Saratoga Academy gave our daughter the start she needed. The school features a close-knit environment with supportive staff. As an independent school, it has the freedom to allow the children to excel in areas where they shine. Projects and other in-class assignments help build strong problem-solving skills.
I am noticing that some clients prefer to name call and label staff. This is thoroughly unprofessional. Got a problem? Take it up with the staff in person. We owe it to our children to set a good example for the future.
The headmaster is an unprofessional drunk, and his sidekick Katie is nothing more than riding him (literally and figuratively) for a salary she is not qualified for and has no idea what she is doing. Very unprofessional relationship they have. The school is being run into the ground, the headmaster, as a fundraiser, throws a "party" at a local hotel where everybody is supposed to get drunk and donate money to the school. enrollment is down from 170 to about 80 kids, as most of us got fed up with ALL the nonsense that goes on here. DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS HERE, NOTHING MORE THAN A third class DAYCARE!!!
Review from Guidestar
It's shocking and appalling that this school is still open. The reviews below couldn't be more accurate. The Head of Schools & Associate Head of Schools have no idea how to run a functional school or provide basic professional development for their staff. There is no set curriculum and teachers are left to figure things out on their own. Students are not above grade level, despite what they would have you believe. When students DO eventually transition into public school they are lost and below grade level expectations. Please do yourself & your children a favor and seek education elsewhere.
Our child just went through academic testing and her reading and math scores are several grades higher than grade level after a few years at SA.
I think a small school like SA allows for individual attention. Also, the project-based learning is what our children need to truly grow as problem solvers.
Note: It's too bad that the current climate of anonymous, mean commenting online has now hit schools. This ain't Twitter, folks. Save the hateful language please. These are children and dedicated, hard working teachers. They deserve more respect.
How this school is even open and in charge of our childrens education is mindblowing! I feel very sorry for any parent that has given a good review of this school. That just means they have never experienced what a real school is supposed to be like. My kids had the misfortune of going there for about 2 years and its something i will feel guilty for every day of my life. I finally pulled them. I will always regret not doing it years ago. Please dont send your kids there. Ever since Katie Fleming started running the school it has turned into a nightmare. BEWARE!!!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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!!