Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools provides a high-quality education for students in grades E-12. Our district is known for its E-STEM curriculum, which stands for Environmental Education, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.


Students qualify for SAGE Academy based on their scores on the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) or an individual measure of intelligence and the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), which are nationally normed achievement tests. Teacher and parent input are also considered. Teacher observations using the SAGE Academy Student Assessment Form are also used to determine eligibility for SAGE Academy for district residents.

In-district students are identified by a CogAT composite Standard Age Score of 130 or above, 95% or above on MAP reading and math tests and the Teacher Checklist (SAGE Academy Student Assessment Form).

Out-of-district students are identified using their current achievement testing data on a case by case basis. A measure of school ability such as the CogAT, OLSAT, or an individual intelligence test (IQ test) with a licensed psychologist is required along with the report cards, Teacher Checklist (SAGE Academy Student Assessment Form), and the SAGE Academy Application. To schedule and IQ test (at your own expense), with Jon Shriver, please send an email to

Qualified Candidates are accepted into SAGE Academy until classes are full. There is a two tier placement procedure with the first tier of accepted students being the Qualified Candidates who are district residents. The second group of students accepted is made up of the Qualified Candidates who meet eligibility criteria but are not district residents. All eligible in-district and out-of-district students were offered placement in SAGE Academy for the 2016-17 school year.

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