Youth Academy

(six through eleven years)

SĀHGE Youth Academy is a Montessori-inspired educational alternative to traditional schooling for lower to upper elementary school-aged learners in Greater New Haven, Connecticut only. The Youth Academy meets in person.

Youth Academy Schedule

Mondays-Thursdays, 9:30 AM-2:30 PM

Image of youth academy student during engineering class


Our curriculum is designed around literacy and civic education and includes content in Science, Arts, History, Government, and Economics. Students will be exposed to experiences with highly experienced teachers in coding, illustration, dance, entrepreneurship, and digital citizenship.

Required Materials & Supplies

  • Daily lunch and snacks
  • Water bottle/thermos
  • Five-subject Notebook (wide-ruled)
  • Pencil Case: retractable pencils and refills or #2 pencils; erasers; one blue and one black pen; one highlighter
  • Ruler
  • Colored pencils
  • Black leggings and t-shirt
  • Laptop

Any required textbooks or other print materials, additional supplies needed for classes, and costs for extended learning experiences, e.g. field trips are not included in tuition fees and are the enrollee’s responsibility.

youth Academy

Full-Time in New Haven, Connecticut Only


For Ages 6-11
  • On-site Learning
  • Foundational Subjects
  • Arts Enrichment
  • Digital and Economic Literacy
  • Entrepreneurship Skills
  • Montessori-Inspired


We are seeking a trained Montessori teacher to head the Youth Academy. Until the ideal candidate is hired, the Director of Education will spearhead curriculum content and delivery with the support of: 

Belito “Baba Abel” Garcia – Digital Citizenship & Socio-Emotional Intelligence Instructor 

TBD – Math Teacher

TBD – Science Teacher

TBD – Illustration Teacher 

TBA – Coding Instructors 

Shari “Mariyama” Caldwell – Contemporary Ballet and African Dance Instructor

Enrollment Costs

Tuition is due in accordance with your signed Tuition Agreement and Enrollment Contract.

There is an annual, non-refundable administrative fee of $175 for newly enrolled students. The fee is $100 for returning students and siblings*. The administrative fee includes an assessment for a plan that addresses personal interests, family values, educational goals and academic rigor.

*Within households, the administrative fee is reduced to $100, and a twenty percent (20%) discount will be applied per additional learner.

Payment options are available. Families who pay tuition in full are eligible for a 10% discount!

Families that pick up their student(s) after the designated dismissal time are subject to an incremental late fee.

Inquire within about our transportation service!


“Know Thy Self” 

SĀHGE Academy’s curriculum is predicated upon the scholarship of Dr. Na’im Akbar. The Community of Self articulates the ideology, content, scope, and methodology for educating children of the African diaspora. Members of the national society who do not identify as African, Black or African American are welcome to attend SĀHGE Academy, with full disclosure that we center beings of the global majority in the curriculum and pedagogy, as necessitated by the lack of cultural responsiveness within the educational paradigm that has centered Europeans since their colonization around the world. Further, we look to scholars such as Amos Wilson and Paulo Freire to enhance our pedagogical knowledge and its application to diverse learning styles.

The Community of Self expresses the philosophy of SAHGE’s co-founder, Arden Santana, as precisely as if she wrote it herself. Akbar informs us to master self-awareness in order to appropriately cooperate within, contribute to, influence the development and growth of, and respect the members and culture of our mental, physical and social bodies. In sum, curriculum and pedagogy that incorporate an Afrocentric worldview:

  • teaches beyond skill sets to educate the mental, moral, ethical, and collective consciousness of students
  • educates through real-life and natural-world experiences and factual content
  • is universal and humanistic in scope
  • responsive to the  historical narrative of students
  • breaks down language barriers
  • respects differing religions
  • shapes a mindset that is joyful, self-centered, confident and aimed at achievement

There is nothing new under the sun, and so it is with the “connected learning” model that researchers began to grasp in the early 90’s. Incorporating the principles pinpointed above, the connected learning model acknowledges technology as a tool of modern culture. Lovingly, SĀHGE Academy embraces this encompassing framework to deliver a high quality education with self actualization and self-sufficiency in Mind!