School Details

Shepherd Junior High School

1407 North Alta Mesa Dr, Mesa, AZ 85205
(480) 472-1800
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 726 students 20 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

79%
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86%
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53%

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Mesa Unified School District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
62%
59%
85%
71%
70%
79%
68%
63%

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.
  • 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

Shepherd Junior High School is a public middle school in Mesa. 726 children attend Shepherd Junior High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 1% of the Shepherd Junior High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 42% of the 726 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Shepherd Junior High School is 20:1. Faith Christian School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 72% 50%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 4%
Asian 3% 2%
Hispanic 21% 39%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 2% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Multiracial 0.6% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42% 57%
Limited English proficiency 1% 7%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    Alumni The school was one great ones 10 years ago but now Its sad school. My brothers go there. There are fights. The teachers are pale imitation of what I remember. The rules are ridiculous. I left that school with 4.0gpa

  • (4 years ago)

    Shepherd Jr. High is the best school in the nation. The staff there are kind and respectful they take the time to understand what you need to get good grades. The staff helped me when I was put in a math class that was too easy. The teachers there are funny unfortunately the funniest of them all retired after the school year ended in 2010. The social studies teachers take time to explain history and bring things in that are from the time period or replicas. We would often watch videos about the time period and write notes about it.The math teachers are excellent role models for students everywhere and would take the time to make power point presentations to help students understand the subjects.

  • (5 years ago)

    i am a student at shepherd and have gone there for about two years. i have a 3.9 average but that doesn't mean i enjoy this school. in fact this is a very unsatisfactory school. there are many cliques and there are at least three fights a week on school grounds. it takes the teachers at lunch at least five to eight minutes that a fight has broke out. i also find the teachers to not be helpful. they instead just expect that you already understand and don't take the time to go over subjects. another thing i don't enjoy is how it feels like a jail cell in each room because there isn't any windows.

  • (5 years ago)

    this school is not a great experience. the teachers are rude and most of the staff is disrespectful. the secretary is extremely disrespectful and has an attitude. it does not have windows and there are cameras all over the school now providing absolutely no privacy. i've been at this school since 7th grade and i am now in 9th grade and every second at this school was miserable. i do not recommend this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I attend Shepherd Junior High and am now a freshman. The school has it's ups and downs like any other. I am on Spiritline was Student Council President involved in Advanced Dance and am in accelerated classes. I have had some very good teachers but compared to a friend from Stapely she has a much better situation with teachers but not with the students. Shepherd is full of some very good kids with good work ethic and the staff is constantly trying to improve the school. With budget cuts the school is doing the best they can. With that being said Shepherd is one of the best schools in Mesa.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is horrible. It claims to be a 'Great School' however moving from out of state to this school was a bad idea. There are no windows so my son who attended 7th grade said it felt like a dungeon. As a parent there was lack of communication between parent teacher student. My son was not doing well academically and there was no where to turn for help for him. I was highly disappointed in this school and it's honestly a disgrace to our school system. Unfortunately other parents who haven't experienced a true 'Great School' have no idea that this school needs serious help!

  • (6 years ago)

    I would have to say overall; Shepherd is a wonderful school. There are so many caring well educated teachers that love to share their knowledge with our children. We have experienced some problems due to ignorance and discrimination on the part of a few teachers and the leadership of the school. Unfortunately parents often believe the leadership of the school is taking care of the problem are too busy to follow up or sit back and hope things will be resolved. Many of the more serious problems are swept under the rug and never brought to the attention of the district. However compared to oher schools in the area Shepherd rocks.

  • (6 years ago)

    i really do like this school i have good grades lots of amazing friends and i like all my teachers. A really great thing about it is the dance groups i am an 8th grade girl and dance is my life... school at shepherd is awsum really fun and i love it here. dont want to leave but thats ok. its my little bro's turn shepherd is an amazing school.

  • (6 years ago)

    My children are attending this school and they both have high GPAs. They adore Shepherd because of the understanding teachers and the nice staff. My kids have never felt threatened or scared at Shepherd. This is the best middle school in Mesa.

  • (6 years ago)

    I absolutely love Shepherd. This is THE best school to go to. (

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a good school if your child does not have special needs. If your child needs support you better look somewhere else

  • (7 years ago)

    When a problem arose two out of four teachers responded to my call immediately. The counselor was also very quick in responding. Immediate action was taken on a serious issue. Overall I feel this school has done well in responding to parent concerns. Office staff has been very courteous and helpful. Cafeteria staff also.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a student at this school and I have to say we have the best football team this year! Undefeated! Woo! Well also the dance program is awesome.

  • (7 years ago)

    Shepherd jr. High. So many words that can be said about this school all of them being great. I enjoy attending this school very much because I learn so much from not only the school work but from the teachers and students as well. I must admit that I have had problems with a few students but no violence occured and the issue(s) resolved. I would recommend this school to everyone!

  • (8 years ago)

    Shepherd is the best school ever when it comes to theatre! I am very involved in performing arts and the musical theatre class has left me to feel right at home. Thank you Mrs. Griffin Mrs. Turley & Mrs. Lauricella!

  • (8 years ago)

    I have attended this school for three years. The extracurricular activities are oustanding and there are many to choose from. I have had problems with some of the teachers though. I've also had problems with some of the students that I attend school with. Therefore that causes problems. Overall this school in terms of academics is good.

  • (8 years ago)

    I reviewed all junior highs/high schools in mesa when determining where to move. I decided that the best overall school would be shepherd/red mountain based on academics sports safety and religious pressures. We then found a neighborhood that we liked that included these two schools. My daughter is in her 2nd year at shepherd and it has been a great experience. Some teachers are great and others so so. Frustrating that school sports not available till 9th grade. The kids seem to get along pretty good with minimal 'bullying' or 'meangirl' issues.

  • (8 years ago)

    This School is great for me becuase it is a smooth running operation and meets there interests from Basketball to math club they've got it all.

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter is attending her third year at Shepherd Junior High and my husband and I continue to be impressed by the quality of instruction she recieves from teachers who clearly state the goals and criteria required. Although my daughter is satisfied to earn average grades I feel she understands what is expected if she wants to achieve higher grades. The teachers counselors and the princepal have always been receptive to our concerns as her parents and communication has been courteous and informative. Security on campus is excellent with diligent awareness on the part of all adults in charge of supervision. Consistent attention is paid to dress code student identification student to student issues and dealt with fairly. By setting high expectations and requiring students to follow the rules these educators have made one of the most difficult stages of a child development a safe and positive experience for our family.

  • (9 years ago)

    Thank you! What my daughter is learning is outstanding. Thank you for preparing her for the future.

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