Kendall Junior/Senior High School (JSHS) was named on the 2018 list of America’s Best High Schools as determined by U.S. News & World Report. According to the publication’s website, the “2018 Best High Schools rankings awards the top 5,948 public high schools with gold, silver and bronze medals, indicating their level of college readiness.” Schools received these medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. All results were based on data from the 2015-16 school year.
Kendall JSHS received a silver medal for their performance on state exams. In 2016, they received a bronze medal. Kendall students performed better than the state average on state reading and math proficiency tests, with Kendall’s disadvantaged students also performing better than the state average. In this evaluation, disadvantaged students were defined as black, Hispanic and low-income. With a total enrollment of 317 students, 11 percent of Kendall students were classified as minorities and 47 percent of all students were classified as economically disadvantaged (eligible for free or reduced-price meals). Based on state test results, 81 percent of Kendall students were proficient in math and 91 percent were proficient in English. Seventy-three percent of disadvantaged students were proficient on these exams, compared to 88 percent of non-disadvantaged students who were also proficient on these exams.
Kendall graduation rates met or exceeded the national standard. The graduation rate at Kendall was 96 percent. U.S. News & World Report calculated a “College Readiness Index,” based on Kendall students’ participation in Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams. Thirty-seven percent of Kendall students participated in an AP course, with most students taking, on average, one AP exam.
For more information on Kendall’s ranking on the U.S. News & World Report list, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/new-york/districts/kendall-central-school-district/kendall-junior-senior-high-school-13801.