School Details

Mountain Trail Middle School

2323 East Mountain Gate Pass, Phoenix, AZ 85024
(602) 449-4600
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 & ungraded 849 students 22 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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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

69%
65%
59%
82%
79%
70%
73%
72%
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

Mountain Trail Middle School is a public middle school in Scottsdale. The principal of Mountain Trail Middle School is Ian Deonise, whose e-mail is tbeckwith@pvschools.net. 849 students go to Mountain Trail Middle School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 0.5% of the Mountain Trail Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 22% of the 849 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Mountain Trail Middle School is 22:1. Vista Verde Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 71% 62%
Multiracial 4% 3%
Asian 3% 4%
Hispanic 20% 27%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22% 33%
Limited English proficiency 0.5% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    My daughter is an 8th grader at MTMS. I have been extremely impressed with the Principal front office staff nurse and all of the teachers. The Principal is extremely approachable and the communication with the Princiapal teachers and PTO is excellent!

  • (1 year ago)

    Such an amazing school! I was a new student and I was welcomed instantly into a wonderful group of students and teachers. There was no bullying no drama and good education and extra-curricular programs. I loved my experience at Mountain Trail!

  • (1 year ago)

    Mountain Trail Middle School..Mountain Trails Middle School is among the most exceptional junior High Schools in Arizona.Their CORE Knowledge program scores among the BEST in North Phoenix-Paradise Valley. It's an EXCELLENT middle school. The students have remarkable respect for one another. This is the result of the morally positive mission statement at Mountain Trails Middle School. Mountain Trail Middle School not only promotes (but encourages) the morals of honesty kindness and "mutual respect.". It's certainly working in a very positive way. My son recently lost his(semi-costly) water container. It was later located in one of his school's classes days later. This says a lot.Not just for the student(s) but for the positive actions of the facility at this middle school as well. -) This is a 5+-Star School with 5+-Star Leadership (in our families opinion). Mountain Trails Middle School has our family vote (collectively) of 5 members as being a Middle School of "excellency " in the North Phoenix/Paradise Valley School District area. Mountain Trail Middle School deserves "EXCEPTIONALLY " high marks of achievement and recognition from among all U.S. Middle Schools -)

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm an eighth grader at Mountain Trail right now (supreme). School is almost done with and then I'm off to Pinnacle HS. Mountain Trail is an awesome school! I love it! First off it's clean! Second the teachers are really great. I never really had a thing for science English or social studies... But the teachers attitude makes you a lot more motivated to learn. The bullying issues are taken care of quickly and fairly. And Mountain Trail has a really strict policy for bullying. So that's good. I was on Principals list for the whole first semester and I was on honor roll for second semester. This school I feel is really going to help me prepare for HS. The principal is awesome D so are the duty aids. Most of my best memories were made at MTMS (like when the principal got pumpkin pie all in his face!) Your son/daughter would really really like it at Mountain Trail. I did )

  • (2 years ago)

    I had a daughter graduate from this school 4 years ago and presently have s son in 7th grade. Both my children have had an excellent experience in this school. My daughter absolutely thrived in honors classes and was very involved in student government. My son is completely blossoming thanks to fabulous sports program (5 star coaches!) and his interaction with the principal. I would agree there are a few mediocre teachers but for the most part my children have been well prepared. Both enjoy/emjoyed their time at this at this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    I dont understand why this school is getting so many stars. Look at the test scores people the proof is in the pudding. The school seems mediocre at best. they dont push and strive for excellence at all. Very disapointed that I wasted 2 critical years for my child's future at this school. I wish I would have done my research beforehand so that she will enter high school more prepared. Dont send your child this school if you want academic excellence for your child you wont get it at this school. My child got honor roll the 2 years here and his writing skills is below grade level. Teachers are not motivated to engage and enlighten kids. Stay away from this dismal school.

  • (4 years ago)

    The principal asst. principal and counselor are excellent when it comes to dealing with parents. They listen and take you seriously when issues arise. There are some EXCELLENT teachers here and some AWFUL teachers too. Most I would say are average overall. Bullying here is an ongoing problem and punks are often moved from one class to another just to cause trouble elsewhere. The curriculum Core Knowlege is fantastic although I think science here is weak with almost no labs to get the kids interested. In summary I would say Mountain Trail is okay better than many probably not as good as a few others.

  • (4 years ago)

    there are NO fights/bullying at our school....pretty much EVERYONE gets along )

  • (5 years ago)

    My child just completed 7th grade I feared a drastic change from P.P. Elementary to M.T.M.S. On the contrary he adjusted very well the homework page and grades available on the website helped keep up with middle school pressure even if some teachers do not keep their site updated we did not struggle too much and the year passed very fast. Thank you to Ms Carstens for being a great teacher always available to help.

  • (6 years ago)

    Mountain Trail School set the foundation for my children at Pinacle. Thanks

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter loves Mountain Trail! The teachers are fantastic and go above and beyond the expectations! What a good transition from Elementry school!

  • (7 years ago)

    I do like MTMS but I have noticed (I'm in Honors English and Math) that in honors english you recieve more chances to expand your learning where as in regular classes you don't really get to expand your learning as much.

  • (7 years ago)

    Even though I have left a review about Mountain Trail in the past I feel I must respond to the last reviews. Yes Jan Hamrick does a tremendous job. Yes Jim Lee left and the teaching staff has changed over the past couple years Teachers move retire quit and leave for various reasons. It happens in the corporate world every day why would teaching be any different. There are several former MTMS teachers who left for the district office giving them the opportunity to help all students in the district. I think that speaks highly for the quality of teachers who come to MTMS. The new teachers at MTMS have gotten rave reviews from my student are responsive to me and challenge my student. MTMS is an Excelling school. So obviously teaching to all student levels. Quality teachers + Excelling school = bad leadership. How?

  • (7 years ago)

    Although I agree Jan Hamrick is a good asst. princ. and the campus is extremely clean I have to bring this schools rate down because through all of my experience as being a teacher and a mother of 2 and of coarse my own scholastic career I have never had so many consistent disappointments. I watch as my son and his friends are left behind. I see the non gifted kids falling through the cracks.

  • (7 years ago)

    My oldest who is now in high school attended MTMS my youngest attends now. I have been greatly impressed with the dedication that I have seen from most of the teachers. As with any school you are going to bump heads occasionally with instructors that happened once with one teacher who is no longer there. There has been a great deal of teacher turnover in the last couple of years. I do feel that since Jim Lee moved to District Office the school has declined in its leadership. Jan Hamrick does a wonderful job as assistant principal. I wish I could express such confidence in the current principal.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am currently an 8th grade student at Mountain Trail. It is an absolutely amazing school. The honors programs gives students the opportunity to challenge their thoughts which leads to ultimate success in the near future. The campus is clean and the teachers work together to make MTMS the great school that it is. Mountain Trial is one of the best schools i have ever attended. I would recommend MTMS to you if you want to set your child up for success. There are also many after school sports. MTMS 8th grade boys basketball is undefeated in the Paradise Valley School District! Go coyotes!

  • (7 years ago)

    I attended MTMS for my 8th grade year and I am now attending St Marys HS as a senior. That being said there are 2 reasons I am giving MTMS 4 stars and 1 personal reason I am not giving it 5. MTMS has the most beautiful clean and efficient campus I have attended to this day. Personally I find this very important. (Keep in mind though this was 4 yrs ago..) The 2nd reason is because of the teachers. I wasnt too interested in my studies at the time and they somehow kept faith and motivation in me. I actually have just been nominated for Americas Future Leaders and I am listing a teacher of mine from MTMS as my most inspiring teacher. Trust me I have gone through many teachers some public some private and it is safe to say that MTMS has one of the best faculties.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is an excellent school. They teachers make sure that the students understand. There are no lockers so drugs are unlikely to be sold. Also my daughters are happy they love this school. I would recommend any student going to this wonderful school.

  • (7 years ago)

    I went there last year. I loved all the teachers sooo much! I'll never forget any of them! Everyone who goes there is lucky.

  • (7 years ago)

    Wow! We were new to Mountain Trail last year. My son and daughter received a great education and as new parents we were very impressed with the campus learning environment and administration. Thanks for a great year.

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