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Principal’s Message

Hello CTA Families,

This March our students have a spring break from the 11th-18th and will return the 19th. This break is well deserved for all the hard work put in over the last quarter. Our expectations are high and the students are rising to them.

Thank you to all of you for coming out to our student led conferences! As expected, we had a very high percentage of families show up. The students are proud of their efforts towards their goals and we are delighted to see them take ownership of their progress.

As we move closer towards the AzMERIT and AIMS Science Tests, it’s important to remind ourselves of the purpose behind assessments, grades, and school in general. The purpose can be understood in our school’s vision, “Students will develop the essential skills to become higher level thinkers that will empower them to become respectful, self-disciplined, conscientious, and self-motivated leaders of society.” As great as this statement is, our students need to have ownership of their purpose. I recently observed a class vision statement that was created with every student having voice in the process. Hopefully those students will find more meaning behind the hard work they put in at school and in their homework.

Thank you for your strong partnership with our school and for trusting us with the honor and great responsibility of caring for your children.
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.