This website contains much information of interest to families considering a move to New York's Capital Region or more specifically, to the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district. In addition to viewing information under the each school, we suggest you also take a look at District Overview, Academic Programs, and Community Info.
The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District does NOT accept non-resident or tuition-paying students. All pupils must be legal residents of the school district.
Parents of new elementary pupils should be aware that their child will probably -- but not always -- attend the elementary school that is closest to their home. In order to keep class sizes as small as possible across the district, we have a few cases each year where new elementary children are placed in a different school with smaller classes. Mrs. Martini (see below) can answer questions about this policy.
The first step in registering to attend the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Schools is to document that students are legal residents of the district. Parents should call or visit Mrs. Martini, the Superintendent's secretary, in the District Office wing at O'Rourke Middle School, 173 Lakehill Road, Burnt Hills, NY 12027, (518) 399-9141, ext. 85002, to obtain a Student Residence Questionnaire.
At least three documents are needed to prove residency. These can include: an original lease or original completed contract to buy or build a home (including the seller's realtor and closing date), utility bill, license, automobile insurance policy, bank account statement, voter registration, extract of NY State tax return, or property or school tax bill. These documents must show a current name and address within the BH-BL district.
When the residency questionnaire has been completed, Mrs. Martini will provide parents with a proof of residency ticket, as well as a registration forms packet.
(Note: Resident students who have been attending private or parochial schools and are now transferring to district schools will already be in the district census database, but still need to obtain a proof of residency ticket from Mrs. Martini.)
The second step is to take this residency ticket to the child's new school, along with the child's health and immunization records, last report card or transfer notice, and any standardized test scores. Elementary pupils also need to present their birth certificate or baptismal notice.
A special registration session for all incoming kindergarten pupils is held every March. Pupils must be five years old by December 1 of the year they enter kindergarten to be eligible to attend school.
For questions about registration, dial (518) 399-9141 and one of the following extensions: