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Tesseract School

Private | PK-12 | 425 students

We are best known for 21st Century Education in a student centered environment

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $820,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $820.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 7 ratings
2013:
Based on 14 ratings
2012:
Based on 5 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted Monday, August 25, 2014

For the first time ever my son loves school. His teachers are amazing and he is getting a much higher quality education compared to Scottsdale Unified School District. The technology, curriculum and methods for teaching have been an amazing fit for my son. Cannot say enough positive about Tesseract!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Tesseract is an engaging environment for students. The experiential learning in and out of the classroom is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

Tesseract school is child-centered and teaches thematically. The arts, Spanish, library, technology, and physical education are integrated into the curriculum whenever possible. The hands-on approach makes the learning experiences more meaningful and engaging. All students at the lower school start their day with a whole school morning meeting followed by a class morning meeting. During the lower school morning meeting students present by grade level in front of the school. Parents are invited to watch these morning meeting presentations. The students are expected to be responsible and independent learners.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

Our son has been in Tesseract the entire elementary school. Kindergarden and Fourth grade teachers are outstanding. Ms. O in 4th grade is the best teacher of the elementary crowd and worth EVERYTHING!.I am delighted that she will assume leadership role of the elementary school next year. I hope she will start by making serious changes in third grade classroom. I also hope that the most junior teacher will bring about lightness of a severely negative third grade atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2014

Tesseract is currently a bit like a ship without a rudder. The current administration wants to make everyone happy so they often respond to the most vocal parents. Some grades are terrific thanks to some spectacular teachers - preK, Kindergarten, second grade and fourth grade were very strong but first and third grade were disappointing. The lower school will have an interim head of school next year and the overall head of school will be new for the 2014-15 year. Next year will likely be a transitional year as the school seems to be 'cleaning house' but hopefully Tesseract will eventually be stronger for all the changes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2014

My children love going to school each day! The educators care for each child & you can feel this when on campus. The environment is loving & fun. Learning is fun & that is what my children are getting at Tesseract! Having fun while learning above & beyond the norm!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2014

Kindergarten and 2nd grade are strong. First grade however is notoriously a problem year. When paying $17000 a year, every year should be fantastic. The lower school is about to undergo a complete change of administration so maybe it will be better in a few years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2014

Tesseract's heart is in the right place, and philosophically the school honors differences. Unfortunately, Tesseract suffers from an absence of leadership on this issue, so there is no consistency emanating from the top down. As a result whether your child receives appropriate support is hit or miss, depending on their grade (lower, middle or upper school) and even their particular teacher. The school has wanted to hire a special education resource teacher for quite some time but apparently there is not enough money in the budget for it. That said, there are a few educators who seem to "get it" more than others. The pre-K, kindergarten and second grade educators are particularly strong. Tesseract needs a coherent, school-wide approach to students with learning differences, and then a structured professional development program for educators. The educators need tools for (1) identifying LD at the youngest possible ages; (2) creating specific strategies that work at various grade levels for the common manifestations of LD; (3) supporting executive functions from early childhood through high school. They try, but they need to try harder.


Posted November 18, 2013

We are very happy at the Tesseract lower school and my kids have been there since kindergarten. The projects they do are fun, engaging and very educational and allow children to discover information rather than have it spoon fed to them. They are taking responsibility for their learning, which I appreciate. The focus on public speaking and collaboration is so important for a 21st century economy where facts are all available to anyone with a computer. The ability to work with other people, advocate for a position, concede a point, think creatively and critically about a problem or idea is essential for success today.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

Tesseract is an innovated school for today's students. The classes are engaging and the students work on many occasions, as a team, on real world situations. The students start learning to speak in front of crowds at an early age, and build their self confidence. All children can play on the sports teams, there is a "no cut" policy. The class sizes are small, so every child knows their teachers well, and the teachers learn each child's learning style. I can't say enough about Tesseract. My child is flourishing and will be well equipped for college in her future. Thank you Tesseract!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

This is our 3rd school in the valley and I have to say I am so pleasantly surprise how great this school is. My kids are in 1st and 2nd grade. The staff is the friendliest I have ever seen. My kids are excited to go to school every day. Parent community is friendly and welcoming. So happy and proud to be part of such a great educational organization.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2013

I love this school. I have multiple children and we have been in other private schools as well as public schools and I must say that Tesseract has been the very best place for all my kids. Their differentiated instruction, their caring and nurturing environment, the way they bring learning to life in the classroom has instilled a love of learning in my children that I don't think they could ever get from an adult centered educational environment. The school is student centered and my children love going to school each and every day! The experiences that they are exposed to on a daily basis excite them and they are eager to share them with me at the end of each day! In the Middle and Upper School my children have gained so much from the trips. The way these are integrated into their everyday studies is incredible. I am so thrilled Tesseract puts in that extra effort and is able to give them such a global perspective of their educational experience. The Educators are all exceptional and go above and beyond at all times. If you believe in education and your children, I would definitely consider Tesseract School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2013

When I read some of these reviews, I wonder why someone would write things that are just not accurate. Bullying at Tesseract? Not tolerated and dealt with severely and swiftly. These educators love their students. It is part of the fabric of the school and the community. And as for staggered breaks, most private schools are not on the same cycle as public schools because they don't start as early. It is an issue but not one that is only a Tesseract issue. No charter school can compete with an independent school like Tesseract. The ratios may be similar but the educational philosophy won't be nor will the educator quality compare. Not saying that charter schools don't serve a purpose but they are not equipped to provide the depth of richness that an independent school can. It's a resource issue. Tesseract has it's challenges but the educators are amazing and they love your children above all else. The curriculum is rich and students learn.


Posted October 6, 2013

this is a fine school but, there are two problems we encountered 1. We have step children who are in a district and none of the dates for breaks align. We can't enjoy family vacation time. 2. There are near by charter schools (free) that offer an almost identical program. One has even better ratios! We aren't moving because we'd have to get all parties to agree. If money is tight, investigate!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2013

This school has so many problems. I don't have enough space to right it. One of them is that there is a bulling problem that my child encountered and not one single educator did anything about! I can't tell you how sad I was when my child told me that another child was doing this! I am so glad I am not apart of this community! Which all parents say what community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2013

As I watch my son finishing the 8th grade, I am filled with gratitude. Tesseract has partnered with us to raise our son from the age of 3. Through a cooperative and mutually respectful relationship, we have helped our son to become a mature, responsible, critical thinker who has excelled in all areas of life. Tesseract embodies the true meaning of education. My two younger children are on the same path , as they are being provided the most engaging and relevant education in Arizona.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2013

My child has attended Tesseract since he was 3 years old. In the past 3 years we have seen him grow from a toddler into a confident little boy who is fully prepared to enter Kindergarten. We are forever thankful that he has been able to attend this child-centered, nurturing school and we truly believe that it is the best school in the Valley and worth every penny that we pay in tuition. When your child asks every day "am I going to school today?" and is disappointed when it is not a school day, you know you have made the right choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2013

if you are considering the middle school...ask why so many kids are leaving? no differentiated learning, educators leaving, lack of school direction, no school spirit, sad to see this change from lower to middle school. need to really reflect on what is going on top down, bottom up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2013

children in lower and middle school. disappointed in the middle school. they preach differentiated learning -not happening. many of the educators are excellent - others not so much, many don't have certificates to teach, or are in progress. the middle school director has promoted as a teacher in-house and i don't see her with the real vision & drive to BE director. i had faith in the director, but that as wavered as he always "supports educators 100%". the director is to direct the schools vision, but be a liaison with parents, students & teachers. he is just their for the teachers. many kids in my child's class are not returning. those that are seems to be going just because they don't like the options. board is made up of parents appointed by director or other board members. i used to be a cheerleader for this place, not anymore. kids in athletics, forget it. i like the all play and participate rule, but their is no encouragement in school spirit, winning attitude, etc. the kids get frustrated as athletic dept doesn't care. no competition allowed. sad as this place as potential but they are too worried about expansion, they won't need it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2013

You can be sure the parent who complained about what I said about the school was put up to it by the school or is heavily involved in the school herself. Differing opinions are squelched and respect is sadly lacking, an opinion I'd be happy to talk to her about.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 42%
Asian 11% N/A
Hispanic 2% 39%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 11%
Black 1% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2012)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Chinese (Mandarin)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:15 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Nigel Taplin
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (480) 991-1954

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • 21st Century, Thematic, Collaborative
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Internships
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Amnesty international
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • National Honor Society
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Committees
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • At Tesseract, education is all about connecting with students. We offer a student-centered approach - “engaging minds”— encouraging our students to embrace the values, attitudes, skills, knowledge and perspective to find their passions, develop a love of learning, and be fulfilled and successful in life. Thus our students will see the value and importance of their education, and be inspired to follow their dreams - and take ownership of their educational process and success!
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$14000 - $20000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Merit Scholarships

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Summer college prep programs
SAT/ACT prep classes
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 100%
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4800 E Doubletree Ranch Rd
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
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Phone: (480) 991-1770

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