Mercury Mine Elementary School

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"Mining the Promise of the Future"

Mercury Mine is a unique elementary school nestled between the peaks of Dreamy Draw Park, near U.S. 51, in a quiet, close-knit neighborhood community. Established in 1976, Mercury Mine has a stellar reputation of academic excellence, humanities, technology and leadership. We are fortunate to have a dedicated and talented staff, outstanding students, parents, relatives and neighbors who have a long-standing tradition of positively collaborating on a daily basis to create an amazing learning community for our children, generation after generation. We are so proud of the caliber of our graduates, many of whom are National Merit-recognized students.

There are several unique features of our school, including gardens and a gymnasium with a rock wall. Students also enjoy a desert area complete with amphitheater, stage, ramada, desert walk, ruins and desert plants.

In the 2012-13 school year, we launched the Core Knowledge® academic curriculum. We also teach the Arizona Common Core Standards and individualize instruction for students through small groups, Accelerated Math, Accelerated Reader and pull-out programs for gifted and special education.

Our Parent Teacher Group (PTG) sponsors various family activities and is integral in funding technology and other resources that contribute to our school environment.

Transportation is available to students who live at least one mile from school, or one-half mile for kindergarten students. Sahuaro, Paradise Valley School of Karate and Creative Center private day care centers provide transportation to and from MMES.

  • The average class size is 26. We offer art, technology/media, P.E., music, band, strings, Mini-Museum, Artist in Residence, plays and field trips. Enrichment activities include student council, chorus, cooking and craft classes, Chess class, sports clubs and homework clubs.
  • Our students have regular access to a computer lab, laptops, iPads, Apple TVs, Chromebooks and Proxima projectors.
  • Our school staff is familiar with the district and school emergency plans, which follow the national incident Command System for local, state and national first responders. We have a visitor check-in plan, a health and safety team and our students practice fire and lockdown drills.
  • Parents can stay up to date on their students' schedules, attendance, assignments and grades using Infinite Campus, the district-wide student information system. School and PTG information is also available online.

School hours are 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Mascot Club before-school care is offered from 6:30 - 8:45 a.m. and after-school care is offered from 3:15 - 6:30 p.m.

Early dismissal hours are 8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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