Somers High School has been named a High Performing Reward School by the New York State Education Department. The high school is one of only 135 schools in the state to achieve the designation.

“We are so proud of our students, faculty and staff at Somers High School,” said Superintendent Raymond Blanch. “They consistently aim high and work hard to exceed their goals.”

In order to qualify as a High Performing Reward School, schools must be among the top 20 percent of schools in the state for English language arts and math performance for the most recent two school years. High schools must have graduation rates above 80 percent and the percentage of students in the school who graduate with a Regents diploma with advanced designation or a Career and Technical Endorsement (CTE) must exceed the state average. 

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Other requirements for recognition:

• Made Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years for all groups of students on all measures for which the school is accountable, including the requirement that 95 percent of all groups participate in the English language arts and mathematics assessments.

• Not have unacceptably large gaps in student performance on an accountability measure between students who are members of an accountability group (e.g., low-income students) and students who are not members of that group.

Somers High School will receive a certificate of recognition from Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.

“The teachers and administrators at these Reward Schools work hard each day to raise the bar and give their students opportunities to achieve their dreams,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa said. “The proof is in the results these schools have obtained and I am thrilled to celebrate their success.”

Of the identified schools, 64 are located in New York City, 73 are located in the rest of the state and 18 are public charter schools. In addition, 107 of these schools were identified as Reward Schools last year, and 81 have been identified as Reward Schools for three consecutive years.

“It’s truly impressive that so many of this year’s Reward Schools were able to maintain the designation for three years in a row,” Elia said. “All of these schools serve as models to others in the state to inspire them to achieve a high level of accomplishment and improvement.”