New Samaritan High School is a charter school in Mesa. The school opened in 2003 to provide a holistic curriculum for students in 9th through 12th grades as an alternative to public education. The school blends the core subjects as well as the rest of the curriculum with vocational educational in technologies, economics, photography, drama, and organic farming
Parents are on both sides of the fence with their opinion of New Samaritan High School with half loving the school and half hating the school. On one side the parents expressed the teachers were caring and devoted offering one on one attention. Even students raved on the school and the things they were learning. The small class size was one of the most positive comments allowing students to get that extra attention they may need to succeed. Other parents had their reservations as to if the school is preparing students for higher education. Another complaint was that the school does not offer extra curricular activities, art, or music. Teachers and staff seem to be changing all the time.
In the state of Arizona in order to graduate high school, one must pass the AIMS series of tests in 10th grade. These test measure if students are mastering core subjects. The percentage of students that passed the AIMS exams at New Samaritan High School in reading was 38% below the state average, in science percentages were 32% below average, in writing percentages were 48% below average, and in math was 51% below average.
The percentages of students that were able to graduate were very low when compared to state averages. It would be best if you look at other schools in the area as well as talk with parents before making the decision to enroll your child in the school. Things may change and the education quality may improve so you should take a tour and learn more about the curriculum before making a final decision.
New Samaritan High School
1455 S. Stapley Dr., Ste. 20
Mesa, AZ 85204