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SIS Middle School Receiving Strong Interest From Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                    

Monday, February 5, 2018

CONTACT:

Lisa Brown, Head of School

(518) 583-0841; lbrown@siskids.org

SARATOGA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL RECEIVING STRONG INTEREST FOR NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM LAUNCHING THIS FALL

SIS Middle School Information Session Scheduled for Tuesday, February 6th at 6:00 p.m. at Saratoga Springs Public Library

SARATOGA SPRINGS – As the growing Saratoga Independent School (SIS) is nearing the final stages of preparing for the opening of its new middle school this fall, interest in enrolling for the inaugural middle school class of sixth graders is strong, with dozens of families attending middle school open houses, information sessions, and scheduling individual tours.

The SIS Middle School registration and financial aid process is about to launch for students entering sixth grade this fall.  Families enrolling in the inaugural middle school class will receive a special tuition discount as members of the “trailblazer” Middle School class and will be eligible to apply for financial aid.  Following the addition of sixth grade this fall, seventh grade will be added in Fall 2019 and eighth grade in Fall 2020.

Information sessions for families interested in learning more about the new SIS middle school are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, February 6th at 6:00 pm at the Saratoga Springs Public Library (Susman Room),
  • Tuesday, March 13th at 6:00 pm at Saratoga Independent School, 459 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs (includes school tour), and,
  • Individually-scheduled tours are ongoing with the admissions and financial aid process launching in February.

The middle school information sessions will address the academic program, athletics, extracurricular and enrichment offerings, new advisory and leadership programs, and more.  Families will have the opportunity to meet faculty and staff and ask questions.

The SIS Middle School will offer students the following unique, high-quality programs:

  • Students attending SIS middle school for sixth through eighth grades will be well prepared for enrolling in rigorous Advanced Placement and competitive college-preparatory high school programs and for enrollment in highly selective colleges and universities.  (See achievements and schools lists below.)
  • SIS’s low student-teacher ratios, student advisory and leadership programs will provide students the guidance and personal support needed to excel in middle school and beyond.
  • A new academic wing – designed with a focus on the optimal environment for middle school student success – will house the middle school program.
  • Students will utilize the school’s 60-acre campus for hands-on learning experiences, including environmental science, engineering, and visual arts projects.
  • Competing in interscholastic athletics with public and private schools in the Capital Region’s Friendship League will provide an opportunity for student to learn teamwork and sportsmanship.
  • SIS will leverage exceptional learning opportunities in the local community by forming partnerships with local arts, technology, entrepreneurial, and higher education organizations.

Lisa Brown, SIS Head of School, stated, “A thoughtful, well-organized middle school education and a comprehensive, age-appropriate experience are critical to the development of happy, engaged, and resilient students.  The SIS Middle School offers Saratoga’s families an independent school option, close to home, for navigating the years of adolescence with success.”  Ms. Brown served as Associate Head of School at Doane Stuart School from 2000 to 2017.  During her tenure, she also served as Interim Head of School from 2012 to 2014 and as Head of the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools.

Catherine LoMonico, SIS trustee and chair of the task force working on the middle school expansion, stated, “Middle school can be an exciting time for our children to grow academically and socially when given a positive and supportive environment. SIS’s rigorous academics and focus on community give our children the gift of becoming students who embrace learning and who act as leaders and respectful, caring individuals.” Ms. LoMonico, a former independent school teacher from New York City, has been working with Head of School Lisa Brown on a task force made up of faculty, staff, and community members to prepare for the opening of SIS’s middle school this fall.

Jeny Randall, SIS fifth-grade language arts teacher and middle school coordinator, developed the new sixth-grade curriculum.  According to Ms. Randall, “At SIS’s middle school, students will be encouraged to try new activities, explore new ideas, take on leadership roles, and share insights.  The curriculum centers around a year-long theme, which allows students and teachers to make connections across disciplines and understand that real-world experiences rarely lie within a single subject.”  Prior to joining the SIS faculty in 2011, Ms. Randall taught science at Tenacre Country Day School in Wellesley, MA, and middle school science at Kentucky Country Day School in Louisville, KY.

SIS has a strong track record of preparing students for academic success, with alumni earning valedictorian honors locally at Saratoga Spring High School and Saratoga Central Catholic School, and earning academic honors at college-preparatory schools such as The Albany Academies, Doane Stuart School, Emma Willard School, Hebron Academy, Northwood School, and Phillips Academy Andover, among others.  The strong foundation students receive at SIS puts them on a trajectory for long-term academic success, with SIS alumni attending such highly-selective colleges and universities as Amherst College, Cornell University, Harvard University, The Julliard School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, Vassar College, Williams College, and Yale University.

Founded in 1991, SIS is a New York state-chartered private school accredited by the New York State Independent Schools Association.  The school’s mission is to empower students to become confident learners who are capable of critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork.  It strives to equip its students with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in an increasingly complex world, while enriching each day of their childhood.  It provides students with an environment in which a high priority is placed on respect and caring for one another.