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City Honors tops list of best Northeast high schools

Buffalo’s City Honors School is first on a new list of best public high schools in the Northeast. Eight other area schools also placed on the Washington Post list of 456 schools from Maine to New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

East Aurora was in 157th place, Williamsville South was 165th on the list, Williamsville East was 193rd, Orchard Park was 247th, Iroquois was 265th, Williamsville North was 271st, Hamburg was 318th and Pembroke was 382nd.

The Washington Post bases its list on how many students take Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses. If the number of students taking the higher-level courses is greater than the number of graduating seniors, the school makes the list.

This year Pembroke proudly joined the other top local schools after it alerted the Washington Post about its record.

“We’re up here competing here with some of these big suburban schools,” said Principal Keith Palmer. “We’re a small rural school in the middle of Genesee County, and it makes us proud.”

Pembroke students start taking AP classes in 10th grade. They are encouraged to take upper-level classes throughout high school.

“We want to know that our kids are being challenged. That they’re taking advantage of difficult and challenging coursework,” said Palmer. “It’s just an indicator that we do have healthy participation.”

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