Saranac Lake second among Plattsburgh-area schools

Business First study ranks SLCS, Westport in top three; Lake Placid, ELCS in top 10

Saranac Lake Central School was ranked second in the Plattsburgh Region by the Business First newspaper out of Buffalo. Westport was third, followed by Lake Placid.

Saranac Lake Central School was ranked second in the Plattsburgh Region by the Business First newspaper out of Buffalo. Westport was third, followed by Lake Placid. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Four local school were listed as the 10 best in Essex, Clinton and Franklin counties.

A study done by the Buffalo-based Business First newspaper of Upstate New York public school districts listed the Saranac Lake Central School District as the second-best district in the three-county region (Chazy Central Rural School finished first), with Westport Central School ranked third, Lake Placid Central School fourth and Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School 10th.

The List

The following is a list of the top schools in the Plattsburgh area, according to the Buffalo-based Business First newspaper (www.bizjournals.com). The Plattsburgh area consisted of schools in Franklin, Clinton and Essex County, but excluded schools whose enrollment was below 260 (an average of 20 students per class):

  1. Chazy (Clinton County)

  2. Saranac Lake (Franklin County)

  3. Westport (Essex County)

  4. Lake Placid (Essex County)

  5. Plattsburgh (Clinton County)

  6. Ticonderoga (Essex County)

  7. Saranac (Clinton County)

  8. Chateaugay (Franklin County)

  9. Elizabethtown-Lewis (Essex County)

  10. Beekmantown (Clinton County)

  11. Peru (Clinton County)

  12. Tupper Lake (Franklin County)

  13. Northeastern Clinton (Clinton County)

  14. Saint Regis Falls (Franklin County)

  15. Malone (Franklin County)

  16. Ausable Valley (Clinton County)

  17. Willsboro (Essex County)

  18. Northern Adirondack (Clinton County)

  19. Salmon River (Franklin County)

  20. Brushton-Moira (Franklin County)

  21. Moriah (Essex County)

The study started with a look at the 459 school districts in the 48 counties that are defined as Upstate New York. However, 26 districts, including Keene Central School, were “eliminated” from the study because their enrollment was under 260 students, dropping them below a average class size of 20 students (Hamilton County did not have a single school district that was eligible). Two districts were also eliminated because they did not have a high school.

According to the study, “the rankings reflect the collective performance of each district's public schools from kindergarten through 12th grade,” using indicators such as graduates who earned Regents diplomas, Regents exam scores in 13 different courses of study, along with eight different elementary and middle school tests. The study used a four-year sample from 2007 to 2010, with the most emphasis placed on the most recent scores.

“A total of 172 statistical indicators were analyzed for each district — two results per test, 21 tests per year, for four years, plus the four years of Regents diploma rates,” the study states.

Along with being the top school in the Plattsburgh region, Saranac Lake cracked the list of top 100 in Upstate New York with a ranking of 90th (CCRS ranked 44th overall). Westport and Lake Placid were in the top 120, ranking 110 and 113, respectively.

For more information on the study and to see the full rankings, visit the Business First website at: www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/feature/schools/2011-wnyschools/2011/10/2011-plattsburgh-area-school-district.html.

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