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Katherine Mecham Barney Elementary
Queen Creek Unified School District
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An Accelerated School of Choice: Where Everyone Has Genius

Our School

Located in Queen Creek, Arizona, Katherine Mecham Barney Elementary School is part of the Queen Creek Unified School District. Our school lies at the heart of a family-friendly community with rich roots. We are located in the Barney Farms subdivision, northeast of Signal Butte and Queen Creek Roads. With state-of-the-art facilities and enriching and engaging programs, we aim to empower our students with the leadership and life skills they need to succeed.

At Katherine Mecham Barney Elementary School, we are committed to growing and preparing future leaders by providing an accelerated curriculum, fostering collaboration, and cultivating the skills to be successful in the 21st century, in a safe and stimulating learning environment. 

Our History

Named in honor of beloved resident Katherine Mecham Barney (1928-2019) who lived in Queen Creek, Arizona, with her family for over 70 years, our school values devotion and integrity. We hope to honor Mrs. Barney’s memory by showing kindness to others, staying committed to our goals, and reminding everyone who enters our halls that we all have genius inside us.

Our Values

At KMBE we aim to engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate. We are committed to providing:

  • A safe and positive school environment for all students and staff
  • A school community that recognizes the value and importance of each individual
  • Open communication among students, staff and parents
  • A welcoming atmosphere for all students, staff and parents
  • The tools and skills to prepare our students for the 21st century 
  • High expectations for all students in both academic and character achievement
  • Current and effective educational methods in our instruction

State-of-the-Art Facilities

We are thrilled to offer:

  • 2:1 Chromebooks in every classroom
  • Art, Makerspace, music, and band rooms
  • Outdoor amphitheater
  • SmartLab and media center
  • Multi-purpose room with a large performance stage
  • Playground and athletics fields
  • 72,000 square foot campus with 28 classrooms
  • 16.6 acres master-planned for growth

Enriching and Engaging Programs

Our students will thrive in an environment with options that include:

  • Preschool through 6th grade
  • Free all-day kindergarten
  • Before and after-school enrichment classes
  • SmartLab, PE, music, library, and art
  • Leader in Me® values
  • Project Lead the Way STEAM curriculum