School Details

Tesseract School

4800 E Doubletree Ranch Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
(480) 991-1770

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Private Grades PK-12 425 students Unknown students/teacher

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About this school

Tesseract School is a private high school in Paradise Valley. The principal of Tesseract School is Nigel Taplin, who can be contacted at 425 students go to Tesseract School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. Accelerated Learning Center is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 85% %
Hispanic 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 11% %
Asian 11% %
Black, non-Hispanic 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% %
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    My child went here for less than a full year in Pre-K. We decided on removal after having repeated problems with the staff there. They brought in a "therapist" for testing and diagnosed a sensory processing disorder. After taking our child to an offsite facility for a second opinion their diagnosis came back rather as "gifted". After reading other reviews it scares me to think that others believed the first few years here to be the best. When we left my child quit wetting the bed again (this started up while attending here) within 2 weeks and refers to Tesseract as "that scary school". After all the time spent there my child didn't recognize numbers or the alphabet. After less than 1 year at another school s/he is sight reading counting by 10's 5's etc adding in the thousands and writing full sentences. I am so glad that we made the choice we did. I just wish we had done it sooner. The one thing I wanted was to instill a love of learning in my child and they did just the opposite.

  • (8 months ago)

    For the first time ever my son loves school. His teachers are amazing and he is getting a much higher quality education compared to Scottsdale Unified School District. The technology curriculum and methods for teaching have been an amazing fit for my son. Cannot say enough positive about Tesseract!

  • (12 months ago)

    Tesseract is an engaging environment for students. The experiential learning in and out of the classroom is amazing.

  • (12 months ago)

    Tesseract school is child-centered and teaches thematically. The arts Spanish library technology and physical education are integrated into the curriculum whenever possible. The hands-on approach makes the learning experiences more meaningful and engaging. All students at the lower school start their day with a whole school morning meeting followed by a class morning meeting. During the lower school morning meeting students present by grade level in front of the school. Parents are invited to watch these morning meeting presentations. The students are expected to be responsible and independent learners.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our son has been in Tesseract the entire elementary school. Kindergarden and Fourth grade teachers are outstanding. Ms. O in 4th grade is the best teacher of the elementary crowd and worth EVERYTHING!.I am delighted that she will assume leadership role of the elementary school next year. I hope she will start by making serious changes in third grade classroom. I also hope that the most junior teacher will bring about lightness of a severely negative third grade atmosphere.

  • (1 year ago)

    Tesseract is currently a bit like a ship without a rudder. The current administration wants to make everyone happy so they often respond to the most vocal parents. Some grades are terrific thanks to some spectacular teachers - preK Kindergarten second grade and fourth grade were very strong but first and third grade were disappointing. The lower school will have an interim head of school next year and the overall head of school will be new for the 2014-15 year. Next year will likely be a transitional year as the school seems to be 'cleaning house' but hopefully Tesseract will eventually be stronger for all the changes.

  • (1 year ago)

    My children love going to school each day! The educators care for each child & you can feel this when on campus. The environment is loving & fun. Learning is fun & that is what my children are getting at Tesseract! Having fun while learning above & beyond the norm!

  • (1 year ago)

    Kindergarten and 2nd grade are strong. First grade however is notoriously a problem year. When paying $17000 a year every year should be fantastic. The lower school is about to undergo a complete change of administration so maybe it will be better in a few years.

  • (1 year ago)

    We are very happy at the Tesseract lower school and my kids have been there since kindergarten. The projects they do are fun engaging and very educational and allow children to discover information rather than have it spoon fed to them. They are taking responsibility for their learning which I appreciate. The focus on public speaking and collaboration is so important for a 21st century economy where facts are all available to anyone with a computer. The ability to work with other people advocate for a position concede a point think creatively and critically about a problem or idea is essential for success today.

  • (1 year ago)

    Tesseract is an innovated school for today's students. The classes are engaging and the students work on many occasions as a team on real world situations. The students start learning to speak in front of crowds at an early age and build their self confidence. All children can play on the sports teams there is a "no cut" policy. The class sizes are small so every child knows their teachers well and the teachers learn each child's learning style. I can't say enough about Tesseract. My child is flourishing and will be well equipped for college in her future. Thank you Tesseract!

  • (1 year ago)

    This is our 3rd school in the valley and I have to say I am so pleasantly surprise how great this school is. My kids are in 1st and 2nd grade. The staff is the friendliest I have ever seen. My kids are excited to go to school every day. Parent community is friendly and welcoming. So happy and proud to be part of such a great educational organization.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school. I have multiple children and we have been in other private schools as well as public schools and I must say that Tesseract has been the very best place for all my kids. Their differentiated instruction their caring and nurturing environment the way they bring learning to life in the classroom has instilled a love of learning in my children that I don't think they could ever get from an adult centered educational environment. The school is student centered and my children love going to school each and every day! The experiences that they are exposed to on a daily basis excite them and they are eager to share them with me at the end of each day! In the Middle and Upper School my children have gained so much from the trips. The way these are integrated into their everyday studies is incredible. I am so thrilled Tesseract puts in that extra effort and is able to give them such a global perspective of their educational experience. The Educators are all exceptional and go above and beyond at all times. If you believe in education and your children I would definitely consider Tesseract School!

  • (1 year ago)

    When I read some of these reviews I wonder why someone would write things that are just not accurate. Bullying at Tesseract? Not tolerated and dealt with severely and swiftly. These educators love their students. It is part of the fabric of the school and the community. And as for staggered breaks most private schools are not on the same cycle as public schools because they don't start as early. It is an issue but not one that is only a Tesseract issue. No charter school can compete with an independent school like Tesseract. The ratios may be similar but the educational philosophy won't be nor will the educator quality compare. Not saying that charter schools don't serve a purpose but they are not equipped to provide the depth of richness that an independent school can. It's a resource issue. Tesseract has it's challenges but the educators are amazing and they love your children above all else. The curriculum is rich and students learn.

  • (1 year ago)

    this is a fine school but there are two problems we encountered 1. We have step children who are in a district and none of the dates for breaks align. We can't enjoy family vacation time. 2. There are near by charter schools (free) that offer an almost identical program. One has even better ratios! We aren't moving because we'd have to get all parties to agree. If money is tight investigate!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has so many problems. I don't have enough space to right it. One of them is that there is a bulling problem that my child encountered and not one single educator did anything about! I can't tell you how sad I was when my child told me that another child was doing this! I am so glad I am not apart of this community! Which all parents say what community!

  • (1 year ago)

    As I watch my son finishing the 8th grade I am filled with gratitude. Tesseract has partnered with us to raise our son from the age of 3. Through a cooperative and mutually respectful relationship we have helped our son to become a mature responsible critical thinker who has excelled in all areas of life. Tesseract embodies the true meaning of education. My two younger children are on the same path as they are being provided the most engaging and relevant education in Arizona.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child has attended Tesseract since he was 3 years old. In the past 3 years we have seen him grow from a toddler into a confident little boy who is fully prepared to enter Kindergarten. We are forever thankful that he has been able to attend this child-centered nurturing school and we truly believe that it is the best school in the Valley and worth every penny that we pay in tuition. When your child asks every day "am I going to school today?" and is disappointed when it is not a school day you know you have made the right choice.

  • (1 year ago)

    if you are considering the middle school...ask why so many kids are leaving? no differentiated learning educators leaving lack of school direction no school spirit sad to see this change from lower to middle school. need to really reflect on what is going on top down bottom up.

  • (2 years ago)

    children in lower and middle school. disappointed in the middle school. they preach differentiated learning -not happening. many of the educators are excellent - others not so much many don't have certificates to teach or are in progress. the middle school director has promoted as a teacher in-house and i don't see her with the real vision & drive to BE director. i had faith in the director but that as wavered as he always "supports educators 100%". the director is to direct the schools vision but be a liaison with parents students & teachers. he is just their for the teachers. many kids in my child's class are not returning. those that are seems to be going just because they don't like the options. board is made up of parents appointed by director or other board members. i used to be a cheerleader for this place not anymore. kids in athletics forget it. i like the all play and participate rule but their is no encouragement in school spirit winning attitude etc. the kids get frustrated as athletic dept doesn't care. no competition allowed. sad as this place as potential but they are too worried about expansion they won't need it.

  • (2 years ago)

    You can be sure the parent who complained about what I said about the school was put up to it by the school or is heavily involved in the school herself. Differing opinions are squelched and respect is sadly lacking an opinion I'd be happy to talk to her about.

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