The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District is proud to be one of the top performing school districts in the Greater Capital Region of New York State. Located within both Schenectady and Saratoga Counties, the district serves a suburban and rural area of approximately 40 square miles and includes parts of the towns of Ballston, Charlton, Clifton Park and Glenville. Modern residential developments are mixed in among the working farms, apple orchards and lake front property surrounding Ballston Lake.
The district serves approximately 3,173 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade and has five school buildings:
- Charlton Heights Elementary School
- Pashley Elementary School
- Stevens Elementary School
- Richard H. O’Rourke Middle School
- Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School
A 100-year history of stability and excellence in education and of residents and staff working together defines the district which was created in 1915, when three one-room school houses joined forces and became New York’s first ever “consolidated” school district.
The district’s five schools have achieved an enviable record of pupil performance, staff accountability, and program efficiency, and have been named National Schools of Excellence, National Exemplary Schools, and most recently BH-BL High School was named a Reward School. These accomplishments are a reflection of students who are intelligent and willing to work hard, parents who value education and push their children to excel, and a community that demands outstanding schools. These accomplishments are also a reflection of staff who emphasize basic skills and work to improve programs annually, yet recognize the need to work within a budget. There are over 700 faculty and staff employed by the district.
While academics are at the heart of education, students also are provided with extensive extracurricular programs, a wide variety of clubs and athletic offerings, and numerous art- and music-related opportunities.
The proximity to educational, cultural, social and outdoor activities makes BH-BL a popular place for families to settle. It’s an easy commute to the cultural centers and employers in neighboring Schenectady, Albany and Saratoga Springs. Major shopping malls, restaurants, theaters, and sporting facilities are only 15 to 30 minutes from the school district.