School Details

Poston Junior High School

2433 E Adobe, Mesa, AZ 85213
(480) 472-2100
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-9 853 students 21 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) 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. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Mesa Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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63%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) 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. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Mesa Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Poston Junior High School is a public middle school in Scottsdale. 853 students go to Poston Junior High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Native American or Native Alaskan. 3% of the Poston Junior High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 44% of the 853 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Poston Junior High School is 21:1. Montessori Education Centre Charter School - North is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 67% 50%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 3% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Hispanic 23% 39%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 2% 4%
Asian 2% 2%
Multiracial 0.4% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44% 57%
Limited English proficiency 3% 7%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    This review is solely about A.V.I.D. teacher Mrs. Pursley This woman is an outstanding teacher who genuinely cared about the success of my child ( and all the children ). Her teaching style is so unique and so intriguing that it almost made me want to go back and get a teaching degree just so I could do what she's doing. The environment of her classroom is low lit relaxing and extremely creative. I wish there were more teachers like her. All of my sons teachers from Poston have been great but honestly Pursley is a cut above the rest and should be recognized as such.

  • (1 year ago)

    Poston Jr. High is a good school experienced teachers great counselors great psychologist awesome band programs just wish it was still 7 8 9th grades not just 7&8 grades as it is now.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is rated one of the top Junior Highs in Mesa and it should be! Any problems I had were resolved quickly by the teachers or principle!

  • (4 years ago)

    Poston Junior High is a GREAT school. This year will be my final year here because I am moving into ninth grade and going to Mountain View. This school has great teacher coaches and just the best of every thing. The only thing our school needs is a little more funding. The pool has been shut down and is suppose to be filled in with cement but that was two years ago. But yea. Over all this school is one of the best in mesa and i only say that because i have a couple friends that go to Taylor Stapley Brimhall and Rhodes. Most of them really dont like it here and say that alot of bad stuff happens there. also the students are really friendly we all really just hang out in a huge group. Well this school is awesome but I'm looking forward to be a MVT!

  • (4 years ago)

    I went to Poston for a few months waaaay back then. At the time I was new to Mesa and it took some time to get adjusted. I thought it an excellent school but this was eons ago. Not sure about now it has been many years. It would be nice to connect with some of my all classmates those who remember me...GO PANTHERS! To me getting an education depends on you - as far as I am concerned teachers are guides showing you the way. It is then up to us those who are the learners to absorb and use what is handed to us to make our own path. Good luck and a double thumbs up to the most unappreciated profession; teaching! THANK YOU for showing me the way...

  • (4 years ago)

    Not sure what this parent is referring to when he/she mentions Poston as a poor school with gang violence? There are no gangs on campus...give me a break. As far as clubs there are several to choose from. Their child just needs to ask around. This is a school with high academic standards and a caring staff. Yes the school population has changed but the staff continually rises to the occasion to be an excelling school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Poston Junior High school is one of the worst and poorest schools in the mesa school district there are very little clubs not many teachers care about those who do not succeed In classes The teachers treat the students with very little respect and ethnicity plays a great part in the learning experience Those of other ethnicity and sometimes religion do not get treated well Security consists of four officers who do not set good examples for the kids one who does NOT like children lots of gang violence and most of the kids there smoke/do drugs I would NEVER recommend anyone ever going to this school This school is the worst school i've ever seen

  • (5 years ago)

    Our son attend Shepherd. The music teacher here Mr. Pastor is incredible with the kids and really cares.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a parent and so far the school has not lived up to its reputation for making sure students are safe from bullying. Very disappointed in the faculty and some of the teaching skills that the teachers demonstrate. Any event that I have attended has been very disorganized and again a majority of the teachers are rude and uncaring.

  • (6 years ago)

    the teachers are great and are always looking for ways to help. the njhs program is also great there

  • (6 years ago)

    Best School ever! The staff works really hard. I am proud of my child going to Poston!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a former Poston Panther and I loved that school. The teachers that I had were amazing at connecting with all types of students and were always truly concerned with their students real needs. These teachers were always coming up with new ways to teach that actually made school interesting and worth going to. The staff is understanding supportive and always organized. There is a good balance of extracurricular activities and academics. It is a school where everyone fits in and feels welcome. Poston prepares students for the future like no other Mesa schools.

  • (7 years ago)

    My three children attended Poston and now I am a teacher at Poston. The principal works very hard to promote student achievement empower the faculty and develop a top-rated school. As an educational community we were recognized as one of the top Title I schools in the nation. I'm proud to be both a parent and teacher at this school. There is a waiting list to enroll into Poston!

  • (7 years ago)

    My child and I love this school. Good organization and communication.

  • (7 years ago)

    My time at Poston was absolutely fantastic and nothing could have improved it. Every Poston panther is so motivated that they encourage other students to succeed! This is because Poston is diverse so there's something for everyone. And once you make great friends Poston will feel just like home. And all of this is apparent in the panthers' long history. Poston students constantly excell in academics become champions of sports excel in fine arts along with a myriad of other accomplishments that make them s of succes. Yet despite their attributes Poston students are not haughty or blinded by school pride; instead they are diligent unique and above all determined. But this is all thanks to the long effort and encouragement from not just Poston's teachers but all its faculty. I personally wish to thank Poston for making me who I am today and preparing me for who I'll become tomorrow!

  • (8 years ago)

    Poston is one of the greatest schools in AZ. The teachers have really helped my child succeed.

  • (8 years ago)

    ...am disappointed in Poston Jr. High. There's an overall lack of communication on the teacher's part. As a parent of a Poston student I can't seem to get weekly updates on my child's academic standing. We have provided email/ph #'s and the teachers blow us off. They just don't seem to care. It's a good thing that AZ law doesn't provide for student vouchers. Poston would be empty.

  • (8 years ago)

    School security is by for the best in any Mesa jr high school.They take students and faculty safety serious.Just try and get away with something there.

  • (8 years ago)

    this is a very active and great school. all the kids here are involved and really focuse on there work and school activity

  • (9 years ago)

    I have found this school very frustrating at times. The level of parent-teacher is definitely not where it should be. As much as I tried to be involved in my childs schooling I ran much resistance with the teachers and especially the administrators.

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