Kino Learning Center Inc

A nonprofit organization

10 donors

Mission Statement

Kino’s mission is to provide a school where students are given both the responsibility and the freedom that lie at the heart of being a citizen in a democratic society: a school where learning, creativity, respect for others, and community thrive and where students of all abilities succeed.

What is the "Kino philosophy"?

Maybe the most important part of our philosophy is the self-evident fact that each child is a unique individual, with his or her own history, strengths, and needs. You can’t run a school based on a prearranged set of uniform policies and, at the same time, say that children are unique.

Instead, our philosophy is a set of basic beliefs that acts as a compass to guide our daily practice. It is a starting point. At Kino, we have expressed these basic beliefs in our convictions and assumptions about students, learning, and schooling.

Another important idea (maybe this is the most important one) is that teaching should be based on what is best for the child.*

Just as doctors have a precept to do no harm, teachers should have as a fundamental principle – a kind of Hippocratic oath for teachers – that they try to do the right thing for that kid – that specific, real person they are teaching at that moment.

That being said, we also believe:

  • Individual students should expect to be stimulated, to learn to use the knowledge they gain, to think creatively and critically, just to think!
  • They should learn what they are good at, what they love to do, and what they find fascinating.
  • They should begin to see not only how and where they fit in, but that they fit in to a larger community and that it needs them. They should expect to become active citizens in a democracy.

*Doesn’t that go without saying? Look, though, at the decisions made about schools and children by districts, states, and national agencies, decisions based on financial considerations, political trends, “economic competitiveness,” accountability, and bureaucratic empires, not on what is best for the child.


Organization Data


Organization name

Kino Learning Center Inc

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6625 N 1ST AVE
TUCSON, AZ 85718


(520) 297-7278