K-12 System - A Strong Foundation


Award-winning K-12
Mesa Public Schools (MPS) is the largest school district in Arizona and the 44th largest in
the country. MPS is recognized nationally for its superb educational programs and student
achievements in academics, sports, creative and performing arts, as well as technical and career
training. Mesa boasts a new biotech academy and an advanced health sciences academy.

Gilbert Public Schools (GPS) is one of four districts covering a portion of Mesa and the first in Arizona to acquire the national pre-engineering program Project Lead the Way (PLTW). The
program will be offered at Desert Ridge High School in East Mesa. With its commitment to recruit and retain all students, PLTW offers a flexible and rigorous high school four-year program that recognizes students' college-preparatory math and science sequences and their career goals. PLTW prepares students to enter a two- or four-year college or technical school in engineering and engineering technology.

East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) is considered a model for career and technical education by the U.S. Department of Education. EVIT provides students with hands-on, advanced skills and training in over 40 occupation-specific programs which allow students to thrive in today's competitive job market. EVIT is Arizona's first Joint Technological Education District (JTED), a public school district that serves students from 10 East Valley school districts.

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