The Chandler Unified School District is a premier district of choice. Academic achievement is a high priority in the district as evidenced by test scores which exceed state and national averages. We pride ourselves on providing outstanding educational programs at all grade levels.
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Bologna Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Viana, Gabriel, Kenya, Shukuru, Ariza, Esperanza, Deja, Nadine, Hamisi, Tristan, Jordan, Rylee and Jackson on your Destination College Graduation this summer! Chandler Education Foundation: Destination College website
Bologna Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Damien, Mayra, Anthony, Katerina, Polo, Audrina and Caden on your Destination College Graduation this summer! Chandler Education Foundation: Destination College website
Hancock Elementary - (2019-2020) Our students are enjoying their STEM lessons. They had a chance to build their own robots because of a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) ACP Erie student Hannah Tsay entered the National History Day (NHD), a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for 6th to 12th grade students. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history. Motivated by Sea Stories, High-Schooler Enters National Competition
Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus - (2019-2020) Congratulations to ACP Oakland student Jacob Paton-Lloyd who was selected for and attended Arizona State University's Barrett Summer Scholars Program. This residential progam selects academically talented students from across the state to engage in college-level coursework under the supervision of ASU professors. Jacob focussed his work on forensic entomology and critical thinking. ASU Barrett Summer Scholars
Frye Elementary - (2019-2020) Our Frye second graders learn about American Symbols: the Statue of Liberty!
Frye Elementary - (2019-2020) Frye teachers came in on a Saturday to learn and enhance their writing instruction.
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) Thank you to the Elks Lodge of Chandler who gave every Hartford Sylvia Encinas third grade student a bilingual dictionary.
Knox Gifted Academy - (2019-2020) Knox Gifted Academy third grader Daniel Yan is competing in the World Youth Chess Championship. The 2019 World Youth Chess Championship is the world's top-level youth chess event. The main competition venue is located in Weifang International Leisure Sports Town (Shandong, China).
San Marcos Elementary - (2019-2020) Ms. Pullen's AM Priority Preschool students loved exploring the water tables during a creative outdoor sensory lesson!
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) Miss Roberts' fifth grade class began the year by setting personal and learning goals.
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) Our families had great attendance at our annual curriculum and Title I meeting.
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) Mr. Plitz and his third grade advanced TOP (Talent + Opportunity = Promise) class created a school mascot with their new 3-D printer.
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) A group of 30 fifth graders had the opportunity to attend Destination College with Mr. Morales Ruan. Thank you to Chandler Education Foundation (CEF) for sponsoring this amazing opportunity! Chandler Education Foundation: Destination College website
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) Hartford had a large group of staff members who attended the inaugural Deep Equity Symposium.
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) The hardworking and dedicated staff committed two days to learning more about Thinking Maps and Writing... always striving to learn more!
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) A group of Hartford students was recognized for completing SEVEN years at Hartford! They entered as preschoolers and left as amazing sixth graders.
Payne Junior High - (2019-2020) Our original Payne Staff from 2005 recently celebrated their longevity and commitment! These are the people who are still at Payne Junior High since the school's inception in 2005. Dr. Craig Gilbert, who was the Principal at the time, made the trek out here for his shirt and this picture! Thank you Dr. Gilbert!
Hancock Elementary - (2019-2020) Students in Mrs. Gritz's science classes were challenged to design backpacks to help make their target audience's lives easier!
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Holly Hoogstra, Chandler High senior, who was one of 32 students from around the country chosen to participate in the Economics for Leaders program conducted at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX in July. Holly was chosen for the program because of her excellent leadership potential.
San Marcos Elementary - (2019-2020) San Marcos KSMB News Crew is made up of 5th and 6th grade students and led daily by our AMAZING Club Sponsors, Jolene Gallup and Scott Rothman. Our KSMB News team produces and delivers the morning news EVERY day! Daily production includes announcements, student highlights, lunch menu, "This Day in History," the pledge, and our WORD of the Day! Students are then challenged to get "caught" using the Word of the Day! Dr. Henderson loves hearing our vocabulary expanding!
Payne Junior High - (2019-2020) Parent comment: "My son took a pretest based on the ACT in his AP English class as a junior. He scored a 74 out of 75, which would have been a 34 on the ACT test. Kids in his class actually asked him if he cheated. He was worried his English teacher might think so too, but when she found out he had Mr. David Giaramita (Mr. G) for two years, she said she wasn't surprised. What she doesn't know is in 6th grade he barely scraped by with a D in English. Mr. G is an amazing teacher. He made my son work for every grade he received and taught him how to think critically about everything."
Chandler Unified School District - (2019-2020) Niche.com announced on August 8 that CUSD is the top-ranked school district in the metropolitan Phoenix area. The 2020 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more. All 43 CUSD schools graded by Niche.com earned either an "A" or "B" grade, and 79% of those earned an A+, A or A-. Wow! The Chandler Unified School District was also graded an "A." Certificate from Niche.com
Hancock Elementary - (2019-2020) What better way to get to know each other than through a back to school STEM project making aerodynamic amphibious cars in Ms. Burkhardt's class?!
Basha High - (2019-2020) Ten 2018-2019 Basha High FCCLA students (sponsored by Melanie Alexander) traveled to Anaheim, CA for the FCCLA National Competition, earning 3 GOLD medals and 7 SILVER medals! Congratulations to our FCCLA 2019 National Winners:
- Sara Alexander - GOLD medal in Environmental Ambassador
- Lewis Alexander and Tanner Parvin - GOLD medal in National Programs in Action
- Sebastian Dees - SILVER medal in Chapter Service Project
- Kristina DeSantiago - SILVER medal in Promote and Publicize
- Christina Jepsen and Lily Jensen - SILVER medal in Chapter in Review
- Ella Kattelman - SILVER medal in Focus on Children
- Rachel Colombo - SILVER medal in Environmental Ambassador
- Jared Alexander - SILVER medal in Interpersonal Communications
Ryan Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to our outstanding Ryan Elementary teacher Mr. Milton Sommerfeld who was chosen as a 12 News A+ Teacher of the Week! Click below to check out the video and story. Trisha Hendricks 12 News Facebook video: This week's 12 News A+ Teacher of the Week!
Weinberg Elementary - (2019-2020) Weinberg first graders in Mrs. Shannon Van De Beuken's class have a class motto for the school year: The more we read, the smarter we get!
Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus - (2019-2020) Students in Mrs. Filiere's Project Lead the Way classes worked together to create models of a foot orthosis for children with cerebral palsy. We have so many creative Knights!
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High's Michelle Capriotti was awarded the National Education Association: Global Learning Teaching Fellowship. She is one of 42 teachers from around the country who will travel to Washington D.C. this October and then to Peru next summer. They will be focusing on global learning and applying best practices to the classrooms and sharing with teachers from around the world their projects and research.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler Spanish teacher Sara Wyffels has been working with the Arizona K12 Center at Northern Arizona University as a member of the "Teacher Solutions Team." She has been a part of facilitating the Teacher Leadership Institute and this summer, they featured her as one of their 6 Teacher Spotlights for her work on "Excellence and Equity for All." Arizona K12 Center: Excellence and Equity for All: Sara Wyffels video
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Hamilton senior Devrath Iyer was selected to attend the prestigious Research Science Institute (RSI), jointly sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. RSI is an intensive, six-week program that gives students the opportunity to conduct original, cutting-edge science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research in state-of-the-art university laboratories, hospitals and corporate research facilities in Boston and Cambridge, MA. His accomplishment was recognized by Hon. Andy Biggs, Arizona Representative, in the records of the 116th US Congress and by Governor Doug Ducey via a commendation from the State of Arizona.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Hamilton teacher Hilary Johannes who has authorship credit for Going Deeper with Self- and Peer Assessment Guide.
Chandler Traditional Academy - Goodman Campus - (2019-2020) CTA Goodman student Renee Keisling went to the Phoenix Mercury Game in August on Teacher Appreciation Day... and she made a sign for her last year teacher, Ms. Anderjeski!
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High Juniors participated in Camp IB (International Baccalaureate) events and had a great time getting to know one another while receiving valuable information from Senior Diploma Candidates on topics related to negotiating the Creativity, Activity, Service Project (CAS Project) and IB Program survival skills.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) Mrs. Nath was awarded Honorable Mention for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators for the year 2019. She is one of only two people to have received this award from within the states of California, Nevada and Arizona and the first person to receive this award from Arizona since 2016. Click below to read more about Mrs. Nath and her achievements. Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) Winners website
Jacobson Elementary - (2019-2020) Jacobson JETS First graders analyze the vowels in their names to complete a graphing activity. JETS fly with PRIDE!
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Two Chandler High FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America)-Early Childhood teams competed at the National Competition in Anaheim, CA. Chandler's teams competed against the top two teams in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Stevie Garcia and Valerie Valdez won a silver medal in Chapter in Review . Paloma Ramirez and Marissa Palmerin won a silver medal for their Chapter Service Project: Yuda Bands.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High's FFA Parliamentary Procedure Team won the State competition and will compete at Nationals in October in Indianapolis.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High is one of three schools in the country to have its girls, boys and beach volleyball programs receive team academic recognition from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The award honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that display excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Chandler Girls Volleyball earned a 3.71 team GPA. Girls Beach had a 4.27 team GPA, and Boys Volleyball earned a 3.64 team GPA.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Over 350 German language and science students, teachers, and experts on the matter of sustainability from Germany and the U.S. had the opportunity to come together in Chicago to attend the Goethe Institut's Sustainability Summit at Loyola University over Memorial Day weekend. Six Chandler High School German and Environmental Science students and their teachers, Melanie Mello and Russell Davis, were lucky recipients of a grant to participate in this summit.
Patterson Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Colton L., Kenna D., Colton K., Miriam R., Isaiah T. and Chase S., the Student Citizens of the Month for Gilbert 2018-2019.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Alexis Ngo and Quincy Lee, upcoming seniors in our CTE Sports Medicine Program, competed at the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) International Leadership Conference (ILC) during the summer of 2019. This is the first time Casteel High has ever attended the highest competition for HOSA. Both ladies faced tough competition from around the country and world including China, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa. Quincy fell short to the fierce competitors in her event for Medical Terminology while Alexis place 2nd overall in her event, Extemporaneous Health Poster! We're SO PROUD! HOSA International Leadership Conference - Summer 2019, Photo Album
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2018-2019) OUR GRADUATES:
We are proud to report that ACP Erie 2018-19 graduates earned:
- A whopping $20,177,868 in scholarships!
- 3,826 hours of college credit (Dual Credit), and
- 828 hours of service learning
Basha High - (2018-2019) OUR GRADUATES:
We are proud to report that Basha High 2018-19 graduates earned:
- A whopping $23,049,688 in scholarships!
- 2,081 hours of college credit (Dual Credit), and
- 24,990 hours of service learning
Casteel High - (2018-2019) OUR GRADUATES:
We are proud to report that during the 2018-19 school year, Casteel High students earned:
- A whopping $11,320,621 in scholarships!
- 1,826 hours of college credit (Dual Credit), and
- 11,381 hours of service learning
Chandler High - (2018-2019) OUR GRADUATES:
We are proud to report that Chandler High 2018-19 graduates earned:
- A whopping $26,763,975 in scholarships!
- 2,889 hours of college credit (Dual Credit), and
- 24,440 hours of service learning
Chandler Unified School District - (2018-2019) CUSD GRADUATES:
We are proud to report that during the 2018-2019 school year, Chandler Unified School District graduates earned:
- Over $150.1 million in scholarships!
- 22,238 hours of college credit (Dual Credit), and
- 113,569 hours of service learning
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) OUR GRADUATES:
We are proud to report that Hamilton High 2018-19 graduates earned:
- A whopping $41,557,950 in scholarships!
- 4,089 hours of college credit (Dual Credit), and
- 22,213 hours of service learning
Perry High - (2018-2019) OUR GRADUATES:
We are proud to report that Perry High 2018-19 graduates earned:
- A whopping $27,724,366 in scholarships!
- 7,527 hours of college credit (Dual Credit), and
- 15,037 hours of service learning