Award Year: 2021

Malta Avenue Elementary School

70 Malta Avenue
Ballston Spa, NY, 12020-1599

(518) 884-7250

Mrs. Sarah Johnson, Principal at time of Nomination

Ballston Spa Central School District

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The Ballston Spa School District's mission is to provide an excellent education to all students that maximizes the potential of each student. In partnership with the family and community, our students will become responsible and well-rounded adults.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 85%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 3%
Annual To Malta and Beyond event

Annual To Malta and Beyond event

Malta Avenue Elementary School is uniquely situated in the village of Ballston Spa, NY, and was built in three different phases around 1915. Our building is the cornerstone of education in the community and once served as the Ballston Spa High School before centralization of school districts in New York State began to happen. In fact, the school is so endeared to the community that despite its significant need for costly renovations in the 1990s, community residents voted to maintain the "village school" instead of building a brand new school in the neighboring town of Malta.

Over the years the Malta Avenue school has evolved to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse demographic. With a more diverse student population, inspired by growth of technology-based businesses within the District and a move out of the urban Albany area by families, Malta Avenue Elementary has focused on inclusivity and community-building initiatives.

Family involvement has always been a priority at Malta Avenue which can be attributed to its rich historical roots. Malta Avenue staff members work collaboratively with Malta Avenue families and caretakers to enhance and increase family involvement. When there are extracurricular events like movie night, math night, and board game night, the neighborhood proximity makes it easy for parents to bring younger siblings and walk to the events, which results in greater attendance.

Ballston Spa Central School district believes that all children deserve a meaningful diploma, which means that our students will: read -because we explicitly and systematically taught them to; write - because we explicitly and systematically taught them to; think - because, through our instruction, we explicitly taught them how; and learn - because they can read, write, and think well. In keeping with the Ballston Spa Central School District's mission to provide an excellent education that maximizes the potential of each student, we have worked with our staff, family and community to help our students become responsible and well-rounded citizens.