High School named Gold Medal School

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In recognition of its success in educating students across a range of performance indicators, Earl L. Vandermeulen High School has been named a top high school by U.S. News & World Report and earned the news organization’s highest ranking of Gold. It was one of only 2.4 percent of eligible schools across the country who received the designation.

The multi-step ranking process included ensuring that the eligible schools serve all of their students well, using state proficiency tests results and their graduation rates as benchmarks and assessing how well-prepared students are for college-level work. Based on the evaluation, ELVHS was ranked 55th in New York State and 482th of the nation’s 20,582 eligible schools.

“We are honored to receive this distinction,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Casciano said. “In addition to the determination of our high school administrators and educators in leading our students in a high-quality education, they are committed to preparing them for continued academic successes in the future.”

The designation is the fourth honor for the school this academic year. On the national level, it was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, honored with its sixth consecutive Reward School designation by the New York State Education Department and Principal Christine Austen was named a Person of the Year by TBR News Media for her leadership and steadfast efforts in improving the academic programs offered. The school annually boasts numerous AP Scholars, and National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students, in addition to the many athletic, musical, civic and volunteer accomplishments of its students.