Superintendent's Office
Shane McCord, GPS Superintendent

Mr. Shane McCord

Gaby Wilson - Executive Assistant
Phone:  480-497-3397 

Dear Community,

A very warm welcome to all of our Gilbert Public Schools students and families joining us for the 2018/19 school year.  This is an exciting time, when we come back together as a community, ready to learn and ready to thrive.  Thank you for your continued support of the important work that takes place in our schools every day.

This school year is about building on strengths and looking to the future.  If you have the privilege of working or volunteering in one of our schools, you know that while much has stayed the same over the years, our schools continue to evolve and now offer students a level of academic excellence and educational choice like never before.

Academic excellence continues to be a cornerstone of what we do.  Our well-rounded curriculum and extensive range of programs ensure all students receive the support and challenges they need in order to take full advantage of their educational experience.  

We continue to hear from the business community about the need for qualified graduates with real life skills, applicable in the modern day workplace.  We are proud at GPS to be ahead of the curve in this area.  Our well established and highly performant extra-curricular programs deliver exceptional opportunities for our students to learn and develop the key skills required for a successful career and further education including problem-solving, leadership, citizenship, service, and communication.

This year we are excited to announce new school options, designed to meet the needs of our community. 2018/19 will see the addition of two Traditional “Schools Within Schools” at Spectrum and Canyon Elementary (K-6).  We are delighted to be in a position to offer families school choice within Gilbert Public Schools, and to continue to build on the success of Neely Traditional Academy, established in 1999. We are also excited to debut a new Performance Academy for Grades 3-8, hosted by Mesquite Elementary.  

Let us not forget the outstanding quality and excellence of our neighborhood schools, which continue to go from strength to strength.  Highly trained, certified educators in all our schools continue to deliver academic excellence, while bringing communities together in ways that only a public school can.  We are extremely proud to have 13 A+ Schools of Excellence within our district, and in 2018/19 more of our schools will be applying for this great honor.

One thing that never changes is our core goal of delivering teaching and learning in a safe and supportive environment.  This year, as a district, school safety and security will be a top priority.  You may already have seen over the summer some of the work that we have been doing on campuses, including the installation of new security entrances at our Junior High campuses.  We will continue to build on this extremely important work throughout the year, and will keep our community informed.

It truly is my honor to serve you and our community.  As I enter my second year as your Superintendent, I am excited for the year of learning that is ahead of us.  Together, we will continue to build the leaders, problem solvers, innovators, creators, and citizens of the future.

Shane McCord
Superintendent, Gilbert Public Schools
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