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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have two children, 4 and 7, at Saratoga Independent School. When we walk in the doors each day there is someone there to greet us, make us feel welcome, and a genuine sense of caring from each person we encounter. I love how the children are grouped in multiage classrooms. Both of my children have had the opportunity to be the younger and older student in the room and have gained so much from each experience. They are active in their learning as they have opportunities to explore topics of interest, and yet there is a structure which keeps them focused and moving forward in their growth. I would recommend this school to anyone. The tour through the building on a busy day is a great way to see what the school really does in action.
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.
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.
My daughter attended three of the one-week summer camp sessions this year at Saratoga Independent School. She had a blast! She learned to prepare her own snack during the cooking session, and now wants to help out more at home with preparing meals. It is great to see her learn new skills and apply them outside of the school. The staff are caring, professional and courteous. It is easy to see what makes Saratoga Independent School so special.
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.
This school is AMAZING. What they offer goes far beyond the basics of early education. Math is taught not simply with worksheets & drills but with real life hands-on examples & games. Photosynthesis is taught by actually growing plants. They have watched monarch butterflies hatch & cared for turtles, guinea pigs, tree frogs, lizards. Older children work WITH younger children. They read together. There is such a strong sense of community - all children help take care of their school and each other. There is no bullying. They teach problem solving and cooperation. They teach respect for each other. The teachers are personally invested in each and every child. Initially, we wondered if it would be worth the price of the tuition. The public schools are good, right? Why spend the money? But each day, my child comes home glowing. She does not just learn, she THRIVES. The detailed newsletters we receive weekly confirm that we could not possibly find a better place for her. Is there really something better you could do with what amounts to a little less than $10/hr? I can't imagine a better investment in my child's future. Well worth every penny - and then some.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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