Saratoga Academy of the Arts and Sciences

Rating: 2.75 stars   32 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  

Stay away from
This place!!! The only good reviews on this website is written by the school itself! the headmaster is insane and has physically assaulted students just ask any of the students what they think of the principal! The school won't allow a PTA, fired any teachers who spoke up about incidents at the school the principal threatens teachers and parents on a daily basis
Children are NOT safe at this school. It is a SCAM!!! Teachers are paid to smile and keep their mouth shut!! I'm so glad I switched schools after only one year it was the worse year of my kids life!

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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Wait, you call this a school??? Parents, please actually do some RESEARCH and take a tour before throwing away your money to these THIEVES. The school is laughable. There is no real curriculum , no text books (only photo-copied pages) and no computers (that work!). There is however a text book fee (I wonder where that money is being spent). The "Head Master" and "Associate Head Master" are con-artists. Neither one has their doctorate and is qualified to be running a school. Some of the teachers are good and actually care about your child's education. I get the sense that most are fearful of those in charge. Save your money! It's more of a headache than it's worth. They'll try to bully you into staying. Trust me, they are a joke to REAL educators in this district. Get out while you can!

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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people 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: 1 stars  

5 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 here…) 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  

6 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  

6 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  

8 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  

3 people found this review helpful

I wanted to take a moment to speak about my child’s 3 years at Saratoga Academy. We have been there for Pre-K, K, and 1st grade up to this point and the experience has been nothing short of fantastic. Let me be clear when I say the education is top notch because of the teachers and administration. Our son is 5 years old and is learning Spanish, Music, and has been taught common core since we arrived. He reads at a second grade level and is tested weekly on spelling and comprehension. None of this would be possible without the staff at SAAS. We knew this was the place for us, when he told us he is bored when he is not there. All parent’s will be stunned at the progress there child makes, academically and socially at this school. Do not be left out.

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

get them more private funding so they could get bigger and achieve more of their dreams

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  

1 person found this review helpful

My husband and I were given many referrals to Saratoga Academy from a variety of people including teachers from public schools. This is what ultimately helped us make our decision in sending our son here. What I love most about Saratoga Academy is the values and love of learning that my son gets in his preschool class. I also appreciate the effort put forth by the administration and teachers in hosting events which help create a sense of community. Our son loves his teacher and is truly happy there. (Even though everyday he asks me why he has to go to school.) :)
Everyone at the school seems to work very well together with a common goal of building confidence and independence in each child. All of the teachers and administration seem to have this genuine love for kids and a passion to help them flourish and grow. Although this is only our first year at Saratoga Academy, we are thrilled with our decision.

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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