SIS Named Healthiest School!

SIS was named the “Healthiest School” at the Cantina Kids Fun Run held in Saratoga Springs on June 4th.

Employment Opportunity: Before Care Teacher

 Before Care Teacher

Saratoga Independent School invites applications for  a Before Care Teacher to oversee the school’s early drop-off  program for multi-age students who arrive before the start of the school day.  Individual will engage/supervise children (ages 3 to 11) in age-appropriate activities, and play, indoors and/or on our outside playground; and provide a safe, respectful, and nurturing after school environment.  Hours are 7 AMto 8L45 AM Monday through Friday.

Qualifications include but will not be limited to:  prior experience working with children of all ages, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Certification or degree related to early childhood, preschool, or elementary education is desired but not mandatory. The successful candidate must possess a strong passion for working with children and for being part of a community that works together to provide a respectful learning environment filled with knowledge and discovery.

Other opportunities exist for additional employment within the school day if an individual is interested.

To be considered for this position please send a résumé, letter of interest, and two letters of reference to Felice Karlitz, Director of School, Saratoga Independent School, 459 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs , NY 12866, or via email to:

Press Release: Scholarship Donation



(May 16, 2017, Saratoga Springs, NY)  Saratoga Independent School is pleased to announce that a family within the school community who has created the Founders Annual Scholarship Award, has pledged $36,000 to be distributed over the next two academic years.

The family, who wishes to remain anonymous, is sponsoring 50% tuition, up to $6,000 per student for three students, in combination with 50% Saratoga Independent School financial assistance, thus enabling a full-tuition scholarship.  The purpose of the gift is to provide assistance to qualified students and aid SIS in retaining students for its upper school.  The recipient can be a new or returning student.

These scholarship funds assist Saratoga Independent School in furthering its recruitment goals in reaching out to students who have demonstrated financial need, and will uniquely benefit from an SIS education, with strong consideration for diversity.

Since 2015, this generous family has donated over $100,000 in scholarship funds that have assisted eight students.

Scholarship funds are still available for the 2017/18 academic year.

Press Release: Kite & Flight Festival – May 20



Once again, Saratoga Independent School proudly presents Kite & Flight Festival, a fun-filled community event on the school’s grounds.   This free event is the school’s largest family and community festival, which is held every spring.

Hosted on the school’s 60-acre campus, there is plenty of room for kites, flying machines of all sorts, and outside games, activities and contests!

The day will include:

  • Kites!  Bring your own or purchase one onsite.
  • Drones! Bring your own.
  • Rockets! Bring your own, or purchase a kit on site.
  • Planes! Balsa wood and paper airplane contests.
  • Face-painting
  • A bounce house and rock climbing wall
  • Food trucks
  • Raffles
  • Petting Zoo
  • Live music with Trail of Fate
  • Tours of our new academic wing
  • And more!

Traditionally Kite and Flight Festival has drawn an average of 150 people throughout the day.  This year being the school’s 25th Anniversary, we are expecting a much larger crowd made up of school families, alumni students and their families and the general public.

Press Release: SIS to participate in Jump Rope for Heart on 4-13-17

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Felice Karlitz
Saratoga Independent School

Office: 518-583-0841



(April 10, 2017 Saratoga Springs, New York)  At Saratoga Independent School, our motto is “We take care of ourselves, each other, our school, and our community.” Jump Rope for Heart is a fun event that helps our children understand the importance of community service and physical activity while helping to save lives.

One way our students have made a difference in the greater community is by supporting the American Heart Association through their annual Jump Rope For Heart campaign. We have participated in this program for eight years, and we do so because:

  • Cardiovascular diseases and stroke are the nation’s #1 and #3 killers;
  • American Heart Association research is vital to conquering heart disease. Their research has led to CPR, defibrillators, pacemakers, clot-busting drugs, to name just a few;
  • Lack of physical activity among youth is growing at a troubling rate;
  • It is important that children understand the importance of physical activity and good nutrition.

Our children can help make a significant impact on an issue that affects nearly every family in our area. Additionally, through participation in this event they will be physically active, learn about heart health, have fun, and understand the importance of community service. As part of learning about heart-healthy life style, children have also accepted a heart healthy challenge.

Our Jump Rope for Heart Event will be held on April 13th from 1:00-2:15 (Rain date is April 24th). 


  • Students will be participating injump rope games, activities, and challenges at different stations.
  • Children will share their knowledge about the heart and heart healthy living.
  • Healthy snacks and beverages will be served afterward.


  • Students who choose to may collect donations for the American Heart Association.
  • Students can ask friends and families to make a contribution to the American Heart Association.
  • We do not participate in prizes for donations. Our focus is on actions that will benefit others without personal gain.

About Saratoga Independent School

Founded by parents in 1991, Saratoga Independent School is a New York State chartered private elementary school for children in pre-K through grade six.

At Saratoga Independent School, our mission is to empower students to become confident learners who are capable of critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork. We strive to equip our students with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in an increasingly complex world, while enriching each day of their childhood.  We provide students with an environment in which a high priority is placed on respect and caring for one another.

Saratoga Independent is an accredited New York State Association of Independent School member and was recently voted “Best Preschool” by readers Saratoga Today and

To learn more about Saratoga Independent School, please visit our website at

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Press Release: SIS Appoints Two New Trustees



 (April 3, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY) Saratoga Independent School is pleased to announce that B. Jason Brooks and Heath M. Ames have joined the board of trustees for three-year terms.

In addition to being the parent of a current kindergarten student at SIS and a volunteer, Mr. Brooks’ career has been devoted to education.  He is currently employed by the Invest in Education Foundation.  Previously Mr. Brooks was the co-founder and a Trustee at the KIPP Tech Valley Charter School in Albany, and worked for The Foundation for Education Reform and Accountability and the Empire Foundation for Policy Research.  Mr. Brooks resides in Saratoga Springs with his wife and two children.

Also a current SIS parent, Ms. Ames is the Founder and Director of Marketing at Cantina Restaurant in Saratoga Springs.  Prior, Ms. Ames’ career in marketing has included positions in California with Alibris, Hasbro and Broderbund Software.  Ms. Ames has been a dedicated volunteer at SIS, and currently co-chairs the Marketing Committee.  Ms. Ames resides in Saratoga Springs with her husband Jeff, daughter Tessa and son Nick, who is a fourth grader at SIS.



Press Release: Spring Gala and 25th Anniversary Celebration



(Saratoga Springs, New York, March 17, 2017)  The Saratoga Independent School is celebrating its 25th Anniversary at a Gala fundraiser on Friday, March 24th at 6:30pm at Saratoga National Golf Club.

The festive evening includes cocktails, a buffet dinner, dancing to the Garland Nelson Ensemble, a silent auction, a Wishing Wall, and special announcements on the future of the school.

This year’s event committee has been chaired by school parents Julie Fuller and Lindsay Ferrara.