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Five Broome County Schools Receive National Recognition For Academics

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The U.S. News and World Report has given five Broome County high schools a silver medal ranking. Windsor, Vestal, Union-Endicott, Johnson City, and Maine-Endwell high schools are in the top 1,900 schools in the nation, according to the list.

"Those of us who have lived in Broome County our whole lives maybe take for granted the quality of our K-12, pre-K-12 educational institutions," says Windsor School District Superintendent Jason Andrews, "And this I think is one more objective, national recognition that many of our schools are performing at high levels."

When compiling those rankings, the news organization looks at student performance, graduation rates, and how well students are prepared for college-level work.

"Any time we get recognition as a district it's really a tribute to the outstanding work that not only our staff is doing, but our students. And really that commitment to excellence," says Andrews.

Administrators at Windsor School District say the high school has a four year graduation rate of 90% and a five year graduation rate of 94%. 

The rankings also take into consideration the success rates for students who would qualify as under-served. Windsor schools say 52 percent of students in the Windsor Central School District qualify for free and reduced-price lunch. 

The district says they've been seeing growth in their students' success with nearly 100 students signed up to take advanced placement or college credit courses at the high school next year.

Deposit Middle and Senior High School in Delaware County was also given a silver medal ranking.