A Foundation for Life

Elementary students at SMSA (kindergarten through grade 5) spend a large part of their day with their individual teachers in their bright, sunny, classrooms. They thrive on the individual attention that our small classes make possible, and they benefit from our safe, secure family atmosphere. They also benefit from a steady diet of “specials” offered by a variety of teachers in a variety of classrooms, including art, music, technology, physical education, library, and foreign language.

Dynamic and dedicated, our elementary teachers present information in creative and stimulating ways as they help children grow in knowledge and critical-thinking skills. Students thrive on opportunities to engage in lessons, whether creating their own headdresses for the Thanksgiving breakfast, dressing up as their favorite figures from history, building models of small cities, or designing board games about their favorite sea creatures.

Field trips to museums, farms, government and cultural attractions both in the North Country and the Capital District are frequent. Students regularly visit Crandall Public Library for story time, expand their horizons at the World Awareness Children’s Museum, begin to familiarize themselves with the masterpieces at The Hyde Collection Art Museum, and sample life in 19th-century Glens Falls at the Chapman Historical Museum. In fact, SMSA is the only school whose students enjoy an easy walk to all of these local attractions.