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Review for Saratoga Academy of the Arts and Sciences, Clifton Park, NY, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

This is definitely not just One parent posting reviews here, there are many of us.

For the most recent commenter, we are being honest. I wrote a previous review and restate some of that here. The teachers were great. The administration sucked. All of the negative things written here are totally true. We had planned to keep our kids at this school but after last year's kindergarten field trip fiasco and my child being punished for not attending because we didn't feel that it was appropriate for him, we had a quick change of heart and pulled them out. We had even paid part of the registration for this school year and weren't upset about losing the money because we weren't going to tolerate the behavior of the administration any longer. In the beginning, this school was great but it isn't any longer. I constantly am hearing rumors about their financial difficulties and I know that the admissions is way down, mostly from those of us that chose to pull our kids out of this school.

Unless you want to experience some of the crap many of us former SA parents have dealt with these past years, don't put your kids in this school. Case in point, last year there were 4 Pre-K classes with about 22 kids each last year = 88 kids, this year there are only 3 Pre-K classes with about 14 kids each = 42 kids, about half of what it was last year. Doesn't that say a lot! Not only did many of us who originally planned to send our kids there this year changed and are sending them somewhere else but the public is hearing the stories about what really goes on and are looking elsewhere. Even someone I know of who's kids never went to this school has heard that Mr C is a "tyrant". Word gets around and those of us that have experienced the worst of what this school is wants to make sure that other parents and kids don't have to go through what we went through.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  General Member of the Public

Review for Saratoga Academy of the Arts and Sciences, Clifton Park, NY, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

I totally agree with everyone that has said that this school's teachers and education are great but the administration is a whole other story. Our kids were here for the past 2 years and due to a lot of recent problems we've pulled both of them out and will never recommend SA to anyone ever again. Even the board members have quit and removed their kids from the school. that says a lot. The headmaster is a dictator and bully. 1/3 of the entire kindergarten class didn't go on a field trip to Mystic Aquarium because their parents felt it was too long of a day and too far to go and he punished them by giving them an extra homework packet (something they couldn't do without help) that "must be completed". The rumor was spread the day after they were pulled out of class and given this additional homework that anyone that didn't do it wouldn't be able to attend graduation. Those that didn't do it anyway were forced to do it the week before the ceremony by having to stay in at recess to complete it. We are sure he didn't want it getting out that kids were denied being able to attend the graduation ceremony but he had to win and have his way and made sure the kids did the extra homework. The kids that did attend the field trip got home at 10pm on a school night.

There are serious safety issues that have been brought to their attention and were ignored. The playground is an accident just waiting to happen. Mr C and Mrs Z talk a good talk but they just tell parent what they want to hear and don't really care other than to grow and grow and being able to brag about their growth. They are more concerned about being the biggest independent school, not being a true family and child oriented school. The PTO is a joke, no one is allowed to complain about anything or make suggestions on how to improve things. Parents concerns are totally ignored. They have no business opening a middle school when they aren't taking care of the school/grades they already have

Yes my kids teachers were great but the 2 people running this school were more than we are willing to put up with any longer. There are other options available in Clifton Park, including the new Sara Marie School, which is what SA was in the beginning, a truly great little school. A great deal of us parents that had originally enrolled our kids for the next school year have since removed our kids from SA. I hope that their classes are so empty that they finally get the message.

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

A little

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

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Somewhat badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Client Served