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Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Ballston District Curriculum
The primary curriculum at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Schools consists of an English language arts program that emphasizes reading, writing, listening, speaking, and spelling. In addition to math, science, social studies, and health, students have access to arts, vocal music, library, physical education, and computers in the first grade. In grades three through five, students have the opportunity to play musical instruments and join the band, orchestra, or chorus. The middle school curriculum is based on three tenets: Transitions and Growing Independence (grade 6); Challenging and Complex (grade 7); and Foundations and Preparations (grade 8).
The Ballston Spa Schools elementary curriculum focuses on foundational learning in the core academic subjects. They have adopted Harcourt’s Journeys to implement the CCSS guidelines for literacy in kindergarten through grade five. In addition, they will use Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s GO Math! program to provide a rich mathematics curriculum to students in kindergarten through grade six. At the high school, students have a wealth of Advanced Placement (AP), dual enrollment, and International Baccalaureate (IB) options. Students will take courses in the core subjects, and can choose additional courses in business, arts, foreign languages, and technology.
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Ballston District Curriculum Used in Our In-Home Tutoring Programs
The residents of the Town of Ballston will attend either Ballston Spa Central School District or Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District. Each district follows the guidelines set forth through the New York State Education Department (NYSED), which has recently adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The CCSS encourages improvements in core academic curricula, particularly in concern with literacy in all subjects, competencies with numbers, and college and/or career readiness. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Schools provide strong core coursework from the beginning, starting with full-day kindergarten. Ballston Spa Schools offer its students rigorous coursework and various opportunities to explore.
Keeping Informed: Recent Ballston Educational News
- Ballston Spa Students Help at Culinary Competition - Students from the local BOCES attended the annual American Culinary Federation Culinary Conference and Competition. One culinary student from Ballston Spa assisted judges by presenting them with dishes from the competitors.
- Moe Drummer a Dad, Speaker, and Coach at Ballston Spa High School - Vinnie Amico, the drummer of jam band Moe, visits Ballston Spa High School to give presentations and encouragement to students. His children go to BSHS, where his daughter plays tenor saxophone in the band.
- Ballston Spa’s Early College Program Opens to Freshmen - The Hudson Valley Community College’s Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School Program provides many students in the area opportunities to learn about Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM). Ballston Spa students participated in the winter showcase this year, many of them freshmen, which is the first time freshmen have been allowed to participate.
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Chalk Talk: Skills Developed through Performing Arts
The arts curriculum has to main elements - visual and performing arts. In the performing arts curriculum, students learn about the roles and responsibilities of actors, backstage crew, and directors and contrast that with the roles of people involved in productions of music, art, and dance. Students learn how to perform, honing their skills for delivery of an engaging performance, as well as learn the off-stage tasks associated with directing, developing sets, creating costumes, and the like. Students also learn how to reflect on their performance, drawing strength from constructive feedback from their peers, while also learning how to give appropriate feedback to others based on their performance. This sequencing is used to help students determine when their lines occur and in what context. Pantomime and improvisation are two primary techniques elementary students employ to retell stories. These techniques are used in a group setting in order to dramatize events for an audience. Throughout life, students can draw upon these skills in a variety of ways.