Hoosick Central School. Holly Pelczynski/Bennington Banner/photos.benningtonbanner.com
Hoosick Central School. Holly Pelczynski/Bennington Banner/photos.benningtonbanner.com

HOOSICK FALLS -- Hoosick Falls Central Junior Senior High School was awarded with a silver medal by U.S. News and World Report this month for the nation's best high schools. Hoosick Falls received a place ranking of 1,767 in comparison with all other nationally ranked public high schools. The school was ranked 142nd in the state of New York.

Principal Stacy Vadney said the award is a reflection of the entire community's effort. "I'm ecstatic that the Hoosick Falls community is being recognized. It shows the effort we've really been taking over the last five years," she said.

HFCS was also ranked in 2013. Vadney said she thinks her staff has a really good hand over the curriculum by setting high standards, and by stressing college preparation through repetition. "For being such a small school, we offer a high number of (Advanced Placement) courses," of which she said have increased in enrollment among juniors and seniors in the past couple years.

U.S. News' rankings are determined from data collected by American Institutes for Research from over 19,400 schools, paired down from over 31,000 public high schools nationwide. 27-percent of the schools that were surveyed were awarded bronze, silver or gold medals. The rankings are determined by math and English proficiency rates from state assessments and on how prepared the students are for college.

Based on their state exit exams and advanced placement college-level exams, HFCS was named with a 100-percent proficiency in English and reading, and a 98-percent efficiency in math. The school received a college readiness index of 21.6. There are 11 students in the high school to every one teacher.

"We do an assessment-driven data analysis to pinpoint students that aren't reaching curriculum standards," Vadney said. "I think it's easier for a small school to give students the extra attention they need."

Cambridge Central Junior Senior High School and Mount Anthony Union High School were surveyed, but were not ranked. CCS was named with a 99-percent proficiency in English and a 97-percent efficiency in math. The school received a college readiness index of 30.3. MAU was named with a 74-percent efficiency in English and a 30-percent efficiency in math. The school received a college readiness index of 16.3.

To learn more about the ranking method or how other area schools rank, go to http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.

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