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About This School

Porter Elementary School is a public elementary school in Mesa. 450 students attend Porter Elementary School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Native American or Native Alaskan; and Hispanic. 14% of the Porter Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 71% of the 450 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Porter Elementary School is 17:1. Montessori Education Centre Charter School - Mesa is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Computer arts
    • Orchestra
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 5% %
Hispanic 43% 37%
White, non-Hispanic 40% 52%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 4% 4%
Asian 3% 2%
Multiracial 0.9% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 71% 48%
Limited English proficiency 14% 13%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is amazing!! We have tried charter schools as well as a montessori school (which was a disaster) and Porter is by far the best we have had experience with. The principal and teachers care very much for their students. They have parent groups and committees to make the school even better. Our son is happier at Porter than he has been at any other school. He is getting a very good education and we are very satisfied with Porter and its staff!

  • (3 years ago)

    The whole environment in this school is unsatisfactory. The teaching is on lowest level one could imagine. The principal's note below is totally wrong. Official school score is at 3 out of 10. The management is not concerned with achieving high level of education.

  • (3 years ago)

    This year Porter Elementary School scored 99% A's and B's on Mesa Public School's District's Parent Survey!! We have consistently scored between 94% and 97% over the past five years. This year's score is the highest we have every received. We are very proud of our continued parent support Parent Resource Center and the numerous ways we involve parents in meaningful ways at Porter. We work very hard at creating and maintaining a over-all "Porter Family" school environment for our community. Achieving a 99% rating validates that our parent's realize Porter is a GREAT School! Thank you parents for recognizing our hard work and supporting our belief that parents are the most important educational influence in their child's life. Our home -school partnership is essential to our students success. Sincerely Mr. T. LaMantia Principal

  • (4 years ago)

    Porter is quickly declining from what it used to be. It is no longer in my opinion a great school. Teachers are encouraged to send a child home if the child disagrees or argues fights with a sibling or other minor infraction. Children that have a parent that work or volunteers at the school are never diciplined (I know my child is one of them) even when they deserve it. The younger teachers can't seem to handle their class rooms and will 'pigeon-hole' your child into whichever category suits them. Children are unique from day to day but not at this school once they think they have them figured out they never stray from that track. I am fed up to here with the school and have decided to pull my kids and place them in a school that fosters a learning environment rather than pointing out flaws.

  • (5 years ago)

    My two boys go to Porter. I love their teachers but the students are a hard group to deal with and I dont see any of the staff doing much about bullies. On the other hand I have always had good communication with the staff about homework..schoolwork..etc. The 4th grade curriculum this year is different. It used to be studying about Arizona and this year it is about studying Mexico which is fine but I think the students would get more out of it by learning about the state they live in. Another thing is the combined classes. i think Porter needs more teachers so they dont have to combine grade levels together in one class. I think it takes away from the students learning time because the teacher has to spend half the time addressing the students that are in a different grade as the others.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our two oldest enjoyed their time here at Porter. The teachers were very interested in them as individuals and it was the first time I had my child invite their teacher to birthday parties baptisms etc. Always felt welcome as a parent and enjoyed helping out by reading stories or setting up for an event. Happy times which we miss now being in Germany where the school system is dire.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think Porter is an outstanding school. I have two sons who have attended Porter from kindergarten through 6th grade. The both have done very well academically. The teachers really care about the students. The school focuses on the 'whole child' not just academics. The principal Tony LaMantia does an outstanding job. He really cares about the kids. The band and orchestra instructors are excellent as are all of the teachers. I highly recommend Porter and am very thankful my children were able to go there.

  • (7 years ago)

    Porter is an excellent school from the office staff to the teachers to the principal. I had 3 kids in this school and my oldest received the extra help she needed w/o being made to feel bad or embarrassed. Mrs. Grove is the best! As is Mrs. Slocum. Mr. Lamantia is a great principal! Porter is the best!

  • (8 years ago)

    This school has some of the best staff I have experienced in Mesa School District. The teachers care and so does the administrators there. I would give this school a rating of 5 out of 5!

  • (9 years ago)

    Porter School has an excellent staff. The schools strives to provide a quality education to all students. Students are enabled to learn to the best of their ability. A sense of community and a repect for the diversity of others is emphasized at this school. I have been extremely satisfied with my interactions with the staff and administration.

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter attended Porter from 1st grade through 3rd grade and really loves the school. The principal is very friendly and is not afraid to roll up his sleeves to get involved with the kids and their activities. Parent involvement is strong. Anything from selling popcorn on Fridays to fields trips special school events or helping in the classroom. Teachers are friends and encouraging they seem to have a great attitude towards teaching and their students. Academically I feel Porter is right along with the other schools. My daughter needed some extra help with reading and was able to get that extra help in school. Her teacher never made her feel anyless smarter for needing the help. Overall Porter is a great elementry school with a wide range of ethnic backgrounds and academic levels in their students.

  • (9 years ago)

    I think this school needs more parent/community involved activities.

  • (9 years ago)

    The teachers send home letters with typos but they are responsive to behavioral issues. There should be more after school and family activities.

  • (9 years ago)

    My children attended Porter Elementary from school year 1994-1995 thru 2003-2004. Over the years the school went through several changes but the last 4 years with Tony LaMantia as Principal the school has flourished and grown. Under Mr. LaMantia's leadership the staff and students are provided an excellent environment for learning and social interaction. Keep up the good work Porter!

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