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.
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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.
Ranked 9th Best Arizona High School & 60th in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report-Gold Medal 2020
Do you have a 6th Grader? Applications are now being accepted for 7th Grade for the 2022/23 school year. Click here to apply!
Would you like to learn more about the Academy? Families are invited to join us on Wednesday, October 20 at 6 pm in the GCA Cafeteria to learn about the Academy's academic program, athletics, and much more.
Do you need help with Latin? GCA Saturday morning tutoring is now available. Each Saturday one of our two Latin teachers will be in their classroom (room 124 or 125) from 8 a.m. to noon. Bring $5 to stay as long as you want. Students should come prepared with either homework to work on or specific questions or difficulties they need help with.
Upcoming GCA Events
September 27, 2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Band Concert
September 30, 2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Choir Concert
October 20, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM GCA Informational Meeting
October 22, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Breadbowl - GCA Family Event
October 23, 2021
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Homecoming Dance (High School Students only)
October 26, 2021
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM PSAT/NMSQT for 8th-11th Grade GCA Students
October 29, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Jr. High Halloween Party - GCA Cafeteria
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
GCA News & Information
Our Spring seasons are winding down. Our Girl’s and Boy’s Tennis teams lost close matches during the first round of the state team tournament. Congratulations go to all our Division 3 State Tennis Players: Uday Brathwaite, Sophomore, sailed through to the semi-finals of the Individual State Tournament on Saturday.
These 8 groups were chosen from 62 statewide school EPICS @ ASU projects and will advance to compete in a group of 25 for final awards.
GCA is pleased to announce that Sophia Hammer and Eugenia Trakal were selected out of nearly 1,000 candidates from Arizona High Schools to be a Flinn Scholar. They will receive a full ride at one of the state's public universities.
Senior Mathew Hanna has much to smile about it, he has been named as a finalist in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.
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: 660 students (JH:235 HS:417) 27 classroom teachers, 2 administrators, 3 counselors, 16 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 %