BH-BL provides advanced programming opportunities for high-ability students in grades 6 through 8
PACE (Programs for Achieving Children’s Excellence) is a comprehensive, rigorous, and articulated series of programs designed to challenge and meet the needs of high-ability students. Students who qualify and participate in the PACE program are expected to have an exemplary work ethic and effort, along with regular homework completion and class participation.
For the 2022-2023 school year, PACE will be offered for students in grades 6, 7 and 8 for math and ELA and in grade 8 for science. (Elementary-level PACE program may return at a later date.)
What is the criteria for entrance into PACE? The criteria for inclusion in PACE are a series of standardized tests, which may include the CogAT and NYS Math and ELA tests, along with student performance, and teacher recommendations.
How will I know if my child’s classroom teacher nominated him/her for consideration in PACE classes? Parent nominations are the first step in considering a child for PACE classes. Following parent recommendations, classroom and subject area teachers will review the list of nominees and provide suggestions, including additional student nominations. Parents will be contacted if a student is added to the nomination list by a teacher.
How do I nominate my child for consideration in PACE classes? Please click on the link and complete this PACE Nomination Form 2022 by May 20, 2022.
When will I find out if my child has been placed in PACE classes? Over the summer, each child nominated by either a teacher or parent will receive a letter indicating final placement.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
- Kemm Pemrick, Assistant Principal & PACE/enrichment Coordinator, (518) 399-9141, Ext. 84509
- Dave Collins, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, (518) 399-9141, Ext. 85016
- William McQuay, K-12 Dept. Head Math, (518) 399-9141, Ext. 84017
- Kate Gurley, K-12 Dept. Head ELA, (518) 399-9141, Ext. 84151
- Lyndsay Stein, K-12 Dept. Head Science, (518) 399-9141,Ext. TBD
Student Nomination Requirements
Grades 5-7 PACE Nomination Requirements
PACE expectations include a strong work ethic, regular homework completion, and above average effort, and class participation in both the regular classroom and PACE.
- Currently in Grade 5: Parent/teacher nomination required for a child to be considered for PACE classes in grade 6. This includes PACE Math and PACE ELA.
- Grade 6 Students not currently enrolled in PACE classes: Parent/teacher nomination required for child to be considered for PACE in grade 7. This includes PACE Math and PACE English. In order to be considered for PACE English 7, students must receive a teacher recommendation and have a 90% or better final average in 6th grade English and 6th grade Literature. For math, students must receive a teacher recommendation, self-study the units covered in PACE 6th math, and receive an 85 or better on a summative assessment in August.
- Grade 6 Current PACE Math students: Nominations are not needed. PACE Math 6 students will continue into PACE Math 7 if he/she meets the PACE expectation of 85% or above.
- Grade 6 Current PACE ELA students: Nominations not needed, unless the student did not achieve the 90% or above average in their PACE ELA class. Students who meet the PACE expectation of 90% or above in the PACE ELA classes will continue into PACE English 7.
- Grade 7 Students not currently enrolled in PACE classes: A parent/teacher nomination is required for the student to be considered for PACE in grade 8. This includes PACE Math (Algebra), PACE English, and Accelerated Science (Living Environment). For PACE English students must also receive a teacher recommendation and possess a final average of 90% or above in English 7. For PACE math, students must receive a teacher recommendation, self-study the curriculum over the summer and receive an 85 or better on a summative assessment in August.
- Grade 7 Current PACE Math and current PACE 7 English: Nominations are not needed for your child to continue in his/her current PACE Math or PACE English class. A PACE student in grade 7 will continue in the specific subject area in grade 8, if he/she meets the PACE expectation of 90% or above in the English 7 class, and an 85% or above in PACE Math 7. A parent/teacher nomination is required for a student to be considered for Accelerated Science (Living Environment).