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Public Charter Elementary School

San Tan Charter School developed a K-5 Inquiry Based Learning Curriculum model for a Tuition FREE Public Charter School program.  The Charter for San Tan Charter School was approved by the Arizona Board for Charter Schools in January 2008 after a rigorous process.  San Tan Charter School now serves a diverse group of parents desiring a smaller learning environment where their child’s:

  • Individual needs are addressed effectively and with respect,
  • Achievement at each student’s cutting edge is offered and expected,
  • Healthy social, emotional, and physical development are emphasized; and
  • Parent communication and support is encouraged and elicited.

San Tan Charter School’s dynamic learning environment is the result of a unique interactive and professional approach to education begun by the founders of San Tan Montessori and now flourished by all the families involved in making San Tan Charter School’s  program possible.  San Tan Learning Center’s guiding philosophy is based on the following instructional practices school-wide:

  • Offering four parent teacher conferences per year,
  • Educating all students’ one grade level ahead,
  • Keeping students’ hands and minds engaged in purposeful and productive work,
  • Analyzing student data and using them as a guide to instruction,
  • Incorporating students’ interests and learning styles into learning activities,
  • Meeting the needs of student’s multiple intelligences through varied activities,
  • Utilizing effective classroom management with respectful communication,
  • Preparing an interactive learning environment with each student in mind,
  • Flourishing communication and self-expression through journal writing.

The San Tan Charter School curriculum is standards based and incorporates Physical Education, Health and Music into each student’s weekly routine.  Time on task along with high student engagement is expected and monitored to assure students will accomplish their learning objectives daily at school.  This allows students to have minimal homework in order to rest their minds and enjoy non-related school activities at home each day.  This was a high priority for the parents who participated in the design of the Charters’ academic program.

San Tan Charter School has chosen standards based curriculum that provides information in an easily understood scope and sequence while establishing instructional routines to help students understand essential concepts at each grade level.  This allows for multiple opportunities built into the curriculum for varied applications of these concepts.  Students will be made accountable for their learning on a daily basis with consistent use of responsibility folders.  Nothing will be done for students that they can do themselves.  Students will learn effective time and task management and be held responsible for their job as a student each day with their daily conference with their classroom teacher.  Small class sizes will contribute to student accountability and individual responsibility for learning each day.  This will be assured through teacher commitment and planning, as well as, administrative and parent support.

San Tan Charter School firmly believes in promoting character education in all areas of the school day.  Whether at work, at home, or at play, there are basic values that define ethical behavior.  These values are not political, religious, or culturally biased.  Josephson Institute calls them the Six Pillars of Character, and they form the basis of all Institute programs at San Tan Learning Center, these pillars are as follows:

This Pillar encompasses a variety of qualities: honesty, integrity, reliability, and loyalty. Being trustworthy means keeping promises and doing one’s best not to deceive, even with white lies or statements that one might defend as “technically true.”

The Golden Rule is the most useful guide here: Treat others as you wish to be treated.  That means being courteous, listening to others, and accepting individual differences.

This Pillar includes accountability, self-control, and the pursuit of excellence.  Being responsible also requires that we carefully consider the consequences of our choices before we make them.

Being fair means playing by the rules and not taking advantage of others.  A fair person makes informed judgments without favoritism or prejudice and does not blame others carelessly.

Kindness, compassion, altruism — these are the heart of ethics.  Of course, some ethical decisions inevitably cause pain, but the caring person acts to minimize hardship and to help others whenever possible.

Good citizens work to make their community better.  They are committed to protecting our environment and to making our democratic institutions work.  They know the law — and they often do more than it requires and less than it allows.