Mountain Trail Middle School opened in the fall of 2002 and is located west of Cave Creek Road and is just south of Pinnacle Peak Road in Phoenix, Arizona. Mountain Trail is home to 850 seventh and eighth graders. Students are placed on teams that provide small learning communities, which supports each student's intellectual, social, emotional and physical development in a mutually respectful environment.

Use of the Core Knowledge® curriculum, Mountain Trail's signature program, provides our students with a sequenced specific core curriculum that helps children establish strong foundations of knowledge. Mountain Trail was the first middle school in the Paradise Valley Unified School District to provide the continuation of the Core Knowledge® curriculum offered at the elementary schools within our boundaries. Our goal is to increase student understanding, promote excellence and fairness in learning, increase critical thinking skills, present a diversity of perspectives, and encourage and integrate the use of technology in school.

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Read the MTMS ID Policy (PDF)


Work Hard and Be Nice to People 

Mission Statement

The Mission of Mountain Trail Middle School is to provide our students with a rewarding and comprehensive educational experience that prepares them for success in high school.


The Vision of Mountain Trail Middle School is to provide a place where...students want to go to school, parents want to send their children and teachers want to teach.  A place where students will feel included and be nurtured by motivated and enthusiastic professionals.  Students will leave MTMS academically prepared to succeed in high school and with positive feelings about their middle school experience.


All Students are provided the opportunity for:
Use of the rich and rigorous Core Knowledge® Curriculum
A safe and orderly environment
A shared responsibility for student achievement
A welcoming and respectful environment




Young Leaders


Thinking Before Acting

Encouraging Others

Striving for Excellence

Enjoy your journey through Mountain Trail Middle School!

In the Interest of Youth,
Katy Clark

Coyotes Count Day

Positive Behavior Gets A Boost! 

Striving for Excellence


7th and 8th grade students who have worn their IDs, have less than 3 missing assignments and have had zero discipline issues and have turned in the majority of their class work for the week, will be allowed to hang out in the courtyard with their friends, play basketball, dance to music, purchase special treats, etc.
Discipline issues include, but are not limited to:
Buddy passes
Classroom behavior issues (where students have already been warned...teacher discretion)
Conduct referrals