Ticonderoga 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.