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Baldwin High School ranks high on U.S. News list

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Baldwin Union Free School District representatives announced earlier this month that Baldwin High School was among the 2,053 New York State High schools placed among the U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools rankings for this year.

Baldwin High ranked 383rd among 2,053 high schools throughout New York state, which is the top 20 percent.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as one of the ‘Best High Schools for 2020,’ as this is a tremendous honor for our district and community,” Dr. Shari Camhi, superintendent of schools, said in a statement. “The U.S. News & World Report designation speaks to the level of hard work and dedication of our administration, faculty, staff, students and families. We continuously aim to be a leader and innovator in education and to ensure that all of our students are future ready. I am so proud that our high school has received this distinction.”

Data from 4,789 New York-based schools was collected, and the rankings were based on the school’s performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

The highest-ranked U.S. public schools in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best High Schools rankings are those whose attendees demonstrated outstanding outcomes above expectations in math and reading state assessments, passed a diverse array of college-level exams and graduated in high numbers.

With a graduation rate of 96 percent, the high school was also designated a 2019-20 New York State Recognition School by the New York State Education Department.

Some of the high school’s award-winning programs include its signature Academic Academies — a specialized school to career program — a community college partnership, Virtual Enterprise, Advanced Placement courses, as well as nationally recognized arts and athletics.

In 2019-20, a total of 1,250 students were enrolled in the school-to-career program, while nearly 860 students took AP classes, helping to further solidify college and career readiness upon graduation. The district has been visited by educational leaders from across the countrybecause of the success its programs and instruction.