School Details

Explorer Middle School

22401 North 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85050
(602) 449-4200
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 917 students 22 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

89%
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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
  • Paradise Valley Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
65%
59%
90%
79%
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90%
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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
  • Paradise Valley Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Explorer Middle School is a public middle school in Phoenix. The principal of Explorer Middle School is Marianne M. Bursi and can be contacted at mbursi@pvschools.net. 917 students go to Explorer Middle School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 0.9% of the Explorer Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 8% of the 917 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Explorer Middle School is 22:1. Mountain Trail Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 80% 62%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Asian 4% 4%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Hispanic 11% 27%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 8% 33%
Limited English proficiency 0.9% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    I agree with the comments below about bullying. If your child doesn't wear provacative clothes or have a boyfriend or sexts then be prepared ot have your child bullied. Looking for another school where my daughter will feel comfortable being a smart compassionate child.

  • (9 months ago)

    This school has been amazing! I was a there for 2 years and loved it. Explorer has a wide range of activities and classes that make learning fun! The teachers are amazing and always lend a helping hand. The staff is nice polite and all-round amazing. They offer tutoring for students who need extra help and the councilors provide a safe place for you when you need help. I have been very impressed with this school and wish I could have stayed longer!

  • (11 months ago)

    Explorer Middle School has been absolutely wonderful! Not only do they focus on the student's education safety and overall sense of school spirit the teachers and administrators make it a point to communicate with parents on a consistent basis. My son has had a fantastic two years at Explorer. Not to say he hasn't had his "challenges" that come with being a normal outgoing boy. However those situations were always handled in a professional manner. I believe that due in large part Explorer's curriculumn and emphasis on education is one reason why my son was accepted to both Notre Dame and Brophy Preparatory.

  • (1 year ago)

    Explorer Middle School is a great school. They have 75 minutes of Math Science & English. Other schools only have 42-45 minutes. That is key. This is a STEM school specializing in Science Technology English and Math. Imperative to student success in growth. Teachers are good. New Principal seems very nice. Overall happy in our 2nd year there.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our personal experience at Explorer has met all of our expectations. Our daughter came from an exceptional elementary school and we fully expected her educational experience to remain the same at Explorer and we have not been disappointed. The curriculum is challenging and some of the teachers can have high expectations for the kids and that is perfect for preparing them for high school. Our daughter met a great group of kids and we have not witnessed any bullying issues. If it has occurred then it is very isolated and unfortunate. The school does have a bullying policy in place and our daughter is very aware of it and has not witnessed any bullying personally. We rated it four stars because every school has room for improvement.

  • (1 year ago)

    The bullying is out of control at this school and absolutely nothing has been done. There are mean kids that the administration chooses to look the other way with. Something needs to be done. There are good teachers whose hands are tied. Don't open enroll your students here...

  • (2 years ago)

    I am confused and dismayed at the negative reviews posted regarding bullying at Explorer Middle School. It simply doesn't go on at Explorer and I am pretty sure the reviews below are from one or two disgruntled parents. I have been an EMS parent and volunteer for 2 years and am extremely impressed with the quality and dedication of the faculty and the variety of programs that are offered for the students. As many have noted the technology classes are exceptional and the growing music and drama departments are the best of any middle school in the district. About 1/2 of the students at EMS have open enrolled which means that they choose to go to school at Explorer. EMS also has the highest test scores of any middle school in the district. There are numerous opportunities to volutneer and you can get involved as much or as little as your schedule allows. The PTO is active and very supportive of the staff and students. They also have a fabulous fall festival that this the talk of the community every October.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is my 1st year at Explorer and my husband and I are happy with our choice. My 2 older kids attended Mountain Trail Middle another good school however this time we allowed our youngest child the opportunity to choose for himself. He came home yesterday beaming as he told us he got straight A's this time. He's had to work hard especially in English Honors but the work has paid off! The leaders and staff are all hard working and dedicated. As a member of the PTO and district Rep -- this school has a very active group of parent volunteers and we work closely with the administration to provide the best learning environment for our kids.

  • (2 years ago)

    The bullying is out of control at this school. Something needs to be done. I am removing my child.

  • (2 years ago)

    We open-enrolled our daughter at Explorer this year like 400 other families and have been more than impressed with her experience. Not only was she able to make wonderful friends (after not knowing anyone) but her teachers have been very kind and helpful with the transition. Her counselor Nicole Hansen has gone out of her way to make sure she felt comfortable in a new environment even having a girl's lunch bunch once a week for the first few months of school so the girls could get to know each other. Our daughter's favorite classes have been choir and drama. Both teachers are young and energetic. They make learning fun. My daughter has learned more in choir this year than she has by taking private voice lessons. Ms. Burdick the choir teacher is outstanding. The variety of electives offered at this school far exceed what I've seen offered at other area middle schools. Although this school prides themselves on being a STEM school and has 75 minutes allocated for math as well as English there are lots of options for kids who's interests lie elsewhere. The staff and administration treat the kids like young adults yet still allow them to be kids. We are glad we chose Explorer.

  • (2 years ago)

    My child attended Explorer for both 7th and 8th grade. She was in Honors English both years and was very active in the extra curricular activities Explorer has to offer. Not only was she well prepared for the classes at Pinnacle and had a positive experience but she continues to volunteer and assist with the after school activities.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is amazing. The staff truly does try and take care of everything that goes on. I recently had a problem with another student and I reported it to my teacher. She sent me to the vice-principal where I told her about it and she was understanding and in charge of the situation. By the end of the day everything was sorted out and this happened in 6th period. This school also offers a variety of electives and extracurricular activities for students. The technology use in the school is phenomenal as well. The only problem is the dress code isn't enforced harshly enough.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am removing my student from this school where the bullying is out of control. There is a group of nasty/mean girls and boys at the school who constantly bully my child and administration is doing nothing to address it even after multiple meetings asking for something to be done. The chorus teacher and courtyard attendants are also bullys and cater to the mean kids. While the principal assistant principal counselors and nurse are receptive and the majority of the teachers are amazing the bullying is out of control. My child is going to need time to recover from the abuse at this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    I removed my child from this horrible school where bullying is rampant almost a year ago and my child still has not recovered (and that is a medical diagnosis - not my opinion). Thank you to all the teachers students and leadership for giving my child PTSD by not controlling the "lovely" kids who attend here.

  • (2 years ago)

    My child has been thriving at Explorer. Great school lots of updated technology a wide variety of electives to chose from and a challenging honors curriculum. Be prepared for lots of homework a bit of a transition from elementary school but once they get into the routine its manageable. Very happy with this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    best school of technology that i have ever been to they are so kind especially the principal and the vice principal and the counclers are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    Explorer has great technology programs strong & dynamic leadership and (for the most part) caring and concerned teachers and counselors. One child had some problems being bullied while the other witnessed some very inappropriate behavior. In both cases the administration was completely on top of the situation and went out of their way to keep me updated on the resolution. I was very impressed with their responsiveness.

  • (3 years ago)

    As the adult sibling of a younger child that tried to attend this school I am appalled at the lack of understanding caring empathy and control (by upper level staff) shown at this school. The behavior of the students is inappropriate and as aforementioned the staff as well who "cannot promise to put a stop to bullying". There are a group of "mean girls" here who put the movie characters to shame.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have been very happy with Explorer and the staff. I have found that they are very caring and willing to help and in fact many have gone above and beyond the call of duty when my child has needed assistance. We did have some problems with bullying (as I am sure every middle school has) but these situations were addressed immediately. In fact I was surprised at how quickly this was taken care of. The school has amazing technology available and some very enthusiastic and supportive teachers. I realize that everyone has a different experience but I have never had anything other than positive interactions with the staff at Explorer.

  • (3 years ago)

    When CCUSD closed the school my child attended late last spring it was sad. But I need to send the superintendant and board a THANK YOU! It was the best thing that ever happened to my child because it forced me to look elsewhere. If I now had to drive my child several miles to the other CCUSD middle school (one with lower academic achievement etc. than what they closed) I might as well see what else was out there. We found Explorer. The principal is completely committed to her school and to securing top resources for the kids. Classes are comprehensive. The honors English curriculum had just been re-written and it is in-depth and challenging--true honors. The teachers and staff are all committed to the students. The facilities clean and well cared for (ours were old severely in need of renovation and smelly). We moved from a school with 15 year old computers to one with BRAND NEW Macs Google Beta testing computer labs a television studio radio broadcasting engineering advanced engineering band choir strings languages...they have it all. I only wish I had found it earlier for my other children.

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