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PK-8
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Des Plaines, IL
Students enrolled: 269
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1825 Miner St
Des Plaines, IL 60016

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January 03, 2014
This is our first year at SAA, and so far it has been amazing! Our daughter went to a few other schools before this, and would be upset when I dropped her off and picked her up. But at SAA, she is very excited to go to school, and is very happy when we pick her up. Her class is very small, and she receives a lot of individualized attention from her teachers. She was extremely shy, but has opened up since attending SAA. Her teachers were able to see through her shyness and assess her appropriately (previous teachers didn't think she knew anything since she wouldn't speak up). The new Headmaster, Mr. Costello is AMAZING and a true visionary. I can see that he really cares for the students, and takes the time to know each student and parent on a personal level.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
This school has really changed my life. I love it so much, and it has prepared me well for high school, and the staff and administration reply do get to know each student personally. Kids learn about diversity and accepting one another, and people are caring and friendly. Send your child here if you want them to prosper in not only Sciences, and the Arts, but in all subjects. The courses are certainly far from easy, but teachers strive to assist young learners as they face challenges, or have difficulty understanding a concept. many outstanding extra-curriculars help develope team-building skills, and a healthy like for competition.SAA has definitely changed my life, and helped me build the confidence and passion for learning that I have today. Thank you SAA, for helping me earn long lasting friendships, character, and a love for school and learning. :)

- submitted by a community member
April 19, 2013
Science and Arts Academy is a treasure, and has made our child's life and ours so much better. I only regret that I didn't make the move from our well-regarded suburban district much sooner. Teacher quality is very high with few exceptions, and the exceptions don't seem to last long. Their promises of individualized education are true, my child's assignments are frequently targeted and classes like math that benefit from different levels and different instruction within level really happen that way. A new headmaster is coming in for 2013-2014 and faculty and staff seem very excited. The degree of parental engagement is like nothing I've seen before; these parents care about education and their kids and put their time and money on this priority. This is a functioning school with minor glitches, but superior in both theory and practice to the many alternatives we've explored or experienced for the gifted child. It is also a surprisingly fun place for kids, not something I had expected.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2012
We switched our son from public school to SAA in 3rd grade, almost 10 years ago, upon realizing the class room teacher had no idea what to do with a kid that "got it" the first time, then zoned out until something more interesting came along. After 3 heartsick months being berating for inattentiveness and symptoms of depression ( mommy, I have that sad feeling again ) we had to do something. An evaluation determined he was not inattentive, he was at the 12th grade level at age 8. We left and never looked back. My son excelled at SAA, and is now in one of the most competitive private high schools in the country. He is a national award winner in both French and Spanish (thank you Ms. Salzano!); is in a linear algebra class specifically created for him because he ran the school out of math beyond calculus; has won awards for his Science Fair research from NOAA, the US Fish and Wildlife Service among others. He is being recruited by top colleges all over the country, including the Ivys. ALL OF THIS IS BECAUSE OF SAA! I am convinced that if we had not made this move, we would have a child with emotional problems because he didn t fit the No Child Left Behind mold. Thank you SAA!

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2012
We switched our son from public school to SAA in 3rd grade, almost 10 years ago, upon realizing the class room teacher had no idea what to do with a kid that "got it" the first time, then zoned out until something more interesting came along. After 3 heartsick months being berating for inattentiveness and symptoms of depression ( mommy, I have that sad feeling again ) we had to do something. An evaluation determined he was not inattentive, he was at the 12th grade level at age 8. We left and never looked back. My son excelled at SAA, and is now in one of the most competitive private high schools in the country. He is a national award winner in both French and Spanish (thank you Ms. Salzano!); is in a linear algebra class specifically created for him because he ran the school out of math beyond calculus; has won awards for his Science Fair research from NOAA, the US Fish and Wildlife Service among others. He is being recruited by top colleges all over the country, including the Ivys. ALL OF THIS IS BECAUSE OF SAA! I am convinced that if we had not made this move, we would have a child with emotional problems because he didn t fit the No Child Left Behind mold. Thank you SAA!

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2012
My child was recently enrolled in SAA and I was very excited with the school. The educators are dedicated and talented. But eventually I questioned SAA s value. There was no intent to teach a sense of humanity or global perspective. The gifted students at SAA have the potential to lead society to positive change but that concept is lost on the administrators and many parents at SAA as they seem satisfied with only creating the future upper-middle-class laborer. There are other schools in the area that provide similar educations and but instill into their students a sense of purpose and a feeling of engagement with their community. The Waldorf School in Chicago and Plato Academy in Des Plaines are two that come to mind. I ve enrolled my younger child into one of these schools and it delights me to see that many of her projects take her out of the building and into the real-world. Although it brands itself a school for gifted children, SAA is really an exclusive school for parents of gifted children. Those parents that believed their child is gifted finally have the papers to prove it. This seems the driver for most with students enrolled there self-affirmation.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2010
My daughter just transferred here from a "great" school district and LOVES this school so much more! We are leaving No Child Left Behind...behind and not looking back. The class sizes are small, the students are motivated learners, and the teachers KNOW what to do with gifted kids and can appropriately challenge each one individually. They're doing it right and we're so happy to be s part of this community. French AND Spanish immersion at a young age, drama, specialized science and Latin teachers and chorus are either not offered or getting cut at our district school too. SAA saved my daughter and for that we are so grateful!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
This is an amazing place, unique with really committed and caring teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
Science & Arts Academy is an amazing school. The teachers and staff are completely dedicated to their mission of teaching gifted children. I consider this the best grammar school in the country for gifted children. My son adores SAA and it is amazing watching him grow as a person and a student.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
Because of the quality level of education offered and the dedication of the personnel.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 04, 2010
This school has been such a gift to us. They truly believe in and follow their mission in how they educate gifted children. The faculty and staff do a wonderful job of accepting each child where they are and nurturing them (and their family) as they grow.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
I love SAA because true education is valued, the children love to learn, and it is a place in which the child's humanity, artistry and intelligence are equally valued.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating May 03, 2010
The teachers really care about each individual student and strive to create an educational experience to meet each student's needs.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
This school meets the need of gifted youngsters like no other! There's an emphasis on the total child, the students are allowed to investigate and learn in a deep and multi-layered manner, and the kids tackle whatever they are ready for. The faculty is adaptive, the curriculum is flexible, and the atmosphere is conducive for intellectual risks. You can't get better than that!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating May 03, 2010
If you are looking for a school that truly meets the needs of your gifted child, SAA is the best option in the area. Unlike other schools that simply accelerate the curriculum, SAA has proven to take the learning to a depth that meets the needs of inquisitive, deep-thinking students. A dedicated staff and a clear mission are what drive this school and I am a proud member of the SAA community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Small class size, very personable teachers. SAA is the school for your child.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
Great teachers and talanted Principal, challenging programs and a lot of art and science events for all children

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
This school identifies the needs of our children and nutures the scholastic and creativeness of each individual child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
It is the only school that I know that targets a student's individual needs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
SAA gave my son a love of learning. The teachers are dedicated, passionate professionals who know how to bring out the best in the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Excellent teachers! SAA provides a small class size with attention to the student, learning in a fantastic environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
It's a wonderful school for gifted kids. The low student/teacher ratio make it possible for school to pay attention to each individual students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Wonderful teachers, dedicated staff, beautiful facility... and delightful classmates.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
SAA knows gifted kids and how to educate and nurture them. It's a great school for gifted kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
It's a great school for gifted students. The students are placed in classes according to their abilities rather than their ages.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
SAA allows my children to learn at their individual levels in a warm, welcoming environment where they don't feel 'different'.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
SAA provides for our child opportunities and challenges that delight both her and us. This school is a dynamic place, buzzing with the excitement of children learning new things at every turn. There is no boring, repetitive work happening at SAA; here, the material is mastered, then built-upon, so that every day provides students the chance to reach further and grasp more knowledge. As a result, our child loves going to school each day, and she thrives there!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
SAA is a school where it is cool and fun to be smart and achieve academically! There is a supportive family like environment for students, families, faculty, and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
SAA looks at each child as an individual. Small class sizes, a challenging and comprehensive curriculum and outstanding teachers provide the children with a well-rounded educational experience tailored to their needs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
It respects young minds, helps them develop tremendously, teaches out far and beyond what public system offers, my children have passion for learning: reading, drama, math, science, foreign languages, social studies, etc... Simply they love going to school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
The program is extraordinary and the staff are all wonderful. The teachers are great.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
We love the Science and Arts Academy! They class size is really small and the teachers are fantastic. We feel our children get a lot of individual attention and every day they learn something new and exciting.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
The kids can really be themselves while getting a top-notch education! The classes are small, so the teachers all really know the kids and their unique needs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Science and Arts Academy teaches the whole gifted child. Attention to differentiated instruction by the teachers is evident in every classroom, which leaves no child left misunderstood and under-challenged. As a child develops socially and emotionally at Science and Arts Academy, he/she makes great strides in becoming self-assured and confident as a bright, lifelong learner. As the school flourishes, I am certain its reputation will grow from coast to coast, and the Science and Arts Academy model will stand among the highest exemplars of a school meeting the needs of gifted children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
My son has attended Science and Arts Academy for the past 8 years and he has blossomed in the creative, challenging environment provided by this amazing program for gifted children!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
I love the family spirit that is seen in all aspects of the school. From PE, Music, and Drama to all the foreign languages and academics that are offered. The differentiation that the school offers is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Excellent teachers with an interest in and dedication to the students as individuals.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
As a parent, the school provided the depth, the creativity and the challenge not only in academics, but also in the arts that my boys craved. We found the staff to supportive and understanding of our boys' needs both in school and outside of school.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
Great culture, great tailored approach, small classes, non-judgemental kids

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
SAA is an excellent school for our gifted youngsters. It has provided a safe (both emotionally and physically) environment which allows our children to excel in all areas of academics, as well as the arts. My son enjoys the well rounded curriculum which includes: Art; Drama; Music; and PE. The curriculum is flexible for each child, but these children and teacher's far exceed the state requirements. My son has thrived in this ever challenging environment. Thanks SAA.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
This school is excellent for the gifted child. There are many levels of giftedness and the school can accommodate them all. They teach the whole child. My preschooler (who attends five days a week - 7 hours a day) loves to be there. They place the child by their capabilities, not by age. They allow the children to delve as deep as they wish into the subject at hand. The feeling one gets is that the school TRULY cares about the child and the families. Thanks SAA

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
It is truly a wonderful school. The ratio of teacher to child in the lower grades is 1:10. They group the children based on their level of learning. The sky is the limit on learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
This is a special school. The faculty are extraordinary. The school responds to the needs of even the most profoundly gifted student, which are often overlooked or taken for granted in other environments. The students are also welcoming and tolerant, making for a great community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
This is the only school in Illinois which offers true differentiation for gifted children. SAA doesn't push their students to perform beyond their skill set or development, but teaches them to where they are at academically, and prepares them for the next level. SAA understands 'gifted' in all of its various facets, and creates an environment which cultivates their strengths and helps them to balance that with a well rounded curriculum. By the time they move on, the children have the foundation of a complete education. Walking the hallways of SAA, there is an electricity and energy that is palpable. The children are happy and they are surrounded by like-minded peers. Most of the instructors have higher and/or specific degrees in order to teach the student body of this calibre. The class sizes are small and the benefits are high. Absolutely the best choice for our gifted child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Great teacher to student ratio (1/12); wonderful, new facilities; specially trained staff in gifted instruction; competitive tuition fee

- submitted by a teacher
no rating May 03, 2010
Great school, small classes, dedicated teachers and staff, excellent parent involvement, a wonderful community for gifted students, and a summer program with more fun and unusual choices for activities and classes than the average summer camp.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
SAA is the best academy school I've seen in the Chicago area.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Our kindergartener loves going to school. Small class sizes allow teachers to really get to know and understand each child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
I love SAA because everyone is accepted and loved there!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
My son is an alum. This school gave him the best grade school years!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
This school serves gifted children who are often neglected at other schools. It has been a saving grace for my son. I cannot say enough about the amazing teachers/staff and the breadth and depth of the curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
I am still constantly amazed at the work my daughter brings home. She is being introduced, in Kindergarten, to concepts I didn't see until much much later in my schooling. The depth and breadth of the subject matter is very impressive. She absolutely loves going to school and it has been an amazingly supportive community for her (and the rest of our family) in what has been a very difficult year for us. I love the cultural diversity I see represented and the acceptance of all family structures.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
My daughter has been thriving at this school for almost 4 years. She wasn't being challenged enough at the public schools and is blossoming here. Staff and Instructors care deeply about the children; encouraging and enhancing their talent and abilities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
We love SAA! This is a very special place for young children who are gifted not only academically but also have a a high emotional quotient. The SAA class sizes are small,teachers take great pride in knowing their personally and provide a nurturing environment. the level of differentiation offered to each child is unique to SAA; the credit goes to the teachers and the school's philosphy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 20, 2007
SAA rocks! I am currently a student at the school, and I love it! The teachers are very helpful, and they can be fun too! I actually look forward to going to classes here! The whole environment of the school is great and I would reccomend this amazing school to anyone who wants to really enjoy their school experience.

- submitted by a student
no rating August 15, 2007
I LOVE SAA! I am currently a student at the Science and Arts Academy. I love this school. it has givin me the oppertunity to blossom in the subjects that I wasnt challenged enough in-in my previous school. I love the environment, my peers, my teachers, and every one in between! This is a fabulouse school and I would advise anyone who needs a bit more of a challenge to attend this wonderful place.

- submitted by a student
December 20, 2006
Our son transferred here after complaining that he wasn't being challenged in math and science. Overall, quite pleased with our decision. Almost all of the teachers are terrific, and take great interest in the kids in their academic and personal growth. The assignments are generally much more engaging than we found in our public school (which is a terrific system) and allow for the kids to delve deeply into the subject matter.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2006
Positives: The school mixes ages in subject areas according to achievement. It offers foreign languages early. The children seem happy. The school is no-frills and priced low in market. Some teachers are strong, Notably those with subject-matter and liberal arts background. Negatives: The school is overwhelmingly concerned with psychological and social problems of gifted children and with ed-school theories. The curriculum is spotty, even incoherent, failing to provide a consistently rich and sequenced base of study for inquisitive youngsters. Curriculum is little different from most suburban public schools, stinting on children's classics in literature for example. There is poor communication between administration and parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
We are new parents to SAA this year and chose it after reviewing other schools and options. My son loves it! Everyone has been very welcoming and there are lots of opportunities to get involved. Teachers are great, and are very focused on the kids. Every student I have met seems genuinely happy to be at SAA. I know it is early in the game for us, but we are all very happy with SAA and would recommend it to anyone looking for a gifted school.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2006
SAA is a school for gifted kids. 3rd grade tuition for year beginning Sept. 2006 is about $11,000.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2005
Fantastic arts teacher. Very good warm environment that inspires cooperative, rather than competitive, learning attitude.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2004
My son transferred to SAA after a public school teacher complained bitterly that he was not paying attention in class. Testing in conjunction with SAA led to him being moved up 3 grades in his language arts curriculum and two grades in mathematics. His attention problems have vanished he is excited to go to school everyday and he loves that he learns something new in every class, everyday. We view this as highly positive. The school is not for everyone. It has a vibrant atmosphere and for those preferring a more traditional, 'sit quietly in your seat and wait to be called on' classroom setting, this school is not for you. Kids are encouraged to question, discuss and actively problem solve. Reading quietly and rote memorization of 'facts' occupy a significantly smaller portion of the school day than in many other schools. I need to comment on the discipline comment above. Many classes are multi-aged, depending upon ability. Therefor a highly intelligent 6 year old may be working the same 5th grade curriculum as a 9 year old. Any parent or teacher can attest to the fact that developmentally and socially, there is a big difference between a 6 year old and a 9 year old, even when it comes to simple things like staying seated for an entire class period. In highly gifted kids, this is an issue. But at SAA they do everything they can to deal with this, keeping class sizes around 12 kids and having a teacher plus an aide in the larger classes to help keep the more active kids redirected. Also regarding the comment above about tuition, sitting on the parent board I have come to realize that the school operates on a tight budget. Commentors above mentioned the poor building. It is not wonderful, but with careful fiscal planning, the school hopes to purchase or build a facility in the next 2 years. The school is bursting at the seams with a waiting list. Tuition only covers 75% of what it costs to educate the kids there and the talented teachers there are not overpaid. Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

- submitted by a parent
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The unifying mission of Science & Arts Academy is to provide a stimulating environment in which intellectually or creatively gifted children can realize and learn to celebrate their full academic and artistic potential.

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Science & Arts Academy
1825 Miner St, Des Plaines, IL  60016
(847) 827-7880
Last modified Science & Arts Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Science & Arts Academy Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 63 reviews. Top