"We are best known for keeping each child at their cutting edge."
Students enrolled 540
Hours 8:40 AM - 3:40 PM
School leader Dr. Kristofer Sippel
Transportation options None
District San Tan Montessori School Inc.
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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3959 East Elliot Road
Gilbert, AZ 85296

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(480) 222-0811
(480) 471-5990
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4 stars
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October 09, 2014
New Campus is amazing, love the sports, love the academics and stafff, they are so caring LOVE the sugar policy and leveled homework and individual attention. Love the leadership of Dr. Sippel and our teachers like Mrs Lewis, Mrs Johnson, Mrs. Gentile and Mrs Beehold!! They are are amazing with the kids. A real find!!! (These were teachers we had, we LOVE them!!). The library is gorgeous with Mrs. Errington and the admin team keeps eveything smoothly runnning and feeling calm for the kids. Love them all!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2014
It's only been open at the new location a few months, but its been a great school. My daughter has never been happier. The school has a fresh, clean look and the teachers seem to really care. There's a reason they were voted "Best of East Valley" in 2013. So far, so good!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2014
Fact-65 employees termed or were let go between 8/1/2013 and 5/31/2014. This speaks volumes about the Owner's and the way they run this establishment.

- submitted by a teacher
August 03, 2014
School's new location is too small to house over 800 students. Where are the kids to play, on the surrounding neighbors' lawn? Where do parents park, blocking streets increasing traffic jams--the last event only a small portion used the parking lot across the street as it was more convenient to park in front of peoples houses and block the roads around the school. HOA discourages residents from parking on the streets, yet residence are suppose to be inconvenienced because of the bad choice of this school's lack of providing ample parking. Dropping off and picking up kids, traffic congestion, blocking neighborhood streets is projected to be a nightmare. School is made of many prefab rectangular trailer like structures screwed together and stuccoed over to make it appear it was constructed on the grounds. I have no objections for a local school, the location is not the right size for a school for over 800 students. One block south of there are two nice recently built schools whose lots are big enough to accommodate parking and better access for parents to drop off and pick up their children.

- submitted by a community member
July 10, 2014
Outstanding well rounded educational experience. We have two kiddos entering 3rd Grade this year. We started at STCS during pre-school and have been part of the growth and innovation. Nothing is overlooked. The children are educated and nurtured. This is so important. I believe the teachers, administrators, and the parents love the children and children feel this. This makes the environment especially rich for education. Children respond positively to learning when they feel good about themselves and their adult leaders and mentors. Parents embrace all kiddos as their own and children treat each other with respect and kindness. We are excited about the new school year and all future years at STCS.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2014
This school has be a blessing to our family. My child loves going to this school and is treated with respect and love from her teachers! It has a small community feel, but offers great educational opportunities in the elementary grades. I know where my child stands nationally due to the MAP test information they provide. We love it!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
DITTOS, DITTOS, DITTOS. Be prepared for your kids to come home without a clue and lots of busywork! Be prepared to home school after working all day, and after your kids have been in school all day. No accountability, no teaching! Just videos, dittos and busy works. Videos that can be found on PBS

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
My kids love going to school because of the great teachers, the awesome administration and the principal is the best!! He really knows how to relate to kids. Love this school! So glad we found it! Leveled homework means your child is not crushed with homework and no sugar snacks means they aren't coming home with candy all the time. Love and Logic, daily gym, it's just what a school is supposed to be. Love it!

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2014
Long on promises, short on follow through. This school promises individualized instruction for each student that is demonstrated by the individualized learning plans parents are given at each of the four conferences. At the past two conferences, my child's ILP form had no math goals or benchmark scores and no explanation as to why. Definitely failing my child.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2013
I absolutely LOVE this school! I read some of the other reviews and I have to say I could not disagree more with the bad reviews! I am heartbroken that we have to leave this school due to my husband's job transfer. My kids are in kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade and we transferred them from Edu-Prize. This school has been a dream. My kids all learn differently, and are definitely not the "sit still and be quiet" type. I love that each teacher we've had has seen the good in my kids and cheered them on, steering them in the right direction while still letting them be who they are. This isn't to say behavior issues are never brought up, but when they are, I really get the feeling that the school is "for" me and my kids, and not expecting me to fix my kid. Every p/t conference has been a delight, and my kids have grown SO much just from the semester they have been here. I cannot recommend STLC highly enough! If you are looking to an alternative to traditional schools, this is the place for you!

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2013
Very disapointed with the lack of communication between parents and teachers;however , if you happen to be fortunate to meet with one good teacher then the rest of the year should be smooth, open communication, and great results. The technology aspect is lacking here; there is no "cutting edge". Moreover, the problem is that there is no real consistency and the hit or miss approach to teaching was not a good fit for our family. I admire the principal's passion for this charter school and education in general but I would advise parents to do their homework and look elsewhere. There are better schools to serve your child's educational needs for a brighter future.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
My two children are beginning their fourth year at STLC and we've been very pleased. All the teachers we've had experience with have been very engaged and caring. Since it's a smaller school with a strong community feel to it, I feel confident that my kids won't be lost in the shuffle. Both of my kids are learning well and enjoying school, and they love their teachers. The self contained gifted program has really been great for one of my kids - I know there that her educational needs are being met in ways they couldn't be in a standard classroom. I have always found the administration to be very open to suggestions from parents. I also love the fact that they have daily P.E., music class, healthy school lunches, and their after-school clubs. My one concern would be the level of teacher turnover. I've caught hints through the years that some of the teachers (excellent ones) are not happy, or have been put in difficult situations without a lot of support from administration. And yes, the half days are a pain, but they've made big improvements this year by reducing the number of half days and providing after-school programs when they do have them.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
San Tan Learning Center has been a wonderful place for my sons for the past three years. My youngest was in the preschool program for two years, it was an amazing program, he loved to go to school every day and he thrived in the program. Last year, my oldest had the most amazing 1st grade teacher. He didn t like school very much until he got to 1st grade and his teacher turned everything around for him. He was struggling in school so she put in extra time with him after school and really went above and beyond for him. As parents we were so very grateful to be blessed with getting such a caring and compassionate teacher. We look forward to many more successful years with the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Great staff! My kids love going to school and are doing so well. There is a great environment for the kids with no bullying going on. The upper grades interact very well with the younger grades. Students are very respectful and are treated with respect and are shown how to be responsible for their own actions.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
San Tan Learning Center has been a great place for my 6 year old daughter. She had an amazing teacher last year in Kindergarten, and first grade has brought another very promising teacher. I LOVE the healthy food rule after going to a preschool with cupcake parties at every kid's birthday. The kids get gym everyday, music twice a week, library once a week (with a wonderful book collection), and Art Masterpiece once a month. The school yard is a little lacking in the fun department, but it is a safe place for the kiddos to get their energy out (with covered areas). I like that they have a gifted program and that kids are grouped with those of like academic skills. Parents are encouraged to volunteer and really be a part of the school. I would definitely recommend San Tan Learning Center.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2013
To be honest I have had my ups and downs with the school. The middle of last year I left and put my child in higley public school and what a reality check I got. I will admit I am a helicopter mom I Hover over my child. I am his biggest advocate and I am not afraid to jump in when needed. San tan learning always addressed my issues but my ego created me to leave and because of that my child suffered the consequences. The public school could not give my child nearly what stlc could. My child was one of thousands in higley school district at san tan he as just the one when something was needed. The superintendent cares for his school he has a personal emotional investment in it. I used to think it was a bad thing but now looking back after what my child has been through I realize that it is amazing that he invest so much of himself to make sure every child at his school gets a fair honest shot at a great education. After seeing what else is around here I will never give my child anything less by putting him back in higley school district. San tan learning is where my son belongs and being a smaller school I don't have to worry about him falling behind and lost in the shuffle again.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2013
My four children have grown academically, socially, and emotionally at San Tan Learning Center and San Tan Montessori! My children's self esteem, confidence, and independence are flourishing. I appreciate the well-rounded perspective on life my children are seeing modeled with an emphasis on the importance of making good choices and having integrity, participating in daily PE, and weekly music. The art masterpiece program is amazing-the art walk the parent volunteers hosted this year was spectacular and was a witness to my family that creativity is being cultivated and valued at San Tan! At the end of the day I want my kids to be able to tell me they felt loved and respected by all those around them and that their ideas and needs were listened to and responded to with optimism and thoughtful responsiveness-San Tan Learning Center provides this for my children so as a parent I can sleep at night knowing my children are in a safe and peaceful learning environment. If this is the type of school environment you are seeking for your family I would highly recommend San Tan Learning Center.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2013
My children just finished up their school year with STLC and we continue to love the school. We have been here a few years now and each year my kids grow both academically and socially and are happy. To those who are upset about the field space, no sports programs, lab for younger kids, etc. - you know what they offer before you enroll your kids. To me, these things take a back seat to the education my kids get. My experiences with the principal both last year and this year have been phenomenal experiences, they both are very experienced and go the extra mile for everyone. The teachers are amazing. We love this school and look forward to many more years to come.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2013
My student attends this school and we love it. The teachers are amazing and school leadership make decisions for what is good for the kids and are great with communicating to parents. I am in the classroom helping a lot and love that as well. I recommend this school! It is a gem.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2012
I have three children that attend this school. There are so many things I like about this school. My children all have great teachers! Great teachers make a great school. In the half year that my children have been in the school they have all grown significantly academically. Each child has an individual learning plan to help both teacher and parent know where a child is struggling and how to help them. It also shows areas where a child is advanced and can be challenged more-which the teachers do! The school has a wonderful music and PE program. The office staff is friendly. Santan has a very good traffic flow program for dropping children off and picking them up. The school has a nice library! I am a picky parent and I have been very pleased with this school!

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2012
The special education department is the best! My child was struggling in school and was quickly identified. The testing was done in a timely manner and now my child is getting the help she needs. The special education and classroom teacher work together, there are weekly emails on my daughters progress, and San Tan tests all students quarterly so toy know where your child stands. The special education teacher has a child of her own with a disability so she understands what I am going through. I finally have hope for my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2012
We love STLC! Small class sizes, certified teachers, hands on curriculum, PE everyday, and a nurturing learning environment make San Tan the best! Administration has listened to parent concerns regarding half days and changed the calendar in the middle of the year, what school or school district would do that ? Teachers are held accountable for their test scores and are put through an evaluation process. Last year there were 2 teachers who weren't "cutting it" and the administration dismissed them rather than keep them the rest of the year, that's huge. In the public school terrible teachers are allowed to finish the year. San Tan is the best!

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2012
My granddaughter attends this school and I am so thrilled that her parents enrolled her there. She has thrived and grown so much socially and academically, I am amazed at what she is doing in class. The teachers and adminsitration are all so friendly; you can see that they all truly are there for the kids. I loved the grandparents lunch they had, it really helped me feel included in her educational journey. We plan on keeping her here for the long haul. Thank you STLC for all you do.

- submitted by a community member
November 29, 2012
The teachers are very supportive and caring. They have gone above and beyond to ensure my boys are learning the cirriculum. The principal leads by example. Leadership handles all conflicts with great expertise and quickly.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2012
We love this school for our children. They receive a high academic education while being treated as an individual. Each teacher knows each student on a personal level, rather than just another body in the classroom. The principal greets each child by name in the morning, which shows me that every adult truly cares at this school. I am so happy to have my children here and could not imagine them in any other educational environment. I definitely recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2012
My family and I have been involved with this school for many years now and can't think of another school to have our daughters attend. The level of individual attention that is given here is incredible; this is not only academic attention, but social and emotional attention. The teachers, staff and administration really work hard to learn about each student individually to connect with each student. My daughter is thriving and enjoys going to school each day. I recommend this school to any family who is looking for an environment that supports students grow in their own unique and individaul ways.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2012
My son entered San Tan's kindergarten at the age of 4 years, 7 months. He was extremely eager to be in "real" school so we allowed him to attend San Tan. We found out quickly that there is a GOOD reason why public schools want you to wait until your child is at least five years old to start school. Developmentally, children are just not able to handle solid academic work until that age. So our son ended up competing with children who were up to two years older in his same grade. The second real negative is that San Tan teaches first grade curriculum to kindergartners and second grade curriculum to first graders and all the way up, they are one grade ahead. Now he is in public school and is getting all the early concepts he missed at San Tan. All I ask is--why is this technique of skipping kindergarten allowed and not revealed to parents BEFORE they put their very young children in San Tan? We were expecting an age-appropriate, normal progression of academic work which he most definitely could have handled. I say skipping kindergarten is an attempt to have San Tan look better on tests by requiring the parents to take up the slack in learning caused by this lack of readiness.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2012
To keep it short and to the point, they have some outstanding teachers, if you're lucky enough for your child to be appointed one. We also dis-enrolled our child due to issues that were minor and rectifiable had the teacher and principal cared enough to work cooperatively with us rather than ignore our pleas to talk with us. However minute issues compound and become large ones. The 1/2 days and closures are ridiculous as other parents state but those were not the deciding factors, those issued helped ease the decision making process. We are now at Kyrene Del Cielo which is the highest rated school in the district and among the highest in the state. I once agonized over the thought of leaving STLC but now I see how much my opportunity my kids would have missed out on had we decided to stay. Kyrene offers a Self Contained Gifted Program as well which offers an even wider, more rounded curriculum. Whats shameful is we were once the schools biggest advocates, we believed in them, and had quite a vested interest in their success. We'd planned on being at STLC through thick and thin despite those horrible half days and closures which turned our worlds upside down.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2012
This is our 2nd year at STLC and we couldn't be happier. Both of our kids have amazing teachers and are continuously being academically challenged. My kids are constantly being challenged and taken to the next level. If you are looking for a school to meet your child's individual learning needs - this is it.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2012
I have been working at San Tan for a few years now, and I cannot think of a better place to work. My fellow staff members are so supportive and it really feels like a team. The administration is wonderful! They truly care about the families and staff. Love and Logic is a wonderful tool we use here at San Tan. Building relationships with the kiddos is so crucial. I think it is great that the students have daily P.E. and music every week. San Tan not only provides a safe learning environment for the students, but for the teachers as well.

- submitted by a teacher
June 07, 2012
San Tan Learning Center is a wonderful school in Gilbert which is engaged among the business community and it's leaders. San Tan Learning Center was nominated among it's peers here at the Gilbert Chamber as an Employer of Choice in our 2012 Annual Awards. I have been able to experience first hand the passion and dedication of the staff in teaching a quality education that is innovative, engaging and fun for the students. San Tan Learning Center is not only an asset to our community but a but partner in providing top notch education to our families.

- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2012
My family has been with this school for many years now and we could not be happier. From the preschool to the K-8 classrooms, individualized learning is happening. Everytime my daughter is on campus, she lights up and flourishes. This is such a great peice of mind for me knowing that she not only is getting a great education but feels safe and secure to where she loves being at school. How could I ask for more? The teachers and administration work closely together to do what is best for their kids. Yes, the gym is not full size as mentioned in other posts, but we came into the school knowing what they had to offer facilities wise. This is not as big of a deal as others make it seem; the smile on our daughters face and her learning is what matters. We love this school and what it does for our daugter. We can't wait for our youngest to attend as well.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2012
My child has just finished another school year and I am extremely happy and pleased. I am surprised by the number of negative reviews for what I perceive as trivial characteristics. 1) No school sports team. It was concern that I factored into my decision to ATTEND the school (not leave it). I concluded that athletics should not influence my choice for education, especially since they are comparable to most local private and charter schools that also do not have school teams. 2) No foreign language that was promised. These complaints occur in the past 3 negative reviews and appear to be an effort done in concert. Foreign language was offered a couple years ago, but the school informed all parents it would not be this year because reduced tax credits. 3) Member of chamber of commerce. This seems odd since I googled the chamber of commerce members and many charter schools, Christian schools, and both the Gilbert and Chandler Unified Schools are members. Perhaps I am blinded by my child s joy at San Tan, and feel the need to defent it. This lends to the the testament that parent involvement is phenomenal at the school, and is why I recommendation and support it.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2012
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about San Tan. My daughter is in Kindergarten, and we love the teacher and all the growth that my daughter has made. Not only is my daughter growing in the classroom, but she has made so many wonderful friends. She has really come out of her shell. She is so excited to move over to Fulton Ranch and meet new teachers and friends. I know that San Tan is preparing my daughter for the real world starting at the young age of 5. Go San Tan!!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2012
In my 3 years at San Tan, my experience has been that the teachers and administrators choose to work there because they truly care about the education of children. Choosing a school based on sports/fields and how big the gym may be is not a priority for my children's education. My husband and I care about effective, communicative teachers and an implemented school vision that puts children first. We have found this at San Tan.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2012
San Tan Learning Center has been a great choice for my children due to the excellent teachers, strong school leadership, and challenging academic programs.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2012
This school is Horrible. We originally placed my son here because they had a program specifically for gifted kids and the classroom size was good. This year, was the first year they had a seventh grade, and their "plan" was to use the K12 online program. They gave seven undersupervised 7th graders laptops and a self paced program and left them to basically fend for themselves. By midyear, most of the kids were atleast 15% behind pace. Now that it's the end of the year, they are telling the kids they don't have to finish History or science, because they are so far behind. This is not educating. This is stealing your tax dollars. They stated they were going to hirte a foreign language teacher, but that never happened. Now they are saying they have a "new and improved" program for 7th and 8th grade. DON"T BELIEVE IT. Avoid this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2012
We came here for the gifted program after being disappointed with Chandler's CATS program. It was definitely a step up, and we plan to stay. It's not perfect, but it's the best fit for us, and they do seem to be continuously improving. Our pros - Kids' best interest seems to be #1, Daily PE, Individualized Learning Plans (this they could definitely do better, but it is way better than CATS and any other school I've heard about), Nutrition Policy, Real Community Feeling, Responsive Teachers. Our cons - No gifted K, Not Enough Technology in Kids' Hands.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2012
My child is about to finish her second year at Santan. I was hopeful with the school's recent growth; as well as the administration's vision that we would be pleased with our choice of school. That has not been the case. My child is on her second teacher so far this school year. This transition was very difficult and little was conveyed to me about this. The school lacks resources as well as adequate facilities (no full size gym, auditorium, or playground). Overall, the teachers lack experience and the administration does not keep its promises. The school is over-hyped and does not deliver the results conveyed. Like stated in one of the previous reviews; the school is too focused on being managed like a business instead of a fostering a school environment where children's needs come first.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2012
We have experienced both the preschool and elementary schools and have been very pleased! Our 3yo is reading and our elementary child is reading two levels above their grade and is excelling in math, vocabulary, and all other subjects. We listened to the charter board meeting as well and the only issue was overall math test scores for the school being slightly low. The school has grown a lot in the past year, and with growth comes challenges- kids new to the school need time to catch up. We feel that they are working hard to address the issue and the test scores will show it. As for the food issues previously addressed-preschoolers can't bring milk or juice so they actually eat their food instead. The school does not allow sugary foods or snacks. These are good things! Due to severe allergies, nuts and nut products are not allowed at the school; this is not a big deal! There are so many other options. This is a great, nurturing school with a dedicated staff and involved parents. They have music and daily PE (hopefully Spanish and Art soon!) They are not perfect but no school is. Parents need to do their part and work with teachers to make sure their child is excelling and happy.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2012
We have been at STLC for almost two years now and have been continually hopeful, but constantly disappointed. We hoped that the school would grow (it has almost doubled) and settle into a nice model with the needs of the students as a priority. That is not the case. The majority of teachers are doing the best they can and truly care about the kids, but the administration is clearly more focused on the business side of running the school rather than nurturing their founding vision. The parent involvement at this school is remarkable and the school would not be at all successful were it not for them. Yet, we have been appalled by some of the actions, and communications by the administration towards parents. STLC has spent a lot of money becoming Chamber of Commerce members and sponsoring Chamber events. For a business that is fine. For a school not so much, considering students have not had the resources that they should since the start of each year. Promised programs like foreign languages and individualized learning have never truly occurred. We will be thankfully taking out children to another school for the 2012-2013 and consider our experience at STLC a lesson learned.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2012
We will not be returning to this school. For prospective parents, here is our list of pros and cons. Pros-This school has relatively small class sizes and some excellent teachers and a handful of very dedicated parents.Cons- This school does NOT have real ILPs(teachers are not trained to do anything with the continual assessment results), there is no computer lab/technology for student use (teachers have a laptop and smartboad, but there is not tech education for the kids). There is not adequate space for sports, nor a working discipline policy, or a certified school nurse. The curriculum seems random, at best. Overall, we feel that the school lacks the resources and ability to actual deliver on its vision and is unstable.. Also, the extra things listed as available at this school are inaccurate. There is no foreign language taught. There are no school sports, unless you sign up for a paying club (many of which are taught by the overworked teachers and parents).

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2012
I agree- all schools have issues and you will never find a perfect school. HOWEVER, you should be able to count on a school doing what it says it will do. When we started at STLC, it had a 10 Great Schools rating, it now has a 7 for a reason. They have not been able to replicate success with their growth. The State Charter Board recently granted them enrollment increase on a mercy vote because they had already signed a lease without getting the charter first for expansion& State Charter Board does not want 400 kids to be out of a school. While we have had several positives at the school, there is no individualized learning for students despite what they say, and there seems to be no accountability from anyone. I was hopeful to find a long term school as what they are promoting sounds fantastic, but it lacks in implementation. I do not think my kids are a year ahead and in some cases, behind. To the poster on 3/19 - yes, in preschool it is often easier to find a different school if this does not match your needs. But, as children get older, you hope to make a great choice and there are more things to consider in the whole school picture before withdrawing. PS- there's no wait list..

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2012
My sons go to this school and we are transferring them to another school next year because they aren't getting, in the classroom, what we were promised. There are a lot of promises and not much follow thru, especially when it comes to individualized learning plans, teaching a grade level ahead and specials. If you are considering this school, be sure you look at the AIMS scores. After hearing the AZ state board for charter schools opinion of this school's test scores and operational practices, we were glad to know our instincts & experience is true. You can hear the audio testimony from their recent decision on the state's website under the March agenda. Our experience is definitely a lesson learned. When you are looking to attend this school, beware of the marketing gimmicks to get you to enroll. Maybe talk to other parents about their experiences at the school. There is a lot of parent involvement at San Tan. That's not a bad thing, but it's not everything.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2012
This is my second year with a student at SanTan (Last year I had one in the gifted program and one in the regular) and I could not be happier. I found SanTan after learning my local public school, despite being top rated, could not help a student working more than a grade level ahead. After years of overcrowded classes, packets of ditto homework and lessons taught to the test, I chose to leave our home school and drive 30 minutes for a charter option. The decision was the best one I have made for my children. SanTan creates an Individualized Education Plan for all students. This allows the teachers to know the student's strong and weak skills and give them specific goals to work on. The program allows the students to work at their own pace and tests them three times a year using MAP to show progress. Homework level is selected by the parent. If your child is doing well and is challenged select a low level of homework if you want more practice select a higher level. The kids are given individual as well as group assignments, public speaking lessons, and debate topics. The teachers are highly qualified, engaged and follow the Love & Logic philosophy. They prepare students!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2012
I really like the gifted program that my son is in and have adored both of his teachers. The school is a really good fit for our family because they don't allow candy (I got sooo tired of my kids always coming home full of treats for someone's birthday at their old school. I felt like we could never do treats at home when they were constantly sugared up at school), and the Love and Logic is a great fit for our parenting style. I like the parent involvement, but get a little exhausted at the constant requests for volunteers and various donations. I really like the small-town feel and sense of community as well. Last year I was a little concerned about some staff turnover. I love that the kids get daily P.E. One thing I really don't like is the no-nuts policy! I also like the Individual Education Plans.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2011
This was not the place for us. Very disorganized, front office gave us incorrect information and told us one thing one day, another story the next. Took our child out of this school and enrolled them at a school that is more organized, has a stronger curriculum and builds an excellent foundation for their future education. I will say that one of the teachers at San Tan LC was very friendly and observant, but for me, that is not enough. Also, it would be nice to know the qualifications, background/education information of the 'superintendent' and the education director (i.e. - where they attended college, the teachers list their information, shouldn't they?).

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2011
SAN TAN ROADRUNNERS ARE NO. 1!!!!!!! The person who posted on Aug. 30 is not being honest in any fashion. First, juice is allowed, ALL dairy is allowed. Peanuts and foods that contain them are not due to the number of peanut allergic students. They are FULLY compliant with the law. It is true that they do not allow candy, cake, or other mind-melting foods for the aforementioned reason, they melt the brain. Kids do not perform at optimum levels when they are not properly nourished. This school teaches about the importance of good nutrition and making smart life-long food choices. I'm surprised someone views that as a bad thing.Since my kids have enrolled, which we are in year 2, they do not even ask for junk at home. They have boundless energy and sustainable focus. They are also performing beyond any expectation I could have ever set for them. Clearly the author of the last post doesn't "get" it. STLC welcomes every kind of people, but maybe not those living in Myopia. If the only genuine flaw is regarding food, I'd say there doing alright. Maybe the next complaint will be that the forced to learn things hahahaha. SAN TAN ROADRUNNERS ARE NO. 1!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2011
It's getting ridiculous at SanTan. My preschooler can't have nuts, peanut butter, juice of any kind (even 100%), milk, cheese or anything dairy / nut related for lunch or snacks. Pretty much bread and water at this point. Isn't that what they give war criminals!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2011
We recently moved to the area and our neighbors recommend this school to us. Wow did we luck out. The parent involvement is amazing. The teachers and principle work so hard to ensure an individualized education for all the children at the school. Class sizes are small and the extra mile they go to get the kids on tract is great. It is like a private education for free. I know my children will succeed thanks to the education they receive at San Tan.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2011
My daughter has been going to this school for five years and has absolutely loved it! We drive a half hour each way just so she can attend. She's advanced in all areas, but more importantly she misses school when she's on break...now that's a good sign!

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2011
Those of you have posted over the past month with your observations regarding the school focusing on the wrong things. YOU HAVE NO IDEA and are wise to have moved on. Decisions are made depending on the direction of the wind at the time without consideration of how it effects the students. Your kids are dollars to the administration. Nothing more. Decisions are made by one person who has 100% of the say on all decisions. The focus is on gaining revenue and building more campuses. The used car sales example is spot on and just about sums it up. My kids will not be attending STLC.

- submitted by a community member
August 12, 2011
I totally agree with the other posters that this school's main motivation is increasing revenue and attendance at the cost of the individual students' welfare. I understand the school is new, but unfortunately, most of the teaching staff is so young and unexperienced that they are unable to deal with common discipline issues in a productive and helpful manner. The school does not offer services for students who may need extra help or have learning disabilities; but holds them to unrealistically high academic standards. Overall, there is a feeling of lack of love, patience and caring for students. The school instead treats them more as means to meet certain standards that will help the school meet their goals. Our son started at a new school this year and has already received more feedback and personal care than he did in the entire year he spent at San Tan.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2011
This school is terrible for so many reasons. I do not honestly know what motivates them, but it is not what is best for the children. The atmosphere is stiffling and uncaring towards the kids and parents. They jump from trend to trend, but succeed at none. First it was hands on learning, then nutrition, then PE, then academic advancement and a gifted program. Nothing lasts. The implementation of new ideas is done hastily and poorly and the change is never ending. It is like they are trying hard to figure out what will make them great and they have no idea what it might be. This is kind of place where the children's art all looks the same and then they drop the art program. This is a place where the children were not allowed to speak to each other at lunch. When they decided to be academically advanced, they moved every child up to the next grade level. They did not bring them up to speed. They just skipped a year of education. And they notified parents of the change at back to school night, the day before the new year started. I wonder what poorly planned, unsubstantiated by research leap they will make next. Thank goodness we won't be there to experience it.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2011
Very disappointed!! Don't fall for the school's enticing and luring vision, as it is just a bunch of words on paper. True, STLC has wonderful "verbage" in its promotional materials and knows how to throw out winning catchphrases like 'the leading edge of education'. However, it is strictly "Used Car Salesman Tactics". My child was left behind the entire year, last year, with no intervention from administration. My child is extremely bright, but was not in any way challenged to meet his potential. Nor was he receiving an Individualized Learning Plan as promised. To my dismay, behavior issues were rampant in his class, not surprisingly with the ill-chosen Love & Logic model in place for discipline. Be careful with this school. It is unfortunately an illusion. The teachers and administration do not have the educational expertise to realize the academic promises they make. The administration is more focused on growth and revenue than on professional development for teachers, ultimately effecting the quality of education being delivered to our children. We have changed schools this year, hooray, and I would NEVER recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2011
San Tan Learning Center is a great school! The teachers are highly qualified, the leadership has great vision and a true mission for children's education and the respect of parent involvement is respected. We love having our kids at this school and we are excited for the new school year to get started! A+++

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2011
This school was a major let down. The teachers are great and the amount of parental involvement is superior to others but the organization is lacking and left me on many occasions feeling lost. They also have a huge emphasis on their gifted program. The gifted children are afforded many opportunities(i.e.many extra field trips) that the regular children are not given access to. My child may not be gifted in their eyes but I still believe that he would benefit from being given the same learning opportunities as other children.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
not sure if this was a mistake or not - though the education is standard - there is a lot of malbehavior accepted in teheh school - children are very aggressive, the after school clubs are really a waste with the teachers or parent voulnteers not really paying attn to the kids - music teahcer left, curriculum coordinator is gone as well, principla leavign to start a district -the charters might not have enough reporting, monitoring or standard meeting crtieria so they just open up like everywhere in this state. go figure - you're in AZ.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2011
Perfect school, my husband and I could not be happier. I love they teach one grade a head. My now 5yr old who started Kindergarten this year at 4 has learned so much. Reading books from front to back adding, subtracting, its amazing I woudl recommend this school to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2011
Watch for the five star rating following the last review from December 30th. Parents of STLC students and their teachers are asked to monitor and counter any potentially negative review of this school.

- submitted by a community member
December 30, 2010
STLC has become a GREAT disappointment. The administration is clearly more focused on the "business" of running the school rather than nurturing its founding vision. I have been a STLC parent for a few years and have slowly been seeing the light. It is a fact that the students do not have the resources that they should considering the amount of fundraising dollars that are elicited continually throughout the year. The administration has proven to favor and indulge a select population of the students (and parents) at the expense of the children as a whole. The school's motto this year is "Together we are Invincible"- I don't think so. My children will not be attending STLC next school year. I'm actually considering the old fashioned public school route. At least there, you know what you are getting.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2010
Love this school!!!!! The administration, teachers and families all care about one thing...helping the students be all they can be. They have individuallize growth plans for each subject area as well as character development. The have an amazing gifted school that understands what it is to be gifted and how to get the most out of each student. They also help to educate parents on gifted issues, nutrition and character development. It is a loving environment that fosters a life long love of learning. Could not be happier!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2010
Be cautious-they will place your child in gifted without even testing them first. Seems they want to inflate the numbers anyway they can. Check out the resumes-3 schools in as many years. And now seeking a position atanother new charter opening next year!

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2010
This is our first year at STLC and we couldn't be happier. After attending an academically rigorous school last year, I feared my children would not be challenged. I couldn't have been more wrong. The teachers design individually for each child, taking their needs into account. Indivual goals for reading, spelling, math, etc. Even character goals. New goals every quarter - 4 parent/teacher conferences. Nice to see the teachers have a plan for each of my children.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2010
My daughter has absolutely thrived at this school! She entered Kindergarten with the ability to read and a do simple math problems using addition and subtraction. Aside from the academics, she is taught to be peaceful and respectful to others and to the earth. I continue to be impressed by this school. I am confident she is receiving a well-rounded education. Definitely better than a public school would be able to provide. The pricipal and staff are professional, caring and very involved in the day- to-day. My only critism would be regarding the decision to get rid of Ms. Natalie and Ms. Ann. They were 2 of the best teachers my child has ever had and their departure is a true loss for the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2010
I would be very cautious of this school. They are opening a "Gifted program" this year, and my son had been attending the school for 3 years. They didn't identify him as one to be "tested" for the program. When I was enrolling him in a different school, because of my overwhelming discontent with the administration, the new school tested him. He is a shoe-in for the gifted program. He got a 97 on the non-verbal and a 93 on the quantitative section. Their gifted program is another way for them to take money from parents. The state does not provide $$ for charter schools to supply gifted programs. That is where my original complaint stems from. They allowed parents to be under the impression that a fund contribution ($50/month) was mandatory. Parents do your homework! ASBCS.az.gov (Arizona State Board of Charter Schools)

- submitted by a community member
July 20, 2010
To comment on the post below this one. Those two teachers are no longer with STLC they were let go

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2010
Unfortunately, I think that sometimes the most unhappy people often seem to post the majority of reviews on these sites! We have 2 children at this school and absolutely love it! The teachers are top notch and truly care about the kids. The administration really seems to have the best interests of the students at heart. My kids have never been in a school that tracks their growth and individualizes learning so much. It's honestly better than our experience in a private school, but FAR cheaper! I love the fact that they have PE everyday. They get music and art, which many schools are beginning to cut out these days. And they get Spanish too! I know everyone has different experiences wherever they go, but ours has been nothing less than OUTSTANDING at San Tan. We are so grateful that we chose to come here!!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2010
I've read all the reviews and to suggest that some might be vengeful is scary. Why would anyone want revenge??

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
Like the previous post-it really is just a show,the admin will tell you anything to get you to come here and then once here-no follow though. Longer school day, mediocre academics, very small playground. The school is expanding and have to fill up the new buildings somehow.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2010
San Tan Learning Center has been an unbelievable experience for me as a teacher. With much smaller class sizes I am able to individualize curriculum according the student strengths and needs. The extensive amounts of specials the student receive provide a well rounded educational experience. They receive P.E. four days a week with a health nutrition class 1 day a week. In addition, the students participate in music two days, and one day a week in art and Spanish. With the state educational system continually dealing with devastating budget cuts, San Tan understands the importance of these specials and unlike many other schools continues to offer them. The overall attention I have been able to give to each child has been dramatically more than I thought possible, and as a teacher makes my jobs so rewarding. ~Mrs. Sarah Portela

- submitted by a teacher
April 05, 2010
Moving my kids to STLC has been one of the best decisions that we have made for our kids. In January, we enrolled our 1st grader and twin 4 year old boys at STLC. Since then my first grader's reading and math skills have improved exponentially. His teacher is National Board Certified and she is wonderul. She is highly skilled and compassionate. The overall school climate is welcoming and focused on creating a strong community of all of the families. My twins are in separate classes and they both have great teachers. They are beginning to spell and read simple words and I credit the wonderful teachers at STLC for their success. I teach in the public school system and I never thought I would send my kids to a charter school, but STLC has lived up to all of their promises and we are thrilled with the results.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 24, 2010
As a teacher at San Tan Learning Center, I am priviledged to see the growth of the students in all areas of their core academics; as well as in their special areas of PE, Music, Art, and Spanish. The teachers, and administrative staff strive to ensure the highest standards of learning for the students and for the affirmation of parents in the community of STLC; thus, allowing, 'Learning to Take Them Around the World'. It's exciting to be a part of this legacy for them. Ms. Kerry Music Teacher

- submitted by a teacher
February 05, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2010
San Tan Learning Center has been an amazing school for our son for the past 2 years. The curriculum is challenging and age-appropriate. The teachers and staff go above and beyond and use a variety of hands-on teaching methods that assist the children in developing their critical thinking skills. This school has a wonderful parent-teacher network and has involved and caring parents. As an educator myself, I found San Tan Learning Center to be an wonderful example of how all schools should be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 06, 2010
We are so happy we found San Tan learning center. My daughter is very strong willed. Her teacher at San Tan Learning Center has the experience and patients that allows her to fit in with her classmates and mature at her grade level. She is in her second year at the school and doing great. The new school building is the best! The classrooms are spacious and the campus has room to grow into a much larger school. I also love the security level the school has; I do not worry about my kid s safety after I drop them off at school. It will be so exciting to be part of this school for years to come.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2009
Out of curiosity I checked my child's school rating on this site and was dismayed with the negative reviews I saw. My experience has been exactly opposite of that depicted below. I'm a stay at home mom and sought long and hard for the perfect preschool for my child. I researched and visited many schools in preparation for his first school experience. I chose San Tan Learning Center for its outstanding curriculumn, teachers and staff. My son is now half-way through his second year at San Tan and he loves it there. I've found teachers and staff to be very responsive and communicative. At San Tan I feel we are part of a big extended family, and not just a number. My son gets the individualized attention every student deserves there. I would highly recommend this school for your preschool through 6th grade children.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2009
My children have attended this school since it opened. We are so pleased with how well our children are doing academically and socially. The teachers have always been willing to go the extra step when needed to make sure my children were on track. So many of the San Tan families have become our close friends. It has been a wonderful experience.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
I am not a teacher or part of the administration for this school. I can genuinely say that this school is amazing! I'm sure things change from year to year....this is our first year at STLC. My child's teacher is absolutely the best teacher he has ever had! She is nurturing, modifies curriculum to meet all of her students needs in the best way possible, and is wonderful with parent communication. Last year, I was constantly feeling in the dark at our other school. At STLC, this has not been the case for us. I applaud the job they are doing! Perhaps they have taken some of the criticisms to heart and made improvements?! :) We are sold on this school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
It is in my opinion that STLC is the worst school that I ever placed my child into so far. From the administration down to the teachers, there is a lack of consistency, nurturing or positive influences. I have been appalled by some of the things that I have seen and heard by the administration and some of the teachers. This is not a healthy or positive environment despite by what seems to be rebuttals by the administration in the only 5 star posts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
Beware of this school. They might make it look good on the surface, however, in reality you will be enrolling your child in a school that is hyper-focused on test scores and lacks the experience, both in the administration and the teaching staff, to provide a well rounded education. They are just scattered trying to keep families happy by telling them what they want to hear and then not delivering on the promises. I was also told exactly what I wanted to hear over and over until I finally moved on. This is not the experience I am having at the new school, they wanted us and they told the truth about what we could expect; what we were told is what is happening. San Tan Learning Center is not the place if you are trying to provide a well rounded, quality education for your child.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
We have attened this school for the last two years. Our children love their teachers. The post about the 'administration telling you what you want to hear' is misleading I think because every school who wants you and your child to attend their school will tell you 'what you want to hear.' There are so many great families here. The friends my children and I have made are wonderful. What a great atmosphere for our children.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2009
Think very carefully before placing your child in this school. The 'administration' will tell you everything you want to hear.

- submitted by a parent
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San Tan Learning Center
3959 East Elliot Road, Gilbert, AZ  85296
(480) 222-0811
Last modified San Tan Learning Center is a Charter school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
San Tan Learning Center Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 83 reviews. Top