Sage School At A Glance
· Where is Sage located?
Our address is 800 Satellite Blvd., Suwanee, GA, 30024. Our facility has 21,000 square feet, which provides us plenty of room to grow.
· Do you accept mid-year enrollment?
We utilize a rolling enrollment process throughout the school year; however, official enrollment begins in March for the following school year.
· Why is daily of Orton-Gillingham instruction my child will receive so important?
The small-group instruction is the main focus of each day, and it makes Sage School unique. Students enrolled in Sage School receive individualized daily Orton- Gillingham tutorials in small group setting. These groups are ability- based and are derived from initial assessments. Students receive daily practice and review in the tenants of Orton-Gillingham, including phonemic awareness, encoding practice, and writing practice.
· What are the hours of the school day?
School starts at 8:00 a.m. and dismisses at 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. School ends at 12:30 p.m. every Friday.
· Do you serve lunch?
Not at this time. Students must bring a nutritious lunch.
· What types of enrichment classes are offered?
Students participate in weekly or bi-weekly enrichment classes in physical education, technology, art and drama. Elementary students have two hours of recess each week. We also emphasize movement throughout the day in our content courses.
· Do you follow Gwinnett County School calendar?
For the most part, yes. We have the same major holiday breaks. Sage School does NOT automatically close when Gwinnett County Schools are closed. Sage’s closing information will be announced on WSB and you will receive a Renweb parent alert. The decision to close will be made before 6 a.m. Sage will never delay the school’s start time due to the long drive and complex car pool arrangements many families have. Weather conditions at the student’s home may be drastically different than in Suwanee. Safety of our students and families is of the utmost importance to Sage. Therefore, an excused absence will be given if the schools in the county where the student lives are closed.
· Do students wear uniforms?
Yes, school uniforms can be purchased through The Target Group. We require all shirts be purchased from this vendor. Uniform bottoms may be purchased from this vendor or other local retailers. Each Friday is school spirit day and students are encouraged to wear a spirit shirt with jeans or uniform bottoms.
· What background do your teachers have?
Our teachers are degreed professionals with outstanding credentials and love for children. All teachers hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree and 80% have master’s degrees. Additionally, all teachers have completed the rigorous Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators’ Associates level training course. Several have achieved Associates level certification while others are working toward the certification.
· What standardized tests does Sage administer?
Sage School administers tests, both standardized and informal tests, to obtain a complete picture of each student’s abilities. These tests are completed both in the Fall and Spring. In the OrtonGillingham tutorial, students are assessed with a battery of informal test to assess their language skills, and are then given specific, prescriptive goals. These tests include measure for in phonological awareness, letter sound recognition, passage reading and fluency, spelling, word reading and handwriting. Other standardized tests which are administered twice each year include the Gates-McGintie Reading Test and the GMADE (Group Mathematics Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation). Additional reading, language and articulation testing measures that may be used as needed, including the WRAT, CTOPP, CELF-5, TOWL, etc. Lastly, Sage School administers the IOWA Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) to all students in the Spring.
· Will my child’s schedule include daily lessons in science and social studies?
Student’s alternate classes in Science and Social Studies each semester due to the hour of daily Orton-Gillingham class.
· Is Sage a Christian School?
Yes, Sage is a Christian School whose student’s receive twenty five minutes of Bible instruction five days a week. Sage is not affiliated with a particular church or denomination.
· Do you accept funding from the Georgia Special Needs Students scholarship program (SB10)?
Yes, Sage accepts scholarship funding provided by Georgia students who meet their eligibility requirements. A scholarship calculator can be found on the state website: www.k12.ga.us.
· Can you explain the Georgia Tuition tax credit program (HB1133) and how it applies to Sage?
In 2008, the Georgia legislature passed this law which allows individuals and corporations to redirect a portion of their Georgia income tax to provide scholarships for private school students. Sage has partnered with Pay It Forward; a state approved Student Scholarship Organization (SSO). For more information, please visit their website at www.payitforwardscholarships.com
· Do most of Sage’s students live near the school? Do families car pool?
Our students live in a fairly wide geographic area. We serve students in Clarke, Gwinnett, Fulton, Hall, Forsyth and Oconee counties. We provide families with a directory which lists addresses and contact information for our families so they can arrange carpooling among themselves.
· Do you offer tutoring services?
Yes, Sage offers tutoring. Please contact Sherry Cannon at Scannon@sageschool.net for additional information.
· Is Sage School tuition tax deductable?
Sage School tuition MAY be tax deductible. You should contact your own tax advisor to find out further information.