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FFCS has highest graduation rate in Business Review’s school rankings

The Fonda-Fultonville Central School District has the highest graduation rate of all 80+ districts in the Albany Business Review’s most recent school rankings. FFCS was ranked No. 15 overall, the highest ranking in the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery region.

Fonda-Fultonville’s graduation rate hit an all-time high 97% for the Class of 2019, according to data released by the New York State Education Department.

Even better, the students who didn’t walk the stage at commencement in June 2019 still graduated. That means 100% of the Class of 2019 graduated within 4.5 years.

“My hope is our families and community are proud of their school district and know we are always doing everything we can to support their children and partner with them,” Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ciaccio said.

The district’s graduation rate far exceeds the state average 83%.

According to the business review, school district rankings are based on the most recent data available by the New York State Education Department.

Other highlights of the Class of 2019 include:

  • 80% of the Class of 2019 is attending either a two- or four-year college. 4% enlisted in the military and 16% pursued employment.
  • 48% of students graduated with a NYS Advanced Regents Diploma.
  • 9% of students earned the prestigious FFCS Comprehensive District Diploma (CDD). Graduates who earn the CDD achieve all of the Advanced Regents diploma requirements and additionally complete 300 hours of community service, plus extra math and science requirements.
  • More than half of the high school student body was enrolled in college credit–bearing courses during the 2019-20 school year.
  • The high school was named a Scholar Athlete School of Excellence by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for the 2018-19 school year. Sixteen of the district’s 18 athletic teams earned Scholar Athlete status. To qualify, three-quarters of the team’s roster must have a GPA above 90 percent.