Profile of Community
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.
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.
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.
# of Students Taking
|3% and Above 2021|
|U.S. Government & Politics||17||47|
AP EXAMINATION RESULTS:
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
Hugh C. Williams Senior High School graduates are currently attending the following colleges and universities:
Franklin & Marshall College
Grove City College
Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Michigan Technical University
Paul Smith's College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
St. John Fisher College
St. Lawrence University
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
West Virginia University
State University of New York:
Jefferson Community College
Morrisville State College
North Country Community College