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Principal’s Message


Hello Knight Families,


As we head into the last remaining weeks of the school year, it is important that we both reflect on the year and prepare for next year. There is no better time than now to celebrate the successes, consider the things we could do better, and to recognize the tremendous efforts of all involved.


I can’t even begin to start with listing all the things I am proud of about our students and teachers and their efforts this school year. I have observed students taking ownership of their learning, teachers dedicating themselves to growing in their understanding and practice of instruction, and kindness everywhere.


We have some wonderful events coming up including; Water Day, concerts, our last PTO meeting of the year, Celebration of Learning, National Elementary Honors Society Induction Ceremony, Yearbook Signing Party, 4th Quarter Awards Ceremony, and class celebrations. Please stay tuned for information about these events.  And please sign up to volunteer!

I hope you are all well. Please feel welcome at CTA. My door is open.


Best wishes,


Jeff Green

Proud Principal




Welcome to Combs Traditional Academy

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.