What is PACE?

In October 2000, the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District Board of Education adopted a policy supporting gifted education.  The PACE Program (Programs for Achieving Children’s Excellence) was established for both English/Language Arts and Mathematics in support of this initiative.

Over the years, PACE has expanded to include Science, becoming a comprehensive, coherent, and articulated multi-section program designed to challenge and meet the needs of highly-abled students.  Each subject area has rigorous entrance criteria and standards that must be maintained in order to continue in the program. PACE students learn about the problem-solving process through various brain teasers and group activities which help them develop a skill set for overcoming challenges. These students also explore subject areas more deeply through project-based learning throughout the year.

What is Primary and Intermediate Enrichment?

Primary and Intermediate Enrichment are units where students are nominated by their teachers to take part in a 5-6 week unit one time throughout the year. These units are designed to be extensions of grade-level curriculum, where students explore, discover, and create various projects based on the topic they are learning. Students attend enrichment class once a week for 45-minute sessions, during the RtI block.  By using this time, students do not miss new instruction while participating in the enrichment class. Class size is limited to about 12 students each unit.

Enrichment: Grades 1, 2, 4, and 5

  • Aligned with the grade-level curriculum
  • All students in the grade-level
  • Targeted mini-units:  theme or skill based

PACE: Grades 3, 4, and 5

  • Aligned with the grade-level curriculum
  • Highly-abled students who meet placement criteria
  • Rigorous, in-depth, project-based learning