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Chandler, AZ
Students enrolled: 808

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550 N. Emmett
Chandler, AZ 85225

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(480) 883-4920
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August 16, 2013
CTA Libert Acadamy as great racial diversity (many Children from Asian, Indian, and Hispanic descent). The teachers are wonderful and I feel that they genuinely care about the students. The students are disciplined and held to a higher standard. Sorry, but it is the PARENTS job to teach morals and CTA does a far better job of getting parents involved with their kids education than most schools. p.s. Having a 7% black enrollment in a city with a 4.8% black/African American population is pretty good. The black demographic for the majority of AZ schools is 5%.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
My son just started this school. If you notice the racial diversity, there's only 7% black. Well, enough said. I cant tell you the horrible things that have been said to my son already. He is smelly because he is black and some of the kids wont even play with him right infront of me on the park for no reason. The school I notice does not adequately monitor students on the play ground and I have noticed that a lot of these children are mean spirited and say terrible things to each other. What is the purpose of education if your child's spirit and self confidence will be broken by misguided children. They are big on education, I get it but where are the morals?

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2013
If you are on a search for the best school that you want to put your child/children I highly recommend CTA LIBERTY CAMPUS. As a parent of 5 kids in this school I encountered a lot of challenges which are good for my kids. Aside from homework everyday, math is highly taught here using SAXON Math not to mention accelerated reading. Parents are always involved on daily curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2013
This is a very structured school, the parents are amazing and the principal is very nice. The staff and teachers are very kind. The kids are vey well behaved. Very good academically they make sure students understand the things they are studying. Very structured I recommend putting your kids in here. My kids love it

- submitted by a community member
October 28, 2012
I have two children who attended CTA LIberty. Sadly, we had to move and only made it to third grade with my oldest. We most definitely miss CTA. My children were ahead of the majority of the children in their new school. Their new school has been rated top notch as well. Yes, CTA is challenging, but your child will definitely be on top if you put forth the effort. Active parent participation is necessary for your child's success. We miss CTA very much! We wish CTA Liberty was here. The teachers are very organized and the school has their act together. The principal is very caring and knows how to run a top notch school.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2012
All 3 of my kids started here and my oldest 2 are now doing well at Basis Chandler, the AIMS isn't even an issue for them and much of this can be attributed to their 5-6 years at CTA Liberty. There is good discipline and most teachers are very good and careing and the principle listens, there are some teachers that are a little less "enthusiastic" but the vast majority are very helpful. They aslo have a good reading program.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2012
I've had my children in this school for two years. Their writing and math skills have improved dramatically (we came from an online school). It was tough to get in, the principal was very helpful and accepting, but a teacher got it in her mind that we were not "CTA material". She was very diplomatic about it, but that was the jist of her attitude. Thankfully the principal pulled through and let my kids attend. The academics are incredible, I am constantly amazed by the challenging projects they are assigned, but they also get plenty of guidance, so they can be successful *if* they work hard and are pretty organized. One of my children has struggled, since he is not so organized or disciplined, but we stuck it out (it was tempting to transfer him to a less challenging school). I am glad we did, as he is improving. As far as homework, expect from 1-2 hours, depending on grade level and on how "on task" your child (and you!) can be. If you have a daydreamer and you can't help them stay on task, expect long, harrowing evenings. Having said that my child who can stay on task is done in under one hour. The math curriculum is great (Saxon), and the "Spalding" writing delivers.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2012
Fantastic school and staff. Very supportive of the students. I am amazed at the level of learning that our Kindergarten is coming up with and excelling at. Phonograms, math, book reports, book reading groups. The fact that they teach them 1st grade lessons while in Kindergarten, then starting 1st grade doing 2nd grade work really shows you how intelligent kids are and that they can do more than we imagine. Very safe school and very great parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2012
I have a daughter who attended CTA- Liberty from Kindergarten through 6th grade. She maintained A's and B's; however, since moving on to a Gilbert Junior High her AIMS scores have skyrocketed. I was shocked that with all of the accelerated learning, testing and countless hours of homework at CTA didn't pay off in the end. I have a much happier and far more successful student now that she is working in a more positive environment. My son also attends CTA, but after seeing the results I am actively looking to move him. (her AIMS scores went from mid range meets to higher end of excelling). She is so much happier. If your child is interested in nothing other than school, this is the school for you. If you have children than participate in any extra curricular activities look elsewhere. I have also dealt with some fantastic teachers and 2 that haven't been worth the stay. I believe in accountability for all. Teachers have our children for a majority of the day; therefore, I feel it is imperative that they display the same character traits that they demand of the children. Integrity is far more important for kids to learn than any textbook lesson.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2011
2 of my kids attended Liberty during 2010-2011. We were happy with the school and with the teachers of our kids. My son was in the kinder class and his teacher provided challenging homework and reading materials to meet his needs. During the school break, she even encouraged her students to write something to her and she wrote and sent post cards to her students (even when she was on vacation with her family). My daughter 1st grade teacher was very great too, strict but care for her students. The front office ladies were very strict on following the school rules, but I found they are very helpful and friendly later on. The principle is a hardworking lady and down to earth. After the 1st year, my kids can read one level higher. This year we moved them to another school because the Liberty is not on the way to work for us. My kids and I really miss this school because they studied hard and had fun too. Parents, if you wants your kids for academically success, this is the school, also your kids need to be well prepared and your time. If you want more play time for your kids and you, this is NOT the school for your kids. The discipline helps students focus and not to distract others

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2011
We have had children at this school for 4 years now and could not be happier. Both children are reading, comprehending, and writing well above their grade. The challenging math is attainable yet pushes them. The homework load is more than most elementary schools and parents need to be prepared to dedicate some time every night checking and helping your student. It is nice to see that a school has taken some courage to hold parents accountable which only helps our children succeed.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2011
I have had children at this school for the past 6 years, and have nothing but positive feedback for this school. We have never had a bad teacher, but only teachers who teach with integrity, who discipline fairly, and create a positive learning environment. This is a school where parental involvement is a must, and homework does get heavier each school year. I feel my kids are learning in a fairly sheltered school environment, which I think is important in this day and age. I know my opinion is just one, but I would have no hesitation in recommending this school to others.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2011
This is only our first year at Liberty so I cannot speak about everything. We love it so far, it's not our home school and we travel a bit to get here, but we wanted to send our daughter to a CTA school. The teachers and staff are great. Teacher communication is excellent, I always have questions for the teacher and she is prompt with her replies. This school is structured and strict on discipline....code of conduct, uniforms, homework and that's no secret, but the quality of education is high and indisputable. Most parents complaining here are unhappy about the school's strict discipline policies. Parents need to do enough homework upfront to decide if it's a good fit for their kids before enrolling or else go to a school which was more lenient standards (and there's no dearth of such schools in AZ) My KG daughter who is usually a very disciplined kid was benched once during recess (in 3 digit temperature). I felt sorry for her, but she learnt a lesson and we as parents had a talk with her about discipline. We can't believe how much she's learning already. As said by others, CTA may not work for all but If your focus is good education then this school may be for you.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2011
Here is my update to "Posted October 25, 2010". It was very interesting to know that the same worst teacher ever got the same problem in this school year. She started hating and teasing one boy, like my son a few years ago, but the principal did nothing to stop that. And this is a great school with such a good rating? Forget about it. Just remember that your son or daughter can easily become a scapegoat and the teacher will hate him or her for nothing, just because... The fact is - the next boy just left this school, but this teacher, let's cal her H, is still there. So be careful placing your children into this school. They will learn what the real humiliation is.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2010
There are both as great and worst teachers in this school. I don't want to provide the names since it will be looking more personal. The greatest teachers are always the best. As for the rest... If you or your child are from another country, or your child didn't get into the favorite list of these so called teachers they will try to mentally destroy your child using any possible and impossible ways including every day notices, moving your child's chair to the door (luckily not out from the class at all), your child will be "benched" on the metal bench on the terrible summer sun for 15-20 minutes at noon while other kids are playing. Nobody except just a few real teachers is interested to tech your child to write. We made a mistake that we didn't leave this school right away as soon as all that started.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2010
Great School! Small enuf not to get lost in. Better then a preivate school

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating October 09, 2008
CTA Liberty is an excellent school. The teachers, staff and volunteers make this school an excellent environment for learning. It's not an easy school academically but it prepares the kids for Jr. High and High School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2008
The first year my child and I were at this school voting for the education board was by the entire parent registared. The second year the education board was voted in by the PTO, which by the way only voted for PTO members. Seems a little bias!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2008
This is our first year at this school and we are very happy. The teachers, PTO and staff are great and very organized.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2008
Very happy with my childrens performance. Awesome teachers and facality make CTA the greatest learning enviorment.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2008
This school excels beyond what I thought was possible. Since the new principle came on board the school is more ameliorant than before. No doubt the school s tough and has high standards, as it should; it s an institute of learning. Everyone on the staff from the principle down to the cafeteria cashier maintains a consistent standard of excellence. It s a real pleasure as a parent to see the transfiguration form other public schools to schools like CTA Liberty, and to see children excel beyond what is the normal average in such a short period of time. My K student was able to read and write fluently within the first nine months. Nothing short of a miracle.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 08, 2008
I despise this school! The faculty is very strict, and does not ease up in the least bit for the littlest things, such as your hair is too long, and, tuck your shirt in, and, tie your shoes. Overall I do not like this school at all!

- submitted by a student
October 02, 2007
We absolutely love this school. Academics are key but not everything. They have a rotating schedule of 'specials' classes(music, computer, PE) which is great. I think there is a bit more homework but to see how much progress my kinder has made in 8 short weeks is amazing. The teachers are very accommodating and will help out those that are struggling. The administration are will to listen and act on parents suggestions or grievances. Parent involvement is high and is required (6 hours min) but parents are always welcome in the classroom. If you are looking for a school with sound academics, a nurturing environment for learning then Liberty is for you.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2007
Military is the best word I can think of to describe this school. Violations for untucked shirts, posture perfect seating with no wiggle room, and whole class discipline. The emphasis is too much on structure rather than fostering an enriching learning environment. Thurs and Fridays are all test days. My daughter now hates going to school because it is too stressfull! There is no fun in learning here. You either keep up with the hours of homework or fall way behind. No art or science or anything to promote critical thinking skills, just a lot of memorizing and tests. Little to no extra-curricular activities. Running club is just about making the kids run around the school for an hour. No incentive to make it worthwile. Please don't ruin your childs learning experience by going to this school. This has all happened since the new principal.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
My daughter has attended this school for 4 years now. I absolutely love this school. If you want your child to learn good values, about being a good friend, be challenged academically, and have structure than this is the school for you! The administration is always ready to listen. The teachers are great and alawys available to address your concerns. Issues in behaviour are handled fairly and immediately. My daughter is 8 and has a reading level of 7.8. This is a great school for kids who like a challenge. The parent involement is unbelievable and every one is nice.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 11, 2007
We moved our son to CTA Liberty in his 2nd Grade. He wasted the first two years at Chandler's Regular Public School. It was a lot of work to get caught up to a year ahead worth of work, but well worth it. My son is reading 5.0 grade level and he is in 4th grade. I would recommend this school - if you can get in, there are waiting lists just to get in. This type of school is based on teaching one on one vs. public school pod learning. My son hated pod learning (ask your neighbor after the teacher has given the lesson).

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July 18, 2007
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April 06, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2006
We have only been at the school a short time, however, compared to over local elementary this school is awesome. My son has learned more here in his 3 months then in his last two school years combined. He has to work extra hard to keep up but it is worth it to see his progress.

- submitted by a teacher
December 11, 2006
Academically this school is amazing. Changes in staff this year have made this school seem too structured and military-like. The staff seems to forget that kids should be respected too!

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2006
My son has gone to CTA Liberty since Kidnergarten. While there was quite a bit of homework it definitely prepared him for 1st grade. He has learned so much and is excited to get books from the Library and read every night! I cannot wait for my younger son to start there in 2yrs. The teachers are wonderful and my son loves to go to school. I recommend this school to everyone with kids entering school. While it is an advanced curriculum, it does help later in their school years. I love that my son loves to learn and it is all thanks to CTA Liberty and its staff!

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2006
I moved my boys from regular school to CTA 3 years ago since my oldest child was having trouble reading going into 3rd grade. It was a difficult year for him and very stressful trying to learn the curriculm and what was expected of him. Many long, tearful nights we wanted to throw in the towel. Then the light came on. We have been with the school three years now and I would travel way out of my way to this school. It's that good. My 6th grader is reading at 7.0 level and my 4th grader reads at 6.5. Both getting A's and B's Unbelievable. Having boys the structured discipline helps greatly. I am excited to see my Kinder son excel this year. Lots of parent participation and high expectations but what could be a better gift to your child then the best education.

- submitted by a teacher
April 24, 2006
Chandler Academy focuses primarily on high standards in each classroom. Academics in definitely number one with this school. My children have learned so much in just one year and they will both be academically ready for the next level. There is no question that this is the best school academically. As for socially, I have found that is have been harder to meet other children because of the lack of free time, such as recess. Having boys, this has been a challenge.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2006
We have been with the school since it opened. I feel like I am getting a private education for free. The school not only has high academic standards but it also reinforces integrety, respect and being a good neighbor. We love it!

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2006
Great school! Love it! Cute campus! Advanced cirricullium! No problems!

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2006
This is a back to basics school. If that's what you're looking for it's excellent! They have a wonderful music program as well. This is definately a parent involvement requirement here.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2006
CTA Liberty is a well run school. Great infrastructure with tremendous focus on discipline and behavior. Back to basics approach to learning puts focus back on student taking responsibility for his/her success.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2006
My Child is in kindergarten at this school. I have been very impressed with the faculty and the organization of the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
This is a great program. My daughter thrives in the structured environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2006
I have children that have attended CTA since day one. I am amazed at how and what my child has learned. My child does not stay focused very well but has done really well with whole group learning. I really like the fact the school biggest priority is the academics. I feel that this is the best time for kids to get the basics in thier learning. I know as a parent I have learned how to spell better by helping my children with homework. Its truly amazing how it all works!

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January 15, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2005
My children have made astounding improvements since coming to this school. I wish traditional education had been made available for my other two children in high school. I believe education should teach the basics and emphasize what they will need in the real world. This school does just that + more.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2005
Excellent school! We searched and searched for an atmosphere like this. Hands down the top school in Chandler! This principal Mr. Shelly is extremely involved, organized, and knows each child by first name.The teachers are highly committed.Parent involvement is awesome. Promotes high standards in a friendly, warm way. Great attention to traditional values. This is like private school without the costs! I can say nothing bad about this place.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2005
In my opinion CTA is a very acedemic oriented. They follow the traditional style of schooling. In which students are suppose to bring homework everyday . I thik this very informative because parents know right away what the child learn at school today. Another aspect of CTA liberty , I like is the uniform. It saves me from mix and matching I had to do otherwise every morning. They have quite a few extra carricular activities, that includes reading club, chess clus and running club . Parents are highly involved at CTA. It has PTO whose members are very active.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2005
CTA is a very high demanding school. My son went to kindergarten there last year and it was way too difficult. In kindergarten the kids had hours and hours of homework. It is way too many things for a 5 year old to worry about. This school made him so stressed he cried almost everyday and hated going. I think children need to be pushed but this school is ridicules! I think a child s first experience to school should be a positive one something they can remember and enjoy. I am still working on getting my son s self of steam back up like it was before he attended Chandler Tradition Academy-Liberty. Unless your child excels in school I wouldn t recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2005
Unless your child attends CTA at the beginning of their schooling careers, this school is a struggle. My children have transferred in from a Charter school, where they maintained an A-B average, and have already been labeled as 'struggling' by their teachers early in the school year. There is not much teacher support in bringing them up to the advanced curriculum that CTA is currently at. My children are enrolled in the before and after school tutoring program at CTA, as well as a Private Tutor on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the school doesn't seem concerned with anything but their test scores and recommended dropping their grade levels instead. I fully support the accelerated curriculum, however there needs to be more support for those new to the teaching methodology and curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2005
Great school. Incredible teachers. Highly recommend.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
If you just want to drop your kids off at a day care, have no involvement in their schooling, and you don't care if they just sail through the grades without learning a thing then don't send them to CTA. This is just what a school should be. The high expectations for learning and disipline are exactly what other public schools are missing. This school is the best. I only hope that they have a Junior High by the time our kids get old enough.

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August 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2005
This is an excellent school with advanced curriculum. I would suggest it to anyone who is willing to help their children with the homework and keep up to speed.

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July 25, 2005
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July 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2005
This is an accelerated school so if your child is struggling don't expect anyone to help him/her. I happen to have a child that is having a more difficult time than some of the other children, and after several tests all the school could tell me is that he's not struggling enough for them to intervene. Now he s behind, and it s not going to get any easier for him. We now need to decide whether or not it would be best for our son to stay where he s at, or to put him in another school where they might be more concerned with his education and the fact that he is behind.

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June 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2005
The school still provides an excellent academic atmosphere for the students, although the dramatic growth and overcrowding from the last few years has significantly hurt the personal feel that the school originally had.

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March 07, 2005
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February 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2004
Exellent School. Lot of emphasis on Academics, Discipline...Back to Basics! Great Principal in charge!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 28, 2004
My sister has raved about this school since the day they opened! She stands behind in everything that is this school stands for and what is being taught through Spalding. Both of her kids are enrolled there and they both love their school too. I think the 'back to basic' theme is what our schools need to bring back into the system again.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2004
This is a super school with the highest of expectations for its' students, staff, and parents!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2004
My daughter is thriving at CTA Liberty! I like the fact that homework is given every night. I love that reading is strongly emphasized. I am also very happy to see the school encourages parents to read with their children every night! I do wish the kids had more time in music. My daughter was extremely shy, but music has helped her to express herself in front of groups. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2004
We chose this school because of its emphasis on academics and discipline. We like a school with uniforms where the Pledge of Allegiance is said every day and kids are expected to do their own work. I sat in on a class and saw that yes, one teacher can handle a class by herself without chaos and a breakdown in discipline. It doesn't take an army of staffers to create an environment condusive to learning. The teachers are caring, nurturing and positive and have high expectations of the students. I hope the district expands this program to the upper grades.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2003
The school is though academically and I think they push a little to hard on the kids. However I know that my daughter while average at this school is way ahead of her friends at other schools. My concern is self esteem at giving a great effort and coming up short, and knowing it.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2003
We love this school! The children are not only taught at an accelerated level, they are also taught respect and discipline that will help them throughout their entire lives. Mr. Shelley and his staff are excellent, and they strive to help every student become the best that they can be! Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
I can't say enough good things about this school. This is our second year and it just keeps getting better and better. Mr. Shelly stands behind his staff and believes in his students. This makes for a very positive nurturing and supportive environment for our children. This school is giving our children a solid foundation in education, morals, teamwork and respect.

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Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus
550 N. Emmett, Chandler, AZ  85225
(480) 812-7600
Last modified Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 74 reviews. Top