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About This School

Zaharis Elementary School is a public elementary school in Mesa. 860 children attend Zaharis Elementary School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 1% of the Zaharis Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 21% of the 860 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Zaharis Elementary School is 21:1. Cambridge Academy East is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 37%
White, non-Hispanic 86% 52%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 4%
Asian 2% 2%
Multiracial 0.7% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 48%
Limited English proficiency 1% 13%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    This is the most amazing school. I have 6 kids and this school has been great for the first four that have gone so far. The teachers care so much and the principal is outstanding

  • (11 months ago)

    My daughter attends Zaharis and it has been the BEST experience we could have asked for in a school and teacher. Ms. Kuhlman is FABULOUS and we feel very blessed to go to such an amazing school! I have never heard of such an engaged caring active public school... but it does exist at Zaharis!

  • (11 months ago)

    I am a parent of 2 Zaharis students this school is all about your status.if u make 1 comment about there rules (which they make up as they go) they will shun u From that day foward the whole staff is a bunch of gossiping men and women.The principal has n knowledge of discipline to the children that need it.If your child has a problem in any subject there first stepped is to assume your child is special needs instead of the teachers working with your child...

  • (12 months ago)

    I know and have worked with the Principal Mr. Oliver in the past at another school. He is kind and has a great relationship with all of his staff parents and children. I love that he has books in his office. I love the bed time stories..If I were to move back to Mesa I would definately have my children attend Zaharis.

  • (1 year ago)

    There is no better school out there! You seriously won't find any better! Everyone works together to create an environment unparallelled to anything you've every seen! You have to go see it to believe it!

  • (2 years ago)

    Zaharis is an outstanding school that teaches kids to think rather than just memorize. The principal is truly a role model that the kids look up to and love. He is creative involved and thinks outside the box and therefore attracts that kind of teacher. The teachers are there because they love to teach kids and challenge them daily to be better learners discovers and people. Academic excellence these days is only measured by test scores but they cannot measure the intangible skills of real life problem solving critical thinking and so many other qualities that parents want their kids to learn and embrace. I am blessed that my kids have all attended Zaharis since it opened when my oldest started kindergarten. They have gotten the very best educational experience I could ask for.

  • (3 years ago)

    Great school! Really reaches outside the box to teach kids in different ways from the traditional school formats. No desks make kids comfortable and they are more open to learn.

  • (3 years ago)

    Zaharis has an amazing principal who supports his staff and students every way he can. What a positive environment for kids!

  • (3 years ago)

    No comment. This school is amazing. Wonderful learning faculty and the teachers it seems work along with the children. My child excels in Orchestra Math Social Studies and Reading. I absolutely love this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Zaharis is like a private school disguised as a public elementary. The principal and teachers are so involved in creating a comfortable learning environment. Even if you visit the school unannounced you will see a ton of kids reading or enjoying projects. I also have special needs children and they receive the utmost support at Zaharis. Truly a great school!

  • (4 years ago)

    I have been so impressed with Zaharis. What a welcoming environment for children and their families! At this school kids learn by doing. They are becoming readers writers mathemeticians and scientists. Students and teachers learn alongside one another and it's evident that they are all actively engaged and having fun! I couldn't imagine a better school to help my children to learn and grow.

  • (4 years ago)

    Zaharis is a wonderful place for children. Instead of doing drills and worksheets all day my children read real books and get real-life learning experiences. As a result they love learning love reading and love school. The teachers are wonderful. You can tell they put extra time into their teaching and care a lot about the kids. Lots of parents get involved and there's a real feeling of joy at the school. What a wonderful place to be!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is awesome. Thanks to Mr. Oliver (the principle) and all the teachers who love reading and encourage it my kids are avid readers and excel in school.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a fantastic school. The teachers and administration work as a team and the children are their primary focus. We couldn't ask for more in a school.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child has attended this school for 4 years. I have to do an extra hour of homework with him each night just to get him to the level he is supposed to be at. My child is a bright and inquisitive student that seems to get lost in the shuffle. The test scores are low because there is no standardized curriculum. I will have my son attend a different school next year.

  • (6 years ago)

    My kids have attended Zaharis for 3 years and have enjoyed phenomenal teachers each year. They have never said they do not want to go to school. The building itself is beautiful and the students' work is always displayed around the classrooms as well as in the hallways. Zaharis instills a love of learning rather than just preparing for standardized tests. My kids' math and reading skills are significantly higher than grade level and are also better compared to cousins who go to quality schools in other states. In addition Zaharis teaches how to research and learn rather than just memorizing facts. The only downside of Zaharis are the class sizes which have crept up recently.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm a student teacher that goes to school in Rexburg ID. I visited Zaharis back in Aug. 2007 and noticed that students were learning for life and not just for a test. I requested to do my student teaching here and I have to say I love it! I'm learning how to teach students so they can see the importance of what they are learning for life. I hope that I'll be able to find a school just like this one for my children.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have children at this school and let me just say that Zaharis is not the same way it use to be. Mr. Oliver is kind but he is not very fair when real discipline needs to be given. Also my kids are doing horrible at this school and I feel that the teachers do not really take the time to make sure no child is left behind they just say they need Special Ed and that gets them off their back! I feel this school needs to pick up the slack it's slacking. I have decided my children will not be attending this school next year.

  • (6 years ago)

    Zaharis is such a great school! I went to zaharis for 2 years and I loved the school. The principal is so cool and is involved and talks and hangs out with the students! the principal even calls himself principal! He is so cool to get to know!I loved going to that school it was way better and cleaner then my old elementary school! The aids are really nice and hang out and get to know the kids and are friends to the students! The teachers listen and get to know the kids instead of being really mean! They are all really nice!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    My kids have gone to Zaharis for three years and we have been very impressed. We love the principal. He is very friendly and involved. It is a clean organized school with lots of parental involvement and opportunities to volunteer. I've been very impressed with all of the teachers my kids have had. I love how you can request teachers. I do agree that the school is a bit overcrowded.

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