Degrees and Certifications:
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.
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
- 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 9th Best Arizona High School & 60th in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report-Gold Medal 2020
GCA Summer Office Hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 3 pm. The GCA office will be closed from June 29 - July 10.
GCA News & Information
GCA is pleased to announce second Flinn Scholar in as many years!
GCA Senior Greyson Henry spent seven weeks last summer participating in the KEYS research internship program at U of A.
Congratulations to GCA 7th grader, Merissa Wongso, who is a 2019 World Chess Cadet Championship qualifier!
Congratulations to Seniors Quincy Wilcox and Greyson Henry on being named as National Merit Finalists .