Connolly Principal Kathy Mullery


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Connolly Middle School is an A+ School of Excellence

Welcome to Connolly Middle School. We were recently awarded the coveted 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 is proud to offer a challenging and enriching curriculum for your child. Connolly’s faculty and staff strive to create an environment where a shared commitment to learning, critical thinking, cooperation, tolerance, and self-discipline will enable students to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

Connolly Middle School offers a unique educational experience because of the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program. We are recognized as an AVID National Certified School and are proud to be 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.

Connolly’s west campus is home to ASPIRE Academy, which is designed for the most academically gifted middle school students. ASPIRE teachers regularly challenge students intellectually and creatively to reach their full potential.

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 experience to band and orchestra students. 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!”

We acknowledge that the most effective instruction in the middle school emphasizes academic integrity while making an emotional connection with the students. Our school has a special spirit! Academics and the emotional connections are consistent. Students feel that they are part of the Connolly family.

Connolly Middle School students, parents, and educators share responsibility for quality education. We welcome parent and family involvement. It is our belief that by working together, we accomplish more for every child. 

We are committed to all students’ success. Please visit our school and see why our school motto is “Whatever It takes, we are college bound!”

Kathryn Mullery, Principal