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

U.S. News & World Report ranked H.C. Williams High School in Canton with a gold-medal rating and 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 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 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,” Superintendent Patrick H. Brady said. “We work very hard to ensure our students graduate with the skills necessary to be successful.”

Lowville Academy 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 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.”

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,” Ogdensburg City School Superintendent Timothy M. Vernsey said. “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 www.usnews.com/educa tion/best-high-schools/new-york/rankings?int=8d7a2b.

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