We are so used to hearing different things about our local schools and communities that we don't even think that our very own could be some of the best around. I'm not just talking locally either, I'm talking nationally.

 It's a big deal when something so local to us becomes nationally recognized and for Newsweeks annual Top High Schools in America issue, not one but five of our local high schools made the list!

The rankings analyze a few things like: proficiency ratings on state and standardized assessments, college acceptance and enrollment rates to understand which are best at preparing students for college.

Five of our very own were on the list of 500 and here is where they fell:

My alma mater, Shenendehowa High School came in at #246

Niskyuna High School was next on the list at #270

Shaker High School is listed #328

Saratoga Springs High School is at #363

and rounding out the Capital Regions Top 5 is Ballston Spa High School, in at #379

To see Newsweeks full list, check out the article here.