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Principal’s Message


Hello Knight Families,


I recently had the opportunity to attend an education conference that was truly eye-opening. I heard several leading researchers and educational leaders speak about a wide range of topics in education. One takeaway I had, that I keep going back to in my thoughts, is that we already know what is best for students. The key is doing it. People from all over the country and world were in attendance and we heard various evidence of the practices that contribute to student’s academic growth. An example is that the relationship between student and teacher is one of the most important factors in student success.


So, knowing this information, why would any school not do what is truly best for students? I think the answer is in the challenges of committing to this effort. Clearly every teacher should strive to have a solid relationship with their students, but other commitments can be challenging. Coming back to CTA and reflecting, I see that we are doing great things for kids. Students are given ownership of their education as they create goals, track their progress, and reflect on their growth. Teachers and staff collaborate with each other to learn best practices from each other and build a community of shared purpose.


We are great but we can be even greater. By keeping a growth mindset, never being satisfied, and continuing to seek ways to learn from each other, we will give our students what they deserve, the very best education possible.


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.