Gardens School of Technology Arts is an A-rated, tuition-free public charter school, educating young innovators grades K-8 with 21st century skills.
In addition to a solid core academic program, Gardens SOTA delivers creative technology instruction in three domains: Digital Art & Animation, Programming & Engineering, and Maker Innovation. Visit us at www.mysota.net, our YouTube Channel 'GSOTAWeb' and look us up on Facebook for additional program information and current happens on our campus.
March 08, 2016
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My three kids love this school. It is small, and the staff are very friendly and helpful. My kids love all of their teachers, and among the three of them that is 9 teachers because all the students have different teachers for different subjects. They get to learn with a lot of different types of technology. All in all it's everything we were looking for in a small community school.
My son's middle school teachers are amazing. They are very professional, they care about my child and they really give great academic lessons with practical projects that stretch my son's thinking process. And they maintain such a good vibe in the classroom; my son never has to worry about being mistreated. It's such a great place.
The foundation of our GSOTA's positive climate and culture, which is frequently highlighted by our families, is a clear and positive student code of conduct to which all students are held. Honesty, integrity and fairness are modeled by our faculty and staff and are developed in all of our students as they learn about their community and global society.
GSOTA's hiring process is rigorous and typically involves a workshop with creative technology components. Our mission and vision are communicated thoroughly to each prospective employee, and teachers join our professional faculty very intentionally to support that mission and vision. Our teachers are consistently provided training opportunities and oversight by our Director of Academics to ensure their educational strategies and delivery are versatile and effective.
Our student's homework load is significantly lighter than most academic programs, even to the point that some parents feel we should require more. However, because of our project-based approach and the amount of learning that occurs during the school day, our primary goal for homework is to reinforce fundamental concepts as opposed to completing additional assignments.
Through project-based learning and an academic program infused with rigor, GSOTA students are constantly stretching and deepening their knowledge and abilities. Our pursuit of the 5 C's of 21st Century Education ensures our students are not simply learning but applying their knowledge. GSOTA encourages and empowers students, and we do not allow them to accept failure. Parents are involved as partners for success when a student is struggling with an academic or behavior area that is hindering success.
GSOTA students are developing, and none are perfect. Each one, however, is expected to respond to positive guidance and modify behaviors that are disrespectful to teachers and other students. GSOTA parents agree to support the school's efforts to maintain a positive and respectful environment.