Chandler Adds New Gifted Academy

Construction of a new elementary school in the Chandler Unified School District is expected to break ground this fall.  The students and faculty at the current Weinberg Elementary will be moved to the new building, while the existing one will be transformed into the district’s second gifted academy.

CUSD expects the gifted school to start out with a reasonable number of students and will grow to about 750 students within a four to five-year span.  The new school will be located off Ocotillo Rd & 148th St in Gilbert. It will have a construction budget of $18,000,000 and be modeled off the Auxier Elementary campus for energy efficiency and optimized safety.

The district also announced several elementary school boundary changes expected to alleviate student populations in the East side schools, which will go into effect in 2020. Students living in the one-mile block for Queen Creek, Gilbert, Ocotillo, & Cooper Roads currently positioned in Haley Elementary will be redirected to Ryan Elementary. Students living in the (currently empty) eastern half mile portion of Val Vista Drive, Ocotillo, Chandler Heights, and Lindsay Roads will move from Ryan Elementary to Weinberg Elementary. The final shift is for students living in in the square mile from Hunt Highway, Riggs, Recker, & Higley Roads from Patterson Elementary to Riggs Elementary.

Students currently enrolled for the 2019-20 school year will have the option to be grandfathered in at Haley or Patterson Elementary through the 2025-26 school year. If capacity allows, open enrollment will continue to be an option.

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