Welcome to Tesseract School! At Tesseract, we foster a student’s curiosity, creativity, and strength of character in an innovative and collaborative school environment. We prepare students to excel in school and beyond. To lead lives of purpose, and become ethical and compassionate citizens with a global perspective.
We believe it is imperative to find ways to individualize learning experiences that support student success. We believe that effort is key, not just being “smart” but working hard and not fearing setbacks. Learning from challenge and failure – pushing ahead, persevering, and learning to take risks outside the usual comfort zone of learning. Skills are important but then to apply those skills through real-world experiences and hands-on learning is critical. Experience and practice higher level thinking skills of analysis, synthesis, thinking critically and problem-solving is our goal for all students.
Both our academic environment and our purposefully low student-to-teacher ratio allows our students to fully explore their passions and interests. We believe that students should have a high level of preparation in humanities, mathematics, science, technology and a second language.
We recognize that each student is unique and believe that the greatest intellectual and emotional growth occurs when students are known by their teachers and peers, feel appreciated for who they are, believe that their work has significance, and are encouraged to look beyond their current achievements and perspectives.
By stressing ethical, compassionate, and thoughtful behavior, we prepare students to help shape their world and make a difference to those around them.
Tesseract School is a diverse, multicultural, and inclusive community. Being truly diverse and multicultural means that all individuals are valued and supported in every aspect of our school community. We respect and protect the dignity and worth of all members of our community without regard to race, color or national origin, religion or creed, gender, sexual orientation, family composition, economic status, age, learning style, or physical ability. We believe that education is broadened and strengthened by the inclusion of people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Our educational program is designed to celebrate cultural diversity and develop cultural competency as we prepare young people to be global citizens.
While our website provides you with a wealth of information about our mission, core values, and programs, I encourage prospective parents and students to take a tour of our school to experience the energy and excitement of curious, engaged students guided by exceptional, committed educators.
Tesseract School is a remarkable community of learners – join us for a visit.
Head of School
The Jewel in the Desert Raffle Is Complete – Winners Notified by Email – Congratulations!
Tesseract parent, Justin Morneau, signs and donates an autographed Homerun Derby Baseball to the Jewel in the Desert Spring Edition. The ball is signed Justin Morneau 33 ‘06 AL MVP, ‘08 HR Derby Champ, and ‘14 NL Batting Champ.
Thank you, Justin!
Win a Piece of Baseball History
The “lad” the Georgia Peach was referring to was Eddie Mathews, arguably one of the best third baseman the game has ever known. During a 17-year big league career (1952-68), spent mostly with the Braves, the hot corner star not only possessed a rocket arm and a gift for fielding, but the lefty swinger was a feared slugger who became only the seventh player to reach the 500-home run plateau. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978.
Win this PSA DNA certified autographed Eddie Mathews bat! A remarkable piece of baseball history in the Jewel in the Desert Spring Raffle.
After just two days into our Tiger Fund Matching Challenge, parents and teachers have donated $13,019.97! Our Board has matched that amount, and we are at a total of $26,039.94. Well done Tesseract! Join the Challenge……
✔ Take Control of Your Tax Dollars
Keeping a Tesseract education as affordable as possible is crucial to building a student body that reflects our community.
You can help support this mission by participating in the Arizona Private School Tuition Tax Credit. This program allows you to redirect your state tax dollars to Tesseract School and the student of your choice, at no cost to you.
We have partnered with two School Tuition Organization, Arizona Tuition Connection, and TOPS for Kids because they share our goal to help families afford the education of their choice.
✔ New Tax Credit Amounts for 2016
Married, filing jointly – $2,173
Give the gift of education at no cost to you.
Tesseract Students ‘Pay It Forward’ Featured in azredbook.com
A unique project during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk provides coats, sneakers for homeless teens.
Students from Tesseract School in Paradise Valley found a way to turn their artistic endeavors into support for other young people during downtown Scottsdale’s ArtWalk. They called it “Expressing Me . . . For You!” The 5th to 8th graders created 37 works of art, which they showcased at Calvin Charles Gallery on Nov. 10. They offered each for purchase at $20 each. Every piece sold, generating a total of $740, which the students donated toward the purchase of warm coats and sneakers for homeless teens through Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development.
A Note from the Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank to the Tesseract Community:
Dear Tesseract Community,
Thank you so much for your generosity with their donation of 660!! pounds of food donated to the Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank. As you can imagine, the Food Bank is overwhelmed at this time of year with families in need of community support – we appreciate you doing your part.
Have a wonderful holiday season!
Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank
Our First Grade students had a visit from the Foundation for Blind Children. They learned about kinds of visual impairment, guide dogs, braille, canes, and much more. This is the start of a year-long service project with the Foundation.
Community Carnival – What Fun!
Tesseract School’s Student Government Sponsors
A Thanksgiving Food Drive
The Tesseract School’s Student Government is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Food Drive to support the PV Emergency
Special Page for Tesseract at the Arizona Tuition Connection
Lower School Volleyball
Tesseract recognizes that paying for an independent school education can be a challenge for families. We are committed to helping families invest in their students’ education by providing generous, need-based financial aid, as well as various options and payment plans for financing their students’ education. It is our goal that economic standing should not be a determining factor in admission to Tesseract. The Board of Trustees is committed to creating a school community that is truly inclusive, diverse, and accessible to a wide range of families.
More than 30% of Tesseract students receive need-based financial aid from the School, with an average aid package this last school year of more than $10,000 based on need. Many families also take advantage of tuition credits through the Arizona Tax Credit Scholarship programs.
Special Page for Tesseract at the Arizona Tuition Connection
NPR covered new research supporting the success of middle school students in K-8 schools rather than 6-12 schools. Middle school students reported that they felt safer and a greater sense of belonging. That “sense of belonging” also positively impacted student academic success.
A new study reports “bottom dogs” have higher rates of bullying, fighting, and gang activity and lower rates of safety and belonging than the “top and middle dogs”.
Oh, middle school. The land of pantsing. Mean girls who won’t let you sit with them in the cafeteria. And, these days, cryptic taunts posted on social media, where parents and teachers can’t always see them.
Middle schoolers report higher rates of bullying and fights than students in any other grade span, and their academic performance also tends to dip. But, things could be a little better — if we just got rid of middle schools, according to a big new study.
Sorry kids, I’m not talking about staying home for those prime puberty years. The study looked at the experiences of sixth- through eighth-graders in New York City at schools with different grade spans: K-8 vs. 6-8 and 6-12.
In the K-8 schools, those tweens and young teens were the “top dogs” — the oldest, the most comfortable and familiar with the school. But, in traditional middle schools and 6-12 schools, sixth graders were the “bottom dogs.”
The researchers drew from an unusually large group: 90,000 students in more than 500 schools. They studied them over a three-year period and had access to a whole lot of data about them. This included annual student surveys, of the kind becoming more common in districts nationwide.
The researchers found that when students were not the “bottom dogs,” they reported feeling safer, less bullying, less fighting and a greater sense of belonging.
For example, one-third of sixth-graders in 6-12 schools reported that students threatened or bullied other students “most or all of the time.” Only one in four students at K-8 schools said the same thing. And their grades and test scores were better, too.
There’s been a lot of research already supporting what’s called the “top dog/bottom dog” hypothesis. But, because of the size of this study, the authors were able to strengthen the evidence by ruling out other factors.
“We, in fact, are the first to find that your position in the school affects your experiences, as opposed to some other explanation,” study author Michah W. Rothbart at Syracuse University told NPR Ed.
For example, the negative effects of being a bottom dog don’t just come from being new to the school: The students who transferred into a K-8 school in sixth grade still had better experiences than students who started at a 6-8 school.
I am always amazed by one of the graphics from the research sighted in Dr. Sally Shaywitz’s book Overcoming Dyslexia that found that the very best readers were reading on the average at least 20 minutes a day (1.8 million words a year). Middle readers were reading less than 5 minutes a day (282,000 words a year), and the weakest readers were reading less than a minute a day (8,000 words a year).
Weak readers read in a year what the best readers read in two days. The graphic gives
us a powerful image to consider and recommend that Reading is for a lifetime! Read to your children. Listen to your children read to you. Read a paragraph and have your child read the next. Read out loud. Read silently. Read as a family. Turn off the TV and video games for 20 minutes a night or even once a week. Read together. Be a model for your children. Play reading games. Read poetry, limericks, riddles, fiction, non-fiction, essays, short stories, graphic novels, biographies, autobiographies, sports stories, and anything else you can find. Read and keep reading.
Reading is for a lifetime.
August 31, 2016
Eighth Grader, Abigail
Talks School, Student Body President, and Her Summer