Science & Arts Academy

1825 Miner St,
Des Plaines, IL, 60016-0600
Tel: (847)827-7880
Science and Arts Academy is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational, not-for-profit day school for students pre-school through junior high.
The unifying mission of SAA is to provide a stimulating environment in which intellectually or creatively gifted children can realize and learn to celebrate their full academic and artistic potential.

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 8
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Year Founded 1992

Student Body

Total Students 312 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 7%
State avg.: 28%
Students by Grade Science & Arts Academy Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 42 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 14 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $18,100
Tuition Notes Financial Aid opportunities available.
% on Financial Aid 25%
Admissions Director Diane Angelucci


Total Sports Offered 4 sports
Sports Basketball, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballSoccer,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Chess, Drama / Plays / Musicals, Future Problem Solvers, Intramural Sports Program, Science Olympiad, Student Council Chess, Drama / Plays / Musicals,
Future Problem Solvers,
Intramural Sports Program,
Science Olympiad,
Student Council,

School Notes:

    • Statement of Philosophy We believe every child has the right to education that is appropriate to his/her potential. We also believe that giftedness is frequently asynchronous development in which advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create inner experiences and awareness that are qualitatively different from the norm. We believe that this asynchrony increases with higher intellectual capacity. This uniqueness of the gifted renders them particularly vulnerable and requires modifications in parenting, teaching, and counseling in order for them to develop optimally. We are dedicated to meeting these unique needs. We commit to providing educational programs merited by our students’ varied levels of development, and to providing a learning environment which fosters excellence in teaching, stimulating learning experiences and a problem-solving/inquiry approach to instruction. Individual, small group, whole group, and flexible learning groups are integral to the program.
    • Guiding Principles Science and Arts Academy fosters excellence in a carefully balanced curriculum utilizing methodologies and approaches to learning that assist children in the realization of their full intellectual, artistic, physical, creative, emotional and social potential. We offer small classes and a personalized, challenging curriculum that encourages intellectual curiosity. Our nurturing environment serves to promote the concepts of honesty, self-reliance, leadership, responsibility, self-discipline and concern for others. We realize very few children are equally talented in all areas and take great pride in “accepting children where they are” when they come to us. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies, scholarships, or any other school program.

    Profile last updated: 01/17/2014

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is The Camelot Schools (0.5 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is The Camelot Schools (0.5 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Plato Academy (0.5 miles away)
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