Saratoga Academy Of The Arts And Sciences

Rating: 2.89 stars   36 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

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!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 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.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

8 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!

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

9 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  

8 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  

8 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  

8 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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