GCA Mission & Vision

  • GCA Mission: Gilbert Classical Academy is committed to developing students of impeccable character who embrace a passion for learning by gaining a solid foundation of knowledge through a rigorous, classical curriculum. Utilizing the Socratic method of instruction, students are empowered to think critically, work collaboratively, and prepare for lifelong learning.

    GCA Vision: The vision of Gilbert Classical Academy is to prepare students for success at a college or university by fostering the development of each student’s academic and social potential.

Phone: 480-497-4034


Degrees and Certifications:

Dan Hood, Ed.D., Principal

My name is Dr. Dan Hood, and I am extremely proud to be the principal of this Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon and A+ High Performing School.  I am incredibly proud of our students, faculty, and staff and all they have accomplished in the past 15 years.

I have lived in Arizona for the past 44 years, graduating from Mountain View High School in Mesa. I obtained my bachelor's degree at Arizona State University, my master's at Northern Arizona University, and a doctorate through Grand Canyon University. Entering my 29th year of education and my 12th 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 be ready and 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.  

  • Ranked 13th Best Arizona High School & 86th in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report-2022

GCA Announcements

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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GCA News & Information

  •  Scholarships and Varsity Letters for Service

    Scholarships and Varsity Letters for Service

    The Gilbert Education Foundation awarded GCA Students and STAFF with Scholarships and Varsity Letters for Service on Thursday, April 27th! Gilbert Education Foundation recognized and rewarded 3 GCA students and 1 GCA Staff Member for their volunteer efforts in the community. The students of which had over 200 or more hours of service and earned their high school varsity letter in volunteerism.   Our own Advanced Vocal Choir performed and GCA had great representation at the event! Congratulations to Sheela Bhatia, GCA's Media Tech, and to our GCA students: Trayna Bui, Alli Sreeni, and Wil Johnson for receiving the Varsity Letters for Service! 

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  •  Congratulations to our ASU MUN winners!! Great Job Team!

    ASU Model U.N. Winners

    GCA's Model U.N. team competed at ASU MUN tournament on Friday, November 18th. The team did a great job, taking home multiple awards. Farhan Islam, Arshiya Mohamed, Phil Ni, Alana Skiera, & Cindy Tran all won awards for Best Novice Position Paper in their respective committees. Arshiya Mohamed also took home the award for Best Veteran Position Paper in her committee! Charlotte Pascoe won Best Novice Diplomat in the Historical Council, while Alexander Tangpan took home awards for Best Novice Delegate and Best Novice Diplomat in the General Assembly. Leah Kabilan was awarded Best Veteran Diplomat in the Historical Council, while Isabella Smith won Best Veteran Delegate in the Human Rights Council. In addition, GCA was awarded 3rd place for Best School.

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  •  GCA National Merit Scholarship Recipients

    Congrats to Our National Merit Scholars!

    Two GCA Seniors are among the nation's top academically talented high school students. Khushi Parikh and Ayla Young both qualified as National Merit Scholarship recipients. Each year GCA Juniors are invited to take the PSAT/NMSQT in the Fall, the qualifying test for entry to the competition for scholarships to be awarded each year. Being recognized as a National Merit Scholar is a huge honor as it recognizes years of hard work and dedication to learning. We wish them all the best!

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Virtual School Tour & GCA School Profile Information


    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: 603 students (HS-393, JH-210), 24 classroom teachers, 2 administrators, 2.5 counselors, 6 support staff 

    Schedule: Two 18-week semesters.  Each day contains seven 48 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: 2011-2021: 100 %


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Last Modified on May 22, 2023