Academics

Our district offers a K-12 program designed to promote the academic and personal development of all students. Students continually build on their skills throughout their school careers, allowing each student to discover their personal pathway to the future.

K-12 Curriculum

The district is dedicated to preparing all students for the future by providing educational programming that aligns with the New York State Department of Education Learning Standards. Read more about our K-12 Curriculum in our Curriculum Overview section

Universal Pre-Kindergarten

The Universal Pre-Kindergarten program (UPK) is a free pre-K program, funded by New York State, for four-year-old children who reside in the district. Classes are currently offered in partnership with the Saratoga Regional YMCA and Saratoga County EOC Head Start.

Academic Intervention Services

Academic Intervention Services are designed to help eligible students achieve the NYS learning standards in English language arts and mathematics. These supports may include additional small group, solo, or primary instruction that supplements the general curriculum; and/or student support services needed to address barriers to improved academic performance.

The district uses a multi-tiered system of supports to help students who are struggling and improve outcomes for all students.

Attendance Policy

The Saratoga Springs City School District takes school attendance very seriously. In response to increased accountability measures under The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the District is focusing on improving student attendance at all grade levels. The purpose of ESSA, is to provide all children the opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education. 

Poor attendance, also referred to as chronic absenteeism, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. Research shows that students who consistently miss school are at risk of lower academic achievement, failure and even dropping out of school.

Families will now receive a letter from their child’s school once they accumulate five absences. Under ESSA, the District will not distinguish between unexcused and excused absences for this purpose. For example, doctor’s appointments are referred to as excused absences, but they are no longer treated differently. Board of Education or school-approved events do not count toward the five-day mark. Notes for all absences must still be provided. Absences beyond five days may result in additional support for the student.

Parents and guardians may view attendance records for a student in SchoolTool Portal at any time.

Grade Promotion and Placement Policy

View the district’s Promotion and Retention of Students policy.