Payne Junior High, home of the Panthers, offers superior academic opportunities along with the highest behavioral expectations to maintain our excelling status. We are proud that our students demonstrate academic excellence on the state AZMerit tests. Our campus climate supports students, celebrates personal achievement and is inclusive of all. Our highly qualified teachers in all curricular areas work together to create a “true teaming” approach, and to provide enriched elective opportunities. Student's personal development is enhanced through the many clubs, sports teams, and special interest opportunities offered at Payne before and after school.