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Kino Learning Center

Private | PK-12 | 60 students

We are a nationally recognized progressive education school.

 

Living in Tucson

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $342,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $900.

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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 4 ratings
2013:
Based on 7 ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted 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


Posted November 1, 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


Posted September 8, 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


Posted 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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We currently do not have any test score information for this school. Unlike public schools, private schools are not always required to report data about their schools or not required to take the same tests as public schools. Many private schools take different standardized tests; however, that information is often made available only to families of enrolled students. We strive to acquire additional private school data whenever available.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 42%
Hispanic 18% 43%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
French
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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)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • 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
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
  • student interest driven
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • drop in and we can show you around!
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Part-time study
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NCACS
Fax number
  • (520) 297-2880

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
  • Multi-aged
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • progressive ed. model
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
  • Humanities
  • Service learning
  • Social justice
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
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
  • French
  • Latin
  • 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)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
  • student centered curriculum
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
  • student interest driven
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • dictated by student interest
Girls sports
  • dictated by student interest

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • 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
More from this school
  • 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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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
39
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
39

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$6000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Tax credits

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
SAT/ACT prep classes
College presentations or information sessions
student interest driven
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6625 N 1st Ave
Tucson, AZ 85718
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Phone: (520) 297-7278

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