Learn Happy

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San Tan Charter School offers tuition-free public Elementary, Junior High, and High School in Gilbert, Arizona.  We offer Traditional, Gifted, and Montessori programs focused on the individualized learning styles of each student.

We meet students where they are and bring them to their cutting edge through Individualized Learning Plans (ILP) and quarterly conferences.

Parents collaborate with teachers to set the homework level that is right for their child and lifestyle.  As students grow, they join the collaboration by setting their own quarterly character and education goals.

Our unique approach to classroom management, through Love & Logic®, is focused on building relationships; which includes teachers establishing clear expectations and communicating with respect while assisting students in developing personal responsibility and problem-solving skills.


With our Love and Logic® approach to classroom management and our Six Pillars of Character embedded throughout, we have created a strong and positive school culture based on mutual respect and character education.

A phrase often heard throughout the campus – in classrooms, at assemblies, during events is:

Teacher: Character Counts Students: All the Time
Teacher: All the Time Students: Character Counts

If you ask any student what makes San Tan Charter School special, their first response would be the community. As a community, we work together to help develop students academically, socially, physically, and emotionally.

Six Pillars of Character

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 Charter School, 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.

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Learning Communities

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Learning Communities exist throughout the San Tan experience.  A learning community is a group of students who take a common set of courses together or share a common experience around their academics. Students develop a deeper understanding of the courses’ subject matter while they build relationships and learn together; inside and outside the classroom. Community partnerships and service learning allows students to put learning into practice in real-world situations.

Continue to learn more about our approach to exercise and the student day.