Lake George High School awarded for achievement

— The state Department of Education has recognized Lake George the school as one of the highest achieving districts in the state.

Named as a Reward School for its high graduation rates, student achievement and academic standards and support, Lake George is the only one designated as such in Warren and Washington counties.

One of 250 chosen out of 4,730 schools the distinction puts Lake George in the top 7 percent of schools statewide.

“Once again, the Lake George School District has distinguished itself as one of the area’s best,” Superintendent of Schools Patrick Dee said. “Our students performance comes out on top regionally and in the state. This latest designation is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff, administration and, most of all, our incredibly committed teachers.”

Many of the honored schools earned the honor by improving test scores, graduation rates and support to at-risk students. However, Lake George High School merited the designation for its consistently achieving high scores in all areas, Dee said.

“We are part of a very exclusive group of schools with high performance and expectations,” Dee said. “We are very proud.”

In addition to producing high-achieving students, Lake George High School shows no significant gaps in achievement. In rating the school, the state notes its high graduation rates, which it deems must exceed 80 percent. Lake George High School consistently graduates in excess of 90 percent of its students within four years.

The state also looks at students graduating with an advanced designation or a Career & Technical Education designation. The school must also place in the top 20 percent of all schools in performance as well as have a history of graduating at-risk students.

“Though we are pleased to be recognized as a Reward School, we refuse to rest on our laurels,” Dee said. “Every day, we strive to improve our school, both our methods and its atmosphere, so that our students can achieve optimum learning in a safe and supportive environment.”

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