Best Public Schools in Mesa, AZ


The city of Mesa, Arizona is home to 136 schools, including 89 elementary schools, 15 middle schools, 20 high schools, and 12 alternative schools. The schools in this area serve a diverse student population and range widely in performance, with some standout schools like Red Mountain High School and Mountain View High School ranking among the top in the state, while others like Sun Valley High School struggle with low graduation rates and test scores.

The data reveals a clear divide in performance between the highest and lowest-performing schools in the area. The top-ranked schools, including several charter schools like BASIS Mesa, Pathfinder Academy, and Self Development Charter School, have significantly higher graduation rates, lower dropout rates, and much stronger test scores compared to the lower-performing traditional public schools. There also appears to be a correlation between student demographics and school performance, with schools serving higher percentages of minority and economically disadvantaged students tending to have weaker outcomes.

Overall, the Mesa Unified District has room for improvement, with a ranking of 264 out of 540 districts in Arizona and a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger. However, the data highlights the success of certain charter schools in the area, which consistently outperform their traditional public school counterparts and suggest that factors beyond just funding, such as school leadership and curriculum, play a significant role in a school's performance.

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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Arizona Department of Education.

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