By Kevin Reagan | Gilbert Sun
Wednesday not only marks the beginning of the new school year for Chandler Unified students but also ushers in the opening of the district’s newest high school – ACP-High in Gilbert.
Built at a cost of $87 million, it’s the new campus for formerly title Arizona College Prep, whose students are moving from an old, small campus on Erie Street in Chandler to the new facility on Gilbert and Ocotillo roads.
Voters in 2019 approved a $291-million bond issue to build the high school on a 73-acre parcel near the Chandler-Gilbert border.
At the time, CUSD was booming and enrollment continued growing.
At the end of the 2019-20 school year, none of the district’s high schools had fewer than 2,000 students. Hamilton High in particular has had to contend with a burgeoning population of over 4,000 students.