The Ballston Spa Central School District offers a variety of special programs for our gifted students in grades 3 through 7.
Ballston Scholars Purple classes - An inquiry based program which meets the needs of high ability students in grades 3-7 who have reasoning skills in the top one or two percent of students in their age group, nationwide, as measured by the School and College Ability Test (SCAT test). The program extends instruction in Common Core subjects. The focus is on English language arts, science, social studies, math, engineering and technology. Classes meet once each week: 1 hour classes for 6th and 7th grade; 2 hour classes for 3rd grade; and a full day each week for 4th and 5th grades.
Ballston Scholars Gold classes (STEM) - An inquiry based program for students with high ability in math and science, as measured by the School and College Ability Test (SCAT test). The program extends instruction in Common Core subjects and focuses on science technology, engineering and math. Students participate in a 60 minute morning or afternoon session each week.
English as a New Language (ENL) Services
Students whose primary language is other than English are often referred to as Limited English Proficient students (LEP) or as English Language Learners (ELLs). Here in the Ballston Spa Central School District we employ ESL teachers who provide a free-standing ESL program. Students are identified within the first two weeks of school using the following criteria:
1. Upon registration, the Home Language Questionnaire (HLQ) is completed by the parent. If the HLQ indicates that a language other than English is spoken in the home or that the student understands a language other than English, an informal interview is conducted by an ESL teacher.
2. If the interview indicates that the student is possibly LEP/ELL, an assessment of the student’s level of English must be conducted by an ESL teacher using the Language Assessment Battery-Revised (LAB-R). The results of the LAB-R are used to determine the type of instructional program into which the student must be placed.. The LAB-R is administered only once.
3. Every spring, the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) is administered to determine if an LEP/ELL student continues to demonstrate limited English proficiency.
4. Progress on the NYSESLAT is measured as beginning, intermediate, advanced or proficient and the classification determines the required amount of ESL and English Language Arts instruction the student will receive the following school year.
NYSED Related Links - Resources