The City of Mesa is home to many of the best primary education schools in the state. There are 26 “A” ranked schools in Mesa and 13 “A+” School of Excellence laureates. In 2014, the City made history when it became the first public school district to recognize nine Schools of Excellence in a single year.
Mesa is served by four school districts and the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT). Mesa Public Schools serves the largest portion of the City. Gilbert Public Schools, the Higley Unified School District and the Queen Creek Unified School District each serve a portion of southeast Mesa. These districts tout average ACT and SAT scores that beat both the state and national averages.
Mesa Public Schools (MPS) is an award-winning district recognized nationally for student achievement in academics, sports, creative and performing arts, and career and technical education.
As the largest school district by student enrollment in Arizona, MPS educates more than 63,000 students in 82 schools and programs. MPS also offers special programs to meet the needs of every learner, including back-to-basics, Montessori, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement (AP), and online learning. Mesa boasts a new biotech academy and an advanced health sciences academy.
Numerous MPS schools have received A+ School of Excellence and National Blue Ribbon designation. In fact, more than 95 percent of parents graded their school A+, A, or B, and 89 percent of students were proud of their schools. Furthermore, MPS students consistently score above the national average in the SAT and ACT college entrance exams.
Gilbert Public Schools (GPS) has over 40 schools with 10 located in southeast Mesa. GPS is known for its competitive atmosphere and has received the grade of “A” from the Arizona Department of Education, while U.S. News and World Report rated one Gilbert High School as 28th best in the nation.
Higley Unified School District (HUSD) covers a portion of southeast Mesa. HUSD has 12 schools and received an “A” rating from the Arizona Department of Education for the third year in a row.
Queen Creek Unified School District (QCUSD) serves students in southeast Mesa. QCUSD is a growing district with approximately 5,200 students and seven schools. QCUSD schools have earned labels from the Department of Education of “Excelling” or “Highly Performing.” Recently QCUSD was rated the best school district in Maricopa County, and fourth best in Arizona.
East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) is considered a model for career and technical education by the U.S. Department of Education. EVIT provides high school and adult students with hands-on, advanced skills and training in over 40 occupation-specific programs from 3D animation and aviation to precision manufacturing and robotics technology. EVIT is Arizona’s first Joint Technological Education District, a public school district that serves students from 10 East Valley school districts. EVIT has two campuses, both located in Mesa – one on Main Street in west Mesa and one located near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in southeast Mesa.
Ninety-eight percent of EVIT students graduate from high school and complete their career- and technical-education programs. More than 88 percent are placed in post-secondary training, jobs or the military after completing EVIT programs. Two out of three EVIT students go on to college.