Our most frequently answered questions.

How long has Kino been in operation?

Kino opened its doors to students in January 1976.

At what age do we begin accepting children?

A child can start attending Kino as a primary student if they are five by January 1st of that school year. Students can remain at Kino through high school.

What is the difference between a private school and a charter school?

Charter schools are state-funded public schools established by the state in 1994 to offer more academic choices to parents and students. Each charter school has a mission and governing board and is subject to rules and regulations established for public schools.

Kino is a private, non-traditional school. Private schools are nonprofit institutions governed by a board of directors and depend on tuition, gifts, and grants to provide funding. Their independence allows each school unique freedom to determine its goals, its curricula, and the credentials it demands from faculty and students. Private schools do not receive state funding and are not subject to the state board of education or the governing boards of the school district, including the requirements for the AZ Merit Exams.

Without grade levels, how are students grouped?

Kino School doesn’t use traditional grade levels. Instead, we group our students into four main categories: Primary (K-2), Mid-Level (3-5), Junior High (6-8), and High School (9-12). Each category corresponds to a specific age range, and we base our curriculum on each student’s interests and developmental needs. Our educational practices are student-centered, small-group instruction. 

Please visit our grade level page for more information.

How does Kino assess students if there are no grades?

Kino School uses written evaluations encompassing a student’s work, effort, responsibility, and social development. Parents and students often find these evaluations much more informative than traditional grades. High school students also provide written assessments of their work and progress. Students, parents, and teachers meet three times yearly to review student evaluations, and homeroom teachers provide progress reports regularly.

Are Kino teachers certified/highly qualified?

Kino teachers are mentors, collaborators, coaches, scientists, musicians, artists, and educators. Many of our teachers have certifications, master’s, and specialized degrees in their teaching fields. But what sets our teachers apart is their passion for lifelong learning and eagerness to share that passion with Kino Students. For detailed information on individual teacher experience and qualifications, please visit their bios on our website.

What is homeroom?

At Kino, our multi-age homerooms are an essential part of our community. It is a time for students and teachers to come together and build mutual trust, respect, understanding, and love for learning. Our homeroom teachers work closely with students to help them make their schedules, communicate with parents, and check in throughout the day.​

Does Kino offer scholarships?

Yes! Please visit our scholarship page for more information.

Do Kino graduates attend college?

Kino School prides itself on producing caring, capable, creative, hardworking, and thoughtful adults. While many of our alums have chosen to attend college, others have not. Our educational model provides a space for students to pursue various post-graduate aspirations. Whether attending college or learning to build a computer, Kino will help prepare students for their future goals. Kino graduates have become teachers, doctors, social workers, chefs, soldiers, artists, entrepreneurs, journalists, emergency medical techs, musicians, lawyers, professors, and construction workers. Some return to Kino as parents, teachers, board members, and volunteers.

For a list of colleges and universities that have accepted Kino graduates, please visit our alums page.

Does Kino offer After School care?

Yes! After School rates start at $6.50 per hour after 3:30 pm (2:30 pm on Mondays). After School ends at 5:30 pm. We also offer an unlimited plan for $150/month. Contact us for details. 

After School Rules and Guidelines:

All students MUST be picked up by 5:30pm. Parents will automatically be charged $1 per minute if their student is not picked up by 5:30pm. Please be respectful of our After School teacher and their time. Call if there is an emergency/delay.

The adult who is picking up a child in After School must come in and sign the child out. Otherwise, the child will be charged as if they had stayed until 5:30pm.

School is over at 3:00pm (2:00pm on Mondays). All students still here at 3:30 will be signed into After School by the After School teacher. Once signed in, the hourly rate will be charged.

After School Policy. Any student participating in After School activities or being watched by the After School teacher needs to be signed in and pay the hourly rate. This applies even if the parent is in the building. Students who are unable to follow the After School teacher’s rules will no longer be allowed to use After School care. 

Once students have signed into After School, we must know when they are leaving and who they are leaving with, no matter what their age. If someone other than a parent or guardian will be picking up a child, the School must have the parent or guardian’s approval ahead of time. If your child is old enough to leave School on his or her own and will be in After School, please talk to us ahead of time so we will know the arrangement you have made with your child.

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Kino School students and graduates are intellectually motivated individuals with exceptional curiosity, maturity, and self-confidence.

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Kino School is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It depends, in part, on the support and engagement of our parents, alums, friends, and students to ensure the school has the resources to sustain our mission. All donations are fully tax-deductible!

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