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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

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2013:
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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted January 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 3, 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted March 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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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
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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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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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