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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Mesa Unified School District is an above average, public school district located in Mesa, AZ. It has 63,124 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 47% of students are at least proficient in math and 43% in reading.

Mesa Unified School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
43%
Percent Proficient - Math
47%
Average Graduation Rate
79%
Average SAT
1170
1,573 responses
Average ACT
26
903 responses

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
63,124
Free or Reduced Lunch
59.4%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$52,971
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.6%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$8,772/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    55%
  • Support Services
    39%
  • Other
    6%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$54,700
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$988
National
$949
Median Home Value
$209,700
National
$184,700

Mesa Unified School District Reviews

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I've attended Mesa Public Schools since Pre-k. Each school offers a diverse community of students, teachers, and parents. The sense of community we all have is unmatched. Despite being the largest school district in the state, I've found that they seem to often fall in the shadows of the other districts. However, in the last few years, there has been an evident change in the quality of knowledge here in the East Valley. They've integrated technology into all schools K-12, with all high school students getting their own laptops and each classroom having their own "Smart Boards." Sports-wise, students from all different kinds of sports are getting recruited to play at famous NCAA schools. Last summer, they even got a new superintendent who seems to be eager to take the district in a positive direction. I see success on the horizon for current MPS students, & the future is bright!
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Over all I was very successful in the mesa district. The teachers were very involved with the community of the schools and most of them cared deeply about their students and their success. However, every student learns differently. For instance students can be visual, hands on or teach themselves by reading a text book. Students may go at a slower pace when it comes to learning and others like to learn in small groups or even one on one. Some students excel in arts and athletics while others excel more in mathematics and science. A lot of people in society tend to struggle with depression anxiety public speaking and or interacting with people in general. Adding something like a self development class could potentially help a lot of people at least learn to cope early on. If the curriculum focused more on strengthening skills students already have and developing new ones that can help them with every day life. We would be much better off.
During the pandemic, I think Mesa Public Schools is doing a great job on when it is best to return for schools. I've been in Mesa Public schools my whole life and the teachers are supportive and want the best for each and every student. However, some students are not cooperating well with teachers and seem to be uninterested in school. I think the most thing that I hope that mesa public schools would Improve is adding classes that are important in the future but also adding fun classes where we can socialize with others and just have fun because we need to get out more and socialize with others.