First to Eighth!


SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Independent School (S.I.S.) welcomes their first Eighth Grade class this Fall.  This marks the last phase in the school’s plan to add a Middle School, Taking S.I.S. from Pre-K through Eighth Grade.  The first group of Middle Schoolers started Sixth Grade at S.I.S. in the Fall of 2018 and they are thrilled to be the first graduating class this coming Spring.

Head of School, Lisa Brown said “This is a remarkable time for S.I.S. Since the school’s founding almost thirty years ago, visionary parents have imagined carrying S.I.S.’s values of leadership, respect, creativity, active engagement, and meaningful learning through the Middle School years.”

The Middle School expansion was part of the schools $1.7 million Capital Campaign, which concluded in October 2019.  Brown said “Many members of the SIS community – parents, Trustees, faculty, students – were joined by extraordinarily committed donors to bring the Middle School at Saratoga Independent School to life in 2018.  Special thanks go to our Capital Campaign leaders, Catherine LoMonico and Steve Greenblatt, and Julie and Marcus Fuller.”

Brown notes the contribution of Jeny Randall, Middle School Director, whose talent and spirit have brought out the best in an amazing group of Middle School students over the last two years. The students took on many school leadership roles, worked with their Pre-K buddies, helped to plan school events, participated in advisory, modeled positive character traits, and worked hard to help maintain the school’s strong sense of community during remote learning this past Spring.

Brown expects that Saratoga Independent School will be open for in-person education in the Fall. The school has already begun planning and implementing new health and safety measures.

Saratoga Independent School’s small class sizes, flexible teaching styles, thematic learning, team building, and respectful community provide students an academic and social education unmatched by other regional schools. The middle school expansion—adding its first eighth-grade class in Fall 2020—offers students a rigorous academic program preparing them for enrollment in advanced programs and selective high schools.

The enrollment and financial aid process is currently underway for families interested in enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year.  Virtual tours are available and will provide prospective students and families the opportunity to see the campus, meet faculty and staff, and learn more about the school’s strong academics and caring culture. Families interested in scheduling a private virtual tour may visit or contact Colleen Fortune, Admissions Liaison, at 518-583-0841 or

Founded in 1991, Saratoga Independent School is fully accredited by the New York State Independent Schools Association and chartered by the New York State Board of Regents.  Located on a wooded 60-acre campus, the school serves approximately 150 students residing in 13 different school districts.

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