Saratoga Academy of the Arts and Sciences
Rating: 2.95 stars 41 41 reviews
1524 Route 9 Clifton Park NY 12065 USA
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.
Pre-school and elementary school age children up to grade 5
Geographic areas served:
Capital District and Saratoga County
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
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1 person found this review helpful
Teachers are great. Kindergarten is beyond expectations! My daughters teacher is young, bubbly and knowledgable -- one of the best there. Office staff is great and helpful. Playground is concerning ... Fence is broken and the playground is raised.... Wouldn't take much for an awful accident. I like that administration is often available during car line
9 people found this review helpful
I was a Saratoga Academy parent for two academic years and found those two years to be full of apprehension for my children's well-being (and, subsequently, found myself full of regret in re-enrolling for a second year).
First, I'd like to acknowledge the reasons why we did enroll for a second year:
-Small class sizes for older grades (1st and up) enabled for one-on-one instruction
-Dedicated and loving teachers
-Weekly Health class (which integrated yoga and meditation)
-Curriculum in Spanish
-Dedication to the "Writer's Workshop" program (daily writing journal entries)
-Flexible after-care options on site
Unfortunately, the good just cannot outweigh the undesirable . . .which is as follows:
-Difficult and belligerent headmaster - with students and parents, alike. My mild-mannered children lived in fear. He even stormed a girls restroom. His "tough love" caused a great deal of anxiety for one of my children.
-Associate director with questionable integrity and character traits (she flat out lied to me on numerous occasions and clearly told me what I "wanted to hear" so as to encourage me to dedicate my funds towards tuition).
-Terrible (nonexistent!) methods of communication. Several health concerns/outbreaks were not relayed to parents (including a severe lice outbreak that necessitated the headmaster shaving his head). School would close early with only a moment's notice (as in, an hour's notice via email - not phone). Details on special events were rarely relayed (i.e. finding out your child had to sing at an Arts show only a day beforehand).
-Uncertified/inexperienced teachers. (Please know, I completely understand that this is often the situation with private schools but there is definitely a reason why the educators at SA with NYS certification are not employed by public institutions . . . our most meaningful educational experiences happened with those who are not NYS certified).
-Excessively large class sizes at the Pre-K and K level (with only floating teacher's aides). Seriously, my child's Pre-K had a class ratio of 1 to 14 (these were 3 year olds . . .with one teacher and no aide . . . )
-No access to library or computer services (despite being told that students took weekly field trips to a public library so as to enrich their education in that capacity). There are computers on the Pre-K campus, however they are dated and my children never used them.
-Poorly organized music and "theatre" program. Instruction was inadequate. Performances always started 30 minutes late (or more). Performances were terribly chaotic and uncoordinated.
-Science? Not really addressed during our tenure there (so . . . Academy of the Arts and Sciences . . . I think not).
-Shabby facilities. Have you been in the bathrooms? Disgusting. The playground also seemed precariously dangerous . . . perhaps OSHA should pay a visit.
-Deceptive and disadvantageous policies regarding tuition payments and the involved third party banking institution
10 people found this review helpful
I am horribly upset by this school. For years we were under the impression our child was way above grade level and incredibly smart. We pulled him to go into public school. He is so far behind in math and reading I want to cry every night when he comes home from school. He now needs a tutor once a week and get special help during the week from school. Yes it's that bad that the school initiated help. This school is fine for pre k and k for those that need full day school. But please do not stay any longer. Very concerned mom.
7 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.
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get them more private funding so they could get bigger and achieve more of their dreams
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4 people found this review helpful
Notice that the only good reviews are written by parents of very little children who are basically using this as daycare, or by staff members. Anyone who claims their child is ahead academically cannot legitimately credit SA. This school does not have admissions criteria so there are MANY special needs children (and zero certified special education teachers on staff!) If you want your child to be in a class with numerous distractions, behavioral issues, foul language and very low academic standards, then this is the place for you. Our child was significantly below grade level by the time we pulled her out. (Thankfully, after 2 years in another school she is almost caught up.) The administration at SA is weak and ill-equipped for the job. They make promises they can't keep and they often lie outright. On numerous occasions they said many inappropriate things to and about the students. For example, "This place is like the island of misfit toys." A really arrogant and rude administrator calls all the shots and if questioned, belittles and dismisses parents as "incapable idiots". DO NOT BE FOOLED! If you care about your child, DO NOT send them here.
2 people found this review helpful
Students are on average 2-3 years ahead in ELA, and at least one year ahead in math. It is more than a school, it is a learning environment, and we are very happy with the results.
Please note: It is obvious from the wording in some of the negative reviews that one parent has posted more than one review. You have every right to post a negative review, but posting several under different names is unfair to the school and to the children.
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12 people found this review helpful
There's a reason they have to post signs around town and ask parents to write "positive" reviews. There's also a reason their enrollment is down. They have fired a number of teachers who were employees for several years at the school. They yell and scream at children ALL day, even children with autism or Asperger's, claiming they need "tough love." If you truly care about your child and their well being, please look elsewhere. There are so many better options out there! Do as "Mom12065" said and just ask your child their experiences with the head master, it will be an eye opening experience!!
2 people found this review helpful
My daughter has been going to Saratoga Academy for 2 years and is about to start K-wrap in the fall. We have had a great experience! She has loved her teachers (and so have I) and I feel they have truly cared for her, and loved her back.
I was shocked by some of the negative comments that were on this site. I have to say that I have had a completely different experience than some as far as the administration is concerned. Always accommodating, and easy to talk too! I would highly recommend this school.
4 people found this review helpful
My son asked me on a Sunday morning, "Can I go to school today?" We took it as the highest compliment to any schools he has ever attended. He's almost 4 and has been through 2 daycare places before joining SA. To throw you some background here, we are an Asia family trying hard to find a place that actually cares about our child, recognizes each child has his/her own pace to grow and respects who we are and where we come from. My son is sensitive, introverted but very kind and smart by nature. Before joining SA, my husband interviewed 10+ early child education institutions in our area, solicited friends opinions, etc. And I'm so glad that we made the choice.
1. On day 2, almost every child knows my son's name and some of them even greeted me as "xxx's mom". And my son could tell some of his classmates' name back. That suggests his classmates have talked to him, and he actually likes them. Never happened on him before.
2. SA has "Mix-class" strategy that allows children with different ages in the same class, which enables my son to make friends with elder children, and also has this "I-am-a-big-boy" feeling as there is always someone younger than him.
3. This is not a place that using Ipad or TV to run the class. Big plus. We want him to develop and learn by interacting with REAL people.
For those who posted comments full of personal attack, big thank you for leaving this school. If you can pay more attention to state facts in a calm way rather than so focus on assaulting other people as if you are all from the same group, I'll give some credit to your comments.
3 people found this review helpful
I can't say enough about this school. My son attended kindergarten here and as if it isn't nerve wracking enough to send you first child to kindergarten he also had some speech delays. His teacher could not have been more accommodating to learn how to teach my son rather then have my son learn how they teach. Every staff member I had the chance to work with the past year has been excellent with communication and very open to new ideas and strategies that would work best with my child. He went into that class in 2014 not being able to write his name and could not read but maybe a couple words and now my son can write full sentences and is able to read ME a book. Its an amazing feeling. My decision for him to attend this school was the best thing I ever did, he will also be attending this up coming year as well. Its a great feeling when every faculty member in your school know your child's name, there is nothing better then a sense of security where your child is concerned.
15 people found this review helpful
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!