San Tan Learning Center Opens Middle School at Gilbert Campus

By Champion in : News // Feb 20 2012

School’s sixth-, seventh- and eighth-Grade Curricula Incorporate Learning Community Model


Gilbert, Arizona 2, 21, 2012 San Tan Learning Center, a public K-8 charter school in Gilbert, Ariz., today announced it has opened enrollment for its new middle school for the 2012/13 school year. Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade classrooms feature the national, standards-based Common Core curriculum and incorporate the Learning Community model, a learning format in which a small group of students take a common set of courses together and share a common academic experience.

The Learning Community model will enhance the Common Core curriculum, which district administrators selected after careful analysis of seven standards-based curricula.

Participants in a Learning Community develop a deeper understanding of courses’ subject matter while building relationships and learning together inside and outside of the classroom. This model also incorporates community partnerships and service learning, allowing students to put learning into practice in real-world situations.

“Studies have shown again and again that Learning Community students enjoy greater academic success than students in a traditional middle school environment,” said Dr. Kristofer Sippel, Superintendent, Learning Center Public Schools. “Combined with our small class sizes and personalized attention for each student, our middle school will provide learning experiences often found only in AP or gifted-child programs, but are beneficial for all students.”

San Tan Learning Center opened in Gilbert in 2008 with grades K – 4 and a vision of offering an interactive, inquiry-based learning environment to nurture students’ natural intellectual curiosity and help them achieve their greatest potential. Since that time, the school has grown more than 500 percent and now offers classes in grades K through 8.

San Tan Learning Center’s middle school program continues the school’s tradition of individualizing instruction while providing excellent academics, personal attention for each student, and strong partnerships between parents, teachers, students, staff and the greater Gilbert community.

In addition to core subject areas, San Tan Learning Center’s middle school offers a full array of specialty classes and electives with a focus on communications and entrepreneurship. Moreover, classes are designed to provide active-learning experiences for hands-on discovery and teamwork.

Open enrollment for the 2012/13 school year is now underway. Admissions forms are available at or by calling 480-222-0811.


About San Tan Learning Center

San Tan Learning Center is a public charter school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Located in Gilbert, Ariz., the school and its staff have received numerous distinguished honors including Top 10 Charter School Teacher 2011, Arizona Outstanding Gifted Educator 2010, and Go Gilbert! Top School 2010 and 2011.

In addition to its standards-based curriculum, the school is well-reputed for its self-contained gifted classrooms, its physical education program providing daily PE for all students, and its music program. As a school community, San Tan Learning Center strives for excellence in academic and character education by fostering the curiosity, creativity and imagination born within us all. For more information, visit or call 480-222-0811.