School Details

Ballston Spa Middle School

210 Ballston Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
(518) 884-7200
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1024 students 12 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

33%
33%
29%
48%
48%
38%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 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 results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Ballston Spa Central School District average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

21%
20%
29%
40%
40%
33%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 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 results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Ballston Spa Central School District average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

38%
37%
36%
23%
23%
22%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 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 results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Ballston Spa Central School District average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ballston Spa Middle School is a public middle school in Ballston. The principal of Ballston Spa Middle School is MS. PAMELA MOTLER and can be contacted at rruberti@bscsd.org. 1,024 students go to Ballston Spa Middle School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 0% of the Ballston Spa Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 23% of the 1,024 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Ballston Spa Middle School is 12:1. Richard H O Rourke Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Photography

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 96% 95%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1.0%
Asian 0.9% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.05%
Multiracial 0% %
Hispanic 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23% 23%
Limited English proficiency 0% 0%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love the community in Ballston Spa. The community is very connected and supportive of each other.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    great school for learning

  • (9 years ago)

    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.

  • (9 years ago)

    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.'

  • (10 years ago)

    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!'

  • (10 years ago)

    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.

  • (10 years ago)

    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.

  • (11 years ago)

    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.

  • (11 years ago)

    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.

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