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Academic Programs

We offer an extensive range of academic opportunities for Pre K-12, designed to meet the needs of every student while inspiring excellence in every learner in supportive learning environments. Our elementary schools, junior highs, and high schools, all deliver academic excellence with a wide variety of programs, high-quality certified teachers, and a commitment to inspiring excellence in every learner every day.

Accelerated K - 6

GPS offers K-6 Accelerated classroom learning experiences at eight of our elementary schools, across the district, to meet the needs of our students and families. This is a unique opportunity for students with strong academic abilities and a love of learning to be challenged in a supported learning environment.

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Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are available at all GPS high schools. Students are granted AP status and/or college credit on how well they perform on the national AP exam. Information regarding AP courses and exams are available from the counseling office of each high school.

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AVID-Advancement Via Individual Determination-is designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance. AVID’s mission is to close the opportunity gap by preparing all students for college and career readiness and success in a global society.

AVID at its schools:

Desert Ridge Junior High
Desert Ridge High

Career & Technical Education

CTE programs are available at each of our five comprehensive high schools. Through enrollment in these programs, students can explore a number of areas of occupational interest (career clusters) and pursue a career focus in-depth while completing their high school diploma. 

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Diploma Seals

The Arizona State Board of Education has approved the following seals for art, social studies, and world languages. These seals recognize high school students who achieve proficiency in related coursework and complete additional examinations along with extracurricular tasks. 

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Dual Language K-6

Gilbert Elementary offers a K-6 dual language experience that allows students the advantage of learning their grade-level content in two languages, English and Spanish. This program develop culturally responsive, active learners who are intellectually challenged and engaged.

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International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Gilbert High
Patterson Elementary

Traditional K-6

GPS offers K-6 Traditional classrooms and curriculum at three campuses, the desks all face the front of the room, and the curriculum is delivered primarily through whole group instruction led by qualified teachers. 

Canyon Rim Elementary
Neely Traditional Academy
Spectrum Elementary