NYS Scholarships for Academic Excellence

  • Pending the appropriation of State funds each year, New York State awards Scholarships for Academic Excellence.  Lake George High School determines its nominees using the guidelines provided by the New York State Education Department's Scholarships and Grants Administration Unit, which are reprinted below:

    A high school shall use uniform criteria for the selection of scholarship nominees, applicable to all competing students, such criteria to be in accordance with the requirements of this section.

    Method A: Regents test scores

    A high school, which, prior to its students’ senior year, has offered to all such students seeking Regents credit at the school either a Regents examination or a single approved alternative assessment (see http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/sar), but not both, in each of the following subjects: comprehensive English, global studies, United States history/government, mathematics B, and in two or more of the following four sciences: earth science, living environment/biology, chemistry, and physics, shall select scholarship nominees of the basis of the following criteria:

    The high school shall select their winner(s) by computing a weighted average of the scores on the Regents examinations and/or approved alternative assessments taken by its students prior to their senior year, in all of the following subjects:

    The weighing of the scores shall be:

    Comprehensive English - weight of three

    Mathematics B or Algebra 2 and Trigonometry - weight of three

    Global studies - weight of one

    U.S. history/government  - weight of one

    At least two, but up to four courses may be included - weight of one for each course

    Individual schools must decide, in the science area, how many sciences to use in the calculation. They must use the same number of science courses for all students in the competition, though they do not need to use the same courses.  (Note: Lake George High School uses the strongest three science regents exam grades.)


    If the approved alternative assessment is not scored on a one hundred point scale, the high school must convert the scores on the approved alternative assessment to a one hundredpoint scale. If a student elected not to take the Regents examinations listed, or an approved alternative assessment, then that student cannot compete or be selected as a scholarship winner.


    High schools other than those described above shall select scholarship nominees on the following basis:

    Method B: Rank in class

    For high schools that can determine class rank because of their grading system, class rank of students at the end of their junior year. In the case of a tie, the high school may determine rank order by lottery among individuals having the same class rank. 

    Due to the cancellation of Regents Exams in the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, and 2021-2022 school years, Lake George will utilize Method B for the following graduating classes: Class of 2021, Class of 2022, Class of 2023.