Dr. Kristofer Sippel, June 25, 2013
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This school teaches the child and doesn't teach to the test. In this educational climate that is worth fighting for. We love STLC.
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!
This school does not use letter grades, and there are absolutley NO consequences for missing homework, unfinished assignments, or not doing the work. If you are looking to teach your children responsibility, look elsewhere. I also find myself homeschooling, as the academics and continuity are severly lacking. If you just need a place to plant your kids while you work or run errands, and have the time to homeschool after school and work, then this is the place!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
San Tan is a great school. As a teacher, I have all the materials I need to make sure all students are successful-great curriculum, small class sizes, supportive administration-bullying does not happen at San Tan, opportunities for professional development, and a staff that truly cares for kids. I spent many years in public education and there is no other place I would rather work.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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