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  • Little Falls High School named among the best in the nation

  • Little Falls High School received a silver medal from U.S. News and World Report, which annually ranks the best high schools in the nation.

    The list, released Tuesday, ranked over 21,000 high schools in 49 states. The online-only feature ranks schools nationally and by state based on data such as enrollment and student performance.

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  • Little Falls High School received a silver medal from U.S. News and World Report, which annually ranks the best high schools in the nation.
    The list, released Tuesday, ranked over 21,000 high schools in 49 states. The online-only feature ranks schools nationally and by state based on data such as enrollment and student performance.
    Little Falls was ranked 208th in New York and 1,637th in the United States.
    The school rankings were determined by three factors: If students performed better than statistically expected for the average student in the state.
    If a school made it past that round, the publication then looked at whether the schools least-advantaged students were performing better than average for similar students in the state, and then college-readiness performance using Advanced Placement tests data.
    “The ranking is an indicator that, overall, the district is doing a good job preparing students for college and careers,” Superintendent of Schools Louis Patrei said during Wednesday night’s board of education meeting. “It’s certainly an accomplishment that is worth celebrating.”
    “Out of the hundreds of high schools in New York state and the thousands of schools across the nation, it’s a real accomplishment to receive a silver medal and to be ranked on the list,” said Leeann Dooley, a library medal specialist within the school district. “This ranking and this silver medal, I believe, shows the district is continuing to make progress and is doing things right.”
    Patrei and Dooley said the achievement affirms the hard work that goes on in the district’s classrooms each day and it’s something students and staff can build upon.
    “We’re very appreciative of the U.S. News and World Reports designation,” said Patrei.
    Area schools who made 200 or better on the New York rankings were Lowville Academy High School, 69th in the state and 498th nationally; Webb Junior-Senior High School, 90th in the state and 713th nationally; and Hamilton Junior-Senior High School, 130th in the state and 979 nationally.
    The full rankings are available at www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.
    Contributing: GateHouse News Service writer Daniel P. Bader

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