Canton’s Hugh C. Williams Senior High School is located in a residential section of Canton, New York, which is eighteen miles southeast of the Canadian border. The community’s socio-economic composition is diverse. Major area employers include education, agriculture, small business, correctional facilities, health care and large and small industries. The Canton Central School District has one high school, one middle school and one elementary school on a single campus with an enrollment of approximately 1,150(Pk-12) students. The Canton Central School District enjoys the academic and cultural benefits of having St. Lawrence University and SUNY at Canton in the community, as well as Clarkson University and State University College at Potsdam which are located in the immediate area.
Hugh C. Williams Senior High School is a four-year, comprehensive public high school with an enrollment of approximately 400, and an average senior class of 90. On average, well over 80% of graduates earn a New York State Regents Diploma and over 85% of the students in a graduating class pursue further education. All credit-bearing courses are used in determining class rank which is based upon the weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) earned. Class rank will include final grades earned for those designated as “Advanced Courses” (Advanced
Placement and College in High School classes) with a weighted factor of 1.075.
The curriculum includes the following: four years of English including Advanced Placement (AP) English Language, AP Literature and honors English courses in grades 9 and 10, five years of mathematics including AP Calculus; five years of science, including AP Biology and AP Environmental Science offered in alternating years; four years of language in French and Spanish; four years of social studies including AP American History, Global 9 Honors, AP World History, and AP US Government and Politics; agriculture, family and consumer science,technology programs, occupational programs through BOCES; fine and practical arts; opportunities for independent study; the opportunity for
dual enrollment and dual credit at area colleges; and accelerated diploma programs.
Canton students may elect to participate in a number of active clubs as part of an extensive extracurricular program. These include areas of school governance, publications, honors, drama, service, music and class-related organizations. In addition, 22 varsity and junior varsity interscholastic sports teams are available to students.
MINIMUM GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
The minimum graduation requirements are 22 units for all classes. Specific course requirements include 4 units of English and social studies, 3 units of mathematics, 3 units of science, 1 unit of foreign language, ½ unit of health, 1 unit of art and/or music, and 2 units of physical education, plus electives. Courses generally meet five days per week for 45 minutes.
Due to COVID 19 school closure, final grades in full year courses for the 2019-2020 school year are based on number grades for the first two quarters and satisfactory participation in online courses while school was closed. Final grades in second semester half credit courses are Pass/Fail only. Students received exemptions for regents’ exams in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.
A+ = 98 B+ = 88 C+ = 78 D+ = 68
A = 95 B = 85 C = 75 D = 65
A- = 92 B- = 82 C- = 72 F = 50
Ronald P. Burke, Superintendent of Schools Kirstin Linn-Newman, Director of Guidance
H. Doug Dominy, Principal Michele Abplanalp, Counselor
Greg Kiah, Dean of Students Lindsey Fifield, Counselor
AP EXAMINATION RESULTS:
2021 - 17 AP Scholars, 2 AP Scholars with Honor, 7 AP Scholar with Distinction.
2022 – 16 AP Scholars, 7 AP Scholars with Honor, 5 AP Scholars with Distinction.
Hugh C. Williams Senior High School graduates are currently attending the following colleges and universities: