SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
ROBERT J. NOLE
FOR RELEASE: IMMEDIATE April 26, 2017
U.S. News & World Report has recognized New Hartford High School as one of America’s Best High Schools for 2017. From more than 28,000 high schools, New Hartford was awarded a Gold Medal, the highest recognition, based on state proficiency standards and college preparation. This ranking places New Hartford in the top 500 high schools nationally. New Hartford’s Gold Medal makes it the highest performing school in the Utica-Rome and Syracuse Metro regions. “We’ve been honored with a Gold Medal for three consecutive years,” said Superintendent of Schools Robert Nole. “This consistent ranking is attributed to the commitment of the students, teachers, staff, parents and entire community.”
Along with its Gold Medal recognition, New Hartford Senior High was recognized as one of the “Best STEM High Schools.” STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education is considered crucial for the current and future job market. “We are very fortunate to have a community that values education and is willing to support all of our programs,” said science teacher Andre Paradis. “What makes New Hartford great is the vast number of opportunities that students have in all areas, including courses, extra-curricular clubs, and sports. Every student is able to find a way to connect to the school, teachers, and each other.”
U.S News & World Report developed a ranking methodology based on a wide-ranging set of criteria. To achieve recognition as a high school, students first must perform better than average on state reading and math tests. Researchers then gauge the academic performance of the school’s least-advantaged students. To proceed further in the selection process a high school must surpass what US News defines as a “national standard graduation rate” of 75%; a graduation rate of 99% was factored in for New Hartford. Once schools have met this criteria they are eligible to be ranked nationally based on an index of student college readiness.
Robert J. Nole
Superintendent of Schools