"Our school is best known for accelerated academics."
Students enrolled 892
Hours 8:35 AM - 3:10 PM
School leader Mrs. Florence Swanson
Transportation options None
District Chandler Unified District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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1405 W. Lake Dr.
Chandler, AZ 85248

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(480) 224-2700
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5 stars
Based on 40 ratings

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September 10, 2014
Great teachers and my child love here. Only bad thing here is drop off/ pick up traffic. Some of the parents totally ignore school rule and park at apartment entry way ( really bad sometimes and residence having hard time getting in and out ). Other than that it's great school.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2014
bad experience from this school' s teacher and principal. Teacher doesn't want to make efforts with the kids who needs help and also not nice to them.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2014
With so many terrible schools around, we made sure to do our research for our children. This school has all the things that make it great for an elementary school. It fosters a warm, caring learning environment, it provides rules for children to follow (which they need at this stage), it has awesome teachers, the principal sets a good tone, it emphasizes parent participation at least with their child's daily homework, and it actually teaches the basics of math, english,etc for a good foundation for adulthood. We wanted our children to attend a public school that allowed them to learn and grow without having to deal with bullies, what to wear, etc. We know that there is no perfect school, but this school allows us peace of mind. That is all that a parent can ask for!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2014
Love CTA- Independence!! Great school all around. Came to CTA from a private school and I have to say I am very impressed by the school morale, dedicated teachers, academics and parent involvement. The principal does a great job managing the school and is very involved in day to day activities. There is great communication with parents. Five stars!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
We absolutely love this school... Homework is a bit much but I believe all the hard work will pay off in the long run...

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
I never thought I'd be sending my daughter to a traditional school where she'd wear uniforms and follow a more back to basics curriculum. I was worried that the accelerated learning pace and homework would be more than she could handle. I couldn't have been more wrong... The discipline, rigor, and loving attention she's received from both teachers and staff truly show why this is a FIVE STAR school that rated a 10 on Greatschools. There isn't a school on the planet that doesn't have some area to improve, but CTA Independence has all right ingredients: loyal staff that supports a strong and caring administrator, teachers that cry when they see their class leave at the end of the year for the next gradef, and front desk staff that make you feel welcomed in person or over the phone. My daughter LOVES this school and I'm confident she's receiving a top notch learning experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2013
Our experience with CTA Independence has been wonderful! We bought a house in the CTA boundary 5 years ago when our son was just 2 so he could attend there. Now that he's been through kinder, 1st, and is now in 2nd, we know we made the right decision. High standards, wonderful teachers, and structure, are paramount at CTA Independence. Rated in the top 10 for elementary schools in the state last school year and it's no surprise.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
This is an A+ school with advanced curriculum, high standards and structured learning. The children are not only taught at an accelerated level, they are also taught respect and discipline. Awesome teachers, staff, great principal, volunteers make CTA-Independence the greatest learning environment. CTA is challenging, active parent participation is necessary, but your child will definitely find a place for highest quality education. Highly recommend this school for true education.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2013
Mrs. Lombardi has won my kinder's heart! She'll be so sad to leave her classroom...but she's equally excited to become a first grader. Thanks for a fabulous year Suzy!

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
Fantastic curriculum, strict discipline and a very solid program that starts in kindergarten. The program strongly encourages parent involvement in various aspects and homework starts the very first day of kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2013
Love this school! My daughter attends kindergarten at CTA. Her teacher, Mrs. McCleary is fantastic. Parent involvement is a must and students, even Kinders, have quite a bit of homework but my daughter still enjoys school, loves her teacher, and is learning a ton! Some other posters have mentioned a principal that was an issue. Although I did not have any experience with that principal, the current principal is amazing. She is friendly, warm, and seems to genuinely enjoy being around children.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2011
CTA Independence is a great school. Our daughter attends kindergarten and she absolutely loves it here. Her teacher Miss Werden is wonderful. She goes out of her way to make sure the students are learning even during their breaks. Thank you CTA for teaching our kids the way they should be taught!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2011
We moved to this neighborhood specifically for this school. We can honestly say that we are not disappointed! Our child is in Mrs Hernandez's class. She is very nice and an exceptional teacher! Although this school teaches at a higher level, our son loves to learn at this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2011
A great school! The teachers are professional. The students are well-behaved and eager to do their best in the classroom. I highly recommend this school to anyone that wants their child challenged academically.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2010
I would love to know which parent wrote about the school getting better now that the principal has quit. That parent was likely on the posse of a small group that made life miserable for the office staff and the principal last year. The principal chose to return to another district in town. She was a fabulous principal and most everyone liked her, except for a group of nasty moms. The school is excellent. If you want an excellerated ciruculum, discipline, uniforms, high expectations and heavy parent involvement, CTA Independence is the school for you. If you want play time and your kids getting a master's degree in seek and find worksheets, sent them to the other neighborhood public schools. A public sorry to Mrs. Branch - not all parents are jerks. Best wishes to your new school.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2010
Our children thrive at CTA, three years now. We are active in their lives, finding a balance between academics, music, sports and homework. High AIMS scores don't tell all, but I see CTA developing confidence and a productive approach to learning. Thanks to Ms. Branch for her work this year. Thanks to the excellent staff and talented teachers! Thanks to the District for growing CTAs and the CTJH!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2010
It's great now that the prinicpal of just one year is leaving, now we can get back to teaching and no speedly changes and being on a power trip.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 23, 2010
This school's music teacher is fantasic. She has a solid background with Phoenix Children's Chorus and is what every school should have a real asset to the schools professional atmosphere!! Thank You Mrs. L

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February 16, 2010
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no rating February 14, 2010
Curriculum top notch! Your child is taught a grade ahead, of course in a strict environment. There is nothing wrong with a little bit of discipline. But...the 'New' administration we could definately could do with out. I hear petitions work well????

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 11, 2010
CTA is a Chandler Public School for parents who want to feel like they are giving their children a private education but do not want to pay for it. The school has the same standards as other Chandler District Schools. The AIMS results do not show that their curriculum has resulted in better scores than other Chandler Elem. Schools. In some areas they might be a couple points higher - then in others they are lower. If the school is promoting itself as having a more challenging curriculum then the test results should reflect this and one would expect much higher scores.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 09, 2010
Independence is a great school but not for everyone. There are many opportunities for your child to succeed. The principal and the staff will work with you to assist your family if there is a problem. Seventy-five percent of the parents in my child s classroom participate in the classroom. Be warned that this is a very Type A school. There is a strict curriculum and not a lot of play time. Homework for my excelling kindergartener is over an hour a night (not including breaks). Though doing well academically she has no love for learning. The pressure she feels in kindergarten to perform has in part doused the flame. So, if your child excels in this kind of environment, then I could not recommend a better school with more caring faculty. However, if your child needs more variety and play time then I would check out other schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 19, 2010
Well from the last post, you may not visit the school very often. Or haven't notice the staff slowly diminishing. Or heard of parents complaining of the 'new principal'. It is a Traditional School of sourse it is going to be strict. It is going in the right direction not because of the principal, but because of the teachers and their knowledge of teaching. You might want to spend more time at school with your child.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2009
I have to completely disagree with the last post...the new principal has shown great leadership and brings a new, fresh perspective on the 'back to basics' model of teaching and running a school. She obviously has a heart for the students and it shows in her interactions with them. Some may say the rules are too strict, but our children need discipline and boundaries (let's face it, a lot of kids aren't getting it at home). I am impressed with the direction the school is headed and plan to keep my kids there.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2009
The teachers have been wonderful, but I'm very unimpressed with the new principal. Her focus seems to be on controlling the students as much as possible, rather than focusing on the children. At lunch, social interaction is discouraged and children are not even allowed to turn around. When the bell rings she requires all students to leave the school and will not let them remain or re-enter to talk with a teacher or pick-up an intstrument. Apparently, this is to teach the student's responsibility. Perhaps the same rule should apply to teacher's and administrators and then the next time someone leaves their keys on their desk they'll rethink whether or not that policy is reasonable. The past principal was remarkable and each student really felt cared for. It's too bad a poor principal has such an impact on the school experience.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2009
We have just completed our third year at CTA. We've been with the school since the year it opened. I can tell you that I would drive from far and wide to make sure my child could still attend school here. Cant believe how much he has learned! And nice to know this 'Back to Basics' style of teaching still teaches phonics and the Saxon math program...things you WONT find in Chandler schools outside of the CTA's. Im always entertained when I hear tales of hideous amounts of homework given to CTA children!! My son completes each night in 20 minutes or less (outside of the req'd reading). This school also offers excellent activites--Running Club, Variety Show, Spring Fling, Chess Club, etc. And the best part? My child loves going to school and misses it when were on school breaks. We're so thankful for CTA schools!

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April 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2009
There is no doubt that the traditional philosophy at CTA provides an exceptional foundation for future learning for our children. What seems to be overlooked is the myriad of extracurricular activities (most of which are volunteers from the staff) that are also offered that support their philosophy of a well rounded child. Yes, there are uniforms (saves you money), yes, there is a discipline policy that is uniformly enforced. Sure, private school student teacher ratios may be a little bit lower, but, I want my child to be prepared for the real world, where ratios are higher and the child has to be responsible, not assuming the world revolves around them or in their bubble.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2009
I just submitted a comment giving CTA a pretty good review but I forgot to mention some things. Although CTA is a great school the teachers are forced to follow very strict teaching methods and give out alot of homework. They encourage parent involvment and are required to help out I think 4-8 hours during the school year. When parents and teachers visit a classroom, normally the person teaching is a lot more strict than they usually are when they teach due to the strict guidlines. This is still a very good school.

- submitted by a student
December 28, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 08, 2008
This is a great school! The curriculum is very well structured and the teachers are very involved. This is a great place to start for any child who has a love of learning and wants to excell academically. We give far less credit that what children are worth it and I truly found in my son's case here at the academy. You will be amazed by the kids performance and ability.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2008
Feedback in the community is either parents are for it or against it (not much in between). CTA thrives on its reputation for teaching above grade level & parents love to tout its academy image (my child is better than your child syndrome). For those considering, visit several times & sit in on a classroom. It is a very rigid environment & office staff is short of genuine friendliness. For many this is not a concern. But I consider how they treat the parents. If they are cold to you, think how they are to your children (discipline & respect should be taught at home). The coursework is not too hard, just requires commitment of time. Students/teachers are under pressure. We switched and now our kids love school, are still testing above grade level, and have better self esteems.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2008
We love the caring teachers, accelerated curriculum and involved parents at CTA Independence. I'm amazed at how much my children are learning at this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2008
We have attended CTA for two years and our kids love their school. We couldn't be happier with the education, the teachers, staff and principal, our kids are also becoming very disciplined with themselves, learning responsibility, learning to respect others, gaining self confidence. These are all very important tools to have for later in life. My kids are very creative and love Art Masterpiece, Music, and Reading programs, over all our kids are getting a well rounded education and they are giving it 100% because they like it.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2008
My child has been at CTA Independence for two years. While I am happy with where my child is at academically, there are many things I don't like about this school. There is a very strict and rigid atmosphere. My child does not like to go to school. They spend an inordinate amount of time at their desks doing worksheets, even in the lower grades. There is very little creativity, and very few fun activities. There is a ridiculous amount of homework, even in the lower grades, which makes it difficult to pursue extracurricular activities. On the positive side, there are high expectations. All classes within a grade level teach the exact same thing. We had a very bad experience with our teacher this year, but I know there are some great teachers. We are currently looking for a school that provides a more well-rounded education.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2008
Our kids switch from a standard Chandler public school last year and have just completed their second your what a difference. CTA is actually teaching our children not just baby sitting them. The staff is great.

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March 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2008
My son and we love this school very very much! This school expects highly of the kids and they get them because of the positive reinforcement that they receive from their teachers and the confidence that they grow as they learn. We personally do not see anything wrong with expecting our children to do well and having their minds stretched. For the two years we've been here, I haven't personally seen any sad kids in this school. I'm sure there are a few, but I'm also sure it's in the minority. Most of the kids I see everyday are just happy, confident children who are being trained to meet their potentials and grow their characters.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 08, 2008
my son learned more here in three months than he learned in a year in the CA schools!! The staff is helpful and caring to all the needs of the children!!

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2007
True this school is highly academic and structured. Good for the advanced child but not so sure for an average child. Good teacher to student ratio. Academics are important but school lacks focus on the whole child (emotional and physical development). Would be A+ if they weren't so intense and let the kids be kids.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2007
This school is a wonderful school. I highly suggest young students come. They will learn alot in a matter of fun time. I go there and I absolutely love it because my grades are better and it is much more challenging. CTA -Independence will absolutely be loved. Try it before you judge it. Please.

- submitted by a student
November 16, 2007
As each day passes, I am even more grateful to the wonderful staff, teachers and parents of this school. My son grows in not only the educational arena but his confidence level is continuously raised because of the positive and disciplined teaching methods that this is based on. The environment is safe, the culture is enriching and his kindergarten teacher and principal are all there to support a child's growth. I feel very lucky to be able to send my child to CTA Independence.

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August 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 06, 2007
Excellent school in all areas. My son completed kindergarten here and is now in first grade learning at a second grade level. Could not be happier with the education he has received so early on. Teachers, principal and rest of staff are wonderful with these kids. I am so glad I chose this school for my child.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2007
Outstanding school and principal! My son learned and advanced more in third grade at CTA-Indepedence than he did in first and second grade combined at Basha. He loves his school!

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2007
This school provides a wonderful experience for both the student and the parent. The academic expectations exceed any public school in the area, and the teachers encourage parental involvement in all facets of your child's education. The facility is remarkably clean, the administration is courteous, and the principal actually knows the children and their parents! To dispell the rumors that the 'traditional' model has no fine arts: their is the art masterpiece program, music and plenty of creative centers. A walk down the halls of this school and you will see the creative process at work in the classrooms and on the walls! I highly recommend this school to those parents wishing to find quality education in a public school!

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June 05, 2007
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Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence
1405 W. Lake Dr., Chandler, AZ  85248
(480) 224-2700
Last modified Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 48 reviews.