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The Sage School

Private | PK-8 | 160 students

Gifted education
 
 

 
 

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Posted May 14, 2014

This is an amazing school. Our 3rd grader was told by a teacher in a public school **NOT** to ask questions during the class because it would confuse the classmates. We pulled him out and came to Sage. It has been a fantastic experience all around. Highly recommended for parents and their children who value education. Final thought....it is sad that the some public school systems spend almost the same amount of dollars per student to have students come to school to get bored....sigh...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2014

The Sage School is the answer for bright students who are going unchallenged or who are 'bored' in their current school setting. This school is specifically for gifted students who are ready for greater academic challenge and eager to engage in exciting curriculum with dedicated teachers. Sage should be on parents' short list of schools to consider for exceptionally bright children in Greater Boston.


Posted February 11, 2014

If the students have to take an IQ test for admission, shouldn't all the educators at the school do the same before getting hired? If the teachers' intelligence are below that of the students, then how can anyone expect the pupils to receive a "fair" quality education? College degrees do not reflect one's cerebral capacity. Not all holders of Masters or PhD degrees are "gifted." It's naive for anyone to think otherwise. It's a shame that most public schools do not offer advanced placement programs for anyone who qualifies. If enough people officially demand it, then the government just might have to listen.


Posted January 26, 2014

The Sage School's advanced curriculum is specifically targeted for students who were tested and diagnosed as "Gifted." As such, they do not have a special education curriculum for children wth learning disabilities. They do, however, accommodate gifted children with behavioral issues commonly associated with giftedness, such as hyperactivity, emotional lability, etc. It is a great school for the right type of child, who might otherwise struggle with boredom and/or emotional problems at public schools or some of the larger private schools that necessarily accommodate children at all learning levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

***Invaluable investment in your child's future.***Extremely happy with our decision to send our daughter to this outstanding school---worth every penny! Curriculum is advanced and challenging for gifted children. Warm, nurturing, intimate, environment. The director, teachers, and staff members are highly educated, genuinely caring, and passionate about their work. The children are encouraged to express themselves . They feel loved and are treated like individuals--not a random number. The emphasis of this school is on academics, not athletics. But here you will find academically bright and creative students who are independent thinkers with a sense of humor. Applicants must undergo intelligence testing and obtain a high score to qualify for admission so everyone has high expectations for all students, who are expected to inspire, influence and encourage each other to excel. Diversity encourages tolerance, creativity, and individualism, which are very important to thrive in this world. This school has an international student body and a place where you will find cultured and culturally broadminded people. Sage has changed our lives for the positive! Highly recommended!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2013

Phenomenal. The school went through a transition in the last year when the school's board of trustees replaced the head-of-school, which then precipitated an administrative house cleaning. The new head-of-school is FABULOUS. Teaching is stellar. The kids constitute the most amazing peer group I've ever seen. Sage is a unique place, cozy and supportive with extraordinarily strong academics. The environment is highly competitive but never cut-throat. It is, quite simply, the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2013

I have had 2 children go through each division and it has changed their lives! The faculty are so engaged, caring and creative and the program is bar none! If you have a curious and bright child you need to check it out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2012

Best school for gifted children in our area, hands down. Teachers are incredibly dedicated, you just can't find this anywhere else. The children are unique and of substance, encouraging and valuing each other for their gifts. If yours can get in: GO. By the time they graduate the children are prepared to attend any school - any school - in the U.S. There is no perfect school, but SAGE is awfully close and you will not regret it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2012

This is a very good school. Teachers care and love to teach. It is a lot of work for the kids but the screening process on admissions is pretty through and can determine which kids are likely to make it is the academic environment. The kids mostly get along and despite coming from other schools where each of these kids was the smartest kid in the class, the competitiveness is kept to a minimum. Having a gifted child is sometimes trying but Sage helps kids fit in both socially and academically. Many of the Kids at Sage have intellectual peers that are much older than they are but these kids are kept grounded so that they fit in with their age peers for extra-curricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2012

I love this school because it is very interconnected, even though the kids are very different. Sage kids go on to great schools like Milton Academy and Roxbury Latin. It has an intense program but prepares the children for the difficult projects they will come across in high school when they leave Sage. The teachers are very supportive with this workload and once the kids have left a certain grade that will still visit their old teachers.


Posted October 28, 2011

This school is a gem. A treasure. If you're coming in late (eg, grade seven) from public school, be prepared for serious expectations whiplash, as the standards and workload here are high. But the faculty and administration couldn't be more supportive of such transitions. And it's well-worth the effort. If you can get into Sage, just GO.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2011

I love this school! My daughter has thrived here. Great teachers. Great students. Great community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2010

We feel very lucky that our son was accepted here. The teachers are focused on teaching, the administration sincerely likes the kids and the entire place is tuned into the needs of gifted kids. After suffering through make shift solutions at other schools we finally feel we have found a home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2010

I have two children who have graduated from Sage and one still there. My two older children are absolutely thriving in high school thanks to the rigorous education they received at Sage. My younger child, who is still a student is always reaching and although he complains about the homework, Sage is truly home to him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2009

I like this school because it is very diverse, and you see people with all different heratiges from Russia to India, Pakistan to Germany, from Ireland to the U.S. It is a rigorous and a great school; I love it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2008

I've been at sage for 8 years and it is my home.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 1, 2007

This is an awesome school! The kids are great, and for the most part nobody feels excluded. Nobody is left out because of how smart they are. We do get a lot of homework, something some parents don't like. The teachers are all really understanding and thier lessons are interesting and engaging, the middle school teaching team is awesome. Small class sizes really help students bond.There aren't as many of afterschool activities, but the activities that do exist are of high quality. However, this may be because there are so few students. I really recomend this school to anybody with a gifted child that they want to see challanged and included. I cannot thank Sage enough.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 11, 2007

That said, my son loves the school. He's distractable but the teachers keep him engaged. He's never bored. The teachers and administration are caring and involved. On the minus side, there could be more extracurricular activities and the level of communication between administration and parents could be more complete. Parent involvement is good but could be better. I wish that their curriculum was more like the new charter school in Marlboro - the Advanced Math and Science Academy, as these kids are fully capable of learning much more advanced subjects.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2006

Excellent school, a perfect kind of school if your child is gifted/talented. Really small class size 11 to 15 kids and two teachers.Children are 100% challenge and advanced to wherever your childs itelligence will aloud him/her to go . Children are driven and excited to learn. The only negative thing of the school is that it is not cultural diverse.The school is trying to advocate to bring in minority students into sage wish is defently a need. I believe that these smart intelligent students need to be expose to a more diverse population. This is important to raise a healthier society. Sage is a loving, nurturing fun enviroment for children who are highly gifted and are excited to learn. Children at sage have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and learnig.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 6%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Black 3% 8%
Hispanic 1% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students PE instructor(s)
Music teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Art teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Drama club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

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

School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Nan Wodarz
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Afterschool sports program
Girls sports
  • afterschool sports program

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • 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
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • The Sage School is a private, independent school for academically students in grades PK to 8. Our school seeks to inspire bright minds with challenging curriculum that motivates an advanced learner. Located in Foxboro, MA, Sage welcomes children from Boston to Metrowest as well as across Southeastern Massachusetts and Northern Rhode Island. Bus service is available in the Dedham and Newton areas. Sage hosts summer and afterschool programs that are open to all students.
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171 Mechanic St
Foxborough, MA 02035
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Phone: (508) 543-9619

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