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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Staff very supportive and responsive to children's needs. I would recommend school to other parents!
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.
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.
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.
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