SFSAS ranked #14 in Top 50 Best Private Elementary Schools in the U.S.
TheBestSchools.org ranked Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences #14 in a list of Top 50 Best Private Elementary Schools in the Country. TheBestSchools.org selected SFSAS based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, extracurricular richness, geographical and demographical diversity, and reputation. “The news was a huge surprise,” said Geetha Holdsworth, SFSAS Principal. “We did not expect it because we didn’t do anything to apply for the ranking. It is exciting for our community and great validation for the passion, hard work and commitment of our board, faculty and staff. As an Expeditionary Learning school, we are committed to creating an academically challenging curriculum in a culture of respect and compassion.”
According to the TheBestSchools.org website, ranking criteria included:
● Schools must have at least three of the six grades (first through sixth)
● Have a reputation for producing students who are well prepared to take the next steps in their education
● Though they are organized as businesses, schools have a reputation for treating families with fairness and compassion
● Schools actively seek to treat parents as partners in the educational process
● Schools openly and regularly celebrate the students and their accomplishments
“In determining whether and the degree to which these criteria were met, we did extensive research on these schools, which included finding and evaluating parent and student reviews,” states TheBestSchools.org on its website.
The ranking by TheBestSchools.org follows a series of good news items for the school. In October, two SFSAS teachers traveled to San Diego for the EL Education National Conference to teach master classes to educators from all over the country. Over the summer, SFSAS was named #1 Best Middle School in Santa Fe in the Santa Fe Reporter. In April, the school was featured in a film festival at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and in Education Week. In February, the school was chosen as one of three EL schools in the country to be featured in a film on Arts Integration and its connection to deeper learning. In Fall 2014, the school was asked to be part of a “school in the cloud” project in South Africa.