First Place: Gilbert Christian Schools
PreK-8: 4341 S. Greenfield Road, Gilbert, 480-638-8000
PreK-8: 1424 Promenade Lane, Gilbert, 480-279-1366
High school: 3632 E. Jasper Drive, Gilbert, 480-699-1215
Chapel, prayer and Bible studies are big parts of the day at Gilbert Christian Schools.
That’s exactly what parents of the 1,200 students in the district sign up for. Superintendent Jim Desmarchais said the schools – which include the PreK-8 Agritopia and Greenfield campuses plus the high school – don’t put students in a faith-based bubble when it comes to science and other core subjects.
“We want them to go to college, and we want them to excel. We try to do everything well,” Desmarchais said.
Academic standards are rigorous, and the school stresses extra-curricular activities and sports for boys and girls. The district boasts an award-winning robotics program and has a gifted, enrichment and remediation (GEAR) program to provide Christian education for children with special needs.
Second Place: Valley Christian High School
6900 W. Galveston St., Chandler
Third Place: Seton Catholic
Preparatory High School
1150 N. Dobson Road, Chandler