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FAQ

FAQ

Q: How long is your school day for Kindergarten? My husband and I work long hours and could not pick up our child until 5:00 or 5:30.  
A: The school day begins at 8:10 am and ends at 3:00pm. We offer a before school program beginning @ 7:30am and an after school program ending at 5:45pm.
Q: We want our child to learn how to read, write and have a strong foundation in math skills. Where does your curriculum come from?
A: We build on the core curriculum goals of New York State with research based approaches from current best practices. For reading and writing, we follow the Teachers College, Columbia University’s “Readers and Writers workshop method that is tailored for each individual student. Students are assessed every few weeks to make sure that they are reading books at their own reading levels. By the end of the school year, students usually exceed grade level expectations.  In math, we adapt the Singapore Math program that combines the teaching of concepts with daily hands-on practice of key math skills. Students work on their own skill level so that most end up exceeding local public school standards.
Q: Our family is not Episcopalian or even Christian. Will this be confusing to our child?
A:  As in most Episcopalian schools, the majority of students are not members of the parish. In this academic year, 79% of the students are not Episcopalian. Our weekly Chapel program is led by Mtr. Elizabeth. She designs an engaging and age-appropriate experience that includes stories from the Bible, prayers, and songs.
Q: As the school grows, will it have to move? We like your current central location with its access to fields and nature trails.
A: We are fortunate to have ample space at our current location to grow as our strategic plan envisions.
Q: How can I prepare my child for the screening/assessment?
A: No preparation is required except for a good night’s sleep.  The screening helps us to learn about your child’s developmental strengths and needs so that we can be sure that our school setting will be the best one for her/him.  This screening is not an IQ test.  It provides a way for the teachers to observe how your child approaches physical, social, psychomotor and thinking tasks.
Q: Our child is very active and likes a lot of physical play. Can you meet his/her needs?
A: The teachers carefully observe each child’s needs and adjust the environment and the pacing of the lessons accordingly. The children go outside to recess daily and when weather permits also go out on the nature trail for some lessons. We provide sitting balls and sensory input disks for any one to use while sitting.
Q: Our child is quiet and shy. Will you be able to spot his/her true potential in your screening?
A: We have found that even the most cautious child becomes engaged with the teachers during the assessment activities. We can get a fairly good picture of individual styles of interacting with other people and with the materials.  At the beginning of the screening session, if a child appears uncomfortable or anxious, we leave the doors between the rooms open so that the parent will be in sight to help offer reassurance.
Q: We’d like to talk to some parents whose children are now enrolled at St. George’s School.  Is that possible?
A: Yes, we can arrange that. Our parents are very helpful and eager to tell you about their own child’s experience.
Q: Will we have a chance to tour the school and see classes in session before making a commitment?
A: Yes, we are happy to schedule appointments throughout the year. Visitors are limited to one family at a time so that the daily teaching routine is not affected.  Call the school office to make an appointment.  518-280-7196.
Q: I notice on your school calendar that Passover and Good Friday are both marked as holidays. What other religious holidays do you observe?
A: We don’t close for other holidays, but the teachers include lessons about  other religious holidays and customs in their curriculum such as Dwali, the Hindu Feast of Light, the Muslim Feast of Ramadan, Hanukah, and others.
Q: Has there been any press coverage of your school that we could read?
A: Yes, there are articles available in March, 2011 issues of the Gazette, the Community News, and Saratoga Living. Links are available below.
WNYT Education Spotlight  (Fast forward to 1:45)
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