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Skaneateles named in top 500 U.S. high schools

School receives highest ranking to date in annual Newsweek study

— For the sixth year in a row, Skaneateles High School is one of the top-ranked high schools in the United States, according to the recently-released annual ranking by Newsweek magazine.

Based on a consideration of factors such as student-to-teacher ratios, graduation rates, percentage of college bound students and college-level test scores, Skaneateles ranked 280 in Newsweek's top 500 schools, which puts it in the top 2 percent of all high schools nationwide.

Skaneateles has made the Newsweek list every year since 2006. Last year, the school ranked at 753; previous to this year, Skaneateles's highest rank was 465 in 2007.

"This is a tremendous accolade and tribute to the district," said Skaneateles Schools Superintendent Philip D'Angelo. "What makes this achievement even more telling is that for the past two years we've been in a budget reduction mode, and yet the students' performance is still elevating."

The Skaneateles district has cut more than $2 million from its budget since 2009 in response to reduced state funding and loss of state sales tax revenue.

"While it was the high school that made the Newsweek list, this recognition does not belong only to the high school staff: it's all the teachers from Kindergarten through grade 12, the bus drivers, cafeteria workers, janitors, support staff — everyone plays a role in our students being successful," D'Angelo said. "This is a piece of everyone in the district."

Newsweek has been ranking the top public high schools in America for more than a decade.

The magazine reached out to administrators, principals, guidance counselors and Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate coordinators at more than 10,000 public high schools across the country, according to the magazine's website.

In order to be considered for the list, each school had to complete a survey requesting specific data from the 2009-10 academic year. In total, more than 1,100 schools were assessed to produce the final list of the top 500 high schools.

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