Dan Hood, Principal

Phone: 480-497-4034


Degrees and Certifications:

Dan Hood, Principal

GCA Announcements

  • It is not too late to apply for the 2019/20 school year. Applications for 7th through 11th Grade are still being accepted, click HERE to apply.

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  • First day of school - August 1, 2019

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  • Ranked 8th Best Arizona High School & 20th in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report-Gold Medal

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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

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:    600 students, 19 high school classroom teachers, 2 administrators, 2 counselors, 16 support staff

    Schedule:  Two 18- week semesters.  Each day contains seven 50 minute periods that meet daily.

    Graduation Requirements:     29 credits


    • Service Learning                                             
    • Modern Language                                         
    • Fine Arts                                                           
    • 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 %


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