Our Marketing Team and members of our Board have been working tirelessly to find the right name for our school. A name that clearly speaks to our Mission and defines who we are and why we are here. Over 72 names were submitted by our community along with the original considerations. However, none seemed to fit until we turned to the original story. The story of a family with a dream, with experience and with proven success in educating children.
The story begins with Tedii Bayer and father, Leon Bayer. Leon was the Superintendent of the Sahrita mine, 20 miles south of Tucson. On top of his responsibility to the safety of his workers he also felt a strong obligation to their children and their need for an excellent education during a time when opportunities were few. Leon's daughter, Tedii, took that same love of education and graduated from University of Arizona to teach in the Washington and Alhambra school districts.
Tedii became disenchanted by the public school's approach to educating youth. She felt that the large class sizes overwhelmed the teachers, greatly inhibiting their ability to deal with their students' needs. Tedii and her father spent many nights discussing their desire to find a way to give children the advantage and the foundation they so desperately needed. Tedii dreamed of a school where students had the opportunity to excel in various studies and activities with small classrooms and more individual attention.
Tedii and her family began their inaugural school year in 1954 under the name Rancho Solano with one student showing up to enroll. 60 years later, thousands of children have not only found success at this school and it's many campuses, but many also state that their formative years were “the best years of their lives”.
In honor of this family's dream and determination to provide quality education we have chosen the name Bayer Private School.
The legacy will continue under the Bayer name, which stands for family, love, dreams and student success. What more could you want for your precious child?