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Gilbert Arts Academy

Charter | PK-6 | 175 students

GAA provides a quality education with a strong focus on character development.
 
 

 

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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 4 ratings
2013:
Based on 9 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 8 ratings

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Posted February 19, 2014

Gilbert Arts Academy offers a safe, family-oriented environment that focuses on meeting the individual needs of all students, while challenging each to reach their highest potential. Our team of dedicated teachers and staff take pride in providing a quality education and ensuring our students develop healthy habits, attitudes and confidence to yield success in all aspects of life.

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Posted May 5, 2010

The progressive and aggressive program along with the energetic and well informed teachers make this school one of a kind and far above all.


Posted May 5, 2010

I love the teachers and the small class sizes. This school is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

Caring, Dedicated and Well Informed Teachers and Staff. Both my daughters enjoy going to school everyday to learn new and exciting things. Focus on both academics and extra-curricular activities gives children a lot of inspiration and motivation to go to school everyday to learn and become good individuals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

I have 3 Children, 10, 6 & 3. My 2 oldest go to the school. My 10 yr. old has been there all the way from K-5. My husband & I fell in love w/ the school the second we saw it & went through orientation. I love the curriculum, the teachers, how involved the parents & students are. I recommend GAA to everyone I know. Both of my children are learning at least one grade ahead of their current grade. Even with as much learning/teaching that there is, they still want them to be children & want parents to take an active role in their child's education. LOVE IT!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

I am a grandparent to children who attend Gilbert Arts Academy. I love the small 'family' like campus. The teachers & staff truly care the children. It's easy to see, they love their job!


Posted May 5, 2010

Gilbert Arts Academy is a family oriented school. The level of professionalism from the staff is outstanding. The K.R.P program has been the best environment for my son!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

Great teachers with excellent learning environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

This school is amazing from the Pincaple to the teachers! I could not have picked a better school for my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

Such an amazing school with staff & teachers that show love, time & attention to EVERY student. You could not ask for a better school for your kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

The experience my son has received in the preschool program helps me trust in that his future endeavors in K 6 will be just as amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

Gilbert Arts Academy is such a dynamic and progressive school that is on the forefront of transforming education in Arizona. The teachers and staff are more than highly qualified and strive to create an environment that is conducive to each student s learning and development needs. Gilbert Arts Academy has become more of an extension of our family than a school. We love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

Small class size, great teachers and staff, they really care about our kids! I also love the emphasis on Arts Education, my child loves this school! We have been very happy here! Awesome parents that really get involved!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

My nephew is in KG and he loves coming to school at this school!


Posted May 5, 2010

My great niece goes there and they have been really good for her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

The good is an exceptionally good, accademically sound school where the teachers actually KNOW the children and their individual needs. I have all good things to say, and not one negative. They challenge the children to think on their own, and to use after school time to teach them study skills. I love it, keep up the good work for my grandchildren!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

The teachers seem to care so much for the kids.


Posted May 5, 2010

My daughter transferred to Gilbert Arts Academy this year, and what she loves to say most about her school is that the staff and students are like her second family. She loves it here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

A great school that encourages their students to develop strong and positive character traits.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

Fabulous small school with dedicated teachers and caring staff. Nice to know the atmosphere and quality of a private school can exist in a public school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

Great family atmosphere! This is a small campus with great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
95%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
71%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
29%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
100%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
85%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 62% 42%
Hispanic 22% 43%
Two or more races 8% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42%N/A47%
Female 48%N/A49%
Male 52%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Advanced Ed Accredited (2011)
  • District Accredited (2014)
  • National School Choice (2014)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish Club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Figueroa
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • gaainfo@leonagroup.com
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (480) 632-2077

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Direct instruction
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Service learning
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Mathnasium
  • Blackbird Music
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Multi-Sports Club
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Multi-Sports Club
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Foreign language club: Spanish Club
  • Girl scouts
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Recycling club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Mustang Clubs are held after school in 6 week intervals. They include sports, music, drama, foreign language, crafts, cooking, karate, sign language, quilting, scrap-booking, computers and more! Teachers and community members provide instruction for all after school Mustang Clubs.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
165
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
185

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Gilbert Classical Junior High
South Valley Junior High
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862 E. Elliot Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234
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Phone: (480) 325-6100

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