About Mingus Springs Charter School

Hours of Operation


K-3rd Grade: 8am – 2:30pm Mon-Thur
4th-8th Grade:  8am – 3:45pm Mon- Thur


7am – 5pm Mon-Thur

Mingus Springs Charter school is a trailblazer for Arizona charter schools.

Instituted in 1995, two Chino Valley teachers, Cathy O’Connell and Lynda Rice, saw a need for an educational choice for students who were not successful in traditional public school settings. This need and their vision created Mingus Springs Charter School. We are proud to be one of the first charter schools to be chartered in Arizona, allowing us to be awarded the Charter Pioneer Recognition Certificate. 

Mingus Springs Charter School was awarded their charter renewal for 20 years in 2010. 


We come with a personal touch.

Mingus Springs Charter School is a free K-8th grade public school located on over 13 beautiful acres in Chino Valley, Arizona. We have small classroom sizes that allow us to focus on each individual student and their needs. Since our school opened its doors in 1995, our MSCS family has grown expotentially.