Welcome to McDowell Mountain Elementary School

Welcome to McDowell Mountain! Only students from preschool to third grade are educated at MMES, a public school in the small and supportive community of Fountain Hills. With this focus, we are able to center on the developmental and academic needs of very young children, providing the foundation that is essential for student success in the upper elementary level and beyond.

Please visit our website often to see all of the exciting things going on at our school. Our News and Events and Calendar pages will keep you up-to-date on upcoming events and fundraisers as well as some of the awesome accomplishments of our students. The About Us page will give you the names of our outstanding teachers and support staff as well as the phone numbers and e-mail addresses where they can be reached. Visit Our School page to see our schedule and mission statement. Our Frequently Asked Questions page will answer your important questions.

Parents are always welcome at McDowell Mountain. Please visit, volunteer, and attend our school events. If you are new and considering McDowell Mountain for your child, please contact our office and we can schedule a tour. You will quickly see that we have dedicated and engaging staff, amazing facilities, and a positive environment where your child will thrive socially and academically.

A Message from Our Principal

Dear Parents and Students,

principal photoWelcome to McDowell Mountain Elementary School! 

At McDowell Mountain the school staff set high expectations for students, in both academic progress and character. We want students to be the best they can be, in all parts of their lives. As stated in the school’s mission statement, “Everyone is a learner and will encourage and help others to be successful learners.” This applies not only to students, but to staff and parents as well. Teachers and all staff are active participants in ongoing professional development and analysis of your students’ needs. We encourage parents to play an active role in their children’s educations, as teachers and parents are partners in students’ academic and character development.

At MMES we work together with parents and the community to set goals and implement positive programs for students. We will regularly update information about these goals on our website, share key events with you on our website and Facebook page, through our monthly newsletter “Falcons on Fire”, and via the weekly district email newsletter “Falcon Focus”.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s education and experiences at school.


Valerie Dehombreux

Valerie Dehombreux, Principal