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.
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
Kino school has everything a parent needs to bring a successful adult into the world: work ethic, passion for learning, and realistic discipline.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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