Area students are receiving an excellent education, according to a national news magazine. U.S. News & World Report ranks Ticonderoga, Moriah, Crown Point and Schroon Lake high schools among the best in the nation.
Area students are receiving an excellent education, according to a national news magazine.
U.S. News & World Report ranks Ticonderoga, Moriah, Crown Point and Schroon Lake high schools among the best in the nation.
Ticonderoga received a Silver Award in the list of top schools nationwide. Moriah, Crown Point and Schroon Lake each received a Bronze Award.
More than 22,000 public high schools were evaluated for the report with 4,318 cited. Schools were rated based on state assessments and college readiness as measured by student success in Advanced Placement and other college-prep programs. The report can be found online at www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/national-rankings
In New York State 68 high school earned a Gold Award, 174 a Silver Award and 128 a Bronze Award. There are 1,165 high schools in the state.
According to the U.S. News report Ticonderoga High School is the 228th best in New York State with 95 percent of its students proficient in English and 94 percent in math.
“We have worked hard over the years to create high expectations for students,” Ticonderoga Superintendent John McDonald said. “Over half of our high school students are taking Advanced Placement exams, while the state average is about 20 percent. I believe college readiness is part of the methodology. This is a K-12 effort as students need to be prepared and exposed to a rigorous curriculum if they are to take these courses.
“I am very proud of staff and students and am glad they are getting this kind of recognition,” McDonald said.
Ticonderoga has received a Silver Award twice before. The rankings are complied and released every three years.
Only Gold and Silver schools were ranked. Bronze schools were listed in alphabetical order.
Moriah school is reported to have 93 percent of its student proficient in math and 89 percent in English.
“I am extremely excited that our junior-senior high school has been recognized for their academic accomplishments,” Moriah Superintendent Bill Larrow said. “We have a very dedicated staff who work extremely hard ensuring that our students are learning the necessary skills needed to succeed after high school. Anytime your district can be recognized for academic achievements it is always a great honor.”
Crown Point is reported to have 100 percent of its student proficient in English and 95 percent in math.
“The U.S. News designation reiterates we are doing something right in Crown Point,” Crown Point Superintendent Shari Brannock said. “In fact, our board of education, faculty, staff and students and our community can be very proud that we do so well in providing a quality education.
“Many factors are considered when these types of awards and distinctions are made,” Brannock said. “An overall sound educational system is necessary to become a consideration of these state and national organizations. Success is measured in a variety of ways, Crown Point Central School has once again met the mark. We are extremely grateful to receive the U.S. News and World Report bronze medal award.”
Brannock noted Crown Point has also been named an America’s Choice National Model, a College for Every Student School of Distinction and a New York State High Performing/Gap Closing School.
Schroon Lake is reported to have 100 percent proficiency in math and 95 percent in English.
“We are pleased with the recognition received by U.S. News & World Report for 2012,” Schroon Lake Superintendent Bonnie Finnerty said. “We have been fortunate to have received the bronze distinction previously and look forward to building upon the strong instructional program that exists at Schroon Lake school.
“I am proud of our teachers and staff and commend them for their daily commitment to our students,” Finnerty said. “I am grateful to the Schroon Lake school community for the confidence displayed by our recent affirmative budget vote. Such confidence affords our district the opportunity to move forward in a positive manner toward excellence.”
Schroon Lake also received a Bronze Award in 2009.
California schools dominated Gold Award with 97 schools in the top 500. New York was next with 68 in the gold category.
The best high school in the country, according to the magazine, is the School of the Talented and Gifted in Dallas.