May 28, 2015
By the very first parent-teacher conference we knew that leaving our highly regarded public school system for Science & Arts Academy was the best decision we could have made. Imagine teachers that understand gifted kids so well they give you insights into your own child that help you be a better parent! Although our two children are very different in personality, learning styles, and interests, SAA's commitment to knowing and understanding each child and providing them with a stimulating and supportive educational experience has allowed both to flourish. The commitment to finely tuned differentiation in LA and, especially math, is astonishing. The needs of the child are the priority, not the ease of scheduling. In addition, we quickly came to appreciate the depth and richness offered in other subjects, including the arts. Because these subjects were taught at a level appropriate to gifted children, my kids were more engaged and ultimately became more well-rounded. Exemplary extra-curricular offerings, especially in the middle school, provide even more opportunity to explore interests in depth with other kids who share their passions. Being with accepting, like-minded peers, and in a culture where intelligence is celebrated, has been a huge boon to my children. Perhaps most important, the teachers are outstanding. They are passionate about their students, as well as the subjects they teach. The bonds my children have formed with some of their teachers are truly remarkable. The nature of the school selects for teachers who understand and truly care about this population, often because they are gifted themselves. Policies of the school support their success, the low teacher:student ratio allows teachers to really get to know each child and ongoing education about giftedness and best practices is facilitated and supported by the school. It has been 8 years since we first enrolled our kids at SAA and my older child has now seamlessly transitioned into a large, well-regarded high school. I am convinced our experience at SAA has fostered the development of my children into poised teenagers who are comfortable in their own skin and well prepared for future academic success. The school has grown and matured considerably in these years and, in my opinion, is stronger now than ever.
- submitted by a parent