Award Year: 2013

Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus

550 North Emmett Drive
Chandler, AZ, 85225-4183

(480) 883-4900

Beth Ann Bader Ed.D., Principal at time of Nomination

Chandler Unified School District

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Preparing students for tomorrow’s challenges in a traditional academy environment where instructional delivery of a rigorous curriculum is anchored in Common Core Standards and critical thinking skills.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 65%
  • Hispanic: 13%
  • Asian: 16%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Chandler Traditional Academy, Liberty Campus, is one of 30 elementary schools in the Chandler Unified School District, the third largest district in the state of Arizona. Located in the southeastern metropolitan Phoenix area, CTA-Liberty was opened in July, 2002, as the first traditional school in the district in order to address the desire of families who wanted a back-to-basics option. The popularity of CTA-Liberty has grown over the years because of the outstanding instruction of the teachers, the exceptional research-based curriculum, the attractive array of options for extracurricular activities, and the opportunity for parents to become involved in the day-to-day operations of the school.

The educational priorities of the families who send their children to CTA-Liberty are reflected in their support of the direct instruction and whole-group format. Although teachers predominantly teach their entire class using direct instruction, they also provide differentiated and flexible group instruction to students as needed. The accelerated text-based Saxon math program and Spalding Language Arts Method provide the scope and sequence of objectives and standards that teachers use to develop the critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities of their students. Specialists and faculty club coordinators provide high-quality music, band, orchestra, physical education, and a variety of extracurricular options, such as Student Council and Running Club which enhances the students’ overall development.

The children, teachers, staff, and families of CTA-Liberty have set their sights on being the best that they can be as members of a dynamic learning community where all participants are honored for their efforts and accomplishments. Every child at CTA-Liberty is a young scholar who is recognized for his or her successes in civic behavior, academics, and the arts.