Dan Hood, Principal

Phone: 480-497-4034

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Dan Hood, Principal

My name is Dan Hood and I am extremely proud to be the principal of this Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon School.  I am extremely proud of our students, faculty, and staff and all they have accomplished in the past 12 years.

I have lived in Arizona for the past 40 years, graduating from Mountain View High School in Mesa.  From there I obtained my bachelor's degree at Arizona State University, masters at Northern Arizona University, and am currently working on my doctorate through Grand Canyon University.  Entering my 26th year of education and my 9th year as an administrator I have seen many changes in the educational landscape. Gilbert Classical Academy is an answer to the changes in the landscape providing a choice for parents who want their children to not only be ready for college but to thrive in college.  The best part of my job is to watch students come into GCA as 7th-grade elementary students and leave as very independent, competent, articulate, and socially aware young adults ready to succeed at their next level.

National Blue Ribbon School

  • Gilbert Classical Academy is a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School.

    Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recognized 349 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.  

School Profile

  • Gilbert Classical Academy is an honors level school utilizing one-to-one integrated technology incorporated with Socratic instruction to prepare students for postsecondary education at the university level.  GCA is a small school which embodies a strong unity amongst students and the surrounding community. All students are required to take AP level courses for their upper-class core subject areas. Students are required to perform 80 hours of community service in order to graduate.  In addition to the community service hours, students are required to write and defend a 4,000-word Senior Thesis Project about a topic of their selection.


    School Population:    676 students (JH:289 HS:387) 27 classroom teachers, 2 administrators, 2 counselors, 16 support staff

    Schedule:  Two 18- week semesters.  Each day contains seven 49 minute periods that meet daily.

    Graduation Requirements:     29 credits

    Electives:                                                          

    • Service Learning                                             
    • Modern Language                                         
    • Fine Arts
    • Computer Science                                                           
    • Physical Education                                         

    Grading System:   Non-Weighted grades   A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1 Weighted grades  A=5, B=4, C=3, D=1

    *All Core classes are Honors Level or Advanced Placement

    Graduation Rate 2011-2019: 100 %

     

  • Ranked 10th Best Arizona High School & 70th in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report-Gold Medal 2019

GCA Announcements

  • Saturday, December 7th - GCA Winterfest 2019 11 to 4 pm. Click HERE for more information.

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  • Winter Social Saturday, December 14 - GCA High School Winter Social, 8 to 11 pm in the GCA Courtyard. Tickets are now available in the Spirit Store for $7 or pay $10 at the door. Enjoy some holiday music, smores, and dancing.

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  • Application APPLY NOW - The Academy is now accepting applications for 7th through 11th grade for the 2020/21 school year. The deadline to apply to be included in the 7th-grade lottery is Friday, December 13th, 2019. All other grade levels will be admitted or waitlisted as space permits.  Please click HERE to apply.

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GCA News & Information

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High School School Day Start & End Times

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:30am–2:20pm

    Wednesday Early Release: 7:30am–1:20pm

    Half Days: 7:30am–11:20am

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