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9-12
Public district
Gilbert, AZ
Students enrolled: 183
 

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55 N. Greenfield Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85234

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(480) 497-4024
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Teacher effectiveness: Ineffective
August 12, 2015
I was forced to learn through rote memorization in most of my classes-- even though that's how I learn, it got grating and, frankly, boring after a while.

- submitted by a student
Amount of homework: Too much
August 12, 2015
Notes. That's all I have to say. It went from social studies notes in eighth grade to biology notes in ninth, and, if I had stayed any longer, AP World History in tenth.

- submitted by a student
Develops grit: Neutral
August 12, 2015
This school develops persistence, alright-- by giving its students an uncontrollable workload that they have to struggle through for the entire schoolyear.

- submitted by a student
Develops respect: Disagree
August 12, 2015
The students get so tired of the workload that they begin building up resentment for the teachers. Once that resentment gets to a boiling point, they start disrespecting their teachers-- I know, because I and many others did it.

- submitted by a student

May 23, 2015
My daughter just completed her second year at GCA and we absolutely love it there. Before GCA she attended another GPS school and was in the honors program there as well, which technically is the same curriculum. However, the learning environment is so much better at GCA. Teachers are available daily to assist before and after school with concepts and homework. I never had to wait more than 24 hours to hear back from a teacher. At the other school it usually took more than 2 weeks and even then they were not available for help. My daughter has been very happy and we enjoy the small school atmosphere. I don't believe every child would excel at GCA, but they are given the opportunity. If you child is focused, goal oriented, and disciplined this school will be a perfect fit. The only drawback is the old campus and facilities that are not meeting the needs of the school anymore.

- submitted by a parent

February 13, 2015
Pretentiousness over rigor. A lack of cohesive policies among teachers who add homework online at night and assign un-vetted online programs: poor planning and lack of organization among people we are meant to trust with our brightest students. Successful here are those best prepared to jump through unnecessary hoops, teach themselves (the math department is a particular mess), and stay up late deciphering the vagaries of the latest program (not due to the material but because the program was neither tested nor modeled). Such students succeed anywhere. Especially laughable - despite taking only honors/AP classes (this being "normal" at GCA), students' scores are not weighted like their counterparts elsewhere. GCA students receive lower GPAs than those taking identical classes in the same district! 1:1 technology is more trouble than it s worth and does nothing to alleviate textbook burden. Having technology vs. using it to efficiently support education is not a distinction GCA has mastered. Music/sports are bright spots. These coaches encourage the kind of spirit expected from the education GCA lauds, perhaps being more prone to care about growth of the whole student.

- submitted by a parent

August 14, 2014
I am a student at this school and I would describe the school as not as good as they advertise it to be. I am a good student and wanted to get a head start when starting college so I enrolled in this school. Most teachers are decent but some teachers are terrible. For example one of my teachers corrects homework while we are teaching notes which sometimes leads to us not finishing our notes and having to do homework we haven't been taught. Everything about this school is above average but not any better than a decent public school. What sets this school apart is the fact that student are given lots of homework and the student's there are exceptionally smart. Many parents put smart kids in this school because it is a "good school". Also tons of kids who can't deal with the homework leave after 8th grade to go to another school. This smart kids left inflate GCA's test grades. You could easily get an education similar to GCA's by giving your children tons of extra work. If you are thinking about this school I think you should look somewhere else.

- submitted by a student

August 10, 2014
Good luck with this school, basically every student cheats on the 3 hours of homework they get. Additionally as of this year, the students are forced to eat inside the cafeteria so as to limit the amount of trash left outside. If your kids go here, they will be treated like kindergartners who have to be monitored constantly, they will all be crammed into a room, even if the maximum occupancy of the room is reached. The students are told that they are "exceeding" in all subjects, however ,when you compare the AP test scores of all the other schools in the valley, i'ts easy to see that they aren't any better than the neighboring high schools. This review doesn't even really matter because the school will probably be closed by the end of the 2015-2016 school year, if not earlier. I took my child out of this school because its is just ridiculously over rated. If you plan on putting your child in this school, I'm begging you to reconsider.

- submitted by a parent

June 20, 2014
Our hopes for a "classical" school were dashed. We expected Latin education, the Socratic method used through much of the instruction, history taught four years in high school, and rhetoric. Unfortunately, you don't have the opportunity for Latin in high school. Latin 1, 2 are only offered in junior high. History is not taught in 9th gr. Socratic method was scarcely used. Group projects were overused. The school appears to be high performing, but it's not due to the material they present or how they teach. Instead, the school benefits by being full of students who would normally excel at any high school.Students who endure the ridiculous amount of unnecessary homework succeed. It's normal for students to spend all day in school and all evening doing homework.There's a false assumption: many assignments plus many hours of homework equals success. This school model is not conducive to long term retention of the information learned, nor is it "classical". The administration was not open to feedback. Most disturbing is the "Springboard" English program. The student's literary experience no longer includes reading complete novels, just segments of books. This is not classical education

- submitted by a parent

April 02, 2014
I'd rather take a few honors and ap classes and live a great life outside of school where I can pursue my passions than go to a school where shoving as much academics down a students throat as possible is more important than providing a quality education. As a current student going here I know what it's like. If you're an in the box thinker passionate about academics, you'll love this school. If you are a creative type more into the humanities who's an out of the box thinker. Look elsewhere . Not to mention the school will have to deal with overpopulation and limited space next year

- submitted by a community member

February 04, 2014
Yo soy el conserje. Recojo de basura todos los d as. Tengo cero centavos. Necesito m s pesos para alimentar a mis hijos. C mo puedo limpiar la verdad.

- submitted by a community member

February 03, 2014
Rozay runs the game. This school is terrible. I recommend you not send your kid to this school, so we wouldn't have to put up with them. #rickross #thedevilisalie #iwonderwhy #9piece #a1perico #huh

- submitted by a teacher

November 12, 2013
We moved our son from a private school to GCA because they falsely advertise use of the Socratic teaching method and emphasis on mastery learning. Having a masters in education and 2 decades of being a leader in the computer industry - I was appalled at both the lack of instruction, poor leadership examples, and practices that contradict what students will need to be prepared for the real-world. Why? Students are not taught but forced to memorize and regurgitate to obtain higher test scores. For example, there were only 2 occasions we tried to speak to our son's teacher to get extra assistance. Both were escalated to the Principal within seconds when we questioned teaching principles around mastery learning theories and that they were not using the Socratic method. We were chastised for coming on campus, our questions never answered, and son was pushed off on another student for help. We were bullied by the Principal when our son was given a 0 because he and a lab partner had the similar answers on a lab they did together. The school worries more about test scores then if the students are actually learning and does not provide good examples in conduct for our children.

- submitted by a parent

June 23, 2013
Our family has sent two children to the Gilbert Classical Academy. My son and daughter both started there in the seventh grade. My son just graduated with the first class that completed all six years at the school. This class of kids set the standards and now the school ranks 28th in the nation according to US News and World Report. My son was actively recruited by many colleges and was accepted to a nationally ranked private liberal arts college in New York, where he will attend in the Fall. He is able to attend because of the academic scholarship that will cover 94% of the $250,000.00 cost of a four year degree. The GCA prepared him for this. I am so pleased. My daughter will begin her junior year in the Fall and is as successful in maintaining high academic success at this AP/Honors curriculum school. As a parent, I could not have made a better choice for the two of them.

- submitted by a parent

April 03, 2012
My son is a junior and started here in 7th grade. He has flourished and gained so much confidence by attending GCA. The academics are demanding period! You re ready for any university setting when you graduate GCA. Along the way, you are treated as valuable person by teachers and your fellow students. No serious mischief takes place here or you re out. My three older children went to Gilbert High and did very well...two got scholarships, but this is a much better overall experience hands down.

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2012
You'll probably note that the last review was dated in 2009. Much has changed about GCA and unfortunately, not all for the better. My child is currently a sophomore and we're beginning to consider leaving the school. The most significant change is in leadership. The original principle has left and skill set of the new administration is not as visionary or flexible. In a small school the loss of a few talented instructors can greatly affect the quality of education for many making it very difficult to recover. Unfortunately the school has not rebounded from a key loss in the math department. Academically there are now holes in the program which cannot be overlooked much longer. It's still a great small school option for kids who may be challenged in a larger program. There are several talented instructors who make GCA a solid option but attending this school also means losing a significant part of the high school experience. In addition the facility is no where near the standard of most Gilbert schools with a recent admission to asbestos in the plant. Great potential under the right leadership and District commitment.

- submitted by a parent

September 08, 2009
GCA is one of the best schools I have ever been to. All of my teachers treat me like an adult, and expect adult behavior from me. I love the atmosphere and most of the students who attend Gilbert Classical. Last year in 7th grade, I was comforted by the fact that irresponsible kids don't survive at this school. You have to be serious in academics and in ones behavior at GCA. One can clearly see a huge difference between students maturity and work at GCA and at other public schools. This school may be tough, but is DEFINATLY worth the effort.

- submitted by a student

September 08, 2009
GCA is one of the best schools I have ever been to. All of my teachers treat me like an adult, and expect adult behavior from me. I love the atmosphere and most of the students who attend Gilbert Classical. Last year in 7th grade, I was comforted by the fact that irresponsible kids don't survive at this school. You have to be serious in academics and in ones behavior at GCA. One can clearly see a huge difference between students maturity and work at GCA and at other public schools. This school may be tough, but is DEFINATLY worth the effort.

- submitted by a parent

May 24, 2009
Gilbert Classical Academy is an Elite College Preparatory School; it is the very best public education your child could receive in the State of Arizona. Parents in SF, NY & Chicago are paying at least 12k a year per student for this type of quality education. The Administration, Teachers, & Staff are priceless. Gilbert Public School District 41 Administration & Board are to be commended for putting together such a great program. Once GPS #41 expands, this way of teaching to all of their schools, they are sure to be one of the top school Districts in the Nation. Go Spartans!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 30, 2009
This school is good but lacks how this small school will be good for college aplicants

- submitted by a parent

November 14, 2008
I am a student at GCA and oh my gosh, I love this school! The Principal is our school DJ during the dances...who ever thought that? Also, you teachers know almost everybody on campus so we know whos who and what they do. My favorite subject is Latin because our latin teacher makes learning fun and we have fun doing it! We just recently had a socratic seminar and we got to share music and pictures with the class... that was so much fun. Our latin teacher also makes translating fun and challenging. I cannot wait till i get into 9th grade, so I can live out a high school life and have fun with my friends.

- submitted by a parent

November 13, 2008
im a student here at GCA and my first couple days rocked! it is the best school you could ever go to and the people there are nice and sweet

- submitted by a student
no rating
November 10, 2008
I am a 9th grader here at GCA and I just love this school. You are required to take Latin which is useful and also Spanish which is extremely helpful especially here in Arizona with many Mexican people such as myself. I am fortunate enough to have gotten in and to all you who are considering registering for this school, it is definitely worth it and your academic knowledge will be greatly expanded.

- submitted by a student

November 07, 2008
GCA is awesome and i luv it there if u are interested u will luv it too

- submitted by a student

October 10, 2008
I love this school. For i am a student here at the academy. You recieve a HP ompaq 6710b lap top. A extremely uptodate lap top. As i am typing this up on it at home. A exelent exelent school. There is no bullying. That is strictly enforced. As anyone caught harrassing/hasing will be dismissed. I am a 7th grader here. It is amazing how nice the teachers are.

- submitted by a student

June 17, 2008
Students are at least one year ahead of normal levels which gives them the opportunity to take honors, AP and college credit.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
May 27, 2008
My son is a 6th grader and went on line to complete the application process to attend this school. He said he wanted to go here because they require Latin and calculus and each student is given a lap-top. They require uniforms, and excelling grades. One F on any semester grade and you will be expelled. There are no behavior issues. This is truly an academic haven for those students who want to excel.

- submitted by a parent

May 16, 2008
This school will soon become one of the best in the nation. The administration is top notch and the school environment is warm and academically superior to any others in the East Valley. The combination of technology and Classical education is brilliant, and colleges are already salivating over having a shot at these students when they leave the Academy

- submitted by a parent

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Gilbert Classical Academy High School
55 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, AZ  85234
(480) 497-4024
Last modified Gilbert Classical Academy High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Gilbert Classical Academy High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top