Award Year: 2018

Knox Gifted Academy

700 West Orchid Lane
Chandler, AZ, 85225-6516

(480) 812-6100

Mrs. Lynn Weed, Principal at time of Nomination

Choice School

Chandler Unified District

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Knox Gifted Academy enhances the life of every student, produces top students, and is the first choice for gifted learners and innovative educators in Arizona.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 46%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 38%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 17%
Knox Gifted Academy students collaborating, constructing, and connecting.

Knox Gifted Academy students collaborating, constructing, and connecting.

Knox Gifted Academy (KGA) is a public school for gifted learners. With more than 700 K-6 gifted students, our vision is to enhance their lives through our core values: seeing the possibilities, acting with empathy, and succeeding as a KGA team. As part of the Chandler Unified School District, students at KGA thrive in the open-walled, team teaching instructional model that focuses on design thinking, integrated curriculum, and Maker Education through a problem-based lens.

KGA teachers are skilled in identifying and meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted students. Our faculty is motivated to provide authentic and culturally-rich experiences for our students, make connections as a school-wide community, and research and share best practices locally and nationally. The team teaching model invites ongoing dialogue, reflection, and feedback about our students and instructional practices. Teams provide individualized feedback through comprehensive progress narratives showcasing student growth in future ready skills.

KGA students are empowered to ask questions, question answers, and innovate solutions. As a technologically-driven campus, the KGA community of administrators, teachers and parents endeavor to provide students with genuine personal, local, and global audiences. The KGA community celebrates student design work, individual passions and collaboration at annual keystone events throughout the school year like the Giving Thanks Parade and School Maker Faire.

KGA continually seeks to redefine and redesign innovative instructional strategies, collaborate and network with schools across the globe, and connect with educators that see the possibilities in children as risk-takers, creative thinkers, and "wonderers" of the world.