The dedication of CCRS teachers, as well as the support of the community, Fairchild added, also contribute to the school's academic success.
“So much of this hinges on the community support for the school and the longstanding traditions at Chazy, where we focus on student growth," he said.
On Buffalo Business First's academic rankings of 430 schools in New York's 48 upstate counties, CCRS placed 43, moving up a position from its 2011 spot.
Of the districts evaluated in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties, Saranac Lake Central School comes next with a ranking of 97 on the upstate list, followed by Lake Placid at 104.
Chazy Central's top ranking among area schools is one of multiple honors bestowed on the district in recent months.
This past summer, State Commissioner of Education John King named Chazy High School one of the state's 87 Highest Performing Schools, a title given to schools with exemplary standardized test scores and graduation rates. And this fall, Chazy Elementary became one of 269 public and private schools across the country to be recognized as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
“I know that a lot of people here (at CCRS) take great pride in the academic performance,” Fairchild said.
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Here's how Buffalo Business First ranked North Country school districts among 431 upstate districts (listed as district name, then ranking):
1. Chazy, 43.
2. Saranac Lake, 97.
3. Lake Placid, 104.
4. Saranac, 185.
5. Plattsburgh, 190.
6. Ticonderoga, 196.
7. Chateaugay, 204.
8. Elizabethtown-Lewis, 252.
9. Beekmantown, 273.
10. Peru, 307.
11. Tupper Lake, 319.
12. Northeastern Clinton, 327.
13. Saint Regis Falls, 347.
14. Malone, 373.
15. AuSable Valley, 376.
16. Willsboro, 377.
17. Northern Adirondack, 386.
18. Brushton-Moira, 394.
19. Moriah, 404.
20. Salmon River, 410.