School Details

Science & Arts Academy

1825 Miner St, Des Plaines, IL 60016
(847) 827-7880
NR

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 240 students 6 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

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About this school

Science & Arts Academy is a private middle school in Des Plaines. The principal of Science & Arts Academy is Tim Costello and can be contacted at tcostello@scienceandartsacademy.org. 240 students go to Science & Arts Academy and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Science & Arts Academy is 6:1. Laureate Day School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 73% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 25% %
Hispanic 2% %
Asian 15% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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. )

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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!

  • (2 years ago)

    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!

  • (3 years ago)

    My child was recently enrolled in SAA and I was very excited with the school. The educators are dedicated and talented. But eventually I questioned SAA s value. There was no intent to teach a sense of humanity or global perspective. The gifted students at SAA have the potential to lead society to positive change but that concept is lost on the administrators and many parents at SAA as they seem satisfied with only creating the future upper-middle-class laborer. There are other schools in the area that provide similar educations and but instill into their students a sense of purpose and a feeling of engagement with their community. The Waldorf School in Chicago and Plato Academy in Des Plaines are two that come to mind. I ve enrolled my younger child into one of these schools and it delights me to see that many of her projects take her out of the building and into the real-world. Although it brands itself a school for gifted children SAA is really an exclusive school for parents of gifted children. Those parents that believed their child is gifted finally have the papers to prove it. This seems the driver for most with students enrolled there self-affirmation.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter just transferred here from a "great" school district and LOVES this school so much more! We are leaving No Child Left Behind...behind and not looking back. The class sizes are small the students are motivated learners and the teachers KNOW what to do with gifted kids and can appropriately challenge each one individually. They're doing it right and we're so happy to be s part of this community. French AND Spanish immersion at a young age drama specialized science and Latin teachers and chorus are either not offered or getting cut at our district school too. SAA saved my daughter and for that we are so grateful!

  • (5 years ago)

    This is an amazing place unique with really committed and caring teachers.

  • (5 years ago)

    Science & Arts Academy is an amazing school. The teachers and staff are completely dedicated to their mission of teaching gifted children. I consider this the best grammar school in the country for gifted children. My son adores SAA and it is amazing watching him grow as a person and a student.

  • (5 years ago)

    Because of the quality level of education offered and the dedication of the personnel.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has been such a gift to us. They truly believe in and follow their mission in how they educate gifted children. The faculty and staff do a wonderful job of accepting each child where they are and nurturing them (and their family) as they grow.

  • (5 years ago)

    SAA is the best academy school I've seen in the Chicago area.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is excellent for the gifted child. There are many levels of giftedness and the school can accommodate them all. They teach the whole child. My preschooler (who attends five days a week - 7 hours a day) loves to be there. They place the child by their capabilities not by age. They allow the children to delve as deep as they wish into the subject at hand. The feeling one gets is that the school TRULY cares about the child and the families. Thanks SAA

  • (5 years ago)

    Great culture great tailored approach small classes non-judgemental kids

  • (5 years ago)

    I love the family spirit that is seen in all aspects of the school. From PE Music and Drama to all the foreign languages and academics that are offered. The differentiation that the school offers is amazing.

  • (5 years ago)

    As a parent the school provided the depth the creativity and the challenge not only in academics but also in the arts that my boys craved. We found the staff to supportive and understanding of our boys' needs both in school and outside of school.

  • (5 years ago)

    We love the Science and Arts Academy! They class size is really small and the teachers are fantastic. We feel our children get a lot of individual attention and every day they learn something new and exciting.

  • (5 years ago)

    It is truly a wonderful school. The ratio of teacher to child in the lower grades is 1 10. They group the children based on their level of learning. The sky is the limit on learning.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our kindergartener loves going to school. Small class sizes allow teachers to really get to know and understand each child.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love SAA because everyone is accepted and loved there!

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