Lyndonville, Medina both cited as top high schools in NY, US

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 July 2015 at 12:00 am

U.S. News & World Report puts both in top 15 percent

Two schools in Orleans County have been named among the top high schools in New York and the in the country.

Both Medina and L.A. Webber Middle-High School in Lyndonville were named to list of top schools by U.S. News & World Report. Both were recognized as Silver Medal winners by the publication.

Lyndonville was ranked 1,895th out of about 21,000 high schools in the country, and Medina was ranked 1,967th. That puts both of the districts in the top 10 percent nationally.

To determine the 2015 Best High Schools rankings, U.S. News & World Report used methodology to identify great high schools. Those schools must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and the schools must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators, U.S. News says on its website.

The publication looked at reading and math results for all students on each state’s high school proficiency tests. U.S. News then factored in the percentages of economically disadvantaged students – who tend to score lower – enrolled at the schools to identify schools performing much better than statistical expectations.

U.S. News then examined if a school’s disadvantaged students – black, Hispanic and low-income – were outperforming disadvantaged students in the state.

In a final measurement, U.S. News studied college-readiness performance – using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data as the benchmarks for success.

L A Webber Middle-High School is ranked 176th within New York, out of 1,259 schools. Lyndonville offers Advanced Placement courses and 46 percent of students participate in AP classes. Lyndonville has 309 students in the middle-high school, and 89 percent are considered economically disadvantaged, with 8 percent of the student body a minority.

Medina was ranked 182 out of 1,259 among New York high schools. The district offers AP courses and 42 percent of students take those classes. In Medina, 38 percent of students are considered economically disadvantaged. The student body of 665 students is 19 percent minority.

In an email today, Jeff Evoy, Medina district superintendent, said this is the first time Medina has been named an award winner at U.S. News & World Report.