The Chandler Unified School District governing board voted 5-0 Wednesday night to open The Academy at Knox Elementary School beginning with the 2011-12 school year in July. Nine empty classrooms at the school, 700 W. Orchid Lane, will be used for a self-contained gifted program (known as CATs, or Chandler Academically Talented Students) with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, mathematics and fine arts.
It will open for grades kindergarten through five. No current Knox students will be impacted for next school year, district spokesman Terry Locke said.
The academy will be open to all gifted students. For information about enrollment, call (480) 812-7610.