Traditional Programs

Gilbert Public Schools now offers Traditional Programs for K-6 (classrooms and curriculum) at Neely Traditional Academy, Spectrum Elementary, and Canyon Rim Elementary.

Neely Traditional Academy was founded in 1999, leading the way in Traditional Academy education in the Valley. 

Now, for the 2018/19 school year Gilbert Public Schools is adding two more Traditional Programs to improve access to Traditional education for our families living in the eastern and southern areas of our District.  Families will now have two options of kindergarten through 6th grade to choose from at Spectrum and Canyon Rim.  One is the the Traditional curriculum and classroom structure.  The other is the Conventional curriculum and classroom structure which is already offered at Canyon Rim, Spectrum, and our other elementary schools in Gilbert Public Schools.  

What is Traditional?

In the Traditional classroom the desks all face the front of the room, and the curriculum is delivered primarily through whole group instruction led by qualified teachers.

The ELA curriculum in Traditional is Spalding K-6.  Spalding focuses on precise speech, legible handwriting, spelling and fluency in reading.  Teachers model, coach and provide support when needed.  The curriculum is structured, sequential and cumulative.

The Math curriculum is Saxon Math K-6.  Saxon Math reinforces incremental learning.  New concepts are introduced daily, and previously learnt concepts are reviewed.  In this program Math is taught one grade level above.

Traditional homework will meet or exceed our usual GPS homework requirements, and there will be additional reading time of 15-30 minutes related to an Accelerated Reading program.

Learn More

To learn more about the Traditional options at Neely, Spectrum, and Canyon Rim please contact the schools directly or Schedule A Tour.

You can also click on the links below to learn more about each school and the programs they offer:

Neely Traditional Academy's website

Spectrum Elementary's website

Canyon Rim Elementary's website

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