1407 N Alta Mesa Dr
Mesa, AZ 85205
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
5/
10
Bottom 50%
Shepherd Junior High School serves 676 students in grades 4-8.
Shepherd Junior High School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Arizona for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 41% (which is lower than the Arizona state average of 45%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 37% (which is lower than the Arizona state average of 45%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 20:1 is higher than the Arizona state level of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 42% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is lower than the Arizona state average of 64% (majority Hispanic).

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: 4-8
  • Students: 676 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 20:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 42%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50% in AZ
  • Math Proficiency
    : 41% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 37% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), AZ Dept. of Education

School Overview

Shepherd Junior High School's student population of 676 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 34 teachers has grown by 9% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 4-8
Total Students
676 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
34 teachers
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School Rankings

Shepherd Junior High School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 2,120 schools in Arizona (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of Shepherd Junior High School is 0.57, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2020-2021 School Year Data
This School
State Level (AZ)
Overall Testing Rank
#1185 out of 2120 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
41%
45%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
37%
45%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
20:1
17:1
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American Indian
2%
5%
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Asian
1%
3%
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Hispanic
31%
46%
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Black
4%
6%
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White
58%
36%
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Hawaiian
1%
n/a
Two or more races
3%
4%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.57
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Eligible for Free Lunch
33%
42%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
7%
9%
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School Calendar

View the Shepherd Junior High School yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

Event
Date
No School - Fall Break
October 03, 2022 (Monday)
No School - Fall Break
October 04, 2022 (Tuesday)
No School - Fall Break
October 05, 2022 (Wednesday)
No School - Fall Break
October 06, 2022 (Thursday)
No School - Fall Break
October 07, 2022 (Friday)
Source: 2020-2021 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), AZ Dept. of Education

School Reviews

5   3/30/2009
I love going to Shepherd Jr. High. There's so many things to do and I actually learn something. The teachers are absolutely amazing and I would never want to transfer. Shepherd is amazing! Go band geeks, NAL Nerds, and etc.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - kuege
5   7/1/2007
Overall I would say the quality of the academics are good. There is a small range of level however; it is pretty much advanced or normal. You choose one path and stay on it for the rest of your three years at the school. Everyone has a chance to be on either a sport, involved in the performing arts, extra electives, or all three. There is not awide range of extra curriculars. Most students are either on a sport of performing art field. If neither than its probably student council or the school's National Junior Honor Society. Every year 9th graders are always awarded with awards in all academic subjects, sports, and music. Some 8th graders are also involved.I would let everyone know that this school is pretty well rounded except they are extremely strict! When I was a student landyards had to be worn at all times and consequences such as detention followed if you didn't have it with you. Security is tight and there is not much room to roam around the school. I have heard that every year the school gets more and more controlling.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - violi

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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: 4-8
  • Students: 676 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 20:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 42%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 41% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 37% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), AZ Dept. of Education

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