Award Year: 2018

Gilbert Classical Academy High School

1016 N. Burk Street
Gilbert, AZ, 85234-3473

(480) 497-4034

Mr. Daniel Eugene Hood, Principal at time of Nomination

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Gilbert Unified District

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The vision of GCA is to prepare students for success at a college or university by fostering the development of each student’s academic and social potential.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 57%
  • Hispanic: 15%
  • Asian: 23%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 13%
Students rise to argue the case of Mice and Men.

Students rise to argue the case of Mice and Men.

Gilbert Classical Academy is an inspiring place to learn and achieve because of the people and the climate they foster. GCA started out as a small group of students, teachers, and parents who wanted to create a different type of school which focused on the classical style of educational learning. The facilities were a challenge, the curriculum was a challenge; however, the resilience of all involved and their commitment to excellence overcame such obstacles. The positive peer pressure created from students sharing the goal of thriving in college engenders an accepting and encouraging learning atmosphere. Coupled with the Socratic method of learning, students, and teachers spark conversations which often extend beyond lessons planned for the day.

Our classical model is based on the Western Trivium which emphasizes the teaching of Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric. Grammar is foundational in clear communication and emphasized in our classes including Latin, English, science, and history. As students shift to high school, they take a logic class which helps them realize what they know so they may begin to apply that knowledge. In the upper grades, students learn Rhetoric in English, Speech and Debate, Science, and Philosophy classes. The capstone project for our seniors is a year-long argumentative thesis project that they research, write, and defend before a panel of educators. Throughout the entire educational experience, fine arts and athletic competition are woven in to grow well-rounded students who are prepared for both the rigor of college and responsibility of citizenship.