Signature Programs at Echo Mountain Intermediate

At Echo Mountain Primary School, we strive to help each child achieve his/her highest level of academic and personal success. We use several program to help us accomplish this goal.  

Response to Intervention (RTI)

RTI is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. At EMPS, we are considered a model RTI school by the Arizona State Department of Education. As such, we implement the program with fidelity. The RTI process begins with high-quality instruction and screening of all students in the classroom setting. Students are then provided three levels of intervention, based on their needs:  

  • Tier 1 - High-quality classroom instruction, screening, and whole group interventions

  • Tier 2 - Targeted interventions with small group instruction

  • Tier 3 - Intensive intervention with a very small group which is guided be either the classroom teacher or an Intervention Specialist

All students are monitored for progress on a regular basis and the Tier groups are fluid based on the results of the monitoring. This allows for the most appropriate level of intervention for each student.

Full-Day Kindergarten

Echo Mountain Primary offers free full-day kindergarten for all students.


A new program at EMPS, Mutt-i-grees teaches students to show compassion, care, and kindness using shelter dogs and then allows students to use that experience to create and maintain a positive classroom climate. Designed by Yale University's School of the 21st Century, the program is part of the North Shore Animal League of America, the oldest and largest animal shelter and adoption operation in the world.  Mutt-i-grees approaches social and emotional learning from the unique perspective of making shelter animals -both virtual and actual - catalysts for compassion and learning.  Our School Resource Officer (SRO) will have an active role in the Mutt-i-gree program at EMPS.

We have celebrated a year full of kindness at Echo Mountain! 189 students have been recognized for being kind.

EMPS Technology

Echo Mountain Primary School is one of the few schools in our area to offer full-time instruction in both Media (Library) and Technology. At EMPS, we feel that technology is best used as a tool for learning in the classroom, as well as a venue for creativity and a way for students to learn essential skills for the 21st Century job market they will face in the future. As such, we offer iPad mini-labs for learning in all kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms. Our 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms feature Google Chromebooks in mini-lab configurations. These tools allow for individualized instruction for students and portals to the world of the internet.  

Our Media and Tech Lab classes offer students the opportunity to engage with the world of print and electronic literature, gain keyboarding skills, and learn the basics of computer science through basic coding instruction.

Preschool Programs

Echo Mountain Primary offers multiple preschool programs for beginning learners, including SUN Kids Preschool for preschoolers with special needs.