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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Senior High School is a highly rated, public school located in Burnt Hills, NY. It has 1,028 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 97% of students are at least proficient in math and 97% in reading.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
97%
Percent Proficient - Math
97%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1240
176 responses
Average ACT
29
50 responses
AP Enrollment
23%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$89,449
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,048
National
$949
Median Home Value
$278,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
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Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
91%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.11 responses
Poll
55%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.11 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 32 responses
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  • Event - Senior Banquet
    19%
  • Football games, Baseball games
    16%
  • Prom
    13%
  • Hosting exchange students
    9%
  • Homecoming
    9%
  • Pep rallies
    9%
  • Spirit Week
    9%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,028
Free or Reduced Lunch
9%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.16 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.16 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.16 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$86,066
Teachers in First/Second Year
1%
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.17 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.17 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.17 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
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Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$19,942/ year
National
$12,239
77%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.22 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.22 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.22 responses
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Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Senior High School Reviews

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I definitely have high praise for the Music Program. I participated in 4 out of the 5 musical ensembles in high school and I can say that overall Choir was amazing! Mrs. Derrick is one of the nicest yet most productive teachers there. The band teacher does play favorites and turns a blind eye on bullying or if his favorites (or any first-chairs) slack off during rehearsal.
The sports program at BHBL is pretty good, we are definitely a sports prominent school and overall we have very talented and dedicated teams. Gym teachers do play favorites when it comes to sports team members but they will occasionally insert themselves in a teacher role if anyone is getting too "intense". BHBL does have a bullying problem; teachers "can't do anything unless [they] see it" and there is a problem with the occasional racial slurs due to the fact that Burnt Hills is a white predominant society. In the last few years, the population has become more ethnically diverse.
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The faculty really cared about the students. As a student-athlete, my coaches always told me to put academics first. I went on to play volleyball at Syracuse University on an academic scholarship for two years before I decided I wanted to delve more into my studies. Since I was talented enough to play on that level but not trapped by an athletic scholarship I was able to have that experience without feeling pressured to continue. The school itself has an amazing community surrounding it. Academic excellence is attainable and balanced with fun activites such as sporting events, musicals, and rehersals.
BHBL is a school consumed by apathy. Students seem to care only about grades and rarely want to help others (though there are some strong exceptions). While many of the teachers put in the effort, others don't seem to understand the meaning of the word "teach." However, if you do get taught, you get taught well, and the accelerated programs in particular prepare you for college. That being said, the academics admittedly disproportionately favor STEM at the expense of the humanities. Similarly, the administration would rather spend shameless amounts of money on our failing football team than financially acknowledge the (better performing) music and arts departments. Yes, teachers have suffered under NYS's Common Core and Regents curricula, but too often they use this as an excuse to assign excessive homework. In short, BHBL is an often depressing microcosm for the US public school system, with its impressive ability to kill your creativity efficiently in just four years.