Goodman Elementary School in Chandler will convert to a traditional academy, school board members unanimously decided Wednesday.
Students will have a dress code of red, white or blue polo shirts, and khaki or navy blue pants and skirts. Parents must volunteer at least five hours in the school each year.
Teachers will be required to take 45 hours of training to learn the Spalding teaching method, which focuses on phonics and incorporates reading, writing and oral language into every lesson.
The school will strive to get student math achievement one grade level higher than state standards.
The Chandler Unified School District decided to ask Goodman parents what they thought of converting the school to a traditional format next school year because of declining enrollment.
Ninety-seven percent of parents responded to questionnaires sent out several times and 87 percent favored the change.
This will be the district’s third traditional academy. More than 400 parents are on a waiting list for an academy.
Families on the waiting list will be sent special invitations to two registration nights, but will not get admission priority over other families, said district spokesman Terry Locke.
What: Registration for CTA Goodman Elementary School
When: 6 to 8 p.m. March 28 and April 5
Where: Goodman Elementary School, 2600 W. Knox Road
Information: (480) 812-6900