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Welcome scholars and families! Together we have developed a strong sense of pride in our school, our mission to learn and our desire to explore. Our core values are the center of our culture. Our culture is designed around a set of core values that focus on teamwork and high achievement. We encourage our scholars to challenge themselves, develop their talents, make an impact on the local community and seek ways to positively effect change throughout the world.

We focus on all elements which affect our scholars and their life achievements, putting emphasis on physical fitness and nutrition as well as their academic endeavors. We infuse technology into all aspects of our program, as well as including multiple language acquisitions, arts, music and hands on learning techniques.

We will continue to soar, growing our program tailored to the needs of our Casa Grande scholars. If you have any questions after reading our informational packet, please feel free to contact our front office and we will be happy to assist you. We strive for excellence and we are excited to continue our academic journey with you and our scholars.


Patty Messer
Executive Director

Contact Information:
Office Hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:00 AM -5:30 PM; Friday, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Phone: (520) 381-2360

Fax: (520) 426-4294

Attendance: [email protected]

Location: 950 N. Peart Rd, Casa Grande, AZ 85122
(Off of Peart Road; located behind the Home Depot)

Our Culture

Inspiring Tomorrows Leaders

A positive culture cultivates a safe, encouraging, and supportive learning environment, establishing a challenging foundation for scholars to learn and explore their academic endeavors. The Grande Innovation Academy offers our scholars a wide range of high-quality classes, multiple learning venues, and a variety of extra-curricular classes, activities, and sports.

Kids in a Field Standing in a Heart Shape

What parents and teachers are saying

I have a kinder at GIA and he loves it…. I love hearing his stories… Couldn’t have made a better choice… We love it!!!! Everyone is amazing and makes you feel so welcome!!!! It’s like we are all a huge family everyone knows everyone!!!

Yoana Verduzco-Briseno

Our little lady LOVES Grande Innovation Academy! They have parenting workshops on Love and Logic so families and educators have the same approach with scholars. They have a great community!

Jaclyn Tate

I love GIA!

Jelle Romero Canales

I love Grande Innovation!! They are amazing and they adapt to your kids, giving them what they need. They have a garden and so many fun activities.

Tina Lowenthal-Whitmore

I just wanted to take the time to thank you and your staff for serving your students day in, day out and keeping them safe. Particularly when it comes to drop off and pick up. Your staff is out there every day with smiles on their faces, in the hot weather, morning and afternoon, making sure our children arrive/depart to/from school safely and that pick up and drop off is made as hassle-free as it possibly can be. My hat is off to the staff who are out there every day making it as cohesive as possible. THANK YOU!!!!

Rachel P

As a parent, I really love GIA school. Not only do they have a great curriculum but they work with the kids one-on-one when they have issues be it educational or just personal. All kids are different and they let the kids be kids while being educated. My son loves going to school because of their staff. I honestly hated going to school many moons ago and wish I would’ve attended a school like GIA. Principal Patty Sturm Messer is very hands-on as is the rest of the staff. My 4 year old will start kindergarten there next year I hope.

Bones Elias


All I can say is…BRAVO. I was and am still blown away by your VR lesson covering the Cold War for my eighth graders. When we walked in you had amazing Rusian music playing to get us amped for our virtual experience. 

Your procedures were spot on in handing out the googles and cleaning and putting them away. 

The boys were engaged 100% of the time. I think our favorite was when we went to Berlin. Just beautiful. Your knowledge of the material presented was clear and precise. You tied in so many wonderful experiences that our 8th-grade boys will remember forever.  

I heard comments like:

“This is amazing”- I didn’t know that Russia was like this”- “Is that an actual piece of the Berlin Wall” “Wow, cool”.

VR is an essential piece of the technological process to take our scholar’s learning to a whole different level. We are truly grateful to have you as our VR teacher among other things.

Thank you again,

Jori Bielski

P.S. Your Russian accent still brings a smile to my face! 

Jori Bielski

Charter Schools

Charter schools play a critical part in our public education system, and the Grande Innovation Academy is one of the 560 charter schools in Arizona serving over 232,000 students. For more information about charter schools, please visit the Arizona Charter Schools Association website. The Arizona Charter Schools Association is a nonprofit membership and professional organization that advocates and strengthens the autonomy, equity, and quality of Arizona’s diverse public charter schools. Founded in 1995, the Association is dedicated to supporting Arizona’s thriving public charter school sector.


GIA In Action

Take the first step in enrolling your child at the Grande Innovation Academy. Complete the online application for admission. Open enrollment runs from December to January. The lottery will be held in February and results will be available soon after. Enrollment is subject to grade level availability. If for any grade level, the number of applicants exceeds the number of openings, there will be a lottery to determine enrollment and waitlist numbers.

Only applications submitted during the OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD are included within that lottery pool. Once your child has been accepted, our office will notify you, and you will receive a registration packet. If you have any questions, please call the front office.

FAQ’s about the Grande Innovation Academy and Charter Schools

Common FAQs

Current Happenings and In the News

Phoenix Business Journal Cigna

Friday, April 29, 2022

The Grande Innovation Academy placed 5th in the Phoenix Business Journal’s Healthiest Employees event. Sponsored by Cigna, the Phoenix Business Journal, their sponsors, and Cigna recognized Valley companies dedicated to improving the health of their employees.


By |April 29th, 2019|

Great news! GIA's EduKit website is now active and parents are now able to order their EduKit. Check this link. EduKit

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The Grande Innovation Academy’s new gym features a rock climbing wall.

By |May 11th, 2018|

The Grande Innovation Academy's new gym features a rock climbing wall. CASA GRANDE — A new 8,000-square-foot gymnasium at Grande Innovation Academy has students climbing to new heights. Named the “Owl’s Nest” after the school mascot, the new gymnasium includes a rock climbing structure that runs along [...]

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Our Anti-bullying video is now on a national site!

By |November 4th, 2017|

During October's National Bullying Prevention Month, our 5th graders with Mr. Parulan, decided to share the important message about speaking up against bullying by creating a video. Discussion questions provided by the students: Why do we need to talk about bullying? What can you do to help someone (and be [...]

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Success Is Not an Accident

By |September 6th, 2017|

Success Is Not an Accident The Grande Innovation Academy implemented additional support strategies for our students performing below grade level in language and mathematics. Part of this strategy includes having ten dedicated educators on our robust intervention program. The Grande Innovation Academy has made significant investments in [...]

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Did you see us in the Dispatch?

By |July 20th, 2017|

CG charter school to expand Click here to read the article in the Dispatch covering our plans to expand enrollment of students to 600, up from 455, and the addition of three modular classrooms, and a 4,983-square-foot gymnasium.

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Math Madness Night

By |November 16th, 2016|

Families of the Grande Innovation Academy participated in a successful continuing education event: Family Math Madness. The Grande Innovation Academy hosted a Monday Math Madness day November 14th. The teachers in grades K-8th integrated math into every subject all day. The scholars participated in school-wide math stations such [...]

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AZ STEM School Community of Practice — Congratulations

By |March 31st, 2016|

Dear Patty, Congratulations, your team at Grande Innovation Academy has been accepted into Arizona’s first STEM School Community of Practice!    We anticipated the first cohort would be made up of 20 school teams.  We are proud to announce 55 teams have affirmed their commitment to join.  This overwhelming response [...]

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Average Teacher Salary

The Grande Innovation Academy fosters a culture designed around a set of core values focusing on teamwork and high achievement for our scholars and educators.  In accordance with A.R.S. §15-189.05, as added by Laws 2018, Ch. 285, §3, a school’s budget shall include the prominent display of the average salary of all teachers employed by the school for the budget and prior years, and the increase in the average salary of all teachers employed by the school for the budget year reported in dollars and percentage. Schools must also prominently post this information on their website homepage separately from their budget.

Average Teacher Salary

Average Teacher Salary (A.R.S. §15-189.05), added by Laws 2018, Ch. 285, §3

  1. The average salary of all teachers employed in the budget year 2021 $44,443.
  2. The average salary of all teachers employed in the prior year 2020 $44,060.
  3. Increase in average teacher salary from the prior year 2020 $383.
  4. A percentage increase of 0.9%

Comments on average salary calculation (optional): All returning teachers were given the 5% increase from the state and then a 2.5% or 5% additional increase for growth academically. New teachers to the school were negotiated based on prior year salaries. 

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