High School East, Mills Pond and Mt. Pleasant Elementary Schools have received the designation as a Reward School for the second consecutive year. Accompsett Middle School and Accompsett Elementary School have also received the honor this fall.
Reward School status is awarded to schools that are identified “among those schools that have the highest achievement in the state or are making the most progress and do not have significant gaps in student achievement that are not being closed,” according to the state's Department of Education.
All five schools were selected to the select list due to student's high performance.
The academic criteria these schools met in order to be named a Reward School include:
- A four-year graduation rate for the 2007 cohort (students who entered 9th grade in 2007) at 98 percent.
- An average for Regents Diplomas with Advanced Designation of 60 percent, compared to the state average of 31 percent.
- A combined unweighted ELA and Math Performance Index within the top 20 percent of all NYS schools.