Resource: Science & Arts Academy (SAA) (Des Plaines, IL)
Website: Science & Arts Academy (SAA) (Des Plaines, IL)
Description: Science & Arts Academy (SAA) is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational, not-for-profit day school for students preschool through middle school. 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.

Comments: Contributed by: Parent on 4/13/2011
My PG daughter is in her fourth year at SAA, and it is the best year yet. The school has been supportive, flexible, and creative in meeting her needs, both academic and social/emotional. The teachers are beyond fabulous, and the curriculum is deep, engaging, and broad all at the same time. The ability to have such high caliber art, music, drama, and foreign language and also offer in-depth and accelerated math, science and language arts provides so many rich experiences and learning opportunities. Each child is an individual at SAA, and each is accepted and nurtured.

Contributed by: Parent on 4/10/2011
My daughter spent 5 1/2 great years in SAA. She graduated in 2008 and is a college sophomore now. Before choosing SAA we have looked at all possible options of meeting my PG daughter's needs. Looking back. I know SAA was the right place for us - great teachers, understanding the needs of gifted students. I hope this has not changed. No school is perfect, and SAA is not for everyone. It was a great experience for my daughter and I know she learned much more than academics.

Contributed by: Parent on 4/10/2011
My son was at SAA from the equivalent of K thru 5th grade. Loved it! He got to be who he was, w/out back-stabbing competition or snobbiness. It was great they moved from room to room, teacher to teacher, to get the expertise of instructors at an early age. Moved public middle school to make the adjustment to HS easier & have a gym (SAA had none then). Fall 2011 is Senior HS yr and he'll be in all AP or honors courses where no AP is offered. SAA rocked our world - he loved learning & was respected. Our college expectation is a place like SAA where he can be who he is, learn and love it, and not be teased or looked on enviously for being gifted.

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