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Gilbert, AZ
Students enrolled: 826
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321 W. Juniper Ave.
Gilbert, AZ 85233

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(480) 892-2805
(480) 497-6953
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May 07, 2014
My 2 children have attended this school since they were in preschool. Now my oldest has moved on to junior high and my youngest is a 6th grader. I am so glad they spent their formative years there because they are very prepared for the rigorous road to junior and senior high. Spalding, Saxon Math, and subject units in science and social studies planned as grade level teams into structured lessons have given them the foundation they need to succeed in their academic careers. My 7th grader said 6th grade at Neely was harder than 7th grade is! Not only is it a rigorous, structured, and well-managed school, the teachers are caring and friendly to the students. We love Neely!

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2014
My kid started in Neely as Kindergartner in 2013. We are very impressed by the amount of information the kids go through and daily homework is a good practice for any child. They do varieties of task and activities, the kids are loaded. Only thing I worry about is some of the class work books are left unfinished or not completed. I dont think the teacher has enough time to get through them all ensuring each student completes those class exercise or has any questions on them. In many classes kids complete only 60% of the class exercise in full . If there was a teachers aide maybe that will help with getting whole class finish their work. Overall the intention is good and there is much learning happening. I am glad my kid goes to this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2013
Neely is a great school. My children love going to school. They have never been anywhere else so they don't have anything to compare it to. Every teacher we had was open, approachable, and a good teacher. Neely is strict and consistent across the board. My children understand the expectations and rise to the challenge.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2013
Neely is truly an amazing school. We love the diversity of cultures of the student body. Advanced classes offered in Math, Reading, and Writing allow students to reach their learning potentials. The Spalding and Saxon curriculums give children a strong foundation for life learning. I love that the math programs continue to revisit concepts over and over as they continue to learn new ones. The students participate in "special" classes each week, including P.E., music, art, and computers. Choir, orchestra, and band are offered, free of charge. The principle and office staff know each of the children's names. We can honestly say that none of our three kids have had a teacher they haven't loved! Although test scores aren't a single measure of the success of a school, all grades tested receive at least 90 percent, year after year. Some advantages of attending Neely as compared to charter schools are buses, a cafeteria with "hot" lunches, free and reduced lunches, after school care, and other fun programs offered through the district. We love that our children do not have to wear uniforms and can still express their personalities through modest dress. We love Neely!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2012
We have left the school and it surely was not because of academics (my child had straight As), but because of the teacher quality in 5th grade and the unbearable prison-warden attitude of the principal. The 5th grade teacher was completely disinterested in teaching and as we now see, the students fell way behind in most subjects, especially math and science. At Neely, teacher quality is a hit and miss issue, but they have more bad apples than good ones. The principal doesn't care because she is too busy writing parking rules.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2012
The teachers are not approachable and when you try to go speak with the principal, well you pretty much get the same thing! The staff is not friendly nor they make it fun for the kids. Not to mention my child gets tons of homework, I believe in academics that's why we chose that school, but they over do it with homework!

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2012
My daughter attended Neely for Kdg and 1st grade. She is now attending the regular neighborhood school here in Ahwatukee for 2nd grade as we moved over the summer. My daughter misses Neely very much. She complains that she is not being challenged in her new school in the neighborhood. I almost want to drive her the half-hour to Neely and back every day just so she will continue with the LOVE OF LEARNING emphasized at the traditional academy. Her teachers were very caring, extremely organized and quite communicative. Every day we received graded homework or some sort of communication back from the teacher. She also learned to discipline herself during the school day, take responsibility for her own tasks, develop her character through Neely's six pillars of character program and read/write exceptionally well. Dr. Chilton, the principal, may seem formal (she is from England after all), but she really cares about your children and has a lot of students to keep track of. Parents are very involved and the kids who attend the school seem very polite. If you want your child to have a wonderful, enriching learning experience, Neely is the place to be.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2012
Current problems with honors language need to be addressed. The last 2 years the honors language class has had 3 different teachers and introduced new Spring Board curricullum that parents and students are very unhappy with. Principal has not come up with a solution to the problem, so the last 2 years of language have been an absolute waste. My daughter learned very little grammar or writing. She wrote on e paper all year in her "honors" class - totally unacceptable!

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2012
Dr Chilton is less than desirable. She has no concern for the students. Walks around like a drill sargarent. My 5th grader had MORE homework than my 8th grader. His teacher this year was not at all interested in helping him learning/achieve. More interested in giving a "no". Wouldn't try and deal with issues. Worthless in my point of view as well as my son, no respect. At this time I would not recommend. The district needs to look at the concerns of parents and address the issue, get a new principal bring back Blanchard.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2011
I agree that current administration isn't what it used to be. The principal doesn't seem to be involved in day-to-day matters, or have the poise, professionalism, and friendliness, that former principal Blanchard had. Blanchard was superb. Overall the school is decent, especially the teachers. They are great! But the school has not lived up to the hype you hear about. Having spent 7 years at Neely, my child has learned almost no history, has learned zero geography, other than 3rd grade has written almost no full page papers at all, and has only used a computer to take reading tests. Precious time is wasted learning how to break down words in a sentence under the Spalding program that could be better served elsewhere. Knowing how many vowels and consonants there are in a sentence isn't going to help my child in any job. Learning how to write a persuasive letter, or create a powerpoint presentation on the computer would been a better use of time.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2011
So glad we enrolled our child at this school (after leaving another school which was unsatisfactory in our eyes). Excitement to do homework as soon as we get home and wanting to go to school on the weekends must be good signs. The front office staff is organized, friendly and knows students by name. Love how challenging the curriculum is and that my child's teacher is so encouraging, observant and aware. Could not be happier.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2011
I have 2 children who attend Neely. We have been there for 5 years and could not be happier with this school. It is a rigorous curriculum. Our kids are always being challenged, but they love this school. Highly recommend.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2011
GPS GIVE EVERY CHILD AN EXCELLENT START AT LIFE. GOING FAR ABOVE THE BASICS. THE TEACHERS AND STAFF ARE EXCEPTIONAL.

- submitted by a community member
July 25, 2011
Our second child went to K, 1, & 2 grade here. first two years were great but grade 2 was a nightmare. He was subjected to heavy bullying & we have met with the school principal 5 times between August to December. We were extremely disappointed with the lack of discipline in the classroom & a very noisy learning environment. The grade 2 teacher was very cold & lacked teaching skills to inspire students.She was very impatient, intimidating & screaming & yelling while dealing with kids.the teacher was very hostile during our in-class observation &was demeaning the students all the time.Things got very tense & our child started to regress emotionally.. The principal is very incompetent & lacks compassion . We finally removed our child from the school in spring as the bullying from peers & his grade 2 teacher was not resolved. Our older child went to this very school when Mrs.Nance was the principal & thrived under her friendly & loving care. The class rooms are crowded now & focus is more on the ranking & less on the holistic growth of the child. very disappointing to see Mrs. Nance's hardwork tainted currently due to very ineffective & incompetent leadership.not worth the hype.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2011
I'm a former student of Neely and am now going into sophomore year of high school. I'm not sure if it was the school or the parenting I received that let me become a straight A honor student, maybe a combination of both, but this school must have helped somewhat. The math was challenging, in my days Mrs. Gordon had a program in which students could learn new objectives at their own pace, as well as the regular curriculum. The spelling program helps students remember rules to spell words. Overall, a pretty good elementary school, although I don't have anything to compare it to. The only thing I can say that was bad, was the ability to give a child a "no" in their PRIDE folder, just for talking. I know that it's trying to teach students discipline, but sometimes I felt it was unjust, especially once when I was given a "no" for laughing, or when people would use appropriate humor in the daily writing journal they had. And ultimately I would like to impart on you the reader, wisdom from a fifteen year old; it's not the teacher's or code that make a school great, it's the students.

- submitted by a community member
May 05, 2011
My children have gone to Neely for the past 5 years and we love it! I really like the advanced curriculum, the traditional approach, the high amount of parental involvement, the extra curricular options (two of my kids are in school orchestra), and opportunities for advanced placement classes (math and writing). All four of my kids have done very well and I would recommend Neely to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2011
Overall I think Neely is a good school, however it has not lived up to the excessive hype. We were sold so hard by the reviews here and by the school orientation that the reality has been pretty disappointing. First of all, there is a good deal of bullying here and more than a few disciplinary issues. Of course this happens everywhere and there are policies in place to deal with it. But the principal saying that there are "less" issues here than at other area schools is not productive and does not project a desire to improve. Also, the school is quite old and the facilities are showing their age. I know the district is trying to deal with major budget issues but when things break or get to the end of their useful life they are not repaired or replaced. Finally, the academics at this school are not as challenging as I was led to believe. Neely is still a step up from the majority of GPS, but there is still much room for improvement.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2011
My children have gone to this school for two years and those two years have been quite dissapointing. Yeah they are doing well in school and are being taught what they need to know but what ever happened to the days when teachers enjoyed their jobs. All the teachers that I have met seem to be miserable and they seem to treat our children as a name and a number than a valued human being. I have also heard alot of bulling and name calling going on in the school, but Oh well, deal with it, was the words from one teacher. I am dissapointed and will not be taking my children there next year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 12, 2010
This is just an awesome school!! My son loves it. It has a very strict traditional approach to teaching. My son is just thriving!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
Routine assessment and advanced program placement; parents are very involved; great after school programs for arts and academic programs.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2010
Neely is a amazing school. My son is going into third grade and my daughter will be a kindergarten this school year. The teachers are great and the parents are very involved. They stick to a very strict curriculum. Which is great, I just wish they would incorporate more fun into the learning. Like art projects, hands on activities or using more of there imagination and creativity. It seems to be very by the book. But don't get me wrong. I love this school and I'm grateful my children go to Neely.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2010
i love this school! my child has been there sense kindergartenand she has gotten straight a's every year. i suggest you send your child here it is the best school i have ever seen!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 29, 2010
Neely is an excellent school! It is like going to a private school without the tuition. The teachers are amazing, the families are kind and take the time to get involved with their childs education. This is the best public school Gilbert has to offer. Your children will learn and be excited about it!! This school is not for those who do not want to be involved in their childs education. Excellent, Excellent school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
School continues to get 10 out of 10 scores. Students not allowed to do fund raising; electronic weekly status report and high level of parent participation.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
Ok, this school is amazing! All the teachers are so nice and they make it so much easier to learn. Im in 6th grade now and i am having a great time. My teacher, Mrs. St. John, is so helpful. This school has done so much for me. At Neely, i feel i have reached my full potential. Also at Neely, i have learned to overcome my A.D.H.D. Why wouldnt you guys send your kids to a school that was visited by fox 10 news.Go Neely!

- submitted by a student
November 25, 2008
This is officially the best school I've ever been to! The principal does a great job managing everything and the teachers are wonderful (especially Mrs. Manning and Mr. Martin)! I'm in sixth grade right now, I've been attending Neely ever since 1st grade, and they've been some of the best years of my life! YAY! Go Neely Knights!

- submitted by a student
November 05, 2008
Okay, Mom and Dad, if you want the best opportunity for your child to excel and achieve their full potential, send them to Neely! My daughter is in the sixth-grade this year. She began Neely as a kindergartner. She has been challenged but not overwhelmed. Neely has ALP, advanced math and advanced writing for those who qualify. They also offer help for those who need it. Neely has an all volunteer band and strings which both of which are amazing. These children meet before school in order to participate. The strings start with third-graders and the band with fourth-graders, which is not standard for other schools in the district. These kiddos still get general music as well as PE, art as part of a 'specials' rotation. We drive across the district to get her there. I can honestly say, I would have never had it any other way.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
i went to neely a few years ago, but im too old now.... my education there helped prepare me so well. I was prepared for Junior High when it came. The strings program is amazing. The teacher there taught me very well. I am now in a Youth Symphony. I am in the second highest level.

- submitted by a student
May 22, 2008
My son is now in 3rd grade and is soaring academically. He may have slightly more homework that the other district schools, but it is paying off. The children are held to a higher standard at Neely, and I find that the parents are active and have put their children in this school expecting superior education. The principal is amazing and very active in what is right for each individual student. She is very professional.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2008
We just spent our first year here with my oldest, a kindergardner. I have to say, I love it. The review below said it best, the kids are encouraged to do their best but aren't as stressed as kids I see at CTA, very similar program. I loooove the half day kinder teacher, Ms. Warren. She made the year fun for my very senstive little boy. We're definitely coming back.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
We have 4 children attending GPS Traditional Academy and each of them is doing so wonderful. They have been taught the importance of doing their best on each and every assignment. They are challenged but not stressed. Teachers work hard to build up each child's self esteem... which is very important to us as parents. There are so many schools to choose from in this area and we believe that this school is absolutely the best!!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2008
This is a great school. No time is wasted in class. Children are respectful. Great parent involvement. Gayle Blanchard is a great Principal and the teachers are excellent.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2006
The school is the best thing that could have happened to my children. They are learning so much more than they would be at if they were still at their old school. No chaos in these classrooms! The extracurricular activities are just that--extracurricular-- they are before and after school. They have art, computers, PE just the same as other schools but if they want to be in band or chorus, it is before or after school. The school hours are for learning. They have the best special reading teacher in the district. Their new principal (this is her second year) is the best!

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2006
This is such an excellent school. We started my Kinder. & Second Grader last year and it was the best move I could make. My Kinder. was doing more work than my second grader did at our last school when she was in first grade! They push the kids to work to their potential instead of teaching to the lowest common denominator. My second grader told me constantly that she loved this new school and didn't want to ever go back to her old one. The teachers, staff, and administration are all amazing.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2005
My children have attended this school since pre-k and I can't imagine them going anywhere else. The academics are superb, and it's truly like a small community-- everyone knows each other and is very ivolved.

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October 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2005
This school is fantastic. The core academics of Spalding Phonics and Saxon Math are valuable tools in teaching your children the skills they need to learn anything. They expect a lot from students, but won't hold them back from learning as much and as fast as they can. Music, art, computers, Accelerated Reader, and other specials including special ed and a gifted program are all available. Parents here are very involved and there are opportunities to help with whatever fits into your schedule. I cannot say enough great things about this school. The faculty and staff are tremendous and know almost the entire student body by name.

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September 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2005
I have taught in a regular public school and now a traditional school. The difference is stunning. There is no time wasted in class. We are constantly challenging our students. They thrive at the challenges and high goals that we set. It has shown me that a traditional school is giving the most to the children's education. GPS is the best!

- submitted by a teacher
July 16, 2005
The teachers, students and principal at this school is of the highest quality. Teachers give 100% and the students do as well. The positive atmosphere at the principal encourages really allows the students to blossom.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2005
This school is great for children who are above average students.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2005
My daughter after fininshing the 1st grade still wasn't reading. I put her into GPS Traditional Academy and within 2 months she was at her grade level in reading. My son is now just finishing Kindergarten this year there and by Christmas of last year, he was reading and his comprehension was at a 2.8 grade level. The teachers work with the children and the parents are amazing, helping with any and every activity that is available. I would recommend GPS Traditional Academy to any parent wishing their children to excell in school.

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May 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2005
We like this school because they take a traditional approach to academics while integrating current ideas on discipline and character development. It is culturally diverse. The administration and teachers are available and approachable. The fundraising is employed without 'the shame/guilt factor' compared to other schools public and private. The school lunch offers some nutritional items. It is part of a school district that is trying to keep up with national standards and seems to understand the importance of those.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2005
GPS Traditional Academy uses the Spalding Method for Language Arts. This back to basics approach, even in 1/2 day kindergarten, is amazing. The time on task is used to its fullest. Young students are reading at a quicker, fluent rate. Math is accelerated at almost a full school year. Extra-curricular music, PE and Art are part of the regular day. Band and Strings are available before school, as to not take away from the regular classroom time. Parent involement is key and expected. There is a strong PTO that is supportive of administration, teachers, and students. Parental classroom volunteerism is stongly encouraged. This is a wonderful school of choice.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2005
This school has motivated my children to learn and enjoy learning. The teachers and principal really take the time to challenge my kids to do more.The class size is managable for the teacher. After being at a school of more than 1200 students, this school is perfect for us.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2005
Structured back to basics program with emphasis in disciplined classroom environment. Test scores are definitely above most other schools (public or charter). Daily homework coordinating with classroom activities. Students are encouraged to do their best and improve each week. Less emphasis on music, art, PE (these are attended every 7 days) in order to devote more time to the basics. Parents are encouraged to participate in the classroom and/or by providing supplies as needed. No door to door sales for fundraising - more internal family fundraising is emphasized. Good carpool system available in addition to a few bus pick-up locations.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
We have had much success with our 5th grader at GPS Traditional (Neely) Elementary school. The structure of the curriculum does help with keeping the children focus on the basics and less on the extracurricular activities. Although my son misses the competitiveness of sport activities of his previous school, he has been able to direct that energy on the academic side which has elevated his self steam and eagerness. This school has been a great experience for all of us. Highly recoomended.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2005
My kindergarten student is currently attending this school and we love it. The teachers and staff are excellent and the atmosphere is casual and fun even though the education is serious.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2005
Good program for A.R and A.Math. No advanced english and writing. Principal Ms Nance just left school, it is a big loss to the school. School provide breakfast and lunch, quality is not so good. Computer skill teaching was weak.

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February 25, 2005
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February 25, 2005
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January 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2004
GPS Traditional Academy is a wonderful school. My daughter is in 1st grade, and her reading ability is beyond many of the 1st graders we know who attend other area schools.

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May 11, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2004
Neely is a school that emphasizes the fundamentals of learning. I feel that they take the children as far as they can go in Math and Reading. The school could use some help in the writing/languauge arts area, but not unlike many Gilbert schools. It is a great choice for my kids.

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March 29, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 18, 2004
Besides the academic achievements, parents who care [about] the enviroment and the facility of this school should think it twice. It is located quite close to a funeral home and the playground is just next to a power transmission substation. It is within a very undesirable area. The school buildings really need an immediate renovation.

- submitted by a community member
October 27, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2003
My child is in first grade and was at Neely last year also. I cannot say enough good things about this school. My child was reading first grade level books at the end of last year. The skills she learned have already taken her far, and this is just the begining of her schooling. She looks forward to school every day and continues to wonderfully. This is all to say I hope the district recognizizes the good thing they have going and reward the school for a job very well done and prepare for the kids to move on to jr. and sr. high in an environement they can continue to reach their full potential. The best part of all it's a public school and we have aready paid the tuition thru our taxes!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 04, 2003
I can't praise Neely, or as it is now named GPS Traditional Academy, highly enough. I am so impressed at the quality education coming from this school. Every day I see homework that emphasizes the Reading, Language and Mathematics skills that my children are learning. The principal and teachers work closely with the parents, and are completely devoted to each child's education. Parents are very involved in volunteering in classrooms, and reading with kids. The school PTO devotes tons of time to fundraising activities that are fun for everyone and benefits both the teachers and the kids. We may be giving up holiday art projects and those wonderful cookie dough sales other schools like so much, but I for one am thankful for that. I see serious future scholars coming from GPS Traditional Academy. I hope and pray the Gilbert School District is preparing to launch an academically challenging Junior High, because these kids are growing up, and they are being taught to have higher educational standards at Neely.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 04, 2003
In my opinion Neely is a school where your child's educational growth takes priority. It's focus is not on the arts, although it is still included in their cirriculum. It is a structured enviornment, but not in such a way that the classrooms are lacking positive and encouraging feelings. My children have experienced one other Gilbert Public School, and have been at Neely now for 3 years. The individual attention to their educational needs has been wonderful. The support I was promised when interveiwing Neely has been there for us from the start. The other school could never have met my children's educational needs like Neely has. The principal and teachers we have gotten to know have all been professional and completely devoted to my children. They have been supportive and encouraging, and open to change. My greatest concern now is where my kids will go to Junior High School. Gilbert needs to carry on this ' Neely' type of education all the way thru High Scool!

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Neely Traditional Academy
321 W. Juniper Ave., Gilbert, AZ  85233
(480) 892-2805
Last modified Neely Traditional Academy is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Neely Traditional Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 63 reviews. Top