Elementary K – 4th

San Tan Charter School was created in 2008 as a new type of free public school in Gilbert, AZ. Developed as a K-6 Inquiry Based Learning Curriculum model incorporating applicable Montessori concepts and materials for a Public Charter School program. We are proud to be an accredited member of AdvancED; a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of educational institutions and systems to ensure all students realize their full potential.

At San Tan Charter School, our Elementary program resides at our Recker Campus. Students, grades Kindergarten through Fourth, have three possible program experiences. Utilizing test results, observations, and conversations, we partner with our families to determine the best path for each student.

No matter the Elementary experience, students are made responsible and held accountable for their learning at every stage and level. All programs include an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which addresses the specific academic and emotional needs of each student. Each students ILP is discussed during the quarterly parent-teacher conferences, which include parent contributions surrounding homework levels and character goals.

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. The Josephson Institute calls them the Six Pillars of Character, and they form the basis of all programs at San Tan Charter School. Visit our Learn Happy page to find out more about the Six Pillars of Character.

At San Tan Charter School, our curriculum is standards-based and incorporates Physical Education, Health and Music into each student’s weekly routine.

Mainstream Elementary

The Mainstream Elementary program is designed to meet each student where they are and bring them to their cutting edge of knowledge and thinking. Time on task along with high student engagement is expected and monitored to assure students will accomplish their learning objectives daily at school. Nothing will be done for students that they can do themselves. Small class sizes will contribute to student accountability and individual responsibility for learning each day.

Teachers focus on multiple opportunities within the curriculum for varied applications of concepts. Information is presented in an easily understood scope and sequence while establishing instructional routines to help students understand essential concepts at each grade level. Students will be made accountable for their learning on a daily basis with consistent use of responsibility folders.

Montessori Elementary

The Lower and Upper Montessori Elementary classes offer students wide-ranging lessons that inspire a love and excitement for learning and encourages independent exploration. Teachers and Assistants in each classroom carefully and beautifully orchestrate student’s optimal achievement through independent, large and small group learning opportunities. Nothing will be done for students that they can do themselves.

Our Montessori materials facilitate learning in a hierarchy from simple to complex and concrete to abstract. Cultural Studies are taught with Science and Social Studies as interdisciplinary subjects. Earth science, physical science, astronomy, geography, biology, and history are intricately interwoven. Music and Art activities are incorporated regularly into the curriculum.

Gifted Elementary

The Gifted Elementary program provides a self-contained Gifted experience from 1st grade through 6th grade, with Elementary ending after 4th grade and Middle School beginning in 5th grade. Qualifying Gifted students enjoy the support and challenge that a peer group of similar academic interests and abilities provides.

The goal of this program is to provide students who have advanced intellectual, academic, and/or creative thinking skills the opportunity to dynamically interact with teachers who specialize in Gifted education. Students that are identified as Gifted in Kindergarten receive individualized instruction in the advanced Kindergarten class. Gifted Middle School maintains the self-contained model while incorporating classroom/teacher changes between subjects and the choice of elective courses, intended to prepare the student for High School expectations.

Visit our Gifted page to learn more about our Gifted program.

Curriculum Highlights:

  • The Mainstream and Gifted Curriculums include: Imagine It! – Language program, enVisionMATH – Mathematics program, Words Their Way – Spelling program, Music, Art, Physical Education (PE), Health, Standards-Based Science and Social Studies, Character Counts – Six Pillars of Character, and Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) Testing.
  • The Montessori Elementary Curriculum includes: Math and Geometry, Cultural Studies: Science and Social Studies, Language Arts: Reading and Writing, “Going Out” of the Classroom with Practical Life and Field Trips, Physical Education (PE), Health, Character Counts – Six Pillars of Character, and Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) Testing.

To dive deeper into the details of our Elementary programs, visit our Elementary section within our Recker campus site.