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PK-6
Private
Saratoga Springs, NY
Students enrolled: 109
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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459 Lake Ave
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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(518) 583-0841
(518) 587-6831
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November 04, 2014
My children have been absolutely THRIVING at Saratoga Independent School. Rather than focusing on test taking and/or 'teaching to the test', they teach to the child and focus on the process. The kids don't just learn lessons, they learn HOW to learn. They learn to be responsible, organized, diligent students. The focus is on each child's personal best, and there is great pride in their own achievements and celebrating the achievements of the other students. I love the way they work together, help and support one another and truly thrive. The teachers really know each child and how they best learn. I also love that there is continuity - the same group of teachers have known my kids since they started at the school, and rather than having to start at square one each fall, they can pick up where they left off. And the teachers are absolutely wonderful - from the ones who have been there for years, to the new hires that merged seamlessly with the team, you could not ask for a better, more qualified staff. My kids LOVE school, and are truly happy to be there, and I find it to be worth every penny we spend to keep them there.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2014
I have happily signed a contract with SIS for 5 years now. I feel bad listening to parents whose children are in the public school; we simply do not have those same conversations regarding ranking, testing, tenure. We discuss our delight over our children's vocabulary, the fun they had in math class (?!), the ever increasing extracurricular opportunities ( such as running in the morning before school!), and the dedication of the faculty and staff. There simply is not a better elementary education program in the Capital District.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2014
As a parent of two students, I am very pleased with the opportunity that has been offered at SIS for my kids. The high quality and integrity of everyone involved with the school has been important to our family. From the educators and students to the administration and board, the community goes above and beyond to make you feel welcome. Our kids are challenged every day and are excited to learn. They are energized by what is offered. We considered the options available for our kids in the Saratoga Springs area, Saratoga Independent School is the best choice for us.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2014
My daughter turned eight last week. When asked what her perfect day would look like, she said " We,, I would start with an hour of math, then have an hour of language arts. I would definitely have art after recess and an hour of music and gym. Would there be more time or could I go to aftercare?" This was certainly not the response I had expected, but it goes to show how much she loves going to Saratoga Independent School. I am so grateful.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2014
Be very careful if you sign up to go here. If things do not work out and you leave, you are on the hook for all the money! We started our daughter here in the preK program for the afternoon. Almost 3 years old and we are told the kids here can take a nap. After a week of crying and acting up and falling asleep as soon as she got in the car, they say that she never takes a nap and that is normal. All the kids in the morning class do take a nap, however those in the afternoon class don't. We put her back in her old program where she is doing well. We signed their contract and are on the hook for all of the money. $1000 per day! They say they depended on our money for their budget, so cannot give a refund. We did not sign up until the tail end of August. They don't do budgets until the end of August? Horrible school with horrible business practices. Beware!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2014
Saratoga Independent School will tell you anything you want to hear to get you signed up. Really take the time to find out what you're getting into, because once you sign on the dotted line they are ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. If the school does not work out for you or your child for ANY reason, you are obligated for the entire tuition. We found the school to have a disjointed school/daycare option for working families. If a child is there for an average 8-5 day, they will find themselves in a whirlwind of 3+ different programs to make up for that time. The school is out of touch with what preschoolers and parents need. In their words, "the parents really end up bearing the brunt at the end of day with an exhausted child that sleeps in the car on the way home as there is no way for us to accommodate for a rest period during the day." We withdrew after only a few days and enrolled in a program with continuity, nurturing and some clue about parents and preschoolers. When we went to the school with our family's concerns that our child was in distress there, SIS immediately brought up our financial responsibility and the legal action they would take if we did not make good on the tuition.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2014
My daughter loves this school! During weekends she will ask when she gets to go back to school. This is our third year (two years in Pre-K and now in Kindergarten). The school is small and I love the fact that my daughter knows all the kids in both K classes and most of the Pre-K and K-6 students since learning is multiage and the school has a great community feel. The school is growing (additional building being planned) and in the meantime space is tight in the parking lot and in the school, but it is a necessary growing pain. Administration has an open door policy and there are many avenues for parents to provide input and be involved in helping to make changes.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2014
Saratoga Independent School is suing me over tuition after relocating my family. After enrolling in the school, paying a deposit, and 1 month tuition for my 2 kids my wife got a new job and we needed to relocate our kids to another school. My kids didn't even attend a single day of school and SIS is now suing me for the entire year's tuition. It's all pretty ridiculous. The leadership is terrible and the teachers are nothing special. It's a very disorganized place. I would highly recommend not attending. My kids are now in St. George's School in Clifton Park and we love everything about it.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2014
You will not find a better school than this! The teachers are amazing, class size is small, lessons are geared towards individual learning styles. So much of what they do is hands on, and emphasis is placed on individual responsibility (at age appropriate levels) from the beginning. Even more than that, there is an incredible sense of community.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2013
We moved our daughter to SIS after 3 years in public school. We were concerned that once she made it to a certain level in a subject, less attention was paid to her educational needs. At SIS, she is challenged everyday and teachers provide frequent and detailed feedback on her progress. It was a difficult decision to remove her from public school where most of her friends went, and enroll her in a private school where we had to pay for her education. She has made a lot of new friends, and her focus at SIS is learning, not socializing (although there's still plenty of that too)! As far as paying tuition, it is a great value for the level of education she is receiving and financial assistance is available for those who need it. Don't let cost deter you from pursuing SIS - it is truly worth every penny! The staff at SIS cares deeply about the kids, and is passionate about making every student succeed educationally and socially. They provide a stable, fun environment where my daughter is thriving. I give SIS my highest recommendation. Our only regret is that we didn't enroll her sooner!

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2013
Freedom to learn Freedom to think out of the box Challenged individually Respectful, gentle, and kind atmosphere Unique Devoted and intuitive teachers New experiences daily Welcomed into the community I smile each time I drop them off. I know they are in good hands.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2013
We love SIS! The teachers and curriculum are fantastic. The emphasis on individualized instruction combined with a thoughtfully designed curriculum is not matched by any other school in the area. Science and social studies are as valued as language arts and math in K-6, and students get plenty of arts, music, Spanish, and physical activity every day. Community building occurs through daily activities and a theme that the whole school focuses on for the year. Our child loves going to school every day!

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2013
Small class sizes leads to lots of individualized attention to the kids. Good diverse offering of enrichment classes. Personally would like more sports activities and French courses.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
I have been at the school for 8 years. The education that the children receive is the best I have seen. The children actively participate in learning with hands on activities. All the children learn at their own pace and the results are amazing. The teachers are dedicated and their love of teaching shows through every day. Each child has a story to tell about something that has made their experience special and their smiles say it all. They also have a great lunch program with home cooking that takes each and every child into consideration. There are vegetarian options each day and children love to be "buying" lunch. The art program is one of the students favorite parts of school and eager budding artists have shown their expertise in many forms of art. Parents are highly involved and students are thriving here.

- submitted by a community member
October 18, 2013
My children have been absolutely THRIVING at Saratoga Independent School. Rather than focusing on test taking and/or 'teaching to the test', they teach to the child and focus on the process. The kids don't just learn lessons, they learn HOW to learn. They learn to be responsible, organized, diligent students. The focus is on each child's personal best, and there is great pride in their own achievements and celebrating the achievements of the other students. I love the way they work together, help and support one another and truly thrive. The teachers really know each child and how they best learn. I also love that there is continuity - the same group of teachers have known my kids since they started at the school, and rather than having to start at square one each fall, they can pick up where they left off. And the teachers are absolutely wonderful - from the ones who have been there for years, to the new hires that merged seamlessly with the team, you could not ask for a better, more qualified staff. My kids LOVE school, and are truly happy to be there, and I find it to be worth every penny we spend to keep them there.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
When you walk into the Great Room in the morning at SIS you can feel the students' energy and enthusiasm for learning and see the teachers' excitement to teach. The school provides an unparalleled learning community where students focus on academics and leadership skills (shaking hands, presentation skills, providing feedback to one another). The curriculum is multiage and focuses on each student's needs and abilities. Each year the school uses new themes for lesson plans so that even if your child is in his/her second year of Pre-K, the discussion points in class will be new. The teachers are excellent and the school administration cares deeply about the students and parents. We started at SIS as a Pre-K family with no future plans to stay but it has quickly become clear that it would be difficult to find a community like SIS anywhere else. We relocated to the area from out of state and have been so pleased to have our daughter quickly feel at home at SIS and also pleasantly surprised to make many wonderful friends ourselves through the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
A great school with devoted teachers and staff. Intelligent learning in a hands on setting. A beautiful building. Safe, clean and warm. When I ask my kids how there day at school was the response in usually "awesome or super cool." I think that says it all.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
I have been a teacher at Saratoga Independent School since 2001. It was my dream, as an educator, to find a place where community, character, and creativity were key elements to a successful program. Not a day has gone by over the past twelve years where I felt that this was not the place I was meant to be. I get to go to work every day and enjoy what I do. I get to spend time getting to know the children as individuals, learn their likes and dislikes, and connect with families in a way that is meaningful and rewarding. Saratoga Independent School is an incredibly special place and I am so grateful to be a part of this community.

- submitted by a teacher
August 05, 2013
Our daughters have the good fortune to be enrolled in this wonderful school. The team at SIS goes out of their way to challenge, stimulate and motivate our children to develop a lifelong love of learning. Our family is involved in the school, and it is a great source of pride knowing how committed the community is to SIS. It is an incredible atmosphere for learning, and we are so happy to have our children enrolled.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2013
We have been very happy at Saratoga Independent School. We were unsure about when to start our daughter in kindergarten because she has a November birthday. SIS always taught to her ability and challenged her appropriately. She stayed at SIS until middle school and transferred easily into public middle school.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2011
My daughter is in her second year at this school. The experience has been wonderful. She is gaining confidence, respect for others, and independence. The teaching style is very different from public school in that it is hands-on learning through fun experiences. Each child learns at their own level. The staff is accessible, responsive and truly care about the students. I feel very fortunate to have my daughter attending the school and know that it is fostering her a love of learning.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2010
If only the public schools had what Saratoga Independent School offers . . . Children are taught at their level and expected to rise to be the best they can be. The children receive a lot of individual attention from the teachers. Behavioral standards are high and participation in the larger school group is expected at the child's level whether the child in in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th grade (or Pre-K!) This school is a model for what all schools should (and could) be.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
I have two children at Saratoga Independent School, the oldest of whom has been there for five years. My children care about community, they care about respect, and they continue to amaze me with their love for school and their love of learning. My children have very different personalities, yet each has their needs met by a group of passionate, dedicated, and talented faculty and administrators that truly understand the uniqueness of every child. We feel so fortunate to be part of such an incredible community. Thank you, Saratoga Independent School!

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2010
My children just finished their fourth year at this school, and I can't say enough about how wonderful their educational experience has been. Academically they are far above their grade level, socially they are doing great, and they've really learned to think rather than memorize. The school's approach to teaching is innovative and effective, and the focus on socialization, community and leadership results in well-rounded kids who thrive after they move on to middle school, high school and college. None of this could be done without the excellent leadership at the school, the dedicated teachers, and the supportive families. I can only imagine that the last review was written by a competitor, because they clearly don't know about the Saratoga Independent School experience.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2008
This school goes above and beyond in teaching academics, socialization, leadership, and teamwork. The staff is incredibly dedicated and it shows. There is a very small student to teacher ratio so the students get a lot of individual attention. There is a theme each year to provide consistency in the curriculum. The students work at their own ability level so not only do they learn at a comfortable pace (without ever being held back), but they gain a sense of mastery and confidence based on their accomplishments. Another benefit is the emphasis placed on personal responsibility and community.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2008
This school goes above and beyond in making sure each individual child's educational needs are met. Daily meetings foster a sense of community between year groups, and different subjects are taught based on level, not age, a concept which many other schools in the Saratoga area fail to grasp. There is a strong sense of community as well as personal development. Children strong in particular subjects are assisted and encouraged in helping peers, contrary to the policy in many other schools. Course material is appropriate and diverse while meeting or exceeding base levels in all disciplines. Every employee of SIS truly enjoys educating and it shows in every child. It is by far the best elementary school I have ever put a child into and worth every penny, at what is a reasonable cost in upstate NY.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2006
SIS has been a wonderful experience for us. The curriculum is challenging and diverse. The teachers go above and beyond to help students succeed. For a small school I feel the availability of extra curricular activites is ok-but could be more diverse. The community is warm and welcoming and works very hard to make the school a special place.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2006
I really liked SIS. The fundraising was pushy and over the top, but the teachers were very dedicated and compassionate. We decided on a different school for our family because SIS was a little 'too'independent for us. I found that it was very child-led which works very well for a lot of kids but for the ones who need an extra push it doesn't work.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2005
Our son just started PreK at SIS. WE LOVE IT! It is a wonderful enviroment, caring and intelligent staff, and just a great place to get an education! Our son is doing double PreK (am and pm sessions) and enjoys the other children in the small classes (2 teachers to 10 students!). The sense of community at the school is amazing! Our three year old already has friends in the higher grades who know his name and give him hugs. At one point another little kid bit our son, no biggie, and Joey wasn't crying, however within 5 minutes or so both Daddy and I had voice mails from the director of the school. It's a great place! It is worth any sacrificies you need to make to afford. (At this point it's just slightly higher than a non-educational day care!) If you have any questions, feel free to email!

- submitted by a parent
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At our school, children engage in meaningful, hands on learning activities versus teaching to the test. We value the process as well as the product. In our supportive and respectful community, children develop the skills, knowledge, and learning behaviors that are inherent in lifelong learners. Our graduates are successful, confident learners, capable of independent thinking. Our 60 acre campus enables us to incorporate outdoor education/ recreation into our program. Accredited by NYSAIS.

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Saratoga Independent School
459 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY  12866
(518) 583-0841
Last modified Saratoga Independent School is a Private school that serves grades PK-6
Saratoga Independent School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top