Ballston Spa Makes ‘Top High Schools’ List

BALLSTON SPA – Ballston Spa High School has again been named to Newsweek magazine’s America’s Top High Schools list.

Ballston Spa was among 500 high schools selected for 2016 because of the job it does in preparing students for college, according to Newsweek.  Schools were ranked based on college acceptance and enrollment, SAT and ACT participation and performance, AP and IB participation and performance, dual enrollment programs and guidance and counseling resources.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition as an indicator of the work we are doing to support student achievement,”Dr. Joseph Dragone, Ballston Spa Central School District superintendent, said in a statement, “We will continue to provide access and opportunity for all students to pursue diverse and challenging coursework.”

The district has received repeated national recognition this decade based on academic opportunity and performance.  The high school was also recently recognized on The Washington Post’s list of the 2016 America’s Most Challenging High Schools, with prior recognition from the newspaper in 2015, 2014 and 2011. The high school was previously recognized by Newsweek on the America’s Best High Schools list in 2010 and 2013 based on an increased number of students taking Advanced Placement examinations and an increase in the assessment scores.  The school was also cited as one of America’s Best High Schools by U.S. News & World Report, along with twice receiving the national AP Achievement Award from the College Board for increasing student access to AP coursework while maintaining achievement levels.

New offerings at the high school in 2016-2017 include an expansion of the district’s partnership with Proctors to offer a media works course and artist-in-residency in ninth grade, integrating ELA with film making and technology.  An expanded partnership with Schenectady County Community College will also provide students the opportunity to enroll in an additional 18 courses for college credit.

Go to for the full list of high schools on this year’s list and related information.

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