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
June 15, 2010
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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.
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.
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!
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.