The Webster Central School District is recognized at local, state, and national levels for its achievement in academics, fine arts, and athletics.
Webster ONLY NYS District Named to AP Honor Roll Three Consecutive Years
Webster Central School District has been honored by the College Board with a place on the 3rd Annual AP® Honor Roll, the only New York State district named for three consecutive years. This honor is due to increased access to Advanced Placement coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.
Since 2009, Webster Central School District increased the number of students participating in AP by 37% (415 students). In 2012, the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher was 77 %, outpacing the state average of 66%, and the national average of 59%.
The 3rd Annual AP Honor Roll includes 539 school districts across 44 states and Canada.
SAT Scores Increase for Webster’s Class of 2011
The College Board recently released Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) results for the Classes of 2011. Results for Webster graduates increased in all three areas tested: critical reading (543); mathematics (562); and writing (518). Webster's results are in sharp contrast to national averages that the College Board reports are at all-time lows: reading (497); mathematics (514); and writing (489).
Over the past five years, Webster composite scores increased by 19 points while the average New York State composite decreased 5 points and the national average fell by 4.
The SAT is a nationally recognized standard used by colleges and universities to assess college readiness and future success and is one of multiple measures used by WCSD to assess college and career readiness.
Webster Nationally Recognized as PLC Model
Webster Central School District is proud to be one of 14 school districts from across the United States to be recognized as a successful Professional Learning Community (PLC) by educational consultants Richard and Rebecca DuFour.
The DuFours are internationally known for their expertise in bringing PLC concepts to life in schools across the country.
Webster is profiled on the All Things PLC website and contains many of the strategies used by district administrators and teachers to maximize achievement for all students.
Webster Among Best Community for Music Education
The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation has announced the results of its 14th annual Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) survey, which acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment to and support for music education in schools. This marks the eighth year Webster Central School District has been designated a “Best Community.”
The BCME survey is a nationwide search for communities whose programs exemplify a strong commitment to music education. Each school receiving the “Best Communities” designation scored in the 80th percentile or higher in the survey’s grading process.
State Recognizes Elementary Schools for Grand Rounds Data
In January 2011, Webster Central School District was recognized by the State Education Department for its implementation of Grand Rounds Data Days in all seven elementary schools: DeWitt Road, Klem Road North, Klem Road South, Plank Road North, Plank Road South, Schlegel Road, and State Road.
As a model, WCSD’s practices will be replicated by other districts across the state and be imbedded in the syllabus of more than 25 institutions of higher learning.
WCSD’s systematic use of data to make instructional decisions on behalf of students received praise from the state and led to District recognition as a best practice program. Schlegel, the initiator of Grand Rounds, is recognized as a mentor school.
School Cited for Excellence
In 2009, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that Plank Road South Elementary was one of 19 schools in New York State, and the only one in the Rochester area, to be named a 2009 Blue Ribbon School.
Each year since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has sought out elementary, middle and high schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors schools based on one of two criteria: 1) Schools whose students, regardless of background, achieve in the top 10 percent of their state on state tests or in the case of private schools in the top 10 percent of the nation on nationally-normed tests; and 2) Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that demonstrate dramatic improvement of student performance to high levels on state tests or nationally–normed tests. Plank South meets the qualifications for excellence.