SCIENCE & ARTS ACADEMY

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1825 MINER ST
DES PLAINES, IL 60016
Phone: 847-827-7880
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Low
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 6:1
  • Students/Grade: 27.5
  • Number Students: 275
  • Number Teachers: 40
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Timothy Costello
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (23 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (62 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-01-03
    "This is our first year at SAA, and so far it has been amazing! Our daughter went to a few other schools before this, and would be upset when I dropped her off and picked her up. But at SAA, she is very excited to go to school, and is very happy when we pick her up. Her class is very small, and she receives a lot of individualized attention from her teachers. She was extremely shy, but has opened up since attending SAA. Her teachers were able to see through her shyness and assess her appropriately (previous teachers didn't think she knew anything since she wouldn't speak up). The new Headmaster, Mr. Costello is AMAZING and a true visionary. I can see that he really cares for the students, and takes the time to know each student and parent on a personal level."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-08-27
    "This school has really changed my life. I love it so much, and it has prepared me well for high school, and the staff and administration reply do get to know each student personally. Kids learn about diversity and accepting one another, and people are caring and friendly. Send your child here if you want them to prosper in not only Sciences, and the Arts, but in all subjects. The courses are certainly far from easy, but teachers strive to assist young learners as they face challenges, or have difficulty understanding a concept. many outstanding extra-curriculars help develope team-building skills, and a healthy like for competition.SAA has definitely changed my life, and helped me build the confidence and passion for learning that I have today. Thank you SAA, for helping me earn long lasting friendships, character, and a love for school and learning. :)"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-04-19
    "Science and Arts Academy is a treasure, and has made our child's life and ours so much better. I only regret that I didn't make the move from our well-regarded suburban district much sooner. Teacher quality is very high with few exceptions, and the exceptions don't seem to last long. Their promises of individualized education are true, my child's assignments are frequently targeted and classes like math that benefit from different levels and different instruction within level really happen that way. A new headmaster is coming in for 2013-2014 and faculty and staff seem very excited. The degree of parental engagement is like nothing I've seen before; these parents care about education and their kids and put their time and money on this priority. This is a functioning school with minor glitches, but superior in both theory and practice to the many alternatives we've explored or experienced for the gifted child. It is also a surprisingly fun place for kids, not something I had expected."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-09-14
    "We switched our son from public school to SAA in 3rd grade, almost 10 years ago, upon realizing the class room teacher had no idea what to do with a kid that "got it" the first time, then zoned out until something more interesting came along. After 3 heartsick months being berating for inattentiveness and symptoms of depression ( mommy, I have that sad feeling again ) we had to do something. An evaluation determined he was not inattentive, he was at the 12th grade level at age 8. We left and never looked back. My son excelled at SAA, and is now in one of the most competitive private high schools in the country. He is a national award winner in both French and Spanish (thank you Ms. Salzano!); is in a linear algebra class specifically created for him because he ran the school out of math beyond calculus; has won awards for his Science Fair research from NOAA, the US Fish and Wildlife Service among others. He is being recruited by top colleges all over the country, including the Ivys. ALL OF THIS IS BECAUSE OF SAA! I am convinced that if we had not made this move, we would have a child with emotional problems because he didn t fit the No Child Left Behind mold. Thank you SAA!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-09-14
    "We switched our son from public school to SAA in 3rd grade, almost 10 years ago, upon realizing the class room teacher had no idea what to do with a kid that "got it" the first time, then zoned out until something more interesting came along. After 3 heartsick months being berating for inattentiveness and symptoms of depression ( mommy, I have that sad feeling again ) we had to do something. An evaluation determined he was not inattentive, he was at the 12th grade level at age 8. We left and never looked back. My son excelled at SAA, and is now in one of the most competitive private high schools in the country. He is a national award winner in both French and Spanish (thank you Ms. Salzano!); is in a linear algebra class specifically created for him because he ran the school out of math beyond calculus; has won awards for his Science Fair research from NOAA, the US Fish and Wildlife Service among others. He is being recruited by top colleges all over the country, including the Ivys. ALL OF THIS IS BECAUSE OF SAA! I am convinced that if we had not made this move, we would have a child with emotional problems because he didn t fit the No Child Left Behind mold. Thank you SAA!"
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