School Details

McDowell Mountain Elementary School

14825 N. Fayette Dr., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
(480) 664-5000

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-3 520 students 15 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade


Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
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About this school

McDowell Mountain Elementary School is a public elementary school in Fountain Hills. The principal of McDowell Mountain Elementary School is Mrs. Joanne Meehan. 520 students attend McDowell Mountain Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 2% of the McDowell Mountain Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 20% of the 520 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at McDowell Mountain Elementary School is 15:1. Four Peaks Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 71% 78%
Multiracial 5% 2%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 2% 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Asian 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 13% 10%
Black, non-Hispanic 1.0% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20% 17%
Limited English proficiency 2% 1%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Now this a good school with happy teachers students and parents four peaks should take some pointers.

  • (11 months ago)

    McDowell Mountain Elementary is a fantastic school. The hallways are inviting with the children's work and we welcome visitors families and volunteers. Everyone that works there has a desire and drive to put children first. We want to encourage each student to have self-confidence independence and to strive for success. Building a community in the classroom with the families and the town is very important to our mission. Please stop by and check out a beautiful Pre-K through 3rd grade school that is excited to see you!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school will hold some cherished memories for me and my two kids....the musical productions the field trips plays and just plain good fun in class parties and recess. Oh yeah and the curriculum rocks as well! My son was in the challenge class and I can not say enough good things about Mrs. Ness and the gifted program. The principal is the most engaging involved and fair person I have encountered. She will always view an issue from every angle. Mrs. Meehan is very thorough and a delight to the kids. It amazes me that she knows all their names! If you are a concerned parent get involved in the Parent Teacher Org (PTO) They help this school thrive!

  • (3 years ago)

    Great school excellent and engaged teachers. Principal is liked by the kids and does an excellent job setting high goals and makes sure teachers and kids reach these higher standards. My son is in 1st grade and this is the second year here. I am glad we chose this school. Some of the Charter school kids joined my son's classroom lately and they had trouble reading and writing and were way behind until our wonderful and hard working teachers helped them catch up.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is by far one of the best schools our child has been to. She has been in both public and private schools in the far west valley and they fail in every imaginable aspect when compaired to McDowell Mt. The teachers here have the greatest care and compasion for the childern the principal is very dedicated to the students and the school and the parents that are actively involved learn to know the students personally. You get the feeling from the teachers and principal that they are doing this because of their love and commitment to educating childern. Well done McDowell Mt. Elementary!

  • (7 years ago)

    I have a set of triplets in 1st and one in kindergarten at McDowell Elementary. This is an outstanding school. The teachers recognize and support teaching children at different levels within the same class. Discipline is reinforced and children are properly held accountable for making the right choice. The only thing lacking is an after-school program that would provide an opportunity for kids to explore things like theater science foreign language and recreation. The PTO is spectacular!!

  • (8 years ago)

    My children have attended McDowell Mountain Elementary school from Kindergarten through 2nd grade. The 3 years we have experienced have been amazing. The teachers are caring and dedicated and have provided my children with a wonderful foundation. The school truly cares about the students and the principal Joanne Meehan knows all of the students by name. The school provides a music class art class chess club computer lab and spanish class. This is also a school with caring and involved parents. The PTO is just one way to become involved. The school encourages parent helpers in the classroom so you can be a partner in your child's education.

  • (11 years ago)

    My Kindergartner couldn't be in a better school. McDowell Mountain is a fantastic place for kids to learn and grow. The emphasis I've seen on learning makes it so much fun for my daughter! I've volunteered in the classroom and can say from first-hand experience that this school gets an A+ from me!

  • (11 years ago)

    I have a set of triplets at McDowell Mountain. The staff has very understanding of my particular needs. The kids are separated and each child was ideally suited for his/her kindergarten teacher - it was amazing! Having the opportunity to evaluate several classes I can say that each class offered the same basic curriculm with each teacher's special touch. I am quite pleased with the progress my children have made over the past year and I look forward to the next 2 years.

  • (11 years ago)

    McDowell Mountain Elementary is not only a great school for my children but also for me as a parent. McDowell Mountain offers a variety of parent courses to help parents learn teaching tools and skills to help their children with work study habits reading/vocabulary etc. My child has also benefited from a reading program and one-on-one reading and math assistance through their mentor program.

  • (12 years ago)

    McDowell Mountain is a great school. My daughter is getting a great education and enjoys going to school daily. The teachers really care about their students and the principle is active in all of the childrens daily activities. I really like the fact that they teach respect and get rewarded for good behavior. I am really happy I switched my daughter to this school and out of the Scottsdale School District.

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