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F-M makes annual list of best school districts in New York state

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District is again being recognized as one of the top school districts in New York state, according to Niche’s 2019 K-12 School & District Rankings.

Comprised of data scientists, engineers and parents, the Niche organization each year analyzes dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, and neighborhood in the United States.

The organization recently released its 2019 Best School Districts in America report, which ranks more than 100,000 public and private schools and districts across the country. F-M ranked 23rd in New York state and 111th nationally, according to the report.

“We are pleased to be regarded so highly when compared to districts statewide,” said Superintendent Craig J. Tice. “Recognition like this is due to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved with the school district, from the students themselves and their families to district staff and faculty, as well as the community-at-large.”

With the exception of Brighton Central School District (#8), Pittsford Central School District (#16), Fayetteville-Manlius (#23), and Williamsville Central School District (#26), 26 of the top 30 school districts are located downstate.

The Niche rankings are based on data such as state test scores, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, health and safety, culture and diversity, teachers, resources and facilities, clubs and activities, sports, and feedback from parent and student surveys. Niche looked at both the quantity and quality of the survey responses. Of the three upstate schools, Brighton had 27 reviews, Pittsford had 13, and F-M had 24.

The survey feedback affirms that overall the district is on the right path to fulfilling its mission of building on our commitment to academic excellence with a focus on authentic learning experiences, civic responsibility, and innovative programs, Dr. Tice said.