Shea Middle School

Public 5-8

 2728 E Shea Blvd
       Phoenix, AZ  85028-2510


(602) 449-3500

District: Paradise Valley Unified District

SchoolDigger Rank:
478th of 854 Arizona Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,578 Help


Students who attend Shea Middle School usually attend:

High:    Shadow Mountain High School

Feeder schools for Shea Middle School:

Elementary:    Desert Cove Elementary School
    Hidden Hills Elementary School
    Larkspur Elementary School
    Mercury Mine Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.1 Help
Number of students:  511

Racial breakdown:

White:
47.6%
Hispanic:
38.0%
African American:
6.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  36.8% Help


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Compare Details Shea Middle School ranks worse than 56% of middle schools in Arizona. It also ranks 5th among 7 ranked middle schools in the Paradise Valley Unified District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 36.3. (See more...)
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Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (47.6%), Hispanic (38%), African American (6.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 36.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Shea Middle School is 14.1, which is the 2nd best among 7 middle schools in the Paradise Valley Unified District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Shea Middle School is $9,578, which is the highest among 9 middle schools in the Paradise Valley Unified District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Shea Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Shea Middle School 478th of 854 Arizona public middle schools. (See Shea Middle School in the ranking list.)

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Paradise Valley Unified District:

SchoolDigger ranks Paradise Valley Unified District 164th of 540 Arizona school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Shea Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Shea Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 74.61 160th 663 75.9%
2010 67.70 204th 692 70.5%
2011 60.63 253rd 685 63.1%
2012 57.62 306th 772 60.4%
2013 58.51 315th 787 60.0%
2014 53.63 302nd 690 56.2%
2015 40.17 272nd 521 47.8%
2016 39.37 367th 677 45.8%
2017 34.23 421st 695 39.4%
2018 45.36 341st 711 52.0%
2019 32.30 372nd 605 38.5%
2021 41.83 405th 832 51.3%
2022 25.60 421st 605 30.4%
2023 36.30 478th 854 44.0%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Shea Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.56 38th 43 11.6%
2021 45.84 317th 650 51.2%
2023 16.34 356th 384 7.3%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Shea Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 42.31 196th 606 67.7%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Shea Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.50 138th 178 22.5%
2021 45.68 335th 789 57.5%
2023 19.40 319th 363 12.1%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Shea Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.93 342nd 503 32.0%
2023 21.43 599th 717 16.5%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Shea Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 55.72 44th 257 82.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Shea Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.66 292nd 624 53.2%
2019 28.64 318th 466 31.8%
2021 41.25 414th 820 49.5%
2022 26.94 354th 494 28.3%
2023 32.68 495th 806 38.6%
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Rank History for Foster Care students at Shea Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 64.55 17th 166 89.8%
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Rank History for Male students at Shea Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.51 316th 617 48.8%
2019 25.41 308th 435 29.2%
2021 44.87 367th 818 55.1%
2022 17.64 396th 476 16.8%
2023 36.92 440th 810 45.7%
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Rank History for Asian students at Shea Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 32.70 299th 404 26.0%
2022 19.98 182nd 192 5.2%
2023 41.35 137th 247 44.5%
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Rank History for African American students at Shea Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.25 51st 125 59.2%
2021 40.62 294th 573 48.7%
2023 13.63 377th 400 5.8%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Shea Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.23 348th 543 35.9%
2019 22.08 313th 387 19.1%
2021 30.39 553rd 802 31.0%
2023 29.63 526th 760 30.8%
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Rank History for White students at Shea Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.29 283rd 436 35.1%
2019 16.03 295th 337 12.5%
2021 44.74 403rd 780 48.3%
2022 16.08 396th 446 11.2%
2023 34.32 434th 675 35.7%
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Data source: test scores: Arizona Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a parent on FaceBook
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Open Quote Statement from the Parent of one of the victims

The level of negligent security as well as the systemic incompetence displayed by James P. Lee, Ed.D. Superintendent Paradise Valley Unified School and his representatives are unconscionable. Thankfully the Arizona criminal justice system has taken seriously these criminal felony offenses that this child has now been charged with.

Who was protecting my child that day at Shea Middle School when a student exposed himself
twice in the same school day in front of 70+ students and 3 teachers in the middle of 2 separate classes?
The Teachers? The Principal? The School District? ------NOBODY WAS PROTECTING MY CHILD THAT DAY!

We are extremely concerned and alarmed at how the Paradise Valley School district handled a very graphic indecent exposure occurrence at Shea Middle School this 2015 school year. While we do not believe that the school is responsible for the behaviors of this child, we do hold the school and the school district accountable to their own policies and procedures, which state,

“The Paradise Valley Unified School District places high priority on providing each student with the opportunity to learn within a safe and stimulating environment. For this reason, the Governing Board accepts the responsibility for identifying those behaviors, which, if allowed to exist without restrictions and appropriate disciplinary action, would interfere with individual and group learning and would interfere with the orderly conduct of our public schools. Furthermore, the Governing Board charges the staff with the responsibility for enforcing the rules of conduct, establishing consistency in their enforcement and maintaining an appropriate learning and behavioral environment.” (Paradise Valley Unified School District, Parent/Student Handbook, 2014-2015).

The school and Governing Board have denied the severity of this disorderly conduct/sexual harassment incident, despite the fact that the child who quite graphically exposed himself in two classrooms during one school day has been charged with two class-six felony charges of indecent exposure by the Maricopa County Prosecutor’s office. The child who was charged has a history of escalating behavioral issues at Shea Middle School, including assaulting another student just days before the indecent exposure incident occurred. The Paradise Valley School district handbook disciplinary chart states that,

“Multiple offenses in a combination of (misconduct) categories may result in long-term suspension or expulsion…..the following offenses are subject to expulsion on the first offense: Assault, Disorderly Conduct, and Sexual Harassment.” (Paradise Valley Unified School District, Parent/Student Handbook, 2014-2015).

This child was given one week suspension from the school, as the school deemed that it was “a simple mooning.” A “simple mooning” would not have required 8 detectives from the Phoenix Police Department to interview approximately 70 students and teachers to get the actual facts, which have resulted in these criminal felony charges.

It is alarming that an incident of this magnitude can occur in our children’s classrooms, and the School and School District representatives have continued to downplay the event. This incident has affected our child and his right to attend a school that allegedly promotes a safe learning environment. The school has never approached our child as a victim to see how this has affected his emotional status, or how this criminal conduct has affected his learning ability. He wasn’t offered counseling, and he continued to have to attend classes and break times with the aggressive student. We are appalled that despite addressing this serious issue with the school board, they have not followed the policies that they have set forth to protect our children. We want other parents to know that this issue is being swept under the rug and that the Paradise Valley School District does not follow the policies that they have set in place in order to maintain conduct within the school. We are demanding that this aggressive student be relocated to another school that is better equipped to monitor his behavior. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Shea Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 1072 9 7 23 6 n/a n/a -124 993
1989 987 11 12 33 6 n/a n/a -17 1032
1990 1031 10 16 39 7 n/a n/a -128 975
1991 939 10 20 73 12 n/a n/a -113 941
1992 874 14 18 78 14 n/a n/a 0 998
1993 867 11 18 45 9 n/a n/a 0 950
1994 915 21 19 56 8 n/a n/a 0 1019
1995 910 11 24 54 3 n/a n/a 0 1002
1996 910 11 24 54 3 n/a n/a 0 1002
1997 866 18 18 53 2 n/a n/a 0 957
1998 856 22 17 52 4 n/a n/a 0 951
1999 855 19 23 44 7 n/a n/a 0 948
2000 827 16 23 56 5 n/a n/a 0 927
2001 825 15 19 79 5 n/a n/a 0 943
2002 720 24 21 102 12 n/a n/a 0 879
2003 720 24 21 102 12 n/a n/a 0 879
2004 721 33 27 113 14 n/a n/a 0 908
2005 738 28 21 113 15 n/a n/a 0 915
2006 695 24 16 116 16 n/a n/a 0 867
2007 678 23 24 129 10 n/a n/a 0 864
2008 644 34 27 136 6 n/a n/a 0 847
2009 567 35 19 136 9 n/a n/a 0 766
2010 521 38 19 111 10 n/a n/a 0 699
2011 425 24 6 153 12 2 39 0 661
2012 425 26 10 172 10 2 42 0 687
2013 402 24 7 171 14 2 32 0 652
2014 360 31 3 166 7 2 36 0 605
2015 369 31 9 187 7 1 37 0 641
2016 328 22 13 187 11 0 31 0 592
2017 358 37 8 183 10 3 41 0 640
2018 356 29 6 200 17 4 37 0 649
2019 360 31 7 191 15 3 32 0 639
2020 330 34 9 208 13 4 36 0 634
2021 291 29 7 179 4 4 20 0 534
2022 271 30 6 184 4 5 20 0 520
2023 243 33 3 194 8 1 29 0 511

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Shea Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 993 49.3 20.1 n/a
1989 1032 48.4 21.3 n/a
1990 975 46.4 21.0 n/a
1991 941 46.2 20.3 n/a
1992 998 48.1 20.7 n/a
1993 950 46.4 20.5 n/a
1994 1019 47.4 21.5 n/a
1995 1002 48.0 20.9 n/a
1996 1002 48.0 20.9 n/a
1997 957 45.0 21.3 n/a
1998 951 44.8 21.2 n/a
1999 948 43.2 21.9 n/a
2000 927 44.4 20.9 n/a
2001 943 45.2 20.9 n/a
2002 879 43.9 20.0 25
2003 879 43.9 20.0 25
2004 908 44.7 20.3 24
2005 915 45.7 20.0 26.7
2006 867 49.5 17.5 26.9
2007 864 50.5 17.1 20.1
2008 847 52.5 16.1 22.8
2009 766 46.8 16.4 28.2
2010 699 39.6 17.6 28.2
2011 661 36.0 18.3 35.7
2012 687 36.6 18.7 41.3
2013 652 36.3 17.9 48.2
2014 605 35.5 17.0 21.2
2015 641 38.0 16.8 44.9
2016 592 36.0 16.4 37.8
2017 640 39.8 16.0 46.9
2018 649 40.8 15.8 47.9
2019 639 40.4 15.7 43.8
2020 634 40.4 15.6 38.8
2021 534 41.5 12.8 n/a
2022 520 36.0 14.4 18.5
2023 511 36.1 14.1 36.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Shea Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 993 49.3 20.1 n/a
1989 1032 48.4 21.3 n/a
1990 975 46.4 21.0 n/a
1991 941 46.2 20.3 n/a
1992 998 48.1 20.7 n/a
1993 950 46.4 20.5 n/a
1994 1019 47.4 21.5 n/a
1995 1002 48.0 20.9 n/a
1996 1002 48.0 20.9 n/a
1997 957 45.0 21.3 n/a
1998 951 44.8 21.2 n/a
1999 948 43.2 21.9 n/a
2000 927 44.4 20.9 n/a
2001 943 45.2 20.9 n/a
2002 879 43.9 20.0 25
2003 879 43.9 20.0 25
2004 908 44.7 20.3 24
2005 915 45.7 20.0 26.7
2006 867 49.5 17.5 26.9
2007 864 50.5 17.1 20.1
2008 847 52.5 16.1 22.8
2009 766 46.8 16.4 28.2
2010 699 39.6 17.6 28.2
2011 661 36.0 18.3 35.7
2012 687 36.6 18.7 41.3
2013 652 36.3 17.9 48.2
2014 605 35.5 17.0 21.2
2015 641 38.0 16.8 44.9
2016 592 36.0 16.4 37.8
2017 640 39.8 16.0 46.9
2018 649 40.8 15.8 47.9
2019 639 40.4 15.7 43.8
2020 634 40.4 15.6 38.8
2021 534 41.5 12.8 n/a
2022 520 36.0 14.4 18.5
2023 511 36.1 14.1 36.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Shea Middle School

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YearPersonnel Expenditures from Federal FundsNon-Personnel Expenditures from Federal FundsTotal Expenditures from Federal FundsPersonnel Expenditures from State and Local FundsNon-Personnel Expenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $356 (3.7%) $51 (0.5%) $764 (8.0%) $7,576 (79.4%) $1,558 (16.3%) $9,134 (95.7%) $9,541
2020 $00 (0.0%) n/a n/a $7,378 (93.5%) $515 (6.5%) $7,893 (100.0%) $7,893
2021 $504 (5.3%) $25 (0.3%) $1,033 (10.9%) $8,193 (86.1%) $797 (8.4%) $8,990 (94.4%) $9,519
2022 $632 (6.6%) $185 (1.9%) $1,449 (15.1%) $8,078 (84.3%) $683 (7.1%) $8,761 (91.5%) $9,578

Data source: Arizona Department of Education
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Ranks 372nd of 605 Middle schoolsRanks 478th of 854 Middle schools
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Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students639511
 20%
African American3133
 6.5%
American Indian158
 46.7%
Asian73
 57.1%
Hispanic191194
 1.6%
Pacific Islander31
 66.7%
White360243
 32.5%
Two or More Races3229
 9.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients43.8%36.8%
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Students at Shea Middle School are 48% White, 38% Hispanic, 6% African American, 6% Two or more races, 2% American Indian.

Shea Middle School ranks 478th of 854 Arizona middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 511 students attended Shea Middle School.

Students who attend Shea Middle School usually go on to attend Shadow Mountain High School


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