Chazy Chazy Central Rural School has received the stamp of approval from Business First, a Buffalo-based business publication.
Superintendent John H. Fairchild said the grades K-12 school was ranked first among schools in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties in an academic ranking recently performed by the publication. The evaluation — which was based on an analysis of four years of standardized test data — also placed CCRS 44th out of 431 school districts throughout Upstate New York.
“I know Chazy has always done well on standardized testing, compared to other schools,” said Fairchild, who assumed the role of superintendent last year. “But, I think we’re higher in the overall ranking than we thought we’d be.”
“It’s a nice pat on the back for the hard work of our students and faculty,” added Fairchild.
According to a breakdown of the school’s academic ranking among the 430 others, Chazy Central placed 52nd in English, 26th in math, 25th in science, and 23rd in social studies.
Justin B. Frechette, a teacher in the school’s social studies department, said learning of the recognition gave him a great sense of pride.
“We’re obviously very ecstatic, when you look at the size school that we are, that we were able to finish where we did,” said Frechette. “I think it’s because we have a dedicated faculty and staff, a community that supports our school budget, and a group of students that understands they’re part of the tradition that has built this school.”
Mathematics teacher Kelly Penfield said the results represent “a lot of hard work and dedication at all grade levels, from kindergarten through graduation.”
“We have teachers delivering top-notch instruction, hard-working students who are receptive to learning, and tremendous community support,” said Penfield. “It truly is a winning combination.”
“We have a staff that works very well together in planning things out and we have a relatively stable student population, meaning there isn’t as much student movement so we get to know the kids,” said Fairchild, adding a strong relationship between teachers and students equates to better understanding their academic needs.