Gilbert Public Schools

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Gilbert Public Schools (GPS), officially known as Gilbert Unified School District #41 (GUSD), is a school district based in Gilbert, Arizona, United States in the Phoenix metropolitan area. GPS covers most of Gilbert and parts of Mesa and Chandler.

History[edit]

By 2014 the State of Arizona had ruled that two pages in a biology textbook which discuss contraception and sexually transmitted diseases are compliant with a 2012 law that stated that schools must have "preference, encouragement and support to childbirth and adoption" against abortion. In 2014 the Gilbert school board has decided to remove or black out the pages anyway. Board member Julie Smith, a Catholic, stated that "we do not contracept. It is a grave sin" and that allowing the pages to be in the book is a violation of her "religious rights."[1]

Schools[edit]

Schools in the district include: twenty-seven elementary schools which accommodate grades kindergarten through sixth; six junior high schools (seventh and eighth grades) and five high schools (ninth to twelfth).[2]

High schools[edit]

Name Campo Verde Desert Ridge Gilbert Highland Mesquite
Location Gilbert Mesa Gilbert Gilbert Gilbert
Opened 2009 2002 1918,
1987 (current building)
1993 1998
Colors Dark green,
copper
Cardinal red,
black
Black,
gold
Teal,
black
Royal blue,
silver
Mascot Coyote Jaguar Tiger Hawk Wildcat
Principal Michael de la Torre Dan Coombs Chris Stroud Melinda Murphy Ken Fetter
Athletic
conference[3]
4A 5A 5A 5A 5A
Enrollment
(2013-2-25)[4]
1971 2606 2526 2991 1957
Website(s) Official Official Official Official Official

Junior high schools[edit]

Name Desert Ridge Gilbert Greenfield Highland Mesquite South Valley
Location Mesa Gilbert Gilbert Mesa Gilbert Gilbert
Colors Purple,
teal,
black
Black,
gold
Green,
gold
Maroon,
gold,
blue
Blue,
silver
Red,
white,
black
Mascot Rattler Tiger Grizzly Hurricane Mustang Sabercat
Principal Jean Woods Kevin Rainey Brian Yee Marcie Taylor Dan Johnson Brian Jaeger
Feeder
for (HS)
Desert Ridge Gilbert,
Mesquite,
Highland
Gilbert,
Highland
Highland,
Desert Ridge
Mesquite,
Gilbert
Campo Verde,
Mesquite
Enrollment
(2013-2-25)[4]
1329 626 969 1289 786 1248
Website(s) Official Official Official Official Official Official

Award Schools[edit]

Playa del Rey Elementary School opened in 1994. April 2011 was the second time the school has received the A+ 'School of Excellence' award. The Principal Robyn Conrad was named Arizona's principal of the year in October 2010.[5]

Neely Traditional Academy is an elementary school in Gilbert, Arizona, United States. The school was opened in 1981, and became a traditional academy in 1999. Neely received the National Blue Ribbon School award in 2009.[6][7]

Academies and alternative education[edit]

  • Canyon Valley School (Grades 9-12)
  • Distance Learning Online (Grades 7-12) — Gilbert Public Schools offers its own online schooling program through its Distance Learning Center. Classes range from History to Physical Education. Gilbert accepts credits earned from major online schools, such as Primavera.[8]
  • Gilbert Classical Academy (Grades 7-12) — opened August 2007; replacing the GPS Technology and Leadership Academy
  • Neely Traditional Academy (Grades K-6) — also known as Neely Elementary

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rojas, Rick. "In Arizona, a Textbook Fuels a Broader Dispute Over Sex Education." The New York Times. November 28, 2014. p. A18 (New York Edition). Retrieved on November 29, 2014.
  2. ^ "School Listing / GPS Schools". Gilbertschools.net. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  3. ^ 2011‐2012 2012‐2013 Conference Placement, Arizona Interscholastic Association, 2010-10-1
  4. ^ a b http://gilbertschools.net/Page/129
  5. ^ Hayley Ringle (16 April 2011). "Higley celebrates district's first A+ school award". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Saunders, Diane (11 October 2009). "Jack Daley School named national Blue Ribbon School". Eastern Arizona Courier. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Gersema, Emily (6 November 2009). "Traditional school a big hit in Gilbert". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Primavera Online High School". Primaveratech.org. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 

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