High School Profile 2023

The Gouverneur Central School District encompasses a rural population of approximately 11,000 in southern St. Lawrence County. Major industries in the area include Dunn Paper Corporation, CIVES/Northern Division, Kinney Drugs, Inc., St. Lawrence Health System and Gouverneur Central School District. The High School includes approximately 465 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 offered through St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES. The schedule runs on an 8-period day. The High School schedule offers both traditional and semestered courses. Advanced Placement, Honors, and dual enrollment college courses are offered for our students. A six-week remedial summer school session is provided for the opportunity to recover credit for courses.
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Teaching staff consists of 41 full-time and part-time members.

Superintendent: Ms. Jacquelynn L. Kelly
Principal: Mr. Cory Wood
Assistant Principal: Ms. Nicole Donaldson
Athletic Coordinator: Mr. Aaron McEathron
Counselors: Ms. Jamie DeRusso & Mrs. Marcy Tyler
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Grading System

Note final averages for the 2019 - 20 school year were calculated using quarters 1-3 only. Due to Covid-19, school transitioned to a fully remote instructional model from March 16 through the end of the school year.
NYS Regents exams were cancelled between June 2020 – January 2022. Exempt (EX) has been noted on transcripts.

Marking System

Gouverneur Central uses a numerical grading system that ranges from 0-100; 65 is the minimum grade required to pass.


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

Rank & Averages

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 English Language, College Distance Learning, 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.

Graduation Requirements

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Diploma & Credentials

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

Credit & Exam Requirements

22 units credit (minimum)
English: 4 Units
Social Studies: 4 Units
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 pathway exam.

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, a second science plus the passing of a locally developed foreign language exam.
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Statistics for Class of 2023

Advanced Regents Diploma (27%)
Advanced Regents Diploma w/Honor (4%)
Mastery in Science (7%)
Mastery in Mathematics (6%)
Regents Diplomas (67%)
Regents w/Honor (0%)
BOCES Graduates (60%)
BOCES Agriculture (1%)
National Honor Society Members (13%)
National Technical Honor Society Members (8%)
GHS Honors Group* (19%)
Senior Academic Achievement Award† (12%)
4 Year College (27%)
2 Year College (16%)
Technical School (2%)
Armed Services (5%)
Employment (29%)
90 and above average for 3 1/2 years of High school.
Honor Roll since 9th grade - 15 times.

Testing Profile (Mean Scores)

SAT (Class of 2023)

Evidence Based Reading/Writing


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AUD: Audit
AP: Advanced Placement
H: Honors
P: Pass
F: Fail
R: Regents
L: Local
MED: Medical Excuse
MST: Math/Science/Technology (includes integrated Math and/or Science credit)
W/P: Withdraw Passing
W/F: Withdraw Failing
W: Withdraw (no grades yet)
EX: Exempt
SA: Special Appeal

Honors/College Level Courses

Honors Courses

English 9H
English 10H
Global History 9H
Global History 10H


Syracuse University Project Advanced

American History I & II
Forensic Science
Intermediate Spanish
Public Policy
General Biology I & II and Lab
Practices of Writing
Gender & Literary Texts


Hudson Valley Community College (Distance Learning)

Intro to Psychology
Intro to Sociology

SUNY Potsdam

Anatomy & Physiology
Probability & Statistics

Advanced Placement

English Language and Composition