Baltz (Austin D.) Elementary School
 Date updated - Fall 2017
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District: Red Clay Consolidated School District Telephone: (302) 992-5560
Address: 1500 Spruce Avenue, Wilmington DE 19805 Web: Baltz (Austin D.) Elementary School Page
Principal: Amy O'Neill
School Demographics
Fall Enrollment

2015-162016-17
Kindergarten8287
Grade 19387
Grade 210586
Grade 394101
Grade 47894
Grade 58477
Total536532


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School Promotion by Grade

2014-15
Kindergarten98.2%
Grade 194.5%
Grade 299.1%
Grade 395.4%
Grade 4100.0%
Grade 5100.0%


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Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

2015-162016-17
African American17.9%18.6%
Asian0.4%0.6%
Hispanic/Latino51.3%51.9%
White25.7%23.5%
Multi-Racial4.7%5.5%


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Other Student Characteristics

2015-162016-17
English Language Learner28.9%28.0%
Low Income59.1%65.8%
Special Education7.8%9.6%
Enrolled for Full Year100.0%N/A


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Recently Arrived ELL Students

2016-17
Number of Students Not Tested on ELA Assessment1


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Class Size (Percentage by Range) (2016-17)
* Elementary and special schools provide their own class size data

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School Finances


District Expenditure per Pupil (2015-16)

$13,707

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District Sources of Revenue (2015-16)

Percent District Allocation of Current Expenses by Category (2015-16)




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Exemplary Programs
Baltz has adopted a student centered scheduling philosophy much like a middle school. Grades 4 and 5 have teachers specialize in a core subject and the students travel to different classrooms for that specific subject. Other grade levels have adjusted class sizes to target specific groups of learners. The second grade switches reading classes to focus the instruction to the students. Baltz continues to utilize the Positive Behavior Support model to reinforce appropriate behavior. We offer supplemental instruction in both reading and math. A comprehensive music program is in place that includes Band, Strings and Chorus. Artwork decorates the hallways. Various levels of special education services are available. Our students also have the opportunity to participate in many service projects such as: Holiday Food Drive, Jump Rope for Heart, & Baltz Buddies. We encourage our students to reach out to those less fortunate. We believe a well-rounded education extends beyond the classroom.

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Curriculum Highlights
During the 2008-09 school year, Baltz piloted the SingaPore Math Program. Using the Singapore model, teachers focus on automaticity in Math facts, Concepts and Calculations. Students use picture models to figure out equations and word problems. The curriculum is predicated on learning a basic concept, using the concept and then incorporating the concept throughout different activities. During the year, teachers have received professional development opportunities to fine tune their teaching and better understand the curriculum, while matching the Singapore program to the Delaware curriculum.

Baltz Elementary School has implemented RTI, Response to Intervention, as a school-wide initiative. All students receive a 30 minute per day reading intervention block. These smaller class settings look at student performance to shape the daily lessons. With the smaller class sizes, teachers are able to work more closely with the students to increase their learning.

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