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Ballston Spa Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1024 students

 

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Posted August 4, 2013

I went to BSMS for 3 years. Overall it's a great school. Highlights include Launching Pad, the amazing theater program and the 8th grade field trip to Washington DC. Most of the staff is great. The nurse is not very nice and the deans enforcement of the dress code is not always fair. They are very good handling problems that come up like bullying. I got a good education here.


Posted June 1, 2012

Administration is horrible. Some teachers were okay, others not. Bullying is a HUGE problem here and all you get is lip service from the administration. Oh, and don't air your grievances at school board meetings - it is definitely remembered and used against you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

I love the community in Ballston Spa. The community is very connected and supportive of each other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2010

I love Ballston Spa Middle School because my grandson goes there. The teachers and entire staff are friendly, helpful, and do whatever it takes to help a child, not only in furthering his education, but furthering his development as a person.


Posted February 10, 2010

Two children attending. Elementray was great but Middle School not so great. It's ALL about NYS tests, rush everything. Some teachers, but not all, clearly care more about presenting material than whether or not anyone gets it. Bullys not dealt with despite the rhetoric you hear. Overall o.k. with good after school programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

great school for learning
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2005

Having been in the BSCSD for over 11 years, I can honestly say from experience that this school district just keeps getting better and better. Tax payers should not be worried that your tax dollars are being spent in vain. The teachers actually care about our kids and the parent involvement keeps the schools up in the realm of excellence. The extracurricular activities are sure to please all. When there was a threat of losing our music program, community-based support became involved and we now have a stable and succesful music program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2005

Our third child is now attending BSMS, and each child's experience has been very positive. You can see how much the staff enjoys working with this age group as evidenced in the way they greet the kids in the hall, the time they spend afterschool helping, or just talking with students, and in the clubs, intramurals, and sports they provide. Great attention is given to help ease the transition into Grade 6, including letters and visits in the 5th grade classrooms by the MS principal. The 8th graders have opportunities to take advanced math, science and art courses, as well as complete their first year of a foreign language. The PTA is active in the school and maintains a strong positive relationship with the staff. Emphasis is given to making BSMS a 'Great Place to Learn.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2005

I have been in Ballston Spa schools for eight years now. Each years seems to get better and better- these schools are wonderful! I find that my GPA especially is much better than my siblings who attended different schools. I believe it is because of the constant help and support offered by teachers and staff at this school. There are so many options for me! They offer various school teams and extracurricular activities such as clubs and teams. The arts program is awesome! Drama, music, band, orchestra- chorus! Students have so many choices and wonderful opertunities! But my mom's favorite thing is the chances for parent involvement! Field trips, PTA, everything! And they always inform the parents about everything! 'BSMS ROCKS!'
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 2, 2005

I have had two children attending Ballston Spa Schools. One attended since kindergarten and is now on the High Honor's list in 6th grade and my eldest has graduated. I am extremely satisfied with the attention given by the teaching staff. The staff has always been attentive to my inquiries as a parent and both my children have had positive experiences at the school. I have been very happy with the academic, music, drama and sports programs offered, as well as the engagement and involvement between teachers and parents. Good work. I highly recommend this school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2004

I have had two children go through this school, the second finishing this year. When my first child started five years ago the school was ok but there were definite weaknesses. However, since getting a new principal and hiring several new teachers, I have found the school to be very adolescent friendly and academically sound. Both my children were able to take accelerated courses. They also had many opportunities to find their niche in extracurricular activities and sports. The teachers have been available afterschool for the children and I have always gotten quick responses when calling or emailing. The teachers were very enthusiastic and were very giving of their time and energy. I was especially grateful to the Launching Pad teachers who got many children interested in theater.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2004

My child has needed a great deal of extra attention because of disabilities and the guidance counselors have gone way out of their way to give him so much extra help that I am amazed. He has been to 6 other schools so I can make a fair comparison. Ballston Spa has been, and still is doing a tremendous job and I fully appreciate them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

If given a choice I would not wish for my child to be in this school. My child is a special needs and it was a big fight to get them to help her. I wound up getting a child advocate involved to get her what was needed. The teachers in previous years have not been very patient with her and did not want to go the extra mile to help her.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

325 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
69%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

325 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 33% in 2013.

321 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

321 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students28%
Female36%
Male22%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White29%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities2%
General population34%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant28%

Math

All Students25%
Female29%
Male21%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White26%
Economically disadvantaged8%
Not economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities3%
General population29%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant25%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students30%
Female35%
Male27%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities2%
General population37%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant30%

Math

All Students33%
Female34%
Male32%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities4%
General population39%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant33%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students43%
Female44%
Male44%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities3%
General population49%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%

Math

All Students33%
Female30%
Male36%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White34%
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities3%
General population36%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant33%

Science

All Students84%
Female82%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities28%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 96% 48%
Black 1 3% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Hispanic 1 0% 23%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 223%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 4%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 24%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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210 Ballston Ave
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Phone: (518) 884-7200

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