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.
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.
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.
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.
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