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Welcome to Combs Traditional Academy

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Daily Schedule 2015-2016We’re one of five elementary schools in the J.O. Combs Unified School District, located in the warm and beautiful San Tan Valley of Arizona. You’ll find our school conveniently located at the southeast corner of Combs & Gantzel Roads. We proudly serve students in kindergarten through 6th grade.

What makes us unique is our “Back-to-Basics” philosophy. Here at Combs Traditional Academy we develop a solid foundation of fundamental and higher-level thinking skills through a structured curriculum that is consistent and sequential throughout grade levels. We deliver curriculum using direct teaching techniques, whole class instruction, and other approved teaching methods. We also plan our teaching and learning around textbooks and written assignments and do not interrupt classes for non-curricular programs or activities.

Browse our website to find out more about who we are and our educational philosophy. If you feel your child would benefit from what we have to offer, don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to meeting you!

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What people are saying about Combs Traditional Academy

  • I absolutely love CTA! - Involved teaching staff- my son's teacher is always open and available for quick meetings and takes the time to provide attention to each individual's needs. 
  • I am so proud of how my son is doing at this school. He has always struggled with confidence and his teacher is always so helpful finding ways that will help him succeed. 
  • This school is one of a very limited number of schools in the state of Arizona that has one of the best top notch educations and teaching for AZ. The teachers not only care but they also want your kid to succeed. The school has a small enrollment, which makes the learning even more fun and challenging.

A Message from our Principal

Dear Knights,

Welcome to the top rated K-6 school in San Tan Valley! We are excited to celebrate our continued academic success and start a new school year, with our returning students and staff welcoming new classrooms, new students, and new staff! It’s a great time to renew relationships and make new ones, and our staff is looking forward to welcoming you to our community! 

Meet the teacher is Monday, August 1 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. We will post class lists outside our front office by noon on August 1, and we will also post them at meet the teacher. 

School starts on Wednesday, August 3. The gates open at 7:50 a.m. for students to be on the playground or have breakfast in the cafeteria. Students line up on the playground to come in at 8:10 a.m., and school starts at 8:15 a.m. School is out at 1:35 p.m. Please take a moment to read about pick up and drop off procedures prior to Wednesday. Parents are welcome to accompany their children to the playground the first week of school; however, we ask that you leave your children when they enter the building. 

Please remember, if you are interested in free and reduced lunch, you must reapply every year. Applications are available in our office or you may apply online on our Food Services page. We also have limited free transportation and before and after school care available. Find more information on our Transportation page and our Before & After School Child Care Programs page, or representatives will be available at meet the teacher. 

We have set up a section of our website with all of our back to school information, including the classroom supply list, teacher letters, dress code information, pick up and drop off information, and other important items. Also, don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @CTAKnights, and check out our new Pinterest page. 

We still have space available for new enrollment. We appreciate your help in advertising our school to your friends and families and encouraging them to take a look at our program! Our regular office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call us at (480) 987-5320 if you have any questions. 

Thank you for making us your choice for your child’s education!


Marcus Berkshire