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Several high schools in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties have gained national recognition in academic achievement.

U.S. News and World Report ranked H.C. Williams High School, Potsdam Senior High School, Lowville Academy high school, Colton-Pierrepont Junior-Senior High School and Ogdensburg Free Academy with silver-medal ratings for student-teacher ratios, college readiness, mathematics proficiency and English language arts proficiency.

Beaver River Senior High School, Belleville Henderson Central School, Clifton-Fine Junior-Senior High School, Lyme Central School, Hermon-DeKalb Central School, Hammond Central School and Edwards-Knox Junior-Senior High School received bronze-medal ratings.

H.C. Williams High School in the Canton Central School District ranked the highest of the schools in the region: 55th in the state.

All 1,149 high schools in the state were listed, but only the schools with gold- and silver-medal ratings were ranked.

According to the report, the school had below-average student-to-teacher ratios, above-average college readiness and above-average math and ELA proficiency.

Potsdam Senior High School ranked 76th in the state and boasted above-average levels for college readiness, math proficiency and ELA proficiency.

“We’re always excited to be recognized for our academic achievement,” said Superintendent Patrick H. Brady. “We work very hard to ensure out students graduate with the skills necessary to be successful.”

He congratulated high school Principal Joann Chambers and the school’s faculty, staff and students for their hard work.

Lowville Academy high school ranked 83rd and had above-average ratings for college readiness, math proficiency and ELA proficiency.

According to Colton-Pierrepont Central School Superintendent Joseph A. Kardash, the school has also had a silver ranking in the past. This year, the school ranked 96th. In the report, the high school had a below-average student-to-teacher ratio and above-average ELA proficiency.

“This is fabulous,” Mr. Kardash said. “I think we’re all collectively thrilled we’re looked upon in this light. It speaks to the dedication and pride the teachers and students have for each other.”

He said the ranking cannot be obtained by applying for it.

“Someone looking upon us decided we should be ranked on this,” he said.

Ogdensburg Free Academy ranked 175th with below-average student-teacher ratios.

“I think it’s wonderful, but I wasn’t familiar with this special report that was put out,” said Ogdensburg City Schools Superintendent Timothy M. Vernsey. “Certainly, we’re always happy to be recognized for academic excellence and the hard work our teachers put in.”

To view the state rankings, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/new-york/rankings?int=8d7a2b.

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