Willis STEAM Academy for Gifted and Talented



    The Willis Showcase will be November 2, 2023, from 6-8 PM.  Willis STEAM will have items on display and student activities during this time.  There will be a parent meeting at 6:30 in the Media Center for anyone interested in learning about the Willis STEAM program.  Prospective students will get a tour.  We invite everyone to attend!  

    For those interested in attending the Willis STEAM Academy for the Gifted and Talented for the 2024-2025 school year, please look through our website and specifically look at the STEAM Academy Handbook for information about our program.  

    The Willis STEAM Academy for Gifted and Talented Students is a challenging, accelerated, cross-curricular opportunity for students in the Chandler Unified School District.  Our program is a continuation of the CATS (Chandler Academically Talented Students) program. Students learn the foundations of problem solving and critical thinking, while enjoying extensive content-rich activities that will prepare them for the Honors/AP/IB programs of CUSD high schools and beyond.  Students advance through rigorous math curriculum in the two years they are at Willis and can enter high school ready to take Honors Algebra II.  A science modeling curriculum engages students with dynamic inquiry-based experiences where they gain an understanding of science that is integrated, deep, and complex.  In Social Studies, students are exposed to extended opportunities for critical thinking as topics are covered more in-depth and primary sources are used for multiple perspectives.  Students synthesize causes and effects of events of history to current events of today.

    Willis STEAM Academy teachers leverage technology effectively in order to engage students and provide robust inquiry opportunities.  

    Three core values drive daily social and classroom interactions, and a school-wide executive functions curriculum helps to ensure students are prepared socially, emotionally, and academically.   

    For consideration at the Willis STEAM Academy - 

    Have record of CoGAT score or arrange to take the test - CUSD Gifted Testing Site

      • Willis Gifted 
        • offered to all students who score at or above the 97th percentile on a verbal, quantitative, and/or nonverbal battery, or a composite score at or above the 95th percentile of a test included on the Arizona State-Approved Gifted Test List.
      • Willis TALENTED -
        • Students must be IN boundary of Willis and express interest. 
        • Students have a 87% percentile or higher on a verbal, quantitative, and or nonverbal battery.  
        • Approval by District Gifted Specialist 

    Welcome to the Willis STEAM Academy

    Willis STEAM Academy AZM2 2021-2022 Proficient and Above


    Willis STEAM Academy AZM2 2020-2021 Proficient and Above

    STEAM AZM2 scores