child Left
Behind Blue Ribbon Schools Award.
Lehi Elementary recently received a grant from the
Friends of the Southwest Regional Library. Lehi
received $3,000 towards new books, with emphasis on
non-fiction books - an area of interest for Lehi
students. They also donated books for use in our new
and used book sale to support the Lehi Library
program. Rosanne Perry, Lehi Media Specialist was
the recipient of the grant.
Falcon Hill Elementary was a McDonald’s Readers
Are Leaders Award Winner and received a $1,000
grant to enhance their school library book collection.
July, 2008
Points of Pride
Implemented districtwide emergency management
program with training for site teams using Connect-ED
phone notification system and Rapid Responder
planning.
Implemented the Acuity and Turn Leaf programs
Intel Corporation gave a $40,000 grant to the Mesa
Academy for Advanced Studies for a pilot to integrate
technology training, science and mathematics. The
Academy will be used as a training facility to model
these teaching techniques.
Co-sponsored Latino Town Hall with Mesa Community
College and the Mesa Association of Hispanic Citizens.
Qwest Foundation donates $5,000 to the Mesa Arts
Center for students at Lowell Elementary to pilot a
program that will integrate arts into reading and social
studies lessons.
July, 2008
ENROLLMENT
TOTAL
July, 2008
TOTAL
YEAR
ENROLLMENT
YEAR
ENROLLMENT
1945
3,429
1996
70,318
1950
6,208
1997
70,000
1955
8,933
1997
70,793
1960
12,171
1999
72,125
1965
17,673
2000
73,738
1970
22,590
2001
73,981
1975
31,266
2002
47,507
1980
38,142
2003
47,737
1985
51,321
2004
74,916
1990
63,063
2005
71,851
1991
64,455
2006
74039
1992
65,952
2007
72,523
1993
67,488
2008
72,000
1995
70,098
ATHLETICS
State Championships*
Baseball
Football
Track
Softball
Cross Country
Soccer
Swimming & Diving
7
23
32
4
13
2
10
Basketball
Golf
Wrestling
Volleyball
Gymnastics
Tennis
*Represents both Boys and Girls from 1908 to present
July, 2008
25
14
5
4
7
6
ATHLETICS
July, 2008
5,635
Games, Matches and Meets were held
for students’ participation in sports
events
7,014
Students participated in interscholastic
athletics
NATIONAL MERIT
“Each year a total of some 55,000 high school students are
honored in the National Merit Program and the National
Achievement Program and more than 10,500 of the most
outstanding participants receive scholarships worth a total
of $50 million for college undergraduate study.”
-- National Merit Scholarship Corporation
2007-2008 National Merit Finalists
Dobson
8
Mountain View
5
Red Mountain
3
Skyline
2
July, 2008
PERFORMING ARTS
Mesa ninth through twelfth grade music
students earned 86 (43 percent) choral
positions, 22 (18.4 percent) band position
and 18 (16 percent) orchestra positions,
including winds, percussion and strings in
the 2007 All-State Music Festival of Honor.
Mesa students led All-State by holding 26
percent of the total positions.
July, 2008
PERFORMING ARTS
8,933
Number of students who participate in elementary
band and orchestra on a weekly basis
3,702
Number of students who participate in junior high
band, orchestra, and chorus on a weekly basis
551
Number of students who participate in junior high
guitar, theory, harp and steel drum programs on a
weekly basis
2,275
Number of students who participate in high school
band, orchestra, and chorus on a weekly basis
410
Number of students who participate in high school
guitar, theory, harp and steel drum programs on a
weekly basis
15,871
July, 2008
Total number of students who participate in
instrumental, vocal or other music classes on a
weekly basis
ACT and SAT
With an average composite score of 23.6 on the ACT,
Mesa students (2007 graduating class) scored well
above state (21.8) and national (21.2) averages
On the SAT, Mesa Public Schools Class of 2007
outperformed the previous class, as well as the state
and nation as follows:
MPS
Arizona
National
*Formerly Verbal
July, 2008
Critical
Reading*
526
519
502
Math
554
525
515
Writing
506
502
494
July, 2008
Mesa
Arizona
National
2006-2007
2005-2006
2004-2005
2003-2004
2002-2003
2001-2002
2000-2001
1999-2000
1998-99
1997-98
1996-97
1995-96
1994-95
1993-94
1992-93
1991-92
1990-91
ACT COMPOSITE SCORES
1990-1991 through 2006-2007
24.0
23.5
23.0
22.5
22.0
21.5
21.0
20.5
20.0
19.5
19.0
SAT Critical Reading
(Formerly Verbal) Trends
1995-1996 through 2006-2007
SAT - Critical Reading
District
July, 2008
Arizona
National
2006-2007
2005-2006
2004-2005
2003-2004
2002-2003
2001-2002
2000-2001
1999-2000
1998-1099
1997-1998
1996-1997
1995-1996
550
540
530
520
510
500
490
480
SAT Math Trends
1995-1996 through 2006-2007
District
July, 2008
Arizona
National
2006-2007
2005-2006
2004-2005
2003-2004
2002-2003
2001-2002
2000-2001
1999-2000
1998-99
1997-98
1996-97
570
560
550
540
530
520
510
500
490
480
1995-96
SAT Math
SAT Writing
2005-2006 through 2006-2007
SAT - Writing
494
National
497
502
Arizona
507
506
505
District
485
490
495
2005-2006
July, 2008
500
2006-2007
505
510
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
SERVING 11,500 STUDENTS
REPRESENTING
Countries:
66 (e.g.., Syria, Italy,
Thailand)
Languages:
50 (e.g.., Croation, Spanish,
Taiwanese)
Hispanic:
18 (e.g., Brazil, Mexico)
Native American:
July, 2008
6 (e.g.., Apache, Pima)
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
SERVING 11,500 STUDENTS
REPRESENTING
Countries:
American Soma
Argentina
Bahamas
Bolivia
Bosnia
Brazil
Bulgaria
Camaroon
Cambodia
Canada
Chile
China
Columbia
Costa Rica
Cuba
Egypt
El Salvador
England
Equador
Ethiopia
France
Germany
Ghana
Greenland
Guam
Guatemala
Haiti
July, 2008
Honduras
Hungary
India
Iran
Iraq
Italy
Japan
Kazanstan
Kenya
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Lebanon
Lithuania
Melaysia
Mexico
Microneisa
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragu
North Korea
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Phillipines
Poland
Puerto Rico
Romania
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Sweden
Syria
Taiwan
Thailand
Tonga
Turkey
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Vietnam
Zaire
Zambabwe
Zambia
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
SERVING 11,500 STUDENTS
REPRESENTING
Languages:
Afrikaans
Akan
Amharic
Arabic
Armenian
Bahasa
Bangia
Bengali
Berber
Bosnian
Bulgarian
Cambodian
Chamerro
Chinese/Cantonese
Chinese/Mandarin
Creole
Croatian
Farsi
July, 2008
Filipino
French
German
Gujarati
Hungarian
Italian
Japanese
Kazahn
Korean
Kurdis
Kyrgyz
Laotian
Latvian
Lebanese
Mayan
Persian
Polish
Romanian
Russian
Samali
Samoan
Serbo-Croatian
Shona
Spanish
Sunda
Swahlei
Swedish
Taglog
Tahi
Taiwanese
Tongan
Turkish
Urdu
Uzbek
Vietnamese
MPS DROPOUT RATE
The MPS dropout rate for grades 7-12
was 2.99 percent and grades 9-12 was
3.66 percent in 2006-2007. This is
well below state and national dropout
rates.
July, 2008
ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Last spring, 1,192 students took 2,169 AP exams
and scored high enough on 81.7 percent of the
tests to qualify for college credit.
Students performance on the AP exams means a
savings of thousands of dollars in college
expenses.
July, 2008
ALTERNATIVE LEARNING PROGRAMS
Focus Schools
Crossroads
East Mesa Early Childhood Education Center
McKellips Middle School
Power Middle School
Riverview High School
S.H.A.R.P.
Sundown High School
Superstition High School
July, 2008
ALTERNATIVE LEARNING PROGRAMS
Choice Programs and Schools
Biotechnology Academy
Eagleridge
East Valley Academy High
Franklin (Basic) Elementary Schools (four campuses)
Health Science High Schools
Highland Arts Integrated Program
Homebound
K-12 International Baccalaureate Programme
Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies
Mesa Distance Learning Program
Montessori Programs (three campuses)
Sunridge Learning Center
World Studies Academy
July, 2008
TEACHERS ARE ASSISTED BY
THESE RESOURCES AND
DEPARTMENTS:
Creative Arts
Special Education
Basic Skills
Psychological Services
Science
Guidance Services
Social Studies
Summer School
Athletics, K-12 P.E.
Performing Arts
Community Education
Career and Technical Education
Title I
Parent University
Math Homework Hotline
English Language Acquisition
Extended Learning/Advanced Placement
July, 2008
ATHLETICS
Dobson High School State Championships
July, 2008
Cross Country – Boys
1997
Swimming & Diving – Boys
1987
Swimming & Diving – Girls
1987
Football
1987
Softball
1990
Track – Boys
1991
Tennis – Boys
1995
Soccer – Boys
1999
Basketball – Boys
1997
Golf – Boys
2003
ATHLETICS
Mesa High School State Championships
Baseball
1927, 1947, 1953, 1957, 1958
Basketball – Boys 1917, 1918, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926,
1933, 1936, 1946, 1950, 1951, 1988,
2004
July, 2008
Football
1928, 1933, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1956,
1958, 1960, 1963, 1990, 1992
Golf`
1957, 1979
Track – Boys
1950, 1952, 1962, 1982, 1988
Wrestling
1977, 2006, 2007
Softball
1988
Tennis – Boys
1950, 1951, 1952
ATHLETICS
Mountain View High School State Championships
July, 2008
Basketball – Girls
1988, 1998
Basketball – Boys
1987, 1995, 1998, 1999,
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Football
1978, 1983, 1986, 1993,
1996, 1997, 2000, 2002
Volleyball
1984, 1988, 1999
Gymnastics – Girls
1986, 1987
Golf – Boys
1987, 1991, 1992
Cross-Country – Boys
1987, 1991, 1992
Tennis – Boys
1988
Baseball
1990, 1998
Track – Boys
1994, 2000, 2003, 2004
Track – Girls
1993, 1994, 1995, 1997
Swimming – Girls
1998
Wrestling
2000
ATHLETICS
Red Mountain High School State Championships
July, 2008
Cross-Country – Girls
1991
Track – Girls
1992, 1996
Golf – Boys
1995, 1996, 1997, 1998,
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Wrestling
1994
Football
2001
Softball
2006
Tennis – Boys
2005
Basketball – Girls
2007
ATHLETICS
Skyline High School State Championships
July, 2008
Track - Girls
2006, 2007
Track – Boys
2006
Swimming – Boys
2006
ATHLETICS
Westwood High School State Championships
July, 2008
Cross-Country – Boys
1964, 1967, 1983, 1990,
1991, 1993, 1994, 1995,
1996
Football
1964, 1988
Gymnastics – Girls
1976
Swimming – Boys
1967, 1968, 1969, 1970,
1975, 1976
Track – Boys
1965, 1969, 1973, 1987,
1989, 1990, 1998, 1999
Track – Girls
1976, 1977, 1987, 1988,
1989
Volleyball – Girls
1993
Softball
1982
SCHOOL DISTRICTS
ESTABLISHED
1879
Lehi Elementary School District
1882
Mesa Elementary School District
1885
Alma Elementary School District
18##*
Highland Elementary School District
1887
Jordan Elementary School District
1894
Nephi Elementary School District
*Exact date not known
July, 2008
Mesa Union High School District #207
Established December 26, 1907
Elementary Feeder Districts:
Lehi
Jordan
Alma
Mesa
Nephi
Highland
July, 2008
Elementary Schools Districts
Consolidated into
Mesa Elementary District #4
July 1946
These Districts Included:
Mesa Elementary School District
Alma Elementary School District
Jordan Elementary School District
Lehi Elementary School District
July, 2008
Three MPS
Historical Milestones
 1945-1946 Elementary and high school districts
consolidated under one administration.
 1945-1946
Schools were desegregated.
 1951-1952 Changed from a 8-4 organization
plan to a 6-3-3 plan and Mesa Junior High was
born. Mesa Junior High was called East Junior
High until 1965 when it was renamed to Mesa
Junior High.
July, 2008
MESA SUPERINTENDENTS
1907- 1909
John Loper,
1909-1914
H.Q. Robertson,
1914-1917
G. C. Sherwood
1917-1920
H.E. Matthews
1920-1932
Herman Hendrix
1932-1937
O.P. Greer
1937-1946
Rulon T. Shepherd
1946-1954
Harvey L. Taylor (Mesa combined 1953-1967
Rulon T. Shepherd (One School Board/Two
Districts)
1967-1984
George Smith
1984-1999
Jim Zaharis
1999-2000
Dale Frederick
2000-Present
Debra Duvall
July, 2008
Both Mesa and Mesa HS
Districts (Two School
Boards)
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