Gilbert is a 69 square mile town in the southeast valley in Phoenix. Gilbert is consistently a top rated town in various polls that cover the best places to live, community safety and outdoor living. With the fast paced growth, it has a more updated and modern feel, priding itself on being a family friendly place to call home.
According to a US News and World Report article this year, Gilbert Classical Academy ranks 28th nationally among high schools. Gilbert Classical Academy is a public Junior High and High School in the Gilbert School District. Very much different that its larger public counter parts, the 2013 graduating class totaled 37 seniors. The school first opened in 2007. The enrollment is done by means of a lottery and there is always a waiting list. The curriculum is made up mostly of AP and Honors classes. The reason this headline caught my attention is my youngest son just finished his freshman year at GCA where he also participated in swimming and basketball. Therefore, I thought I could add some additional insight to this article. Continue reading “Gilbert Classical Academy Ranks Nationally Among High Schools”
Charter schools provide an alternative to traditional public schools
One of the many, but very important items on the checklist of things to do for a family relocating to the Phoenix area is researching schools. Which school is the best school in the area we want to live? Which district is the best? Do they have extra-curricular activities? And the questions go on and on. These families will also have to add another question that they may not have considered previously, “What about charter schools?” Continue reading “Charter Schools in Arizona”
In the November 10, 2008 issue Business Week recognized Gilbert as one of the top places in Arizona to raise children. Obviously, they have their rating system which produced Gilbert as their top pick and makes parents in other towns & cities cry foul. Knowing the valley pretty well I reflected on the different qualities of each town and instead of questioning their choice, I tried to build a list in my mind of why I would support Gilbert a top choice, even if it was not number 1.