Community Education

 Jack Blanchard    
     Jack BlanchardDirector
     Laura Anderson, Administrative Assistant  
     Anne Vreeland, Business Supervisor
     Phone480-892-9089 / Fax480-892-8775   

Community Education is pleased to offer a wide variety of programs to meet the needs of students in Gilbert Public Schools. Our mission is to help children reach their personal best in mind, body, and spirit. 

           Adult Learning Programs
           Wendi Howe
           Adult Learning Program Supervisor
Facilities Rentals - Follow the link for rental opportunities and locations
Adam Crang
Facilities Rental Coordinator
Kristie Odel
Facilities Administrative Assistant

VIK Club
 & VIK Summer Camp
Kristin Stoltzmann
VIK Club, VIK Summer Camp & The Zone Program Supervisor
Kindergarten through 6th Grade
A before and after school program

GPS Enrichment 
Nathan Paquet
GPS Enrichment Program Supervisor
Providing after school enrichment opportunities for GPS students.
Behind the Wheel 
Community Partnerships is happy to be partnering with GPS Driver's Education to offer students the Behind the Wheel (BTW) test for the AZ State Driver license. 
Building Blocks & Kindercamp Summer
Eric Dachtyl 
Building Blocks & Kindercamp Program Supervisor 
Full day program for 3, 4 and 5 year olds as a stepping stone for kindergarten
A half-day nurturing, child-centered Pre-K program created especially for 4-year olds as a stepping stone to kindergarten.  

Parent University
Learning opportunities for families to increase engagement in their children's educational process and empower parents to raise children who are successful in school, college and career.
Summer School
Elementary Summer School K-6 is designed to meet unique academic needs of a diverse student population.  Provides a meaningful, relevant, and enriching summer learning experience.
Summer program for Tweens & Teens

The TOYBOX Early Learning Center is a program established as a laboratory setting on the high school campus.  We offer a full curriculum teaching all subjects each day including language and literacy, STEM (science, tools, engineering and math), social studies, art, music and PE.
Taxpayers filing in Arizona have the unique opportunity to redirect a portion of state tax dollars they already pay, to public education. The credit allows an Arizona taxpayer to contribute $200 per individual tax return or $400 per joint tax return to a school’s extra curricular program. Gilbert Public Schools has many extracurricular activities or programs that can benefit from these funds!  Extracurricular activity means any optionalnoncredit activity that supplements the education program of the school.  Activities such as field trips, after-school enrichment programs, character education, clubs, athletics, visual & performing arts, and in-state or out-of-state trips solely for competitive events can be funded with tax credit money. Senior trips or events that are recreational, amusement, or tourist activities CANNOT be funded with tax credit money.
More information regarding the state tax credit can be found at
The Tax Credit option is, once again, available through the Community Education online system for eligible programs. 

If you are registering or scheduling days for a program that is eligible to use tax credit, you will see an option to “Apply as Tax Credit” with a drop down defaulting to NO.  If you want to submit payment as a tax credit, use the drop down and select “Yes”.  On the payment page, TAX CREDIT will be noted where you enter your credit card information. If you are submitting a registration/schedule where both programs are not eligible for tax credit, the option to pay using tax credit will not be available. Please submit the registration/schedule separately if you are wanting to use the tax credit option. Please remember all tax credit payments are NON-REFUNDABLE. 

Each payment transaction has an invoice number associated with it.  Any payment submitted as a tax credit will show TC before the invoice number (ex. TC407859). You will find this information on the STATEMENT tab in your family account.

A confirmation receipt for your payment will be emailed, if an email address was provided, with the Subject: Transaction Receipt from Gilbertpubschtaxdonation.  This is the ONLY tax credit receipt you will receive.  A separate tax credit receipt WILL NOT be mailed, as in the past.  Please retain a copy of this tax credit receipt for your records.

Tax Statements for childcare paid to Community Education are available by logging into your family account at . Click on STATEMENT to enter a date range. To view past years, click on VIEW YEAR, select year you need and click VIEW. You can then print the DETAIL YEAR END which will include all payments made for the year selected.

If tax credit payments have been made through the Community Education family portal, the invoice number on your statement will have TC in front of the number (ie. TC123456).

The Gilbert Unified School District’s Tax ID Number is 86-6000530 which is listed on the statement.

Community Education Office
6839 E. Guadalupe Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212
Phone: 480-892-9089
FAX: 480-892-8775
Office hours:
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Closed on all school holidays.
Closed Fridays in June and July

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