What is the admissions process?

Step 1: Tour our school

During your visit, you will observe our classrooms, meet our teachers, and have an opportunity to ask questions about our educational philosophy and curriculum, enrichment programs, and tuition options.

Please contact us to schedule a tour.

Step 2: Submit an application and fee

Once we have the application we will request your child's records and a teacher recommendation from their current school. This helps us learn about your child's prior educational experiences.

Step 3: School visit

It’s an exciting experience for our new students, and gives your child a chance to get to know the children and teachers, and gives us a chance to get to know your child. Children applying for pre-kindergarten will visit for a short time while older children will stay for a half or full day visit.

Acceptance into the Susan Odell Taylor School

We strive to gain a complete understanding of your child’s unique personality, characteristics and strengths. Careful, sincere thought and attention is given to each child’s application. When there are spaces available in a given class, acceptance letters for new students are sent out. Signed contracts are due back approximately two weeks after acceptance, in order to reserve a space for the following year.

What are the school hours?

Pinewoods Campus

8:30 am School Day Begins
3:30 pm Dismissal

All classroom doors open at 8:20 am.  Teachers will be in their rooms to welcome students and parents at 8:20 am.  Children who ride the bus and arrive before 8:20 am will go to beforecare without a fee. 

Sage Campus

8:10 am School Day Begins
3:20 Dismissal

A staff member will greet students on First Street between 8:00 – 8:10 am.  Students should enter the building and proceed to their classrooms.

What are the drop off and pick up procedures?

Pinewoods Campus

For car drop-off in the morning (8:20 – 8:30 am):

Stay in the lane until you can move your car to the yellow pedestrian zone by the front entranceway sidewalk. If there is a line, please wait your turn.

For car pick up in the afternoon (3:30 – 3:40 pm):

Stay in the lane until you can move your car up to the yellow pedestrian zone by the front entranceway sidewalk. Teachers will escort students into cars and buses.  During busy times, please be ready to be directed to move forward so that multiple cars can be loaded.

Sage Campus

A staff member will greet students on First Street between 8:00 – 8:10 am.  Students should enter the building and proceed to their classrooms.

Students who arrive after 8:10 am should be accompanied by an adult to the school and check in with a staff member. Drivers of late students can park in the shuttle zone on First Street near the school bus sign during the drop off.

Dismissal is between 3:20 – 3:30 pm on Division Street.  Cars and buses should line up on the right side of Division Street.

Do you have busing?

Students who live within 15 miles of the school in districts that offer busing are entitled to transportation through their home school district.  Transportation registration forms should be completed by the family and submitted to the district in April for the upcoming school year.

How do I contact the school office?

Mariann Haggerty  518-274-4994 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*Please note:  Mariann Haggerty is the contact person for both campuses.

How do I contact the business manager?

Jean Fuller 518-244-6848 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How do I contact the Head of School?

Kelly Magoolaghan 518-274-4994 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How do I contact my child’s teacher?

Teachers can be reached by school email.  Email addresses can be found on the school website. If there is an immediate need to communicate with a teacher please contact Mariann Haggerty.

Do you have beforecare/aftercare?

Beforecare is offered on school days to students at the Pinewoods Campus from 7:30 – 8:30 am for $10.00/day. Aftercare is offered on school days from 3:30 - 6:00pm for $12.00/day. There are reduced cost childcare package plans for students who use before and/or aftercare on a full time basis.

Do you offer childcare during vacations?

Childcare is offered during most school vacations (subject to provider availability and full registration).  Please see the annual school calendar for childcare dates.

Do you have a summer program?

We offer one week of Transition Camp at the end of the school year, available only to our Susan Odell Taylor School families.  We offer 8 weeks of summer camp, available to all children ages 4 through 8.

How does your lunch program work?

Each child should bring in a lunch that includes a drink (unless ordering milk - Pinewoods Campus only). Lunch is available for purchase on Wednesdays (pizza) and Fridays (grab bag lunch).  A monthly ordering calendar will be sent home.

Milk is available for snack and/or lunch on our Pinewoods Campus through an annual milk program.  A registration form for the milk program is distributed at the beginning of the school year.

What are Open Classrooms?

Open Classrooms are an informal opportunity for parents to visit our classrooms.  Students, teachers, and parents talk, share, and enjoy each other’s company while experiencing the wonderful happenings in our classrooms. Please see the school website for the  annual schedule.

How is tuition paid?

Tuition is paid through Tuition Management Systems.  There are four payment plan options available. Families set up their payment plans with our business manager during the contracting process.   

Do you offer financial aid?

The School offers grants to families of children in K-8 that demonstrate need through the financial aid process. Please contact Kelly Magoolaghan, Head of School, if you are interested in applying for financial aid.

How do I make a payment for non-tuition items?

Payments can be made by check payable to the Susan Odell Taylor School or online through our secure payment portal via the Make A Payment link.

Where is the Sage Campus located?

The Susan Odell Taylor School’s Sage Campus is located on the Russell Sage College Campus.  Click here for a map of the campus.

Where should I park at the Sage campus?

Parking at the Sage Campus is available on the street or by parking pass in the Russell Sage College lot at 69 River Street, Troy, NY 12180.  To obtain a parking pass, please contact Mariann Haggerty: 518- 274-4994 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

If a student needs to be dropped off or picked up during the school day, parents can park in the shuttle zone on First Street near the school bus sign for a short period.

During certain special events, Russell Sage College will make the parking lot at 69 River Street available to our families without a parking pass for the duration of the event.  We will notify you if an event has no-pass parking available.

How do I find out more about the school?

Visit Us! We love visitors! A school tour provides you the opportunity to meet our experienced teachers and see our students actively involved in the learning process. As you walk through our school and observe our learning environment, you will see and feel the joyful energy that defines our school and is the cornerstone of our student’s success. Schedule your tour today!

Email or call us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 518-274-4994