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K-12
Private
Long Island, NY
Students enrolled: 65
Before care: No
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40 Kings Park Road
Long Island, NY 11725

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(631) 736-2146
(631) 736-2378
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August 16, 2015
For the past three years my 10 year old grandson has attended SAPPO School. Four years ago, I was desperately looking for an appropriate school placement for my grandson. He was an insecure 2nd grader who was drowning academically and socially. It was heartbreaking to watch him turn into a frustrated, overwhelmed and at times angry child. Then I found SAPPO School. It was “Mr. Rogers” neighborhood: all smiles, calm and soft voices, and the most compassionate and. At my initial meeting with Joanne Sappo, The Director, I knew everything was going to be alright. I have never had one moment of regret over my decision. Every experience for him has been a positive. He started at SAPPO School at ground zero. Within six months he was a new child. He loved school and his teachers. He was happy. He was learning. The individual attention and nurturing that he received created a “new and improved” child. And he continues to thrive every day. SAPPO School has been more than an excellent academic educational experience. He is learning social skills. He is learning how to handle difficult situations. He is learning how to express his feelings and thoughts. He is learning life skills. It is how he learns that is important. It is his unique strengths and weakness, his needs, his communication abilities and his learning styles that are driving his educational plan. He has been treated with a high level of concern, caring and kindness by everyone involved – from classroom to office. The transformation has been remarkable. He has a positive attitude about himself, his classmates, his teachers and his accomplishments. He feels safe and secure in school. His future is now filled with possibilities, because of the dedication and devotion of all of the professional educators and staff at SAPPO School. The outcomes for him would be very different if he was not attending SAPPO School. How can I put a value on being able to watch him wake up in the morning - excited because it is a school day? If it were possible for me to design the “perfect” learning environment” for all children, I would not have to look any further than SAPPO School. The school has exceeded any and all of my expectations. It is the perfect fit for any child.

- submitted by a community member

August 08, 2015
My granddaughter attended this school and soared academically, and most importantly, she developed such wonderful social skills. She graduated with high grades and was fully prepared for college. Her friends were really of the highest caliber. The best part was the quality of the teachers, who were so well trained in how to teach using something they call Sappo's Brain Work strategies. I have never seen anything like it! My children all attended the best private schools in the past and this one is really up there with the best! Actually, her mom is a teacher herself, so knew what school would be most effective, and she was right.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
August 08, 2015
They each use a variety of great learning tools. Classes are all lively and interactive. I know if a new teacher doesn't measure up, they don't last long at Sappo.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Just right
August 08, 2015
This is a great part of the school. The homework matches the individual skills of each kid. They gradually expect more and more, adding slowly so that my granddaughter went from doing 1/2 hour of homework when she first went there from public school to 2 1/2 hours each night at Sappo. She did this without complaint!

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Strongly agree
August 08, 2015
The school is a Regents school with high academic standards. The lessons are motivational and they teach the kids to be motivated from within using these great SHAPE strategies. They always say "stay the course!"

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Strongly agree
August 08, 2015
Students are heard. Their own self-esteem is nurtured. My granddaughter learned to respect others as she learned how to value herself more.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly agree
August 08, 2015
The social-emotional holistic learning program is based on strategies Sappo calls SHAPE. They are all about building self-esteem in students and showing a caring concern for each. They are trained at very lengthy seminars to identify stresses that could cause a child to feel anxious. I know this because when my granddaughter was feeling overwhelmed with something that was going on at home, they called a team meeting and had my daughter and son-in-law meet with them to help them understand the needs, so they can each support her fully. The teachers also show great respect and camaraderie when interacting with each other, setting the example for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
August 08, 2015
The whole school is based on social and emotional education to support academics. Honesty is fostered in peer circle groups with open communication and great interactive skills being taught. Teachers model this open and honest communication that starts with the administration. They never promise what they can't give. I know a friend of mine was told that their child would do better elsewhere because the program didn't match his needs. Most schools accept anyone. Not Sappo. But they are fair and guide parents in the right direction. They also listen to the parents and students when there are complaints about teachers. They really listen and do something about every legitimate complaint. Sappo is well respected in the community. I heard from parents that many pediatricians recommend the school for safety and high quality teaching. They also take a strong position on honesty with students and teachers. I know it is hard for a teacher to qualify to work at Sappo and to pass the first year trial period. But, the one's that have been there for years are truly fine examples for the students in honesty, integrity, and fairness.

- submitted by a parent

March 01, 2014
My daughter entered Sappo as a junior. She has ADD and a language processing disability. She was losing confidence and self esteem. She was passing all her regents classes but struggling and needed tutors to review the work. She will graduate in June and is a new person. She was accepted to many colleges and has decided on Cabrini college in PA. This school was worth every penny.

- submitted by a parent

July 19, 2010
I have been teaching at Sappo School for several years now. Having come from a public school setting as a permanent substitute teacher and a leave replacement, I can tell you that there is a big difference. In public schools it is easy for a child to get lost in the crowd. And most children feel ashamed if they are having difficulties. They will sit quietly and try to just get by the best they can instead of seeking help. When you have 30+ students per class, it is easy for some to go unnoticed. In Sappo School, the class sizes average about 8 students per class. So not only can we see if someone is having difficulties we can also do something about it right away. The students are much more comfortable seeking out help as well. Knowing your student is the key. After all, it is all about them.

- submitted by a teacher

July 15, 2010
I started Sappo School back in 2008. Before it I wasn't sure I would go to college and my outlooks on the future were grim. One year there changed my whole idea of living a successful and active life. I currently just finished my first year of college and am looking forward to a great career.

- submitted by a community member

July 15, 2010
The Sappo School......a hidden gem on Long Island. Mrs. Sappo and the teachers are wonderful and truly bring out the best in each student. Whether your child is in the private or special ed program they will thrive in this unique and nurturing environment. In our opinion, worth every penny!

- submitted by a parent

July 14, 2010
My daughter is considered highly gifted, and she's received an excellent education at Sappo School. I can't say enough good things about this school--it's good for all kinds of students and respects each child's learning style.

- submitted by a parent

July 14, 2010
My son recently started at Sappo and I cannot say enough good things about the program. My son had refused to do anything in school for the past several years. After only 2 1/2 months at Sappo he did more academically than he has in five years. It is because there program is designed to meet his needs and work around him not the other way around.

- submitted by a parent

June 15, 2010
The previous review is not true at all! I am a high IQ student, who was part of the honor program at Sappo. While I was there I scored a 95 on my English Regents, 91 on English Regents and in the 80's for all the other ones. I went on to college and joined the honors program there and was part of the honors society. If Sappo wasnt teaching to high standards I would not be such a success today

- submitted by a school leader
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March 11, 2008
I agree with the negative review written about the school in 2005, things are not the way they are presented when you first are seeing the school. Different ages are crammed together and not being taught to the intelligence of each student - the curriculum is way below the same age curriculum at public school. They talk the talk, but do not walk the walk.

- submitted by a parent

December 16, 2007
I am a graduate of Sappo School. Presently I am a student at SUNY Oneonta, I attribute my success to the education and experiences that I had at SS. The Sappo School is a wonderful place where students are encouraged to learn. The faculty and staff are exceptional. I would recommend this school to anyone who is seeking a quality alternative to normal high school.

- submitted by a student

November 30, 2007
I believe that the Sappo School has provided the right environment for my son to succeed where he was unable to do so in a public school setting. The Director, Joanne Sappo and the staff provide the type of environment that enables students to learn using the skills that they have, rather then being forces to comprehend with a method that will not work for them. By working individually in establishing an education plan and managing it throughout the year with the teachers and parents, the Sappo School is successful. I would recommend the Sappo School to all parents who are looking for a better way to educate their children.

- submitted by a parent

June 19, 2007
My husband and I are so greatful to our friend who found this wonderful school for our daughter! She has only been attending the Sappo School since September and it is now June 2007 and she made Honor roll every semester, and she was awarded an academic award! She and we are so proud. She has become a different person! A happy self-confident person!! Thank you Joanne Sappo, Thank you to the wonderful and incredible staff of the Sappo School! Lindajeanne and Gary Schwartz

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2007
This is a great school! The school I went to prior this one made me miserable. The principal hated kids and the teachers could care less. When I went to Sappo I actually started to liked school. It was actually fun...If your child does not 'preform well' in a public school classroom setting that could care less for your kid...If you send your child here I can insure you that these people care... I don't know where I'd be without Sappo School!

- submitted by a student

January 30, 2007
I believe that the Sappo School has provided the right environment for my son to succeed where he was unable to do so in a public school setting. The Director, Joanne Sappo and the staff provide the type of environment that enables students to learn using the skills that they have, rather then being forces to comprehend with a method that will not work for them. By working individually in establishing an education plan and managing it throughout the year with the teachers and parents, the Sappo School is successful. I would recommend the Sappo School to all parents who are looking for a better way to educate their children.

- submitted by a parent

October 10, 2006
I found Sappo School to be a wonderful haven and learning environment for my daughter. She attended there from grade eight until graduation. I had no idea she had trouble reading & yet Sappo School found it out the first week she attended. The public schools NEVER picked up on such an important issue. I found the teachers to be very well educated and rounded out. They were able to address the entire student in all ways. This included emotional, academic and really the full spectrum of a students needs. My daughter flourished in this fantastic environment and if I had it to do over again I would & I would start her at the earliest grade available. I highly recommend this school to any parent who wants a stable, complete and all encompassing education for their child. There's nothing to lose but a life to gain. Judith Molinari

- submitted by a parent

October 09, 2006
I am so happy for the experience to write about Sappo School. My two sons changed drastically because of their time at Sappo School. My youngest was displaying oppositional behavior. He was getting into trouble and was unable to learn. Sappo identified ADHD symptoms that were ignored before. We had him tested and this school was able to match some strategies to my son's needs. He began to learn like never before. His behavior improved drastically and I learned new parenting skills that really worked! My older son overcame his shyness and became a public poet who performed yearly. It is true there is no indoor gymnasium yet, but the PE program teaches team effort and trust along with fair play. I love how the art program highlights the identification of the great artists and students learn from these styles. Plenty of field trips enhance learning.

- submitted by a parent

October 09, 2006
The Sappo School is great! I graduated from there in 2002 and went on to college in an honors program graduating with a 3.9 GPA. Another graduate from a few years before me is in Harvard Law school! Before going to Sappo I refused to go to public school and was completely school phobic. I suffered from depression and anxiety and had a reading disability. This school taught me how to cope with the real world and how to succeed in it. I went to college being smarter and more hard working than the rest of the students. I loved Sappo School. Joanne Sappo is an amazing woman and changed my life! Don't believe any bad things that you might hear, it is only because of people that are jealous of what the school does. People want to shut it down so that they can continue to neglect the well being and minds of our children. If you go to Sappo School you will not be disappointed.

- submitted by a student

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Our Motto is “One size education does NOT fit all” Sappo School, Long Island private school was established in 1994 and has been providing outstanding academic education with consistency throughout the years. Sappo School is a leader in private school education on Long Island. Currently, Suffolk County has three k-12 non-religious private schools. Of these three, Sappo School is the only private school with Regents certification.

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Sappo School
40 Kings Park Road, Long Island, NY  11725
(631) 736-2146
Last modified Sappo School is a Private school that serves grades K-12
Sappo School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top