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The Gowan Achievement Program (GAP) began in 2008 by Crane School District with funding from Gowan Company. Its primary purpose is to raise the level of education available in the community and better prepare students for college and their professional training. It has accomplished that and more. Our students have attended various high schools where they have excelled. The majority of them have advanced to college, many to highly selective universities. We are proud of the success of the program and the achievements of our students.

Gowan Company is a locally-owned family business that specializes in marketing, developing or processing agricultural inputs such as seed, fertilizer and crop protection products. Founded by Jon and Liney Jessen in 1962, it has grown markets in most of the agricultural regions globally. A proud member of the community, Gowan provides 900+ jobs, over half of which are right here in Yuma! 

GAP Teachers

Team Lambda

Bruce Foote - Math 
Alison Dougherty - Language Arts
Mrs. Rangel- Science
Elynn Nelson- Social Studies
Andi Martinez - Algebra

Highlighted Accomplishments

  • National Winner (12th) and Yearly Local Level Winners in the VFW Patriots' Pen Writing Contest
  • Yearly Winners in the Pecan Grove Garden Club
  • First Place in Math Counts
  • Sunrise Optimist Club Oratorical Winner
  • Local Science Fair Winners
  • 92 to 100 Percent Meeting & Exceeding Scores on AzMERIT Algebra
  • Hosted a Color Run to Successfully Raise Over $5,000 in Funds in Partnership with Student Council

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How are students selected for GAP?
A: Students are ranked and selected based on AzMERIT and Galileo test results.
Q: What's the difference between Accelerated Algebra and Algebra?
A: Accelerated Algebra, formerly called Honors Algebra, is an advanced freshman class and more accelerated than "regular" Algebra. Students can earn high school credit for both courses.
Q: Does my student have to be in the GAP program to take Algebra?
A: No. Many students not in the GAP program can still take Algebra. However, only 8th grade GAP A students may take Accelerated Algebra.
Q: Do students take two math classes if they are enrolled in Algebra?
A: Yes. Algebra is an elective class and not considered a core math class. Students must still take a 7th or 8th grade core math class to meet state standards.
Q: If my student is in Algebra, can they still have another elective?
A:  Yes! Students are offered two elective courses. Algebra would be their first elective class and they would have one other elective such as art, band, facs or many of the other options that are available.