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Educating inquiring minds and discerning hearts
St. George's Elementary School is a private Episcopal elementary school in Clifton Park, NY. We offer an engaging and comprehensive full-day academic program to our pre-k through second grade students, with plans to add one grade each year as we grow our school through fifth grade. We welcome students of all religious and cultural backgrounds into a community of learners, centered on our Episcopal traditions.
Our program meets the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs of each student. It prepares them for the demands of leadership and life-long learning, and to live a creative, humane, and compassionate life as a child of God and a contributing member of society.
Why choose an Episcopal School?
St. George’s School follows the guiding principles of Episcopal school education:
Episcopal schools value reason as a way to true understanding. They invite all who attend and work in them – Episcopalians and non-Episcopalians, Christians and non-Christians, people of no faith tradition –to seek clarity about their own beliefs and religions and to honor those traditions more fully and faithfully in their own lives
The St. George's Difference
What makes our school different? Keen ongoing observation of each child’s needs with instruction tailored to their skill levels and needs. The children might meet together to discuss their study of desert creatures’ habitat, then flow into small research groups depending on interest or skill levels. While one child is reading advanced chapter books, others might be working on their phonics skills with more basic stories. Individual “word work” with vocabulary and spelling could evolve into personal written stories. Each child works on reading book materials that match their level. Math lessons are based on a highly effective program developed in Singapore whose students have regularly scored at the top on international tests. Our students use many hands-on materials such as pattern blocks or lego pieces to strengthen number concepts. Science and social studies are taught through monthly themes that integrate art and music. The Parish three-acre field and prayer path provides a rich source of exploration and observation through science walks.
Two highly distinctive features of our school that set us apart from other area schools are the students’ daily learning with iPads for skill building and research, and weekly Mandarin Chinese language classes for all the students. Jenny Lu is our talented Chinese teacher who has designed her own program combining iPad exercises, spoken vocabulary, writing, art, Chinese songs and dance.
The students enjoy a range of weekly special classes that include art, gym, library, and music.