(May 8, 2012) Yonkers Middle High School is once again a Gold Medal school, ranked 24th in the country, according to the 2012 U.S. News and World Report rankings of 22,000 American high schools in 49 states. YMHS is also ranked fourth in New York State and first in Westchester County. The school is distinguished as the nation’s fourth ranked magnet school.
In addition, Saunders Trades and Technical High School earned a Silver Medal, placing among the top 10% of schools nationwide.
“These honors validate the District’s commitment to college readiness,” said Yonkers Superintendent of Schools Bernard P. Pierorazio. “We challenge our students to embrace rigorous coursework and strive for academic success. It is a testament to our staff, who have overcome financial constraints to cultivate the leaders of tomorrow.”
“Congratulations to our Yonkers Public Schools for its outstanding performance among the nationwide rankings,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. “Yonkers and Saunders’ accomplishments are a testament to the hard-work and dedication of their students, teachers, principals, parents, and of course, their leading advocate in education, Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio. Job well done.”
Yonkers Middle High School improved from its 41st national ranking in 2011. Combining the acclaimed International Baccalaureate (IB) program with Advance Placement (AP) offerings, the school’s strong academic foundation prepares students to, not only attend, but also excel in the country’s top post-secondary institutions. One hundred percent of its 2011 graduates had taken and passed at least one IB or AP exam.
“It is truly a group effort that produces success: our highly dedicated faculty and staff, the Yonkers school district that supports us, our parent community and their strong commitment to academic achievement and, most of all, our superbly talented and diverse student body for whom it is our honor to serve,” said Yonkers Middle High School Principal Jane Wermuth.
Saunders Trades and Technical High School also improved its standing in the U.S. News rankings, moving from bronze medal in 2011 to silver in 2012. Saunders combines career and college readiness, offering an unparalleled combination of academic and occupational preparation to its students.
“We are so proud of our students who inspire us every day and personify the relentless efforts of our amazing staff and families,” said Saunders Principal Steven Mazzola.