District Profile

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School and Community

The Gouverneur Central School District encompasses a rural population of approximately 3,700 in southern St. Lawrence County. Gouverneur's primary industry is agriculture. The High School includes approximately 454 students in grades 9-12. Students come from the village and town of Gouverneur plus peripheral rural communities. Students can take advantage of vocational technical training run by the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES. The schedule runs on an 8 period day. The High School schedule offers both traditional and semestered courses. Advanced Placement courses and early college admission is offered for our students. A six-week remedial summer school session is provided for the opportunity to improve course grades.

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Student Enrollment

K-12 enrollment: 1545
Elementary School (PK-4): 645
Middle School (5-8): 450
High School (7-12): 450


153 full-time and part-time members

Blood splatter experiment in forensics class

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement courses are offered in English Language and Composition and European History. All AP courses are taught for 43 minutes for a full year.

SUPA\Distance Learning - Courses offered at Gouverneur Central School through Syracuse University's Project Advance Program are: American History, General Biology, Calculus, Forensic Science, Intermediate Spanish, Public Policy, Practices of Writing and Gender & Literary Texts for a total of 35 credits.

Students may also earn college credits via the distance learning network through a local college.

Class of 2017 at Moving Up Day

Stats for Class of 2018 Graduates

100 graduates

34 Advanced Regents Diploma (34%)
13 Advanced Regents with Honors (13%)
6 Mastery in Science (6%)
8 Mastery in Mathematics (8%)
54 Regents Diplomas (54%)
1 Regents with Honors (1%)
43 BOCES Graduates (43%)
3 BOCES Agriculture Academy Graduates (3%)
19 National Honor Society Members (19%)
5 National Technical Honor Society Members (5%)
26 G.H.S. Honors Group* (26%)
18 Senior Academic Achievement Award** (18%)
33 4 Year College (33%)
30 2 Year College (30%)
1 Technical School (1%)
10 Armed Services (10%)
23 Employment (23%)
*Honors Group - 90 or above for 3.5 years of high school.
**Senior Academic Achievement - Honor roll since 9th grade (15 times)

ACT Statistics Class of 2018 (Mean Scores)

English 21.3
Mathematics 21.3
Reading 20.9
Science 23.8
Composite 22.1

SAT Statistics Class of 2018 (Mean Scores)

Critical Reading 577
Mathematics 560
Students working on mathematics

Marking System

Gouverneur Central uses a numerical grading system that ranges from 0-100; 65 is the minimum grade required to pass. Semester courses are computed by: Final Average = (MP1 x 2 + MP2 x 2 + FE) ÷ 5. Full year courses are computed by (MP1 + MP2 + MP3 + MP4 + FE) ÷ 5. Each full semester class has 2MP. MP = marking period. FE = final exam.

Computation of Class Rank and Average

Students are ranked numerically. Grades are weighted. All classes are included only once in class rank. Full year courses are weighted 1.0; all semester classes are weighted .50. AP European History, AP English Language, College Distance Learning, and Syracuse University Project Advance, and SUNY Potsdam courses are weighted 1.1.

Class Rank = Final Average of each course x weight factor ÷ number of units earned.

Conversion Scale

When students transfer in with letter grades and a numerical conversion scale from their previous school, that scale is used to change their letter grade to a numerical equivalent for Gouverneur Central's records. If the sending school provides no conversion scale, the following is used. Schools or programs that need to convert GCS numerical grades to letter equivalent should use this scale.

Numerical Letter
95 A
91 A-
88 B+
85 B
82 B-
79 C+
76 C
73 C-
70 D+
67 D
65 D-
50 F

Students holding up what they want to become or what they like to do

Graduation Requirements

Students may achieve the following credential(s) or diplomas: Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) credential, Skills and Achievement Commencement credential, local, Regents, and Advanced Designation diploma.

Regents & Advanced Regents Diplomas

22 units credit (minimum)
English - 4 Units
Social Studies - 4 Units
Science - 3 Units
Math - 3 Units
Health - 1/2 unit
Physical Education - 2 Units*
Foreign Language - 1 Unit (Regents), 3 Units (Advanced Regents)**
Art/Music - 1 Unit

*1/2 unit for each of four years
**Advanced Regents diploma students who complete a 5 unit or more career and technical education, art, or music sequence, may be excused from the 3-unit language requirement.

Regents Diploma requirements - a grade of 65 or higher on 5 Regents exams - English, history, math, science, plus an additional exam in science, math, or history.

Advanced Regents Diploma requirements– a grade of 65 or higher on 8 Regents exams which include the 4 required for a Regents diploma plus Geometry, Algebra 2, a second history, second science and the passing of a locally developed foreign language exam.

Track Designations

May appear on a transcript
Advanced Placement
Medical Excuse
*includes integrated Math and/or Science credit
Dropped Passing
Dropped Failing
Dropped (no grades yet)
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