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Sappo School

Private | 5-12 | 60 students

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Posted March 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
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Posted 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


Posted April 1, 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 former student


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 9, 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


Posted October 9, 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 former student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 100% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% N/A
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Black 0% 21%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Hispanic 0% 21%
Two or more races 0% N/A
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College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation Dowling College
C. W. Post College
Suffolk County Community College
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  • Special education
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  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

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Clubs
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Arts & music

Visual arts
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Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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  • College prep programs/courses during the year
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Joanne Sappo
Best ways for parents to contact the school
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  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (631) 736-3478

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  • Independent Study
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Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • Career/college counseling
  • Remediation
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  • Summer college prep programs
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  • Computer
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

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  • Gardening
  • Yearbook
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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, serving the needs of students who are not meeting their fullest potential. Currently, Suffolk County has three k-12 non-religious private schools. Of these three, Sappo School is the only private school with Regents approval, allowing Regents exams to be offered on site. Sappo School teachers are educative practitioners who are experts in such specialties as Academic Diversity, Individualized Education Program Development, and College Preparation. Students at Sappo School value the one on one approach used in the classroom, while responding positively to the devoted efforts shown by their teachers. Both regular education and special education students benefit from this program, along with the gifted student. SHAPE Strategies, unique to Sappo School, provide restorative SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) techniques designed to address the student’s personal growth in all educative realms. Implementation of these strategies within a structured, yet nurturing environment makes Sappo School’s cutting edge program stand out among all other Long Island private schools.
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Dowling College
C. W. Post College
Suffolk County Community College
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3390 Route 112
Bldg B
Medford, NY 11763
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Phone: (631) 736-2146

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