Skaneateles again ranked one of nation’s best high schools

— US News has just released its online rankings of the Best High Schools in the U.S., and Skaneateles High School is again ranked among the top schools.

Skaneateles High School was ranked number 450 in the U.S. and number 62 in New York State. In addition, Skaneateles High School earned a Gold Medal (given to 500 in the country and to 68 in the state).

Superintendent Philip D’Angelo sent a memo to staff and board members with the news, along with a statement of congratulations.

“This ranking of our high school is a culmination of all the efforts of all employees in our district. Although the high school specifically is being recognized, it’s the efforts of every employee in the district who contributes to this well-deserved honor,” D’Angelo told the Skaneateles Press.

The 2012 edition of the US News Best High Schools ranking includes data on nearly 22,000 public schools in the country, 500 of which received gold medals. Skaneateles was among only 68 schools that received Gold Medals in the state, and among 370 New York State Schools that made the rankings.

Skaneateles has consistently ranked among the top high schools and top districts in the state and nation. Last year, Skaneateles High School was ranked number 280 in the U.S. and number 41 in New York state.

The fourth edition of the Best High Schools rankings, available exclusively online, includes data on nearly 22,000 public high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia. (Nebraska did not report enough data to be included in the rankings.)

To see more detailed data, go to usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.

U.S. News partnered with the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research to determine the Best High Schools national rankings. Schools were first analyzed at the state level in terms of how well students in each school performed on state assessments, taking into account the test scores of disadvantaged students (low-income, Hispanic, and black), who tend to score lower on tests, according to the website.

“High schools that made it through this analysis were then eligible to be ranked nationally, in terms of college readiness,” the website says. “U.S. News determines the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work by analyzing student success in Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate programs, both of which include college-level courses.”

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