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Welcome to Combs Traditional Academy

Here at Combs Traditional Academy, we focus on a curriculum-centered approach to learning. We provide a rigorous accelerated learning environment and have high expectations for academic achievement and student behavior. We limit classroom interruptions in order to ensure the most time-on-task for our students, which allows them to focus on learning core material.
The Pledge of Allegiance, citizenship, and patriotism is an integral part of who we are. The pledge of allegiance is recited each morning school-wide, and students gather around the flagpole for flag ceremonies to recognize national holidays such as Veteran's Day, President's Day, and Remembrance Day. Our school colors reflect our patriotism, and students are encouraged to participate in community service and civics-related projects.
National Elementary Honors Society Induction Ceremony
Our Goals
  • Provide a strong academic focus for all students to excel
  • Ensure a safe, secure, and caring environment for all
    Establish a partnership between home and school using consistent communication
  • Develop students of character who are respectful, self-disciplined, conscientious, and self-motivated

Our Curriculum
  • Spalding Language Arts         first grade student at desk studying math
  • Saxon Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Character Education
  • General Music
  • Library
  • Physical Education
  • Technology

At Combs Traditional Academy, the instructional pace and specific expectations for academic achievement, behavior, and dress require a commitment from every parent, student, and staff member. We have the highest expectations of our students, and we know that each child will rise to the occasion and meet those expectations.

Here on campus we use a phonics-based Spalding program. The Writing Road to Reading, is the basis of the Combs Traditional Academy language arts curriculum. Saxon Math provides a balanced mathematics curriculum with manipulatives and guided instruction. We also employ highly qualified teachers who are masters at their craft.

We’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!

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."