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The School of Arts & Sciences

Charter | K-8 | 270 students

SAS is best known for it's curriculum model focused on the arts and sciences.
 
 

 
 
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Posted February 10, 2012

This elementary academics are appallingly low. Especially 5th grade. Students are not held to high behavior standards or work habits.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2010

My child gets real, hands on education. They have a wonderful Real Life Science program, as well as music, art, gardening, and many other cool activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2010

Small individualized, hands on learning school that encourages parental involvement in the classroom as well as at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

The School of Arts and Sciences is one of the best schools I have ever been involved with. They were rated as one of the eight top charter schools by the Department of Education. We have been used as a model by several other schools. The students enjoy learning, which is the key to a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

The school is fully of caring adults and is a rich learning enviroment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

School of Arts and Sciences is a unique school where children learn through real life experiences. Instead of reading a chapter in a text book about bugs, these students go outside and touch a bug! They perform every week in a friendly, encouraging environment which gives all the students the confidence to get up, take chances and excel. My oldest child is in high school now, after going to SAS from K-8, and he was so well prepared for the challenges of a large school offering advanced academics. SAS is a gem and we are lucky to have it in Tallahassee.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

SAS provides an excellant learning environment for my kids. The teachers truly care about the kids. They use innovative teaching methods to help our kids learn and to keep learning interesting. Since it is a small school - it is like one happy family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Excellent school that doesn't just talk about kids first. The faculty shows through body and facial expressions how much they love what they do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

SAS is the BEST school for our children! The teachers are absolutely amazing, the curriculum is absolutely hands on and extremely fun for the children. They have so much fun learning, half the time they don't even know that they are learning, they think it's just FUN!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

They are a small environment- which allows them to specialize in children! my son had been bullied in other schools- and now, comes home singing again. I haven't heard him sing since he started school a few years back!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2009

This school has a safe enviorment, the teachers care, and the kids here are nice, to top that of we still have an orginized school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 11, 2008

This is my child's first year at this school and she loves it. She bounces out of bed in the morning excited about going going to school. The learning at S.A.S. is hands-on, the student-teacher ratio is smaller than traditional public schools, and the atmosphere is very family-friendly. My child's reading and math skills have improved dramatically, and she really enjoys the weekly gardening, music, art, and P.E. classes, as well. This school provides a loving environment and a challenging curriculum. We couldn't be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2007

Our family has been very lucky in having one of our children attend SAS for the last two years. It is a truly wonderful school with excellent teachers who are extremely involved with the children they teach. The curriculum is magnificent, their teaching skills are unmatched and our daughter has just blossomed at SAS. The level of parent participation is absolutely excellent and it's absolutely a joy to participate in their fieldtrips. I recommend this school to anyone! This next school year, our younger son will be attending and we are looking forward to seeing him blossom and grow the same way our daughter has, with the same wonderful, smiling faces his sister has had for the last two years. It is a very positive and encouraging envionment for the children that attend, which is very important to us. We love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2006

M child attended the School of Arts & Sciences Charter school for 6 years. Good things include: multi-grade classes and having the same teacher for more than one year, an unbelievably extraodinary award winning afterschool program for diversified further learning experiences, small middle school which fosters a real family feeling so kids don't 'get lost' at this critical developmental stage, a superior middle school gifted mentorship program in science. Less than wonderful things include: Lack of accountability for the main administrative leadership, loss of many experieced middle school teachers replaced with younger less experienced teachers, little to no athletics. Original charter ideals somewhat watered down due to realties of public school mandates, but still lots of 'peace, love and tie dye' to go share.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

SAS is the perfect school for our 12 year-old daughter. The science and art (drama)curriculum here is spectacular, as is the band program. Our only concern is the math curriculum, which seems to be a bit behind the program Jess had at her elementary school; the elementary program she took was 'gifted,' though. The school does not stress sports, and this is okay with my wife and me. Parental involvement is a requirement at this wonderful school, and with only a couple of hundred students, most every need seems to be met. We only wish they had a high school program as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2005

My son who is going into 4th grade has really blossomed since coming to The School of Arts and Sciences. He is more confident of himself, has many new interests and hobbies. The atmosphere is very different than most public schools, in that it has more of a 'community' feeling. The kids are treated more as individuals and their individual learning needs are addressed. Since it is a small school, the teachers and principal seem to know all of the children and they all get together each week for a small assembly. I now have an upcoming kindergartener and couldn't be happier to have her enrolled in SAS. I know she will get the attention needed to become a confident, bright, child who loves to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2003

I am an 8th grader. I have enjoyed my time at sas. I believe it to be a wonderful school for those who can commit themselves to the open curiculum of the school.


Posted September 29, 2003

I have two kids at SAS and we've been here since it opened. The teachers and their individual commitment is incredible as are the adults in the extended day program. Besides becoming motivated learners the kids are blossoming in their overall development here.It is fascinating to be a part of this schools growth. It is a community!
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
73%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
78%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
70%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

25 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

25 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
93%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

27 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

27 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

27 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

27 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
91%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

25 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

26 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 59%
Black 23%
Asian 7%
Hispanic 5%
Two or more races 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 45%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/AN/A
Female 55%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 70%58%61%
Master's degree 25%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 5%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • A School Award (2013)
  • A School Award (2012)
  • A School Award (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Woodshop

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 9:15 am
School end time
  • 3:40 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
  • http://www.schoolofartsandsciences.org/c
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (850) 386-8183

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts integration
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Science
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Model UN
  • Science club
  • String band
  • Student council/government
  • Woodshop
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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3208 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32308
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Phone: (850) 386-6566

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