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December 23, 2014


All Niskayuna schools among the best in the region in Niche school rankings

All of the district's schools were at the top of the Albany region in the 2015 rankings just published by Niche, an organization that rates K-12 schools and colleges across the country.

Five of the top nine elementary schools in the region were in Niskayuna, Van Antwerp and Iroquois were the top two middle schools, and Niskayuna High School was ranked second out of all the high schools in the area.

Niche touts its rankings as being comprehensive because they incorporate factual data about student performance and outcomes with some survey responses from parents and students when available. The organization grew out of the website that was founded by Carnegie Mellon University students in 2002.

You can explore the rankings here, and search for the Albany area and Niskayuna Schools in the search box.

Interim Superintendent John Yagielski congratulated the schools and the community on the ratings, and reiterated what he has said in the past when the district and its schools have earned similar recognition.

"To be sure, we do not develop programs or set performance targets based on any set of rankings. Providing students with the very best education we can is a core value of our district and our community," Mr. Yagielski said. "At the same time, the recognition that comes with rankings and awards can serve as an affirmation of the great work that takes place in our schools every day. Students, families, teachers, staff, and residents should take a great deal of pride in that."