• State and National Recognition State and National Recognition


    The Chandler Unified School District is a premier district of choice.  We are proud to celebrate and communicate the achievements of our students and staff!

    Our mission: To empower all students with the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to excel in college, career and life.

    Our vision: The Chandler Unified School District is a safe and productive environment where students and adults are engaged in meaningful learning. Our diverse population is a strength, and a spirit of equity, collaboration and respect permeates our community. 

    • Our graduates are prepared for success in the global community and thrive as responsible and ethical citizens.
    • Our families are confident in the District's commitment to their children's achievement and well-being.
    • Our employees are respected and valued for their compassion, expertise and professionalism.
    • Our community takes pride in the Chandler Unified School District as a premier District of choice.

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    Visit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009735 Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus (2020-2021)
    Ananya Lakhotia
    Only twenty of Arizona's highest-achieving high-school seniors have been awarded the prestigious Flinn Scholarship and will receive a full ride at one of the state's public universities. We are excited to congratulate ACP senior Ananya Lakhotia on being awarded a Flinn Scholarship. Ananya is among the best of the best in Arizona, and we are extremely proud of her and cannot wait to see what her future holds. Ananya will be attending Barrett, The Honors College at ASU seeking a double major in Biochemistry and Justice Studies. Outstanding high school career, Ananya! Best of luck at ASU. ACP Erie Senior Highlights
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009747 Chandler High (2020-2021)
    FCCLA Qualifiers
    Three Chandler High School students qualified to represent Arizona at the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) National Conference in Nashville, TN in June. Congratulations to sophomore Layla Alwaely, National Qualifier for Repurpose & Redesign, and a 2021 National FCCLA 'Go for the Red' Awardee. Next, Kiara Wynn, CHS sophomore, is a National Qualifier for Focus on Children. Finally, Adamaris Lopez Morales, CHS junior, was elected AZ State Officer for 2021-2022, and is a National Qualifier for Chapter in Review.
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    Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009722 Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus (2020-2021)
    Gymnastics Regionals
    Dylan A., CTA Liberty 4th grader, competed in gymnastics regionals in Las Vegas in April. His team placed first.
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    Junior Olympic Regional Meet
    Bobby S., CTA Liberty third grader, swam a personal best at the Junior Olympic Regional Meet on April 16th. He swam the 50 meter freestyle and dropped a whole second off his time. Way to go, Bobby!
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    Aryan Mathur
    Aryan Mathur, Chandler High senior, is a 2021 Junior Achievement "18 Under 18" recipient. The 2021 Junior Achievement of Arizona 18 Under 18 recognizes 18 teen leaders from across the state who have shown how to adapt, focus and stay dedicated to a life of purpose. They are selfless and committed to using their knowledge and prowess to better their community and the world
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    Carson Kelly
    Carson Kelly, Chandler High senior, has been named to the Arizona Republic's All-Arizona Boys Basketball Team. Carson is also an Arizona Player of the Year finalist.
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    Visit Chandler Online Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A009719 Chandler Online Academy (2020-2021)

    Congratulations to Isabella Villarroel who has been selected for an internship for the 2021 National Institutes of Health High School Student Research Fellowship.
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    Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009724 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
    Kathy English
    Hamilton teacher Kathy English defended her #1 ranking in the U.S. by earning first place the 2021 USA Taekwondo U.S. Open Poomsae Championships. The competition was tough between the top two podium finishers, so coming away with the win was huge accomplishment. English will now move on this summer to compete at both the USA Taekwondo Grand Prix Championships and National Championships in Dallas and San Antonio.
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009723 Chandler High (2020-2021)
    Mikey Keene
    Congratulations to Mikey Keene who was named the National Football Federation's Scholar Athlete of the Year.
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    Congratulations to Eli Foerst and Aryan Mathur who won 1st place in Experiment and Data Analysis at the State Science Olympiad Meet.
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    Congratulations to Caleb Hardy and Aryan Mathur who won 2nd place in Detector Building at the State Science Olympiad Meet.
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    Eli Swope
    Congratulation sot Eli Swope who was named to the National Football Federation's All-Academic Team.
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009711 Chandler High (2020-2021)
    Kentrell Williams Jr
    Congratulations to Kentrell Williams Jr. who was named to the National Football Federation's All-Academic Team.
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009712 Chandler High (2020-2021)
    Crew Peterman
    Congratulations to Crew Peterman who was named to the National Football Federation's All-Academic Team.
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009714 Chandler High (2020-2021)
    Chandler Future Farmers of America
    Chandler FFA (Future Farmers of America) raised animals that sold for over $30,000 in the Maricopa County Fair. Congratulations to Victoria Leyva, Addison Keeme, and Ilsa Gooch for making the showmanship finals.
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009631 Chandler High (2020-2021)
    Kayla King
    Chandler High junior Kayla King came in 2nd in Senior Individual Performance in the State National History Day competition last week. Her performance titled "Hello Girls: Connecting Lines for Communication and Enhancing Understanding" also won best senior WWII project with a $250 prize. She will compete at Nationals this spring.
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009632 Chandler High (2020-2021)
    SanTan Livestock Show
    Chandler FFA (Future Farmers of America) members were triumphant at the SanTan Livestock Show. Abigail Dominguez won the Grand Champion Chicken Showmanship belt buckle. Abi had to show all aspects of her chicken's anatomy and answer chicken nutrition questions to the judge. Sergio Camarena won the Grand Champion Showmanship medal for showcasing his pig, Rona. Emma Martin was the Reserve Champion Showman and placed 5th in the Market Show.
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    Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009636 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
    Academic Decathlon Team
    Our Academic Decathlon Huskies defended their title as State Champions for the 3rd year in a row and earned more than 20 individuals medals. Congratulations to the competition team of Aris Zhu, Ethan Xiong, Chloe Zhan, Eisha Giran, Daniel Choi, Abhinav Adari, Mitch Steddom, Audrey Zhang, and Rafael Trujillo, as well as all our up-and-coming Husky decathletes.
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009624 Chandler High (2020-2021)
    Gladys Garcia Orozco
    Gladys Garcia Orozco, a Chandler High AVID and International Baccalaureate (IB) Senior, has been named a Dell Scholar. The Dell Scholars Program is a prestigious scholarship and college completion program. Dell Scholars receive a $20,000 scholarship, a laptop, and numerous other resources to help students achieve their academic dreams. Gladys is planning to attend ASU in the fall. Congratulations, Gladys!
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    Kaile Moore
    Kaile Moore, Chandler High School Freshman, competed in the level 7 State Gymnastic Meet. She earned herself a 2nd place finish in the All Around and for her floor routine. Kaile heads to Regionals in April to finish out her season.
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009629 Chandler High (2020-2021)

    Chandler High's Science Olympiad Team earned 5th out of 14 teams at the southern regional tournament. Aryan Mathur earned 4th in detector building, Yushin Son and Aryan got 3rd in Write-it Cad-it, Eli Foerst and Aryan got 3rd in Experiment and Data Analysis, Chandler Ostroff and Aryan got 2nd in Designer Genes, Anna Price and Leyna Nguyen got 2nd in Anatomy, Vincent Barletta and Yushin got 2nd in Astronomy. The team was made up of Kym Stevens, Yushin Son, Anna Price, Chandler Ostroff, Leyna Nguyen, Aryan Mathur, Caleb Hardy, Jackson Gordwin, Eli Foerst, & Vincent Barletta.
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    Zach Espalin
    Zach Espalin won his fourth State Wrestling title! Zach will wrestle for the Naval Academy next year.
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    Ryleigh Dye
    Ryleigh Dye earned 2nd place at the Arizona Girl's State Wrestling Championships, her second State medal.
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009621 Chandler High (2020-2021)
    Nathaniel Deasey
    Nathaniel Deasey won 2nd in the State Wrestling meet.
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    Stefana Jelacic
    Stefana Jelacic, Chandler High Class of 2020 and a freshman at Lourdes University, placed third at the NAIA Women's National Wrestling Championships.
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    Chandler Innovation Fair 2021
    ACP Erie earned 26 individual awards at this year's Chandler Innovation Fair, including both the Best of Fair awards for Physical and Biological sciences and two Most Creative Team awards for Computer Science. That is a total of 30 awards! Congratulations, Knights! Your persistence, hard work and commitment to doing research has borne fruits.
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    Carson Kelly
    Carson Kelly received his 1,000-point ball. Carson is only the 6th player in Chandler High School basketball history to pass the mark.
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009618 Chandler High (2020-2021)
    Adamaris Lopez Morales
    Adamaris Lopez Morales has been selected as one of the top ten candidates for the Arizona Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Executive Team. Adamaris will meet with the voting delegates during the 2021 Virtual State Leadership Conference.
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009610 Chandler High (2020-2021)
    Future Farmers of America
    Chandler FFA (Future Farmers of America) had a successful weekend at the Sweetheart Showdown Livestock Show in Gilbert. Chandler High had six hogs and four cattle shown by FFA members, and it was the first livestock show for eight of the students. Addison Keeme placed 4th in the market class. Annabelle Williams won her first buckle for Grand Champion Junior Showman and won Reserve Champion Market Steer. Chandra Andazola won the Grand Champion Senior Showman belt buckle and the Grand Champion Simmental Heifer.
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009596 Chandler High (2020-2021)
    Top Football Teams in State
    During a Council Study Session, Mayor Kevin Hartke and the City Council recognized Chandler High School and Hamilton High School football teams for having top football programs in the state. Chandler won the Arizona State Championship football game, and Hamilton was the runner up in the Championship.
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009576 Chandler High (2020-2021)
    Katarina Fenner and Aryan Mathur
    Katarina Fenner and Aryan Mathur have been named National Merit Finalists and continue to be in the running to receive Merit Scholarship awards. Katarina and Aryan were named finalists based on their academic record, recommendations, a student essay, involvement in extracurricular activities, and scores on the PSAT/NMSQT.
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009577 Chandler High (2020-2021)
    Ethan Wolford
    Ethan Wolford, CHS Sophomore and AF JROTC member, has been selected to attend the Aim High Flight Academy in Florida this summer. He is one of 72 students selected nationwide to participate in this 3-week, all expenses paid flight-training program. This was a very challenging selection process, and CHS is proud of Ethan's success.
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009578 Chandler High (2020-2021)
    Virtual Spring Leadership Conference
    Chandler Future Business Leaders of American (FBLA) competed in the virtual Spring Leadership Conference in everything from Business Ethics to Computer Programming. Congratulations to Aryan Mathur and Ivan Miller for taking 1st in Computer Problem Solving and Management Information Systems. Claire Adams took 3rd in Political Science.
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    Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009592 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
    Ariz Zhu
    Hamilton High School senior Ariz Zhu has been named a Coca Cola Scholarship Regional Finalist!
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    Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009594 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
    Academic Decathlon team
    Hamilton High Academic Decathlon team competed virtually and once again finished top in the region. Hamilton is very proud of the decathletes for adapting to an entirely different way of competing, proving that the kids are intelligent, resilient, and driven to remain the top program in the state. A very special congratulations to the incredible freshman, Chloe Zhan, who placed first overall, not only in the region, but in the entire state. A freshman has never done this before! In addition, every single student on the team earned at least one individual medal.
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    Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009597 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
    Top Football Teams in State
    During a Council Study Session, Mayor Kevin Hartke and the City Council recognized Chandler High School and Hamilton High School football teams for having top football programs in the state. Chandler won the Arizona State Championship football game, and Hamilton was the runner up in the Championship.
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009575 Chandler High (2020-2021)

    The Chandler Dance Department had three dances selected to appear in the Arizona Department of Education 2021 ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Conference on February 23 and 24! Thinking, choreographed by Makenna Lombardi (Modazz), Battles, choreographed by Katarina Fenner (Intermediate), and Chaos at the Holidays, choreographed and performed by members of the Intermediate Dance class, will be shown to conference attendees across the state in a virtual format!
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    Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009579 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
    Boyoung Cynthia Min and Brian Yong
    Two of our HHS Orchestra students, Boyoung Cynthia Min and Brian Yong, are winners in the American Proté gé International Piano and Strings Competition 2021, which is open to students and adults of all nationalities and countries. In the Intermediate Division, age 15-18, Boyoung won second place for her performance on the Walton Viola Concerto, and Brian took third place for his performance of the Barber Violin Concerto. Both winners have been invited to perform in a recital at Carnegie Hall in 2022!
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    Visit Chandler Online Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A009501 Chandler Online Academy (2020-2021)
    Krishanng Waghela
    Congratulations to Krishanng Waghela of Elementary Connect who was the 1st place champion of the 2021 Chandler Unified School District Spelling Bee on February 2! Krishanng will advance with the other top 10 spellers to the Maricopa Region 6 Virtual Spelling Bee to be held on Tuesday, February 16. Good luck!
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    Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A009489 Casteel High (2020-2021)

    Brianna Willits (of Hamilton High) and Renee Howell (of Casteel High) recently completed the Harvard Business School (virtual) certification. They are the 5th and 6th teachers in the state trained to use the HBS cases in classes. Congratulations!
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    Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009558 Hamilton High (2020-2021)

    Brianna Willits (of Hamilton High) and Renee Howell (of Casteel High) recently completed the Harvard Business School (virtual) certification. They are the 5th and 6th teachers in the state trained to use the HBS cases in classes. Congratulations!
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    Congratulations to Lauren Singer who was recently named the University of Arizona's outstanding alumni! Lauren recently developed the district curriculum for our new Anthropology elective -- one of the first in the state.
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    Jyotishman Nath
    At 12 years old, ACP Oakland 8th grader Jyotishman Nath has been dubbed "youngest growth hacker" and a "#1 international bestselling author" for The Growth Hacking Book 2. He co-authored this book along with 100 other leading industrial professionals across 20 countries. Jyotishman's chapter is entitled "Ways To Secure Your Digital Accounts".
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    Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009523 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
    Kathy English
    Congratulations to Kathy English who earned #1 for her division in the USA Taekwondo National Poomsae Rankings. English secured the top spot after her win at the 2020 USATKD Online Poomsae Grand Slam, where she competed against other athletes from the U.S. Poomsae athletes are judged in the categories of accuracy and presentation, which includes details of basic movements and balance, as well as speed, power, and tempo. To prepare for competition, English attends several Taekwondo classes a week at NB Taekwondo in Chandler under the coaching of Master Johnny Nguyen, in addition to cross training at home. She's looking to defend her #1 ranking in the 2021 USATKD Online U.S. Open Poomsae Championships in early March, while concurrently preparing to test for her black belt in April.
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    Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009522 Hamilton High (2020-2021)

    Two Hamilton High School Air Force Junior ROTC cadets were selected for the Air Force Chief of Staff Private Pilot Scholarship Program. Hamilton senior Zac Plamondon and junior Landry Howard were identified in the 11 January 2021 announcement from Headquarters Air Force JROTC. The program, also known as AFJROTC Flight Academy is an Air Force initiative in collaboration with the commercial aviation industry to address a national pilot shortage. This highly competitive scholarship, valued at over $22,500, is an all-expense-paid flight training and college course credit program conducted during the summer at 23 select partner universities across the country. 230 AFJROTC cadets were competitively selected from over 2,500 applicants from the 125,000+ Air Force JROTC cadets attending 900 high schools across the country and at Department of Defense installations worldwide. Attendees will receive comprehensive, FAA-certified ground instruction and over 40 hours of flight instruction. Air University News: HQ AFJROTC announces 2021 Flight Academy scholarship winners
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    Arizona Civic Engagement School of Distinction
    Chandler High School has once again been named an Arizona Civic Engagement School of Distinction, demonstrating the pervasive implementation of the proven practices in civic learning: Social Studies Classroom Instruction and Action Civics, Structured Engagement of Current Events and Media Literacy, Service-Learning, Extra-curricular Activities, Student Participation in School and Classroom Governance and Decision-Making Processes, Simulations of Democratic Processes, and School Culture and Climate embedded with Social Emotional Learning. (See the pictures of our 2019-2020 students in action.)
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    Jeff La Benz
    Jeff La Benz of Community Relations was an invited presenter at the Blackboard National Community Manager User Group, held virtually on Thursday. Jeff shared samples of problem-solving strategies using "Minibases" with school public relations and district webmasters from across the U.S. -- including a demonstration of the minibase that powers CUSD Brags, promoting our district's and schools' accomplishments.
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    Steve Kanner
    Hamilton High Coach Steve Kanner has been selected as National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), NFHS West Section and NFHS National Coach Of The Year for boys golf. This is a tremendous honor for Coach Kanner who has dedicated his career to education-based athletics and has had tremendous success in building the Hamilton program into a nationally recognized program.
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    AzDEO Essay Contest Winners
    Congratulations to Perry High School advanced dancers Gabby Schibi, Izie Figueroa and Caroline Alexander who were named 2020-21 Dance Education Advocacy Student Essay Contest winners by the Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO).
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    We the People
    Hamilton's We the People team took 2nd Place and the Wildcard Invitation to the 2021 National We the People Competition in Washington, D.C. Due to COVID concerns, the Nationals Competition will be held virtually this year. Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education - We the People Competition: The Citizen & the Constitution
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