Medina earns silver medal among best high schools in U.S.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 December 2016 at 5:15 pm

Albion and Kendall are at bronze level, among top high schools in country

Photo by Tom Rivers: Some members of the Class of 2016 smile during commencement last June.

Photo by Tom Rivers: Some members of the Class of 2016 smile during commencement last June.

MEDINA – An annual report on the top high schools in the country includes three out of five high schools in Orleans County.

Albion and Kendall both earned bronze recognition, while Medina is at the silver level.

There were nearly 20,000 high schools ranked in the report by the U.S. News & World Report. (Altogether, there 28,561 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, but more than 8,000 were eliminated from consideration because they were too small to be analyzed, U.S. News said.)

U.S. News looked at graduation rates (based on the 2014 cohort), math and reading scores on state proficiency tests, and college readiness programs, such as Advanced Placement participation and passing rates from students.

U.S. News also looked at how disadvantaged students – black, Hispanic and low-income – were outperforming disadvantaged students in the state.

The 6,218 highest-scoring schools, just over 30 percent that were large enough to be ranked, earned gold, silver or bronze awards.

The gold medals went to the top 500 schools, while schools ranked 501 to 2,673 earned silvers.

Medina earned a silver based on its 2,424 ranking. (It is ranked 207th out of New York high schools.) The district’s scorecard includes a College Readiness Index of 23.0 with 39 percent of high schoolers taking AP classes. The mathematics proficiency is at 88 percent with 90 percent meeting English proficiency.

Albion and Kendall were among 3,545 high schools to earn bronze rankings among the top high schools. (Bronze schools have a college readiness less than 20.17.)

Albion’s college readiness index was 11.9 with 22 percent of students taking AP classes. The math and English proficiency levels were both at 84 percent.

Kendall didn’t have a college readiness index but its math proficiency is listed at 78 percent while 94 percent meet English proficiency.

To learn more about the rankings, visit

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