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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 socioeconomic 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 1,325 students. The Canton Central School District enjoys the academic and cultural benefits of having St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton in the community, as well as Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam which are locate 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 100. 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" (Advances Placement in College and High School classes) with a weighted factor of 1.075. Canton's Hugh C. William's  Senior High School earned a silver medal in U.S. News and World Report's 2016 Best High Schools rankings of America's high schools. Rankings are determined through a quantitative methodology involving three factors: the performance of al of a school's students on state proficiency tests; the performance of a school's least advantaged students compared to similar students in the state; and the college readiness performance of its students as measured using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data.
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 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.
Extracurricular Program

Canton students may elect to participate in a number of active clubs as a 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 Grade Requirements
The minimum grade 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, 1/2 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 in 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.
Grade Conversion
A+ 98 B+ 88 C+ 78 D+ 68
A 95 B 85 C 75 D 65
A- 92 B- 82 C- 72 D- 62
Standardized Test Results
Canton students are consistently above the state and national means in standardized tests. Approximately 70% of students take college admissions tests. Mean scores include all students in the class who took exams, even if they never enrolled in college.
AP Exam
# of Students Taking
Exam 2021
3% and Above 2021
Calculus AB 5 80
English Language
English Literature
14 79
Environmental 20 65
World History 33 52
U.S. Government & Politics 17 47
U.S. History 40 38
    2020 - 7 AP Scholars, 11 AP Scholars with Honors, 9 AP Scholars with Distinction
    2021 - 17 AP Scholars, 2 AP Scholars with Honors, 7 AP Scholars with Distinction
College Placements
Hugh C. Williams Senior High School graduates are currently attending the following colleges and universities:
Alfred University
Barnard College
Bucknell University
Campbellsville University
Carlton College
Clarkson University
Colgate University
Cornell University
Eckerd College
Elmira College
Franklin & Marshall College
Gettysburg College
Grove City College
Hamilton College
Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Ithaca College
LeMoyne College
McGill University
Michigan Technical University
Nazareth College
Niagara University
Paul Smith's College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Siena College
Skidmore College
St. John Fisher College
St. Lawrence University
Syracuse University
Union College
University of Alabama
University of Mass at Amherst
University of New Hampshire
University of Northwestern Ohio
University of Ottowa
University of Pittsburgh
University of South-Sewanee
Ursinus College
Villanova University
West Virginia University
Williams College
State University of New York:
Jefferson Community College
Morrisville State College
New Paltz
North Country Community College
Oswego College
Plattsburgh College
Potsdam College
Purchase College