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Satori Charter School

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted December 8, 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


Posted December 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted March 1, 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


Posted July 7, 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


Posted March 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted July 6, 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


Posted April 28, 2006

Staff very supportive and responsive to children's needs. I would recommend school to other parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

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79%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
63%

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63%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
92%

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81%

2010

 
 
92%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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45%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
100%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
14%

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76%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 53% 42%
Hispanic 28% 43%
Two or more races 8% 2%
Black 6% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 45%N/A49%
Male 55%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3727 North First Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719
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