SCHROON LAKE - Schroon Lake Central School has been named one of the best in the nation.
The school has received a bronze medal from U.S. News and World Report magazine - making it one of 1,750 schools on the list of 2010 America's Best High Schools.
"I am pleased that the recognition honors the work of Schroon Lake Central School, especially of the students and teachers in the classroom," said Mike Bonnewell, Schroon Lake superintendent. "The recognition highlights our student performance data - noting that our overall student performance and the performance of our student subgroups, as defined by the magazine, exceed the typical performance of similar students across the state."
This is the third year U.S. News & World Report has compiled a list of leading schools. Schroon also received a bronze medal in 2008.
The only other Essex County school cited was Westport. Warrensburg was selected in Warren County. Both received bronze medals. No Clinton County school made the list.
Ticonderoga, which received a silver medal each of the last two years in the magazine ranking, was not included in the 2010 listing.
The magazine and its rankings will be on newstands Dec. 29.
"I just learned that Schroon Lake Central School has been named one of the best schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report, for the second time," said Mary Gereau, Schroon Lake Teachers Association president. "We are extremely proud of this accomplishment. The entire school staff works diligently each day to create this exceptional learning environment for our students. Our association commends our students, families, community and entire school staff. It is an honor to be shared by all."
Laura Corey, teachers association vice president agreed.
"Obviously, we were thrilled to learn of our inclusion for the second time in the three years that U.S. News & World Report has been compiling this list," she said. "Our association is proud of our overall performance and would like to commend our pupils, community and especially our faculty and staff on preparing our students to meet the educational challenges of the 21st century. It is truly a great honor."
The publication analyzed 21,786 public high schools in 48 states. Nebraska and Oklahoma lacked data for the study. Those named a top school showed that their students were well prepared for college and exceeded state benchmarks on exams.
Schools on the list earned either a gold, silver or bronze medal.
The top 100 schools received a gold, while 461 schools received the silver. There were 37 schools to receive an honorable mention.
The No. 1 ranked school is the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia.
According to the U.S. News & World Report rankings, Schroon Lake Central School has 257 students, nearly 40 percent of whom are classified economically disadvantaged.