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Connolly Middle School is an A+ School of Excellence

Welcome to Connolly Middle School and ASPIRE Academy where all students are challenged to reach their potential. Connolly is proud to be an A+ School of Excellence™ designation by the Arizona Educational Foundation, one of 39 Arizona public schools receiving this honor. The A+ School of Excellence Program is a comprehensive school assessment program that celebrates outstanding schools and brings to light the positive stories and successes taking place in public schools every day. 

Connolly offers a variety of learning opportunities for all types of students and learners that will maximize their educational and personal success. We are an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)  National Certified School and recognized as an AVID National Demonstration Site. Research validates that the AVID college-readiness system works for all students. AVID’s proven methodologies implemented throughout each subject increase rigor and promote academic achievement for general, gifted, and special education students.

The ASPIRE Program offers a small-school setting for our most gifted middle school students with access to the various experiences and opportunities of a comprehensive middle school. The staff are highly trained and versed in gifted education and push students through project-based learning. 

The music programs at Connolly have a long tradition of excellence. Connolly is proud to be one of the only middle schools in the state of Arizona to provide a full symphony orchestra. Connolly’s Symphonic Band continues to be recognized by the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association for “representing the finest in music education in Arizona.” 

At Connolly our focus is to build and sustain relationships with students and families to secure their educational path for success at the middle school level and beyond. Our students leave with the skills, confidence, knowledge, perseverance, and courage to continue reaching and exceeding their goals for college and future success. We support and expect independent responsibility for achievements and personal growth. At Connolly we are a community that celebrates and acknowledges student and staff success.  

I look forward to working with each and every one of you to encourage and support your child’s academic and social/emotional growth and success at Connolly Middle School. Our school strives to meet the unique needs of all children on campus and our programs and instruction are structured to ensure success for all.  


Marissa Schneckloth, Principal