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Oct. 7, 2020: J-D ranked among best districts in Upstate for academics

The Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District has been ranked 4th in the Syracuse Area and 11th in Upstate New York for excellence in academics, according to a Buffalo-based business magazine.

On Oct. 5, Business First released its 2020 Upstate rankings of public school districts, which encompasses 48 New York state counties, excluding the New York City area. The magazine’s Syracuse Area rankings include 54 school districts within Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego and Tompkins counties. The Upstate rankings include 430 public school districts.

“The dedication and drive of our students and staff are at the heart of this recognition,” J-D Superintendent Peter Smith said. “We know that our community has high expectations for our schools, and we will continue to look for ways to partner with our students, their families and our staff to offer an education that is challenging and provides everyone within our J-D family opportunities to realize their full potential.” 

Business First has issued annual performance ratings for public schools in Western New York since 1992 and began ranking public Upstate districts in 2011. Each district’s 2020 rank reflects the collective performance of its elementary, middle and high schools from 2016 to 2019, the most recent four-year period for which comprehensive statistics are available from the New York State Education Department.

Business First’s rating formula includes 200 components, ranging from English and math tests for third graders up to the full complement of Regents and Common Core exams for high schoolers.



Dr. Peter Smith, Superintendent

P.O. Box 606
DeWitt, NY 13214

Phone: (315) 445-8300

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