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Three St. Lawrence County High Schools Ranked High


DEKALB JUNCTION - The Hermon-DeKalb Central School District is among three St. Lawrence County school districts have been ranked by U.S. News and World Report’s as among the “best high schools” in the nation and the the state.

The list comes out annual and for 2014 includes Potsdam, Colton-Pierrepont Central and Hermon-DeKalb central schools.

The magazine makes its rankings based on several criteria such as student-teacher ratio, the participation rate in Avanced Placement classes and state test scores in math and English.

According to the list that’s available online, Potsdam ranked 106 out of the 1,147 high schools in the state, followed by Colton-Pierrepont ranked 107. Hermon-DeKalb was ranked 141.

Hermon-DeKalb Central School Superintendent Ann M. Adams said she was pleased the district was recognized for its academic success. The ranking earned the district the magazine’s silver award.

“It makes the community and staff aware of the standards that we set in the district,” Ms. Adams said.

According to the data, the district’s teacher to student ratio of 11:1 is smaller than the state average. The district has 404 students and 36 teachers.

Also, 31 percent of high school students took advanced placement classes . The proficiency rating for state exams was 100 percent for English and 94 percent for math.

Besides offering advanced placement courses in English and calculus, the district’s high school students have he opportunity to take distance-learning classes through SUNY Canton in a variety of subjects as well as programs offered by St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

This year’s distance learning classes hve included marketing, web design, introduction to pyschology, expository writing and others.

“We’re a small school with limited resoures. We try to offer as much as we can to provide students with a well-rounded high school experiences,” Ms. Adams said.

Marlene Parcell, the district’s guidance counselor, said the distance learning classes provide a valuable chance for students to earn college credits and interact with college professors.

“They get a chance to start their college transcripts,” she said. “Some of them go into college a semester ahead.”

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