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
Upcoming GCA Events
April 9, 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Incoming 7th Grade Student Math Diagnostic Testing
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
Join us for an exciting night of Spartan Basketball as all four squads take on Santa Cruz. Bring in a new Teddy bear to donate to the Children's Homeless Shelter to be entered into the prize raffle. Gilbert Classical Arena 3 PM - 9 PM | December 10, 2021
GCA's Speech & Debate team participated in the Winter Trophy tournament this past weekend. Katelyn Chu and Keilani Uehara took first place in duet acting. Shravya Aragam took third place in original spoken word poetry. Matthew Jiang and Hayden Nguyen took third place in the varsity public forum. In addition, Cindy Zhong made it to the semifinals in impromptu, Mankaran Dhillon made it to quarterfinals in big questions, Lizzie Beistle made it to quarterfinals in varsity Lincoln-Douglas debate, and Emily Enriquez and Benson Gailey both made it to quarterfinals in novice Lincoln-Douglas debate. Congratulations to all!
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 Semifinalists. 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 Semifinalist is a huge honor as it recognizes years of hard work and dedication to learning. Both girls will now apply to be National Merit Finalists. We wish them all the best!
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 %