History of School

1991 – Saratoga Independent School opened its doors to six eager students in the lower level of the Trinity Methodist Church on Ballard Road in Gansevoort, NY. By the following school year, enrollment had doubled and full-time teachers were hired.

1992 – the curriculum grew to include Physical Education, Art, Music and Spanish.

1996 – Saratoga Independent School relocates to 8 Division Street to meet the growing demand for Kindergarten and Primary School students, and the school hires its first Office Administrator and Business Director.

2003 – Saratoga Independent School undergoes its most extraordinary evolution to date, raising over $850,000 in land, gifts and pledges towards the construction of the Anderson Campus, in honor of Mrs. Gail Anderson and her late husband Willard T. Anderson.

2004 – Construction of Phase I of the Anderson Campus was completed, providing our students 7,700 sq. ft. of room to learn and grow.

2006 – Saratoga Independent School began enrolling 3 and 4 year old students into the first multi-age preschool program in school history, located in the Arts Council on Broadway.

2010 – The East Wing of the Anderson Campus opened, providing space for computer, science and art labs, expansion for after school enrichment and third-party partnerships.  In 2010, Our Pre-K Wrap-Around program was added, offering families a safe, nurturing and enriching environment before or after the Pre-K class.

2011 – Saratoga Independent School earned New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) accreditation.  The NYSAIS accreditation process is a rigorous one.  It involves a two year introspective self study, a four day visit by a review committee, and a full NYSAIS review of the findings by the committee and the school.  We are proud to be a member of this association.

2012 – A third Pre-K class and a Before School Care program were added.  New classroom space was constructed and three additional teachers were hired.  SIS hires a Director of Operations (John Lefner) and names Felice Karlitz Director of School.

 2013 – A fourth Pre-K class was added in January, accommodating eleven 3-year old and 4-year-old students.  Recognizing a need for more space and an overall vision for the campus, SIS retained the services of Collins-Scoville Arch and the L.A. Group to develop our Master Site Plan.  In September, additional Kindergarten and 1st/2nd Language Arts classes were added.