Dr. Kristofer Sippel, June 25, 2013
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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.
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)
To comment on the post below this one. Those two teachers are no longer with STLC they were let go
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!!
I've read all the reviews and to suggest that some might be vengeful is scary. Why would anyone want revenge??
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Think very carefully before placing your child in this school. The 'administration' will tell you everything you want to hear.
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