Saratoga Independent School Names Lisa Brown as new Head of School

 Brown Charged with Guiding SIS through Middle School Expansion and
Strengthening Partnerships with the Local Community 
The Board of Trustees of the Saratoga Independent School (SIS) has named Lisa Brown as its Head of School.  Brown had been serving as Interim Head of School since July 2017. 
Prior to coming to SIS, Brown served as Associate Head of School at Doane Stuart School from 2000-2017.  During her tenure, she also served as Interim Head of School from 2012 to 2014 and as Head of the Lower and Middle Schools from 1993-2000.   
In addition to her experience as a school administrator, Brown has taught pre-school, elementary, and upper school classes and has received the prestigious honor of being named an Edward E. Ford Foundation Fellow by the National Association of Independent Schools Leadership Program for Aspiring School Heads.  Brown attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, after which she received a bachelor of arts degree in Art History from the University at Albany and a masters degree in education in Reading from the College of Saint Rose. 
Brown comes to SIS at a time of significant growth, with the addition of a middle school beginning in fall 2018.  SIS will add sixth grade this fall, seventh grade in fall 2019 and eighth grade in fall 2020.  SIS – located on a 60-acre campus at 459 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs – currently serves 140 students in preschool through fifth grade.   
Brown is also focusing on expanding educational opportunities for students by forming new partnerships with local organizations.  In December, the school partnered with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Skidmore College to host a week-long residency of the Decoda Chamber Ensemble at SIS.  Students and world-class musicians composed a new school song and performed it as part of a concert held at the historic Bethesda Episcopal Church in downtown Saratoga Springs. 
Jesse Schwartz, chair of the SIS Board of Trustees, stated, “We’re thrilled to have a veteran independent school administrator at the helm at SIS.  She is uniquely qualified to navigate SIS forward through continued growth, further elevating our rigorous academic program and enrichment opportunities, and strengthening our ties with the local community.”  Schwartz chaired the board’s search committee, which completed a thorough, comprehensive process over the last several months to identify the school’s new leader.  
Lisa Brown, Saratoga Independent School’s new head of school, stated, “SIS is a school with a strong culture, a place to which people form powerful emotional attachments. I find it particularly exciting to be involved in the school at a time when there are so many significant thresholds to be crossed and so much creative energy and collaboration fueling our work.  I am honored to serve the SIS community and look forward to all that we can accomplish together.” 
SIS parent Julie Fuller of Saratoga Springs stated “Lisa Brown’s experience and passion educating children has brought a new level to the already challenging curriculum.  By partnering with professional arts organizations, SIS is enriching learning for its students.  We are thrilled to have her leading our school.” 
Saratoga Independent School is currently in the midst of its enrollment process for the 2018-2019 academic year, with openings available in preschool through sixth grade.  Families interested in learning more may attend an open house at the school on Thursday, January 18th at 9:00 am or contact the school to schedule a visit.  

Admission Open Houses and Information Sessions



Saratoga Independent School will hold Admission Open Houses for Pre-K through Grade 5 and new Middle School on Thursday January 18 at 9am and Saturday, March 10 at 10am. The Open Houses will be held at Saratoga Independent School, 459 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs.

In addition, SIS is hosting three Middle School Information Sessions at the Saratoga Springs Public Library in the Susman Room.  These Information Sessions will be held at 6pm on the following dates:  Wednesday, January 24; Tuesday, February 6; and Tuesday, March 13.

Prospective parents and students are invited to attend the Open Houses and Information Sessions to meet with SIS’s Head of School, Lisa Brown and teachers.  RSVP appreciated, but not required.  To RSVP, or for additional information, please call Saratoga Independent School at 518-583-0841.


SIS Selects a Mascot!


In its over 25 year history, Saratoga Independent School was missing one thing – a mascot!  Just before breaking for the holidays, students, faculty and staff voted via referendum on a school mascot proposed by the fifth grade class.

After much thoughtful discussion of mascot options, our fifth graders picked their favorite, the moose, for its connection to SIS through our M.O.O.S.E. books and our Adirondack style and location.  M.O.O.S.E. is an acronym for Management of Organizational Skills Everyday, which is used daily as each student’s binder.

Before the vote, fifth graders explained mascots and the voting procedure to the younger students. They delivered and collected ballot boxes (re-purposed tissue boxes). Ballots were then counted by an impartial judge, Mrs. Rypkema (an assistant from the School District, who works with us daily), and we are happy to report that our mascot will be the moose!

We look forward to incorporating learning more about the rare Adirondack moose into the curriculum.


Due to weather there will be no After Care Program, after school activities or Middle School Info Session this evening. Dismissal is scheduled as normal and we will be in touch should that change.

Middle School Information Sessions – Open to the Public

Saratoga Independent School will be hosting three Middle School informational sessions for prospective parents and students:

Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room

6 – 7pm

Wednesday, January 24th

Tuesday, February 6th

Tuesday, March 13th

Drop ins welcome!


SIS to Host Alumni Get Together!

Saratoga Independent School to hold

Inaugural Alumni Association Event


Saratoga Independent School’s newly-formed Alumni Association is hosting a pizza party on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

This event is an opportunity for former SIS students to get reacquainted, hear future plans, tour the school, and to assist in the formation of the Alumni Association.

Head of School, Lisa Brown stated, “In conjunction with SIS’s 25th anniversary last year, the school has been making great strides in reconnecting with our Alumni.  We look forward to creating a strong and vibrant Alumni Association as we look to the future.”

To RSVP, or to find out more, please contact Pamela Howard, Director of Development, at 518-583-0841, or

SAVE THE DATE: Cantina Night!

SIS and Cantina are teaming up on Wednesday, January 31st for our annual Dine Out to Donate.  Cantina will donate 33% of your bill … lunch, dinner and cocktails!  Join us from 11:30 am – 9 pm.  Reservations strongly recommended @ 518-587-5577.  Cantina is located at 430 Broadway in Saratoga Springs.