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Westport, Saranac Lake top U.S. News schools list

Eseloni Malafu accepts his kindergarten graduation certificate from Westport Central School principal Michelle Friedman and kindergarten teacher Julie Bisselle. Westport was one of the top local schools in the U.S. News and World Report rankings for institutions in New York State.

Eseloni Malafu accepts his kindergarten graduation certificate from Westport Central School principal Michelle Friedman and kindergarten teacher Julie Bisselle. Westport was one of the top local schools in the U.S. News and World Report rankings for institutions in New York State. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Westport Central School has received a silver medal from U.S. News and World Report.

As part of the annual rankings, the 267-student school was ranked 153 in the state, 61 spots ahead of Saranac Lake Central School, which also received a silver medal.

Two other schools, Elizabethtown-Lewis and Willsboro, received bronze medals.

According to the publication, they analyzed 21,776 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Their criteria was based on students’ performance in math and reading examinations in comparison to state averages; how “least-advantaged students,” were performing; and college-readiness performance using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data. The analysis was taken from 2009-10 school year data.

Westport was the highest ranking local school, with a 10-to-1 teacher-to-student ratio (smaller than New York state averages), a 28.0 college readiness ranking (40 percent tested in AP, near average) a 3.3 rating in math (near average) and a 3.7 rating in English (above average). Westport was also ranked 1,194 nationally.

Saranac Lake was the third highest rated school in the region (Chazy Central Rural School was 164th). SLCS also had a 10-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio along with a 20.3 college readiness ranking (near average), a 3.6 rating in math (above average) and a 3.6 rating in English (above average).

Ticonderoga was the only other ranked school locally at 228th.

In the bronze category, Elizabethtown-Lewis had a nine-to-one student-teacher ratio, with a 3.2 math proficiency ranking and a 3.4 English proficiency ranking (college readiness index was not calculated).

Willsboro, which also received a bronze, had a nine-to-one student-teacher ration with a 3.1 proficiency rating in math and a 3.4 proficiency rating in English.

Other local schools earning bronze medals included Beekmantown, Northeastern Clinton, Moriah, Crown Point and Schroon Lake.

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