Step 1: Get to Know SAA
If you would like to learn more about Science & Arts Academy, please fill out our online inquiry form. Upon filling out this form, a member of our admissions team will follow up with you to share more information about SAA and answer any questions you may have.
Although our students and faculty are working and learning remotely in a distance learning model, our admissions team is still available virtually to help you learn more about Science & Arts Academy. At this time, the best way to connect with us is to schedule a Virtual Admissions Meeting.
Once our building re-opens, in-person school tours will resume. All tours are private, allowing us to personalize the visit to your individual needs. During a tour, you will have the opportunity to visit classrooms, speak with teachers, and see students across multiple grade levels engaged in differentiated learning activities. You will also meet with a member of our admissions team to learn more about our school and the application process.
Open House events are typically offered twice per year in November and January. Parent education events are also offered throughout the year to share more information about giftedness.
Step 2: Complete IQ Testing
The IQ test serves as a helpful measure of a child’s cognitive ability and potential. Administration of the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI) or the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) is required as a part of the application process for students entering kindergarten through eighth grade. (IQ testing is not required for entry into the Junior Kindergarten program).
The IQ test serves as a helpful measure of a child’s cognitive ability and potential. Children with a full scale IQ score of 125 or above are considered for admission to SAA. A complete evaluation report is required, which includes a full-scale IQ score, sub-test scores, evaluator commentary, and recommendations for educational programming and special services, if needed. Testing must be completed by a licensed psychologist. See a list of psychologists that often provide services to families seeking enrollment in Science & Arts Academy. We will, however, accept evaluations from any licensed psychologist, even if they are not included on this list. Please keep in mind that IQ testing is only one component of the application process, as we consider all aspects of the applicant’s qualifications when making admissions decisions.
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Step 3: Submit an Application
Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis for the 2020-21 school year, as seats remain available. Complete all fields in the online application, and submit along with a $75 non-refundable application fee.
Step 4: Submit Supporting Application Materials
In order to complete your child’s application, the following supporting materials are required:
Step 5: Consider Financial Assistance
We urge you not to let the cost of tuition stand in the way of considering SAA for your gifted child(ren). Our need based scholarship program enables us to assist deserving students who could not otherwise afford to attend our school. If you would like to apply for a need based scholarship, you will be required to complete an online application through FACTS, a need analysis provider. The cost for a need based scholarship application is $35. The need based scholarship application is separate from the application for admission, although it should be completed concurrently with the admissions process. Applying for a need-based scholarship does not influence the admission decision.
Step 6: Complete Shadow Day
After submitting all application materials, students are invited to experience a day at Science & Arts Academy. During a Shadow Day, your child will be assigned to a homeroom equivalent to his/her current grade level. Students will have an opportunity to attend various classes, meet other children and teachers, and absorb first-hand what it would be like to attend SAA.
While SAA is currently operating in distance learning model, prospective students will experience our community through a series of virtual visits. Applicants will be invited to join a live class and connect virtually with students and teachers.
Step 7: Meet for Parent Interview
A parent interview is required as a part of the admissions process. The purpose of this meeting is to help us better understand your child, and help you better understand Science & Arts Academy, so that we work together to determine if SAA is the best match for your child’s education. While SAA is operating in a distance learning model, all parent interviews will be conducted through a virtual format.
Step 8: Await Admissions Decision
Our admissions team thoroughly reviews all applications and gives careful consideration to every applicant. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, sexual identity, age, religion or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law in the administration of educational policies, scholarships, or any other school program. Admissions decisions will be communicated approximately one to two weeks after the completion of the entire application process. If a need based scholarship application was submitted, notification of award decision will be included in the contract. A signed contract, deposit, and new family fee are due 10 days after the contract is generated to secure the enrollment spot.