Science & Arts Academy

  • Science & Arts Academy is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational, not-for-profit day school for gifted students in preschool 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 or call 847-827-7880.

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-8
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Gifted and Talented Learners
Year Founded 1992

Student Body

Total Students 246 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade Science & Arts Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 42 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 14 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $19,950
Tuition Notes Financial Aid opportunities available.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Mindy Keller
Admissions Associate Diane Angelucci


Total Sports Offered 2 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross CountryBasketballCross Country,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Certamen Team, Chess, Coding Club, Community Problem Solvers, Drama / Plays / Musicals, Drawing the Line, Foreign Language, GEMS (Girls Excelling at Math and Science), Girl Scouts of America, Intramural Sports Program, Math Club, Music Lessons, National Junior Honor Society, Science Olympiad Team, Student Council Certamen Team, Chess, Coding Club, Math Club, Music Lessons, Community Problem Solvers,
Drama / Plays / Musicals,
Drawing the Line,
Foreign Language,
GEMS (Girls Excelling at Math and Science),
Girl Scouts of America,
Intramural Sports Program,
National Junior Honor Society,
Science Olympiad Team,
Student Council,

School Notes

  • We believe that every gifted child has the right to an education that is appropriate to his or her potential.  Consistent with this belief, SAA commits to creating a stimulating learning experience by providing educational offerings suited to our students' varied levels of development.
  • We believe that SAA`s purpose is to promote, facilitate, and ignite student learning.  Further, thebest educational experience for a gifted child is guided by experts in gifted education and incorporates three components:                  
  •  Robust academics which appropriately challenge each student
  • Extensive opportunities for artistic expression which foster creativity and build greater self-confidence                                    
  •  Social and emotional development which allows students to gain skills for life-long success
  • Finally, we believe that SAA succeeds in uniquely serving gifted children with the support and cooperation of its entire community.  
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School Reviews

5  6/3/2016
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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