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Ballard Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 369 students

 

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2011:
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Posted October 31, 2012

Our son started Kindergarten at Ballard in September. We are blown away with the faculty and school thus far. From the superintendant, all they way down to his teacher, everyone has been so involved in the learning envirionment at Ballard. They do a great job of also keeping the parents informed of all activities and events at the school. Great job and thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2011

I can't think of one negative thing to say about Ballard. My children are getting a great education and having a wonderful elementary experience. The teachers are amazing and the atmosphere there is warm and friendly. We are so pleased that we chose to move into the SGF/Ballard school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2011

I am very happy with Ballard. My 7 year old goes to this school and they really encourage respect, friendship, and helping others. I think their friendship assembly is a great ised to bring all the grade levels together in one room to offer positive news, and appreciation of students who have stood out for the month! I wish she could stay there right through 12th!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2009

I rate this school on a 5 *** because every teacher there took thier time with my child who happens to be very shy, I am dissapointed to see only 4****'s
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2006

What a great school. The teachers really care about the students, many of them have children of their own in the school! The parent involvement is wonderful, the HSA is always offering after school programs hosting fun nights for families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

Ballard is a wonderful school with a core group of parents who work hard to make the elementary experience wonderful for all children. There are many enrichment programs offered after school, as well as many family activities in the evening.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2004

As a former student of Ballard Elementary, I have to say that I believe I became who I am today because of the start I got at Ballard. There are many teachers still there today that taught while I was there some 20+ years ago. The hallowed halls of Ballard Elementary will always be vivid in my memory. Thanks to Mrs. Carter for my math skills, Mrs. Ford for my reading, and Mrs. Norris for my caring and understanding. These are just a few of the outstanding teachers I encountered at Ballard.
—Submitted by a former student


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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 32% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
81%
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 2013-2014 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. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. 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 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%
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 2013-2014 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. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. 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 30% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
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 2013-2014 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. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 95% 48%
Hispanic 2 2% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 1% 9%
Black 2 1% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 121%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 9%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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  • MR. MICHAEL HUCHRO

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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300 Ballard Rd
Wilton, NY 12866
Phone: (518) 587-0600

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