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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Mesquite High School is a highly rated, public school located in Gilbert, AZ. It has 1,489 students in grades 8-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 67% of students are at least proficient in math and 57% in reading.

Mesquite High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
57%
Percent Proficient - Math
67%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1210
233 responses
Average ACT
26
127 responses
AP Enrollment
23%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$92,350
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,429
National
$949
Median Home Value
$310,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.61 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.61 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 159 responses
  • Half days
    23%
  • School dances
    19%
  • Football Games
    16%
  • Senior pranks and spontaneous senior spirit days
    16%
  • Pep Assemblies
    8%
  • Preforming Arts Events
    6%
  • Marching band
    4%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,489
Free or Reduced Lunch
33%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.63 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.63 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.63 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,575
Teachers in First/Second Year
51.7%
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.79 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.79 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.79 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$7,798/ year
National
$12,239
81%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.77 responses
35%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.77 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.77 responses
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Horrible english teachers. Awful special Ed program. Treat special education students like children. Teacher grabbed my arm to guide me to a class. I am not special needs, I am dyslexic. They should not be treating special needs students like that either. Disrespectful staff. Didn’t follow IEP. Humiliated in front of the class constantly. IEP stated I didn’t have to perform in front of the class, only teachers individually. Called disobedient and told I wouldn’t pass when I told her I couldn’t read out loud - in front of my class. I was 18 and the teachers spoke to me like I was a child. Totally unacceptable. Constant secondhand embarrassment from watching teachers disrespect other students. They tell you that you won’t be successful if you’re introverted and they favor and take care of the extroverts. Intelligent, introverted, and special education/needs students should not go here. Trauma factory.
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Without a doubt, Mesquite High will hold a permanent spot in my heart. At the age of fourteen, I walked through the foyer for the first time- confident in my identity but inquisitive about who I would become after this four year journey. Prior to my first day, my mother raved about the beauty of high school and the opportunity to indulge in priceless knowledge and youthful oblivion. She encouraged me to make this time count because I would remember and cherish it forever. Wholeheartedly, the MHS student body and teaching staff welcomed me into the wildcat family. I’ve met people I will know for the rest of my life and I’m grateful for the knowledge and experience I’ve acquired throughout my time at MHS. Once a wildcat, always a wildcat!
There are some great teachers but also not so great teachers. There is really only one teacher I've had that really prepared me for college. It also seems like no one really is involved in anything like sports, clubs, academics, ect. We have nice facilities though! I wish there were more students to really get the "High School" experience!