K-12 System - A Strong Foundation
Mesa Public Schools (MPS) is the largest school district in
Arizona and the 44th largest in
the country. MPS is recognized nationally for its superb
educational programs and student
achievements in academics, sports, creative and performing arts,
as well as technical and career
training. Mesa boasts a new biotech academy and an advanced
health sciences academy.
Mesa Public Schools conducts an Annual Senior
Survey. 3,401 seniors responded in Spring 2010.
- 94 percent
plan further education with 85 percent planning to attend
after high school. Of those, 69 percent indicated they planned
to attend school full-time.
- 79 percent
plan to attend an Arizona school.
- 71 percent
plan on obtaining a four-year BA/BS degree.
- 40 percent
plan on obtaining a graduate degree.
- For the past three years, America's Promise Alliance named
Mesa Public Schools as No. 1 in
graduation rates among the nation's 50 largest cities. MPS'
four-year graduation rate is 81
percent. (Source: AZ Department of Education)
- U.S. News & World Report listed five MPS high schools in its
2010 report on America's
best high schools.
- MPS graduates were offered more than $53 million in
scholarships last year.
- Mesa Public Schools, the nation's 44th largest district with
66,500 students, was identified as
one of only 21 districts that
"beats the odds" by exceeding
expected graduation rates by at
least 10 percent.
(Source: Education Week magazine, June 10, 2010, Diploma
Counts 2010: Graduation by the Numbers)
Gilbert Public Schools (GPS) is one of
four districts covering a portion of Mesa and the first in
Arizona to acquire the national pre-engineering program Project
Lead the Way (PLTW). The
program will be offered at Desert Ridge High School in East
Mesa. With its commitment to recruit and retain all students,
PLTW offers a flexible and rigorous high school four-year
program that recognizes students' college-preparatory math and
science sequences and their career goals. PLTW prepares students
to enter a two- or four-year college or technical school in
engineering and engineering technology.
East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) is
considered a model for career and technical education by the
U.S. Department of Education. EVIT provides students with
hands-on, advanced skills and training in over 40
occupation-specific programs which allow students to thrive in
today's competitive job market. EVIT is Arizona's first Joint
Technological Education District (JTED), a public school
district that serves students from 10 East Valley school
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