Saratoga Academy of the Arts and Sciences

Rating: 2.87 stars   31 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 1524 Route 9 Clifton Park NY 12065 USA

Mission: To nurture the growth of the student individually-intellectually, emotionally, morally, and physically. Saratoga Academy will foster academic excellence and instill awareness, responsibility, leadership and commitment to society.
Target demographics: Pre-school and elementary school age children up to grade 5
Geographic areas served: Capital District and Saratoga County
Programs: Full day Preschool Full day Kindergarten Individualized/Differentiated Instruction Accelerated Instruction Independent Thinking Inquiry-Based Learning Project-based Learning Small Group Instruction Early Literacy Character Development Creating Classrooms and Homes of Virtue

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This place is sort of run down. The school headmaster is a THUG..yes you got that..he is very inappropriate and always shows up un-shaven with shabby clothes...unprofessional appearance. Then the assistant headmaster is another story. She talks as if she knows it all...please god... She is not fit to work even in Pre-K. Though there are some qualified teachers, overall they just hire anybody who raise their hand that they can teach the kids.
The bathrooms are filthy. If you ever thinking of sending your kids here, check the facility first. No playground and no technology. If this is in some third world country,it might be okay. But for the fee they charge, this is unacceptable. Please parents..look elsewhere. Your kids future is important.

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Rating: 3 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

As a parent who has two children who have attended Saratoga Academy for a few years now, I am disappointed to read the unfair reviews posted on the website. In my experience, the headmaster has a true passion for education and encourages students to perform to their max to prepare them for any competitive high school. The assistant head of schools encourages all her students to become independent thinkers and helps each child blossom not just academically but socially as well. Both heads of school are accessible throughout the school year and summer to address parent /student concerns . I myself have a child who is struggling with math and Mr . C and his assistant head of school graciously spent the time with me and my child to cator my child's academics while not losing focus on providing a challenging curriculum so a student can strive to achieve their best. both my kids are extremely happy in this school, the teachers are amazing and carefully chosen to best suit each grade and their needs. Compare the tuition for this school among others in the area and you will find this school tuition is a great bargain. There is nothing wrong with challenging a child to strive for the best. My son is doing math two grades above his grade level because they were able to see the potential in him to do so. Parents who do not believe for in setting high expectations for their children perhaps are not suited for this school. But for those parents who want to prepare their children for a challenging education and tap into a child's maximum potential to prepare them for a competitive higher education will be quite satisfied with the academics. In my opinion many parents who are struggling to pay private school tuition will find a reason to complain then switch to a free public school. the tuition is very reasonable and if you can afford this small investment for your child's future in no means should you miss this great opportunity . ask any child in any grade, all the kids are happy and there is a strong bond between children of all grades. Most of the parents pulling their kids out are doing so against the will of their child in order to save a few buck at the compromise of their child's education. I myself attended a small private school and benefitted from my education greatly. I find many similarities with the successful education I received as a child and the academics Saratoga Academy offers. if parents take the numerous opportunities for feedback and open communication with teachers and heads of School throughout the school year instead of making futile complaints, Saratoga Academy is a recipe for nothing less than success.. My kids are looking forward to a challenging and fun year in the second and fifth grade for 2014-2015 school year. Put your thinking caps on, summer is almost over and it's time to learn kiddos!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage additional after school academic enrichment

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

The major problems are the administrators, specifically the awkwardly cocky Head of Schools and his unqualified and inappropriate assistant head of schools. I must say, there are some GREAT teachers there, but they are at the mercy of poor administration. In some classes the number of special education students is overwhelming (and most of the teachers are not certified to teach special education!) Many of the children should be in self-contained classrooms in the public school and switched to SA so that they wouldn't have to be. Consequently it is very difficult for teachers to teach, and for other students to concentrate and learn because of the severity of special needs including shouting, violent tantrums, throwing things. A LOT of the students here are here because they could not fit in in the public school. There are no entrance exams or screening criteria so what you get (and I quote the head of school hereā€¦) is "the isle of misfit toys". The music program is awful and the students only went to the library twice all year. It is touted as a project-based learning program, but that is totally false. If your child is is bright, willing and able to sit in desks and do worksheets, motivated to succeed on their own, and is not distracted by majorly disruptive students, then they would probably do fine here. If you as a parent do not mind a cocky, condescending, poor communicator as head of schools, then you should be all set. Otherwise, my advice would be to steer clear.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get rid of the head of schools and assistant head of schools, hire certified special education teachers, enroll teachers in extensive project-based learning workshops, give an entrance exam and implement certain behavioral/academic criteria for students to be able to remain or be dismissed

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 2 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

This is a poorly run school! I think the administration only cares about increasing enrollment rather than actually educating the children. The principal likes to throw hard work at the children to say they "do" it" but the children are lost and it is impossible to gauge whether they are learning anything as there are barely any assessments or graded work. You pay an activity fee but it is a mystery as to what it is used for. They barely go on field trips or the library or the "gym". There is barely any technology. Many of the teachers are not qualified. Just ask. I am sure you will get a roundabout answer. Children are barely supervised. They are left to play in a parking lot and an extremely small playground. The musical programs are so bad. There is no music. Just a one guitar playing off key music instructor. Academy of the Arts and Sciences? That is a lofty claim and it is untrue. Frankly you are better off putting your child in public school and spending a few hundred dollars a month on enrichment. Please just ask parents! Don't believe the positive reviews. I am unaware of that many happy parents! Everyone is dissapointed because we were sold a bill of goods and were given the exact opposite. The bathrooms are gross and they smell like a farm. Doesn't seem like the school is ever cleaned. The assistant head of schools behaves like a Houligan thug. She will get nasty and try to tell you she knows what she is talking about and she doesn't. She is unprofessional. The head of schools/ principal is a swindler. He will tell you anything to get you to go there. Afterwards he will smile in your face but very rarely address your concerns. He will bash other schools to you and even bash other parents. Please do your research. There are better options out there!!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Everything

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Unlikely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Disappointed and concerned.
Communication between school and home was inadequate and unclear.
Administration talks a good talk, but doesn't walk the walk.
Regretting sending my child.
Big mistake.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

REmove all administrative staff and replace with competent people.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Unlikely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Somewhat badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

In my opinion, Saratoga Academy is the best placement for MY children! I have seen the negative comments left here and they are just someone's OPINION. As a mom of 2 children who attend this school I have nothing but POSITIVE THINGS TO SAY! Both of my children excel in different ways, and the fact that one is an entire year ahead of where he should be and is allowed to excel at his own pace speaks volumes about the school's academics! My other child is right where she should be, and has had many issues maintaining her love for learning in public school where she is expected to fit a certain public school "mold". Here at Saratoga Academy she isn't put into a particular mold - she is her own academic person, AND she is happier for it!!

My son has attended since the beginning and loves Saratoga Academy. He is even saddened at the end of the school year that he will be out for the summer! He doesn't know the trials and tribulations of public schools the way my daughter does. He has never been bullied by students, and has never been pressured by the state tests. That being said, if he had to take the state tests he would pass with flying colors because of the way he has been taught. How do I know this? I am not only a mother, but I am also a teacher in the the public school system who has given and corrected the state tests for years. The growing issues with constant testing and the sudden implementation of the Common Core is not good for any child. At Saratoga Academy students are allowed to be children, and they are all known by a name and not a number/score. Being a student here means you are part of a family. The kids all know each other, from Pre-school to 7th grade.

My daughter is a product of several school environments, from public inner-city schools to the ever popular suburban school districts. She has never fit in anywhere and she is not your typical student. Here she is happy and is getting all the help to learn to best of her ability.

No school is perfect for everyone, but this one suits our needs. No complaints here. Don't let the opinions expressed on this site sway your decision. Visit the school and see for yourself.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not make any changes. It is a growing school and with growth comes change and progress.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

It saddens me to see all the negativity on this site. My son has been at Saratoga Academy for 3 years now and loves it. He is excelling at every level.... He can not wait to go to school and he gets mad when I pick him up to early. We thought we would transition to public school this year and after touring our elementary school we were extremely unimpressed. We discussed the possibility with our son who has made it clear he wants to stay there. He cried when we said maybe we should give it a try. Does that sound like a child getting bullied. I have been very involve with SAAS since we started and would be happy to talk to anyone thinking about going here. I know the negative nellies that are writing the bad comments and am happy to share the full stories with you. This school is wonderful and I will do anything I can to help them succeed and grow. Tracy Zayac 857-1341

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

We just moved here a few years ago. We started to look for options for us in preparation to going to public school which in Clifton Park has only half day K programs. When we found Saratoga Academy, we decided to enroll our child before she was in kindergarten. So far, this was the best decision. We decided to keep our child in past K level since she was doing so well.

I would recommend sending your child here wholeheartedly. The teachers we have had so far are caring and inform us when there is stumbling points. Value vs cost of private school, this is the best option in my opinion.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None that I could think of.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

DO NOT send your child to this school!!!! The administrators are terrible and huge bullies! They come across as nice and before you know it they are bullying your child. As a person with high hopes it didn't take long for us to figure out that our child was being verbally tormented. I would rather have my child be in public school any day over this place! I am shocked they call themselves educators!!!! Good thing we figured it out before it was to late! I can't wait for the day they are in the news for negative treatment of children!!! If you care about your children stay away from this place!!!!!!!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Shut it down!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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