Science & Arts Academy

  • Science & Arts Academy is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational, not-for-profit day school for gifted students in Jr. Kindergarten through eighth grade.
  • Science & Arts Academy educates gifted children in an academically differentiated and enriched environment while recognizing the unique development of each child.

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedGifted and Talented Learners
Year Founded1992
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students259 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
7%
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade Science & Arts Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers37 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
79%
Average Class Size12 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 21 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$20,500
Tuition NotesFinancial Aid opportunities available.
% on Financial Aid
37%
Admissions DirectorMindy Hildebrandt
Admissions AssociateDiane Angelucci

Sports

Total Sports Offered2 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross CountryBasketballCross Country,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Certamen Team, Chess, Coding Club, Community Problem Solvers, Drawing the Line, Foreign Language, GEMS (Girls Excelling at Math and Science), Girl Scouts of America, Math Club, National Junior Honor Society, Science Olympiad Team, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama / Plays / Musicals, Music Lessons

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Intramural Sports Program

School Notes

  • Science & Arts Academy is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational, not-for-profit day school for gifted students in Jr. Kindergarten through eighth grade. Science & Arts Academy educates gifted children in an academically differentiated and enriched environment while recognizing the unique development of each child. Our supportive community encourages students to embrace their potential and cultivates their academic abilities, creative talents, and emotional growth.
  • SAA is highly regarded for its challenging and inspiring curriculum, small classroom setting and expertise and knowledge in supporting gifted children. Differentiation, acceleration, enrichment, problem solving and creative thinking are all concepts common to the everyday intellectual and artistic experience for the SAA student. To learn more about SAA or schedule a visit, please visit www.scienceandartsacademy.org or call 847-827-7880.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
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Science & Arts Academy is truly a great place. As a student, SAA has taught me so much ranging from valuable life skills to how to conjugate ER verbs in French. This school continues to nurture me everyday and I will carry the skills I have learned here with me forever.
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The Science and Arts Academy (SAA) has it all. The academic programs are excellent. Most of the students perform at least a year above grade level and for those that are 2-3 years advanced, the school places them appropriately. It is differentiated and challenging. It also offers top notch drama, art, and music programs. SAA is a place where children go to thrive and excel. All you have to do is walk down the halls to see it and feel it. For those with gifted children, it is a truly great school.
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