All About: The Sara Marie School


Choosing the right kindergarten is an important step in your child’s road to academic success. With one of the largest districts in the area still only offering a half day kindergarten program, many families have opted for a private full day altern ative or a wrap-around program that supplements the public school systems half day program. Others prefer the private school route for their child’s first educational experience because of the smaller class sizes and more individualized attention.

The Sara Marie School, centrally located in Clifton Park, NY, is a private, not-for-profit, educational alternative to the public school system with a curriculum designed around New York State common core standards, highly qualified teachers, and limited class sizes. Named after beloved kindergarten teacher, Sara Marie Chase Duffany, The Sara Marie School strives to honor her memory by creating an educational environment that helps build a strong foundation and love of education through academic achievement, character building education, and a strong involvement within the community.

The Sara Marie SchoolThe Sara Marie School offers your kindergartener all of the academic benefits of a public school with the added bonus of more individualized attention, innovative teaching techniques, and a strong emphasis on community and character building. For the 2015-2016 school year the largest kindergarten class is limited to 14 students.

The schools full day kindergarten program runs from 8am to 3pm with the option of before school care through their breakfast club program which begins at 7:15 am. They also offer an after school program that is open to siblings from the Shenendehowa school district as well. It runs from 3pm to 6pm.

DSCN0644The Sara Marie School recognizes the individual needs among families and works hard to ensure these needs can be met. With affordable tuition rates ($5,900 a year or $590 a month), options for before and after school care, and an after school program that also accommodates siblings, The Sara Marie School is worth visiting to see if it is the right place for your family.

*In addition to the full day kindergarten program The Sara Marie School also offers full day pre-school, full day nursery school (age 3) and first grade options and plans to expand into more grade levels as they grow.  For more information visit

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  1. We love The Sara Marie School!! My daughter began attending this school for Pre-K and we are keeping her there for kindergarten. The teachers and school community are fantastic. I have been amazed by my daughter’s social and academic growth.

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