Student Support Services

  • Universal Pre KindergartenStudent Support Services includes a wide variety of programs: Special Education, Gifted Education, English as a New Language Services, Home Tutoring, Home Schooling, Consolidated Grant Program, Students in Transition, Education of Incarcerated Youth and Universal Pre-Kindergarten.

    Kris Jensen - Director of Special Education (PreK-12)

                        - Supervisor of Secondary Special Education

    Nancy Lashway- K-5 Supervisor of Special Education

    Jessica Skillings - CPSE Chairperson

     

    Special Education

    The Ballston Spa Central School District serves a diverse population of students with special needs.   Our mission is to improve academic achievement for all students with disabilities and to empower our students to become independent and responsible adults.  Currently, Ballston Spa Central School District serves students with disabilities in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12. 

    The District’s 504 Compliance Officer is:

    Kris Jensen
    Director of Special Education

    Ballston Spa Central School District
    70 Malta Avenue
    Ballston Spa, New York 12020

    518-884-7195 ext 1336

    Gifted Education

    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

     

    Home Tutoring

    The Ballston Spa Central School District provides home tutoring services, by a certified teacher, to students who are absent from school due to medical reasons. Students in grades 1-6 are entitled to five hours of home tutoring per week, and students in grades 7-12 are entitled to ten hours of home tutoring per week.

    Home Schooling

    The Ballston Spa Central School District serves students who receive home schooling.

    Consolidated Grant Program

    The Ballston Spa Central School District receives the following federal flow-through grants:

    • Title I-A (Programs for Disadvantaged Youth)
    • Title I-D Subpart 2 (District Neglected and Delinquent)
    • IDEA Part B 611 and 619 funds (Special Education)

    Each year, through the Consolidated Grant process, our district completes and submits one grant application for all of our federal flow-through grants. This process allows us to effectively look at how to use these funds to meet the educational needs of our students by seeing how these grants can support each other to meet the performance goals of the district.  Milton Terrace South & North Elementary Schools and Wood Road Elementary School are the Targeted Assistance Title 1 schools in our district.  Please contact the building Principals for more information, and Title 1 and parent involvement documents are available at the bottom of this page.   

    Students in Transition Services

    The Ballston Spa Central School District receives funding through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, and serves a homeless student population through a variety of support services, including a full time homeless liaison and full time counselor for homeless students and students deemed at-risk.   

    Contact Information:

    Mara Gallagher Bouyea

    Liaison for Families in Temporary Housing
    Ballston Spa Central School District Office
    (518)884-7150 ext. 2362

    At Risk Counselor
    Ballston Spa High School
    (518) 884-7150 ext. 2362

    Education of Incarcerated Youth

    The Ballston Spa Central School District educates incarcerated youth housed in the Saratoga County Jail.
     
    Universal Pre-Kindergarten

    The Ballston Spa Central School District currently serves preschool children in a Universal Pre K program

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