Award Year: 2013

Tesago Elementary School

970 Route 146
Clifton Park, NY, 12065-3684

(518) 881-0570

Gregory Pace, Principal at time of Nomination

Shenendehowa CSD

School Website


The Tesago community creates interactions with students to help them: learn to think, cooperate and achieve via practical application of their acquired skills.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 77%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 16%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Tesago elementary school is located in the Shenendehowa Central School District, a large district of 10,000 students in the Capital Region of New York State.  Tesago educates approximately 500 students.  The school increasingly draws families from different ethnicities, including those moving to the area from other countries working in the technology industry.  The strength of Tesago rests with the dedication of the faculty and staff to include parents, and extended members of the family in classroom and building events.

Tesago is sternly committed to supporting the academic needs of students.  A highly trained Instructional Support Team, which incorporates all of the various service providers at Tesago, meets weekly to review the progress of struggling students. A separate team of educators and service providers evaluate the need for acceleration in our building.  We have embraced the idea that students may need full grade level or subject area acceleration when enrichment is not enough. 

Tesago has managed to incorporate the ideas of commonality and synergy to create a unified scaffolding of student learning.  The building has worked to create a better understanding of common instructional language in order to provide students with cohesive instruction.  In addition, to assist in monitoring student progress, teachers review selected lessons from the previous year to understand the student experience and to learn about their colleagues’ approaches.  This assists in activating prior knowledge when introducing material to the class.  This approach has assisted greatly in implementing the Common Core with successful outcomes as a result.

Embracing our diverse population of learners and utilizing common practices helps us meet individual needs. A dedicated staff and parent group helps ensure a successful student experience at Tesago.