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Tucson, AZ
Students enrolled: 60
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6625 N 1st Ave
Tucson, AZ 85718

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(520) 297-7278
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April 23, 2014
Kino School is truly where learning and life are one. You won't find the Common Core here. You will find an environment where each student is recognized as a unique individual and the teachers truly know each student. I have a son in high school and when I asked him why he was spending so much time on his lessons in one of his classes, he explained to me that he could quickly do the lessons and turn them in but he was really wanting to learn the material. He also said that he could just go to traditional school if all he was supposed to do is turn in homework without even learning it. Kino School facilitates his learning..encouraging him to think for himself, guiding him in the best way that works for his learning style. Kino doesn't give letter grades because they understand that you can't put a magical letter grade on learning. My son writes course evaluations for each credit he earns. When a college admissions office reads them, they will definitely have true insight into what my son knows.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
A lovely progressive private school. Beautiful desert campus with animals, greenhouses, desert plants. Caring and inspiring teachers. Child-directed learning. Music, art, science, literature, welding, social studies, mathematics, weekly field trips. K-12 - small classes. Everyone knows one another and works together.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2014
Kino School is a progressive education environment. It is not traditional public education. There is flexibility in courses based on each individual ability - not by some magic age/grade level. There is time to go out and play. There are many, many field trips. There is weekly community service projects. There are no grades. In high school, students are required to take the same core courses traditional school students take to be ready for college. While there is no "AP" label, students choose to do extra work in courses to challenge and explore beyond the course offerings. Students are active participants in their learning. And they do learn, not just memorize for test taking. It's difficult and perhaps impossible for some parents/students to consider Kino School as an educational alternative because they're unable to break free from what our society perceives as the way education works. But those who do, will discover Kino School is where students are free to explore what truly interest them and to flourish in that knowledge.

- submitted by a community member
January 02, 2014
i was a student at kino for 2 1/2 years i had a good first year though the only thing i learned was a tiny bit of math and some cool science things i also got bullied a lot my second year i got bullied even more and when i told the staff they called me a drama queen and i learned little to nothing the next year i started off hope full but the year started off with my piers calling me names and the staff accused me of lying when ever i told them something that someone did to me or said to me i left half way through the year and had to transfer to pubic school the staff made up a lot about me in my "transcripts" calling me a liar and then when my psychologist at the public school asked for my IEP they claimed they didn't have it jeopardized my education

- submitted by a community member
August 21, 2013
Kino school has everything a parent needs to bring a successful adult into the world: work ethic, passion for learning, and realistic discipline.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2013
My child has gone to Kino from 1st-4th grade and will be starting 5th. It has been an overall great experience. And like any school, there are bumps and things that are not perfect - but we have always been able to work with the teachers and staff to put things 'right'. It it was not for Kino, I don't know where I'd feel good about putting my child. Progressive education has a lot to offer but it is an environment unlike a typical school setting. Everyone adjusts to it a their own pace, and then one day you see just how much your child has expended their world. As a parent, I would also advocate learning about progressive education and being involved.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2013
I feel this school was designed for my daughter. She had previously been in a small charter school through 4th grade and it took me some time to adjust to the independence she was given at Kino. The school emphasizes personal responsibility, community building and integrity and I have seen how these have nurtured the independent learner in my daughter. Instead of outside mandates dictating what and at what level she should be learning, she follows her interests, pushes herself to improve, sets and accomplishes her own goals. As a 7th grader she was able to attend high school level classes in areas where she excels. She is learning information, but more than that she is gaining the skills needed to organize her time, set her priorities, keep her commitments and be part of a larger community. These are important not only for continued success in school but also for life. She is excited about her classes and teachers, looks forward to school each day and has made life-long friends.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2013
Kino uses narrative transcripts rather than letter grades. When I asked questions, complained, and eventually withdrew my children, Kino punished my children by writing untrue things about them in their transcripts. The new wanted to place my children in lower classes than they belonged in because of the horrid and untrue statements made by Kino teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2013
I went to Kino for three years through high school, after transferring from public school. It was a wonderful experience and a wonderful, caring environment.

- submitted by a community member
March 28, 2013
My child came to Kino School believing the she didn't fit in anywhere. Kino welcomed her and provided a safe, caring environment where she could begin to believe in herself again and learn to succeed. As a result, she has moved forward with the confidence of her convictions and is living a happy, productive life.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2013
I feel compelled to warn future parents of Kino School. What was once a good school with qualified teachers, plenty of learning opportunity, and an administrator with integrity, is now a place of secrets, very troubled high needs students, and lack of safety! The enrollment has gone down to the 40s, and the teachers are not qualified to teach their subjects. When problems arise the staff takes a gang mentality, and blames the victim! Lack of true leadership is at the core of the problem!! Beware!!

- submitted by a teacher
April 17, 2011
I'm a former student and my 3 years at Kino meant more to me than the rest of my schooling put together. I've spent many of my 17 years struggling in the public school system, which is ill-adapted to support kids who are, in any way, different. At Kino, there were teachers willing to treat each student as an individual, to respect them just as much as they would another adult, and to help and educate in whatever way works for each unique student. I made lasting friendships with students and teachers alike; the accepting atmosphere at Kino is something you will truly never find anywhere else. I've since had to go back to a public school because Kino's tuition was too high -the price is the biggest drawback- but after my experience at Kino, where teachers honestly cared and worked very hard, the lack of compassionate and understanding teachers and students at public school seems even harsher, by comparison.

- submitted by a community member
September 17, 2010
Kino School sounds like a great school when you go for a visit. Our biggest concern was safety. Not only physical safety but emotional safety. Some kids were lashing out in anger and cursing as other students watched nothing being done about it. Clear boundaries are not provided or consequences established. As far as academics go when a student decides he/she wants to really learn something there are some teachers there who don't have the tools to be teaching/facilitating the subject. So it's more about a feel good thing instead of really learning. The biggest academic problem is no follow through. Teachers will talk about doing lots of great classes and kids get excited and then the class doesn't happen or meeting times get interrupted when the teacher schedules other things on top of that class time. So frustrating. Lots of kids have left Kino School for this reason.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2010
My high school aged child has been at Kino for seven years now. I can't imagine a better school experience than what he has had. He was allowed to enjoy his junior high years hiking, building things, making good friends. As he has gotten older, he's challenged himself to do harder academic work, and the teachers are inspiring. He's deciding for himself what is important and working hard because of it.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2010
The four years I attended Kino were the best experience of my life. The community is so loving and encouraging and I learned so many things that I would never had at a traditional school how to make my own goals, how to learn for the sake of learning, and how to be a member of a community. Now that I'm in college I know that Kino has given me an advantage despite the fact that I now have to work for grades, I'm proactive and willing to take on and work through classes that I find interesting. Any parent who is willing to let go of anxiety about their child's 'competitiveness' and send them to Kino gives them a gift for the rest of their lives.

- submitted by a student
November 10, 2009
My son is in his first year at Kino School. I read some of the reviews, and I find the feedback hard to believe. The environment is wonderful and suppoertive individually of each student in the way they need. The low teacher student ratio allows for this. My son is special needs, and he gets way more of what he needs here than with thousdands of extra dollars allotted to him im public school. He went to another private school for a few years before coming to Kino, and it is just what he needs at this point in his education. Their philosophy is to increase the intrinisic motivation of the students to learn, so they just don't learn random facts. They learn the most important thing- they learn how to learn. That is what will help them survive the most in the world no matter what their path.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2008
I have been at Kino for almost four years. I know that if i had to be at any other school i would probably resent it after being at Kino. the learning philosophy is great, and the teachers are patient with the learning process for whatever student needs to take there time. i personaly wouldent be anywhere else.

- submitted by a student
March 17, 2008
I have been teaching now for 18 years, And to this day Kino is the definition of what a school should aspire to be, especially in this world. It was my first school of work, and it is still the best. I have tried to bring the Kino philosophy into every classroom I enter, and I know it makes a difference with my students.

- submitted by a teacher
June 16, 2007
Kino has a bunch of potential to be a great school. It seems to me that if you are paying such a high tuition you expect your children to be responsibly supervised.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2007
This is a great school for highly motivated students. Lots of opportunities for learning outside of the box. Lots of field trips, private lessons and access to specialized teachers. Some of the in-house teachers are new and loving it; some have been there forever and are a bit burned-out. Time will likely cure this. We found it difficult to be involved in the school and our child did not choose to take advantage of most of the offerings so we decided to leave.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2006
My daughter went to Kino for many years. The teachers and administration are very caring. Teachers spend huge amounts of time providing personal attention to students and the teaching is imaginative and interesting. Teachers and sdministrators are readily available to talk to parents and parents are more welcome at the school than any other school I've seen. My daughter was well prepared for college. She tested into advanced classes on the basis of her Kino education. More important, she is responsible, confident, and loves learning. It's true Kino does not try to be everything for everyone, but the administration and teachers are professional, conscientious, and genuinely care about each child.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2005
I am a past student of Kino. I attended 1st-8th grades and believe Kino taught me how to learn. I would highly recommend for younger students, but middle/jr. high/HS students may not excel to their potential. This is due to the lack of a structured atmosphere. I feel I had some wonderful experiences that I will never forget (extended trips, space camp, caligraphy, animal center) that most students never get to experience. Though, I also feel I missed learning about some major subjects (Geography, Science, History) because I never had the desire to learn in those areas. Overall, I am satisfied with my parents choice at Kino, but believe it was an important decision to attend a public high school.

- submitted by a former student
September 08, 2005
This school works well for students and parents who buy into their system but it is not all things to all people. The school administration seems to be quite rigid as to its approach and if your child has needs that are different from that which they provide it is not likely to be the best place for a child. Also, they indicate that children can pursue their own interests but our child was thwarted by teacher and administrative indifference every time this was attempted. Our time at Kino was both personally and educationally demoralizing.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2004
The administrator and faculty are not friendly to many of the children nor the parents. Walking through the school, only a few of the teachers ever smile or say hello to the students or the parents. They do not give the students detailed instruction and when conflicts occur, the faculty do not handled the situation professionally. Children are not given a chance to work through their problems with the assistance of the faculty. Instead, the faculty 'gangs up' on the students. This conquer and divide method makes it a very hostile and unhealthy environment for the student's intellectual and personal growth. Students should be nurtured and not alienated as the administrator and faculty have done.

- submitted by a parent

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Kino is a private school in Tucson AZ, for students K-12. Since its founding in 1975, Kino has received national attention as a pioneer in progressive approaches to education, such as hands-on experiential learning, multi-age groupings, and the recognition that there are different kinds of intelligence. Our mission is to provide a school where students are given both the responsibility as well as the freedom that lie at the heart of being a citizen in a democratic society.

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Kino Learning Center
6625 N 1st Ave, Tucson, AZ  85718
(520) 297-7278
Last modified Kino Learning Center is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
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