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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am absolutely perplexed about this parent's comment. This is not the upper school that my two children attend. My son and daughter come home every day and tell me about interesting things they learned at Tesseract that day. I have found, and they agree, that the teachers are very supportive and interested in hearing their opinions. In fact, we have found that the teachers are always available, even on the weekends, to speak or e-mail with my children about their approach to an assignment and if they are feeling stressed out. The class trips are amazing. Last year, my children went to China and Italy in the spring with their classmates. It's a unique school and the students are pushed to think outside of the box, but that's a good thing. I am sorry that the other parent had a bad experience, but we have been very pleased with Tesseract and the upper school, and I hear that from almost every parent I know. The head of school is a very sociable person who knows the kids by name and welcomes their opinion. So, I beg to differ on any of the information mentioned by that other parent. It's simply incorrect!
We can only speak of the upper school and I would suggest anyone considering it run away as fast as you can. The teachers are poor. The administration is beyond unprofessional and the principal is a joke. There seems to be an atmosphere of fear about openly criticizing the school because of a perceived retaliation against one's child grade-wise.
They are not interested in you unless you can afford to go here. If you are applying for scholarship or financial aid don't even bother. There are better schools out there that will welcome you with open arms.
My daughter has attended Tesseract for the last two years. She was at an A+++ public school during kindergarten. While at the public school she learned inappropriate language and mannerisms more suited for a teenager. Within 1 month at Tesseract we had our 6 yr. old back! The school as a whole teaches the students compassion and caring for themselves, the community, the country and the world. The academic education is topnotch while the art and music programs are stellar! It is with GREAT sadness that we will be leaving Tesseract at the end of this year due to a move out of state. If we ever have the chance to move back we will join the Tesseract community once again.
We have had our kids in the middle school for about a year and a half. We have been incredibly pleased with the culture of the school. We believe the school is providing what is needed to succeed in the 21st century. Most "top" schools are still chasing the goals of the 20th century through a hyper-focus on test scores, GPAs, and an academic rat race. However, Tesseract is looking forward towards the creative, community-oriented collaboration that will be required for success in the world our children will inhabit. It is difficult at times for us as parents as we are used to the "old-school" idea that more homework is better and, in essence, a child that is too happy must not be working hard enough. We have found at Tesseract that our children come home absolutely full of new things they have learned. Yet somehow they don't even realize they've been at school. As a summary, I would say that while most schools today focus on making "good soldiers" and are rated according to a common generic standard, Tesseract is focused on making generals. One cannot compare it with those other schools. It is unique.
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