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WCS students’ S.A.T. scores top all schools in region

A Warrensburg High School student helps a primary-grade pupil complete an assignment in 2012 in an ongoing mentoring program at the elementary school. Such personalized, attentive instruction of students of all ages, and a community dedication to higher education have been credited for the recent top regional ranking earned by the school system — Warrensburg High School students taking the S.A.T. college entrance exams in 2013 achieved the highest mean average score of all of the 83 schools in New York’s Capital Region.

A Warrensburg High School student helps a primary-grade pupil complete an assignment in 2012 in an ongoing mentoring program at the elementary school. Such personalized, attentive instruction of students of all ages, and a community dedication to higher education have been credited for the recent top regional ranking earned by the school system — Warrensburg High School students taking the S.A.T. college entrance exams in 2013 achieved the highest mean average score of all of the 83 schools in New York’s Capital Region. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Warrensburg High School senior Wil Yarmowich smiled as he stood in line with classmates, ready to enter his graduation ceremony June 27.

Yarmowich said he was proud of his Class of 2014 achieving a new honor for the school – the WCS students taking the national Scholastic Aptitude Test college entrance exams in 2013 attained the highest average score of the 83 schools in New York’s Capital Region.

“Our teachers prepared us really well,” Yarmowich said with a grin.

Days later, Warren County Economic Development czar Ed Bartholomew held up a report on the S.A.T. results that detailed the scores from the series of three S.A.T. college exams that Warrensburg students had scored highest on.

“Congratulations to Warrensburg Central and the Warrensburg community,” Bartholomew said, noting that five other schools in Warren County were in the top 25 schools attaining high average scores on the S.A.T. tests.

He said that such noteworthy academic achievement was likely to prompt more families and industries to locate in northern Warren County, boosting area commmunities’ prosperity. He added that five other Warren County schools scored in the top half – Queensbury High, Bolton Central, Glens Falls High, Lake George Central and Hadley-Luzerne High.

“This is a great indication of what our region can offer,” he said, noting that a regional ranking of schools using a wide range of criteria had listed Bolton Central, Johnsburg, Lake George, Warrensburg, Johnsburg and Glens Falls schools as high performers. “Our educational systems don’t take a back seat to other areas.”

Warrensburg students who took the 2013 S.A.T. tests achieved the mean average scores of 565 in Critical Reading, 580 on Mathematics, and 545 on Writing. The students’ combined mean average score was 1690 out of a possible 2400.

Statewide, the mean scores for high school juniors were 485 for Critical Reading, 501 in Mathematics and 477 in Writing. In the Capital Region, the mean average scores were 495, 524 and 478 respectively.

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