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2-8
Public charter
Tucson, AZ

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3727 North First Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719

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(520) 293-7555
(520) 293-7020
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April 12, 2014
Coming from out of state we were not really impressed with the school options in Tucson. We were homeschooling until we could find the right fit. We are thrilled to have found Satori. Our daughter is thriving there after only a year and loves going to school. The teachers are warm, nurturing, and wonderful. They are also honest, fair, supportive, and hold the students accountable for their actions. Satori staff is fantastic at continuing those important lessons of early childhood learning and weaving them through the environment and curiculum to keep the children active and involved with creative, hands on learning geared for many different ways of experiencing information. Her teachers have been key in helping my daughter adapt, progress, and in some areas even catch up to where she'd fallen behind, without ever making her feel badly about herself or her abilities as a student. Our other daughter will be attending the charter school as soon as she is in the second grade. I have found the parent community nothing but warm and welcoming. I meet new people at every event. After only a year, we are part of this school community and we are a Satori family.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
This is our 7th year as a Satori family, with two kids who started in preschool and continued on to the charter school. The rigorous academics and the fact that our kids have excelled well beyond their grade level is not even the main reason why we love Satori. The strong, tight-knit community, a dedicated attention to the kids' well being, and the individualized approach to every student is truly remarkable. The approach of the school to education fosters creativity. We love the teachers and have developed many personal trusting relationships over the years, to the point that I seek their advice for my kids on issues unrelated to school. The director does an excellent job of maintaining the sense of community while bringing energy and direction to the school. We feel privileged to be part of the Satori family.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2014
I brought my son to Satori after he was bullied at another school and was starting to change as a person, and not for the better. After hearing about Satori, I brought him to Jo, the Executive Director, who was still teaching 1st grade at the time. She help him become a part of the Satori family and helped him recover from the bullying and grow into the loving, kind, thoughtful boy he is now. She is gifted in working with children: able to love them at their level, is a talented teacher (my son jumped up several years in reading and math in one year with Jo), and most importantly to me, she is a moral person who takes the time to cultivate community, kindness, friendship, family, honest, self-control, joy, and a love of learning in those she is around. When anyone in the Satori family has a hard time she is the first to jump in to help and I know that she truly cares about my family and myself. She is the heart of Satori and I am very thankful for her being in my son's life.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2014
We have had two kids at Satori's charter and private schools for the past 5 years. We are continually impressed with the way in which the school accommodates kids at every level of academic ability and addresses each child's emotional and learning needs individually. Having tried a number of other schools first, I know that these qualities are only consistent in schools when they come from the leadership. The director, principal, and staff at Satori are wonderful and compassionate. They have been responsive when we have needed academic adjustments or other kinds of flexibility.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2014
Satori is amazing! My child has been going to school here for five years and I cannot say enough good things about it. Jo, the Director, is phenomenal. Before being promoted to her current position, she taught at Satori. She has this amazing gift to read children (and parents), and has always gone out of her way to tend to each families individual needs with a calm and professional demeanor, all the while making sure that the children (and sometimes the parents) understand their responsibility in achieving success. Every child at Satori is treated as an individual with individual needs and personalities. The teachers are amazing and the curriculum is challenging and thought provoking. This is a fantastic school with an unbelievable staff. If you are looking for a school put Satori on your short list.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2014
Satori is not just a school for our family, it is our second family. Recently we fell on hard times and after talking to the Director, we were able to work out a payment plan so that the holidays would still happen for us. Jo is very understanding and has been through a lot as a parent and teacher at Satori so she can relate to almost any situation! When I approached Jo with my news of being unable to pay, she was concerned and expressed that I had to make some sort of payment to show good faith, but she was flexible and very understanding. I do not feel embarrassed or afraid to walk in with my held high because the level of professionalism and privacy is very high with the staff at Satori. I am very thankful to have my children learning in such a nurturing environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
Satori school is a great school for parents who want teachers to understand the whole child. They work hard on social/emotional intelligence and community using language of responsibility so the child that moves on can function well and make good decisions in the future. The program is individualized . They cove r the common core standards and go beyond. There is higher order thinking and out of the box thinking encouraged. They try very hard to use the multiple intelligences. My children did very well. The school has prepared them for the future. One good thing is they work closely with parents and solve problems so the child can be successful. Their Preschool program is excellent, it includes academics as well as play based learning with the multiple intelligences.

- submitted by a community member
August 05, 2013
My children have attended Satori for 5 years. They have prospered with the student focused curriculum. I like that they change classes each day for math so that the children are not held to grade level math butch can work at their ability instead. Coordination for 504 issues could be mproved but overall accommodations help the children succeed and play to their strengths. I give four stars because there is always room for improvement. my particular area of concern is parent communication. It is hit or miss at times, depending on the individual teacher.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
The teaching staff at Satori is dedicated to children. They create intellectually challenging curriculum for gifted students. Both of my kids love it there.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
I went here for elementary school and it was the best school I've ever been to! My only regret was that I was only able to attend 2 years. I'm glad to see they have expanded their grade school. They are very accommodating to children with learning disabilities. I have ADHD and I thrived there. I wish I could go back!

- submitted by a community member
August 02, 2013
After spending two years int he public school system, we were thrilled to find Satori. The class sizes are small. Classroom time is customized for each child. Every child matters and their needs are met. Parents are an invaluable part of the learning experience. Now that we've found Satori, we'll be there for the long haul.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2013
This school is wonderful, a great nurturing environment and a wonderful family feel about it. My children love Satori! After trying many dreadful schools in the area, we are so glad we found Satori. Great staff and environment and excellent education. We just wish it offered a high school education too!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2013
Satori school embodies everything a school should in its approach to a child's learning experience. My child is currently in eighth grade.he has been at satori since he was three years old.he has gone from a child that could hardly sit still to an excellent student. He was recently informed that he passed the entrance exam for university high school.i believe this is a direct result of satori's nurturing and excellent educational program. I can't say enough in praise for this school!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2012
I have one child at Satori now, and have had two others who went there. The academic standards are very high, with a focus on creativity and critical thinking. They include art and music into the curriculum and focus on building a community among students, teachers and parents. I love Satori. The middle school program is especially great.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2012
Love the school, love the staff, love how happy my kids are to go here. Could not be happier than I am with this school, my kids are embraced for who they are and taught according to their learning styles. When I have concerns I feel they are addressed at once and resolved. The after school programs are varied and interesting, my kids BEG to go to after care and play more with their friends. The other parents are friendly and supportive. An awesome place to educate and enrich kids.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2011
Transfering my daughter to Satori is the best choice I've ever made. She is excelling academically and socially!

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2011
How refreshing that the students at Satori get to write and produce their own plays. This is so much better than the "boxed" productions we have been forced to do elsewhere. I heard from my kids that the process of creating the plays was not always easy and sometimes there was pretty serious group discussion about which way the story should go. As far as I am concerned, working out problems and overcoming obstacles is part of the learning process. I am sure this is a lot riskier for the teaching staff, but I enjoyed knowing the scripts came from the students. Thanks Satori!

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2011
It has been so wonderful to see a school like Satori work through problems they have had in the past. There math program was not working so they spent the time and money to make sure the students were getting what they needed. My daughter now not only loves math but has improved in all areas.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2011
Agreed with other postings. Satori is sub-standard in all areas. The focus on creative arts is just silly given the unimaginative and mediocre assignments, instruction and exposure to art forms. They do arts and crafts, have one broken down piano and stage "plays" that consist of the kids waiving their arms around and rolling on the floor. An arts based curriculm would be far better supported with infrastructure, real artists as instructors and truly creative assignments. The "gifted" notion is just a notion. The kids are no more gifted as a group then any other set of middle class kids. The general tolerance for spoiled unruly behavior, bullying and intolerance is shocking. I also find too many of the parents to be snobs, which is sort of odd given the demographics. We are leaving the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2010
We have such positive experiences at Satori daily. We love going to school there. The people are friendly and the teachers and staff maintain excellent practices and work hard.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 08, 2009
I agree with the 11.25.09 posting. Our child is now in Highschool and experiencing diffficulty in areas of math skills, homweork , testing and other expecataions. Looking back Satori reminds us of an ongoing lets's get it better charter school with our child paying the price of the talented and gifted education received.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2009
Our children have been at Satori for years. The alternative approach to the whole chid and the commitment to preserving creative thought is why we have stayed. The student population has changed dramatically in the last few years, from a school with exceptional children to a run of the mill public school with children who don't seem to care about their education or their community. Our children used to feel like they were part of a family at school, and now they just feel like they have to survive with bullying and disrespect to the teachers. We were holding out for the middle school program because our friends' kids have graduated from Satori into honors programs in high school and attribute their success to Satori, but we don't think we can wade through with so much social problems. It's too bad that Satori has lost sight of its unique mission.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2009
We have a child in 6th grade. We are completely unsatisfied with the education she is receiving there. Perhaps it was a good school for the early ages, but it is completely lacking at the middle school level. The kids are treated like babies. They claim that testing is a 'new' practice at the 6th grade level. They hardly test on anything. No vocabulary. No grammar. 'Reports' can be drawn instead of written. They are not expected to adhere to any due dates. They turn in 'late' work with no penalties. They are allowed re-dos on most everything because they don't want the kids to feel bad that they got a bad grade. They are allowed extensions for no reason. What this school teaches is that the kids should expect something for nothing and it sets them up to fail. Do not recommend.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Satori is a good school compared to the other schools that I have been to in the past. I would recommend it but it is a little disorganized

- submitted by a student
June 06, 2009
Maybe Satori was a gifted school once, but now they are a charter school they want all the students they can get and it is all about numbers and money. Your gifted child will not receive the attention they need at Satori.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
Satori is a wonderful school for children and parents that are serious about learning and enjoy creative education. Class sizes are small, the sense of community is wonderful, and the teachers are all top notch. You have to be willing to endure a bit of disorganization, but it's worth it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 01, 2008
Satori has student disciplinary issues that continue to need to be addressed. Students with severe behavior issues-i.e. emotional melt downs, slamming class room doors, etc are allowed to continue robbing class rooms of their learning environment. There is also seems to be a lack of communication amongst families/students and administration.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2007
I am a student who used to be at TUSD and then came to Satori 3 years ago. I had never felt so excited about going to school as I do now. The teachers are supportive of different perspectives and of creative solutions of all sorts. Another plus is the inclusion of instruction on music, art, PE and Spanish. I also took great joy in taking violin and gymnastics after school. I feel safe at Satori and it has a great community feel to it. I would recommend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a student
March 07, 2007
We have had two children at Satori over the past three years and think it is an absolutely amazing school. It is leaps and bounds better than TUSD. They have excellent teachers who use the multiple intelligence model to creatively teach to a wide range of learning styles. There is great parental involvement. They have drama, music, art, Spanish and/or French, PE, and tons of field trips. After school activities are offered for a fee and include soccer, softball, karate, violin/piano, gymnastics, dance, and costume creation/drama. They have improved their math and science curriculum greatly. They hold a science fair every year and are participating in Odyssey of the Mind. If you have a gifted child, I can't recommend this school enough! Our children have never been bored since attending this school because children are challenged at their level, as opposed to a 'one size fits all' approach.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2007
My son went to Satori for 5 years. While in the pre-school to first grade he received the best education possible! The teachers were well trained and magical. The principle was insightful and very helpful. There was a lots of parent involvement. However, when it was time to go to the 'big' kids school, everything fell apart. Discipline and safety were huge problems. A new principle and new teachers who did not understand the 'Satori way' of community building, multiple-intelligence education, parent involvement and non-violence on the playground, infused the school with the TUSD way of life. What a crying shame! I hope the school recovers, but we won't be there.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2006
The magic that used to be Satori has been extinguished by management and staff issues. The very steep tuition does not reflect the uncleanliness of the school, or the lack of money spent on classroom supplies. Sadly, most of the gifted students and staff have left.

- submitted by a teacher
April 28, 2006
Staff very supportive and responsive to children's needs. I would recommend school to other parents!

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2006
There are some excellent teachers and aides at Satori. Thematic units are prevalent and there is a solid understanding of multiple intelligences. However, it seems that families and children do not have much input into the workings of the school anymore. There is also a lack of systematic instruction in the areas of math and science.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2005
Satori Charter is in its second year and has had some growing pains. The school has a potential to be a premier learning center given the right leadership from the board and subsequently the administration in partnership with the parents. Right now the strongest asset of the school is the children that attend Satori. If the adults can get their business in order the school will be amazing.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2005
Satori has an amazing little Pre-K that keeps my son's brain and body working all day! They are very organized and have lots of active learning time and outside playtime. This last week my son learned about molecules:solid, liquid, gas etc. and how it applies to all aspects of our daily lives from weather to water. He has art and spanish every week as part of the regular curriculum and I also have him in yoga, piano, sports and karate---all offered as extracurricular activities through the school. They even bus him to and from karate twice a week. Volunteer hours are required-but are easy to do--they always need help on the playground before and after school or during fun activities like picture day, the ice cream social or the carnival. The cost is steep-but not as much as some others we looked into.

- submitted by a parent
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Satori Charter School
3727 North First Avenue, Tucson, AZ  85719
(520) 293-7555
Last modified Satori Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades 2-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Satori Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top