Award Year: 2018

Skaneateles Senior High School

49 E. Elizabeth Street
Skaneateles, NY, 13152-1398

(315) 291-2231

Mr. Gregory Santoro, Principal at time of Nomination

Skaneateles Community School District

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We give 100% in all we do - in the classroom, on the field, on the stage, in the community. We teach, learn, coach, guide, support, lead, and care the Laker Way, 110%. The Laker Way is not just some of the time, it is all the time.

Student Demographics
  • White: 96%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 11%
Field Experience with Multiple Disciplines Working Together

Field Experience with Multiple Disciplines Working Together

The promise that we give 110% in all we do, along with the Six Pillars of Wellness, forms the foundation of every Skaneateles High School endeavor. The result is a progressive, balanced, and health-focused learning environment that links a rich academic base with practical applications.

Teachers and administrators design all courses and programs to help students develop into effective communicators, critical and creative thinkers, collaborative contributors, and quality producers. Classroom projects address real world issues. Chemistry labs investigate wastewater treatment. Social studies students attend public hearings and participate in Model UN. Physics teachers introduce sailing phenomena and ecology classes research energy and global change. Pre-engineering students in Project Lead the Way use state-of-the-art equipment to work on real life challenges while earning college credit.

Students receive high quality training and a myriad of performance opportunities in visual arts, performing arts, and music, and have access to video production and professional recording studios. World Languages offers cultural immersion through field experiences and trips abroad. A new policy for rank and weight removes emphasis on school rankings and encourages academic exploration. Ongoing teacher training ensures students benefit from the most innovative and effective teaching methods.

Parents and community members complete the circle of support. Employers host job shadowing while the Parent-Teacher Committee, boosters, and service groups provide funding and outreach experiences. Lastly, staff members prioritize developing relationships with students and families so that each individual has the best chance to succeed and thrive.