Welcome to Sedona Charter School, a tuition-free Montessori elementary and middle school where your child can flourish in a safe, small-school environment that fosters personal and academic growth. We offer individualized academic programs, emphasize outdoor education, and offer an acclaimed musical strings program that begins in 1st grade. Please take some time to explore this site and learn more about us.
We are now accepting new students for fall 2020. Please see our admissions page for more details.
“A” Rated: Based on our students’ performance on standardized tests in the spring of 2019, the State of Arizona has given Sedona Charter School an “A” rating!
***COVID 19 UPDATE: August 16th, 2020***
Dear Students, Parents and Staff,
The operations team and our Governing Council are working together to navigate the safest possible outcome for reopening our school. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) released public health benchmarks last week that provide our school communities much-needed clarity on schools’ safe reopening. The benchmarks align with three of the learning scenarios outlined in the Roadmap for Reopening Schools to help school leaders, educators, students and families understand how the metrics should influence school reopening decisions. Kathy Hoffman, MS, CCC-SLP, Superintendent of Public Instruction has shared, “While it’s clear that Arizona is not currently ready to resume in-person or hybrid learning, we now have clear goals for knowing when it is safer to return to the classroom. I urge all school leaders to use these benchmarks to make safe decisions about learning this school year.” These benchmarks and thresholds indicate which scenario should be in place based on the spread of COVID19. Families may choose to stay on our Distance Learning Plan for the entire school year. Please contact your Principal Educator if you are interested in this option.
Sedona Charter Governing Council approved the continuance of Distance Learning in all classrooms until the end of the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year when this decision will be reassessed. This decision was made based on guidance from the AZ Department of Education and the AZ Department of Health, comparing benchmarks for safely opening schools to the local data. As a reminder, we are currently implementing “Plan C” of our Three Part COVID-19 Plan and will continue this until at least the end of the first quarter. In addition, as is required in one of Governor Ducey’s executive orders, we are providing a safe, supervised work space on and off our campus for students who are at risk or who have special needs for school resources.
First, Second and Third years who are at risk at and/or who have special needs may attend Precious Stones or Sedona Creative Childcare Club from 8:30am -12:00pm Monday through Friday. Fourth through Eighth years can utilize our lunch patio with a hired supervisor from 8:30am to 12:00pm. Parents will need to sign up for these supervised safe spaces no later than the Friday before the week they are requesting this service. Please contact your Principal Educator to sign up for the service.
***Executive Order: https://azgovernor.gov/sites/default/files/executive_order_2020-51.pdf
Did you know Sedona Charter School Offers…
Musical Strings Instruction for Grades 1 through 8
Music and Theater
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Budget and Board Meetings
Information required by ARS 15-189.05:
Avg. salary of all teachers employed in budget year 2021: $40,109
Avg. salary of all teachers employed in prior year 2020: $39,770
Increase in average teacher salary from the prior year 2020: $339
Percentage increase: 0.9%
Avg. salary of all teachers employed in FY 2018: $38,788
Total percentage increase in average teacher salary since FY 2018: 3.4%
Comments on average salary calculation: Salaries for full-time teachers who have been employed at Sedona Charter School from FY18 to FY21 increased by an average 20.7%. For FY20 to FY21, the number of teachers on staff increased by 11%. We do not anticipate a commensurate increase in enrolled students. Given the uncertainty of enrollment (and therefore income) during the COVID pandemic, we opted not to include raises in our FY21 budget.
What Parents Say About Sedona Charter School
Towards the end of every school year, the Sedona Charter School sends an anonymous survey out to the parents. Below are comments shared by parents in their survey responses.
“I love when my son comes home and tells me he loves school.”
“I feel the individual attention given to every child is what makes every kid thrive.”
“It’s the best choice in the area.”
What parents like about SCS Class Size, School Environment, and Community:
It’s a small but solid community.
Smaller class sizes and more individualized teaching for each child. A more creative teaching approach. A sense of community.
The togetherness and sense of community
Small size and Student-teacher ratio
The setting offers a sense of community and teaches independence.
No competition, small, beautiful environment.
We were impressed with the student:teacher ratio.
In Sedona Charter School, the ratio of teacher to student is 1:15 as opposed to public school where it is 1:30 (or more).
The size of the classroom creates a friendly environment and with the amount of teachers safe learning.
Comments about the Teachers:
Approachable teachers, strong academics, accountability and boundaries.
The staff commitment to the children in LE is amazing!
Great teachers who care.
Experienced teachers who have practiced Montessori education for years.
The teachers in upper elementary class go above and beyond to ensure a safe and successful learning experience.
The best teachers.
Variety of educational tools and experienced staff.
Willingness to help children in any way they can to help them progress.
The fact that the teachers genuinely care about each child and helping them understand what they are teaching the children and taking the time to make sure that each child is comfortable in their learning environment as well as getting the help that they need to be successful in school.
The multiple years of experience from the educators who love doing their job.
What parents like about the SCS Montessori Program:
Academic excellence, inspiring environment, individualized instruction/guidance
For the UE classroom, I believe it has been the well rounded experiences, with emphasize on Field Trips, hiking,
Hands on learning, Individual education.
Diverse educational programs as well as offsite educational opportunities.
Teaching children as individuals.
Education is tailored to student’s strengths and weaknesses. Montessori system makes sense and kids seem to naturally excel in this learning format.
Preparation of and teamwork among teachers, students taught to be responsible for the progress of their own education, broad range of subjects explored by children, and family involvement.
Encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and to enjoy it, and feel good about their accomplishments.
Children work at their ability level.
Individualized education tracks that allow each student to find not only their pace but their path.
My child being able to learn at her own pace. Also the teachers are great!
Children are given freedom to be who they are. The violin strings program.
Quality of Field Trips and healthy lunch options, Montessori style.
Individualized instruction and pacing as well as friendly, knowledgeable teachers.
My children seem to thrive and benefit with the ability to control their daily education pace and tasking. I believe it creates more benefit that correlates to life and from such an early age will serve them long term.
Sedona Charter School provides outstanding quality of education that is tailored to each student. For example, if a student is strong in math, they are encouraged to do more difficult problems. If someone is weaker in a subject they are supported in that subject.
We are so pleased with the quality of his education, as well as how he has learned to approach his own learning.
Montessori based education allows the children to learn from each other as well as the teachers.
Variety of educational tools and teaching methods.