Canton Central School District Educational Philosophy
Canton Central School District is dedicated to the education of students to develop moral, ethical, and cultural values, love of learning, and an appreciation of the rights and responsibilities of American citizens, which will enable them to function effectively as independent individuals in a democratic society.
In concert with parents, guardians, and our larger educational community, Canton Central School aspires to provide a nurturing, safe, and accepting environment, conducive to all students, faculty, and staff achieving individual potential.
Canton Central School District is comprised of one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school interconnected within a single complex with an enrollment of approximately 1,300 students.
Our school has long-enjoyed a reputation for fostering excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts. We are proud to note that our Hugh C. Williams Senior High School was recently rated by U.S. News and World Report as the top-ranked North Country high school. This is the fifth time in the past six years that our high school has been so-named on this prestigious list. We are also pleased to share that, based on 2017 analysis of four years of test scores and graduation rates by Buffalo's Business First publication, Canton Central School ranks second in overall performance among the thirty-three Kindergarten - Grade 12 school districts in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties.
Canton is the government seat of rural St. Lawrence County and is home to two colleges, St. Lawrence University and the State University of New York at Canton, with whom our school enjoys strong, symbiotic relationships.
Higher educational opportunities abound as well, at Clarkson University and the State University of New York at Potsdam, located just ten miles away in the village of Potsdam.
The Grasse River runs through Canton, and is a favorite destination for canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts. Also among the community are many amenities such as two 18-hole golf courses, extensive biking and walking paths, and areas for hiking and cross-country skiing.
Canton Village was named as one of the top twenty "Safest Places in New York" in a recent study.
Canton is in close proximity to the majestic St. Lawrence River and world-renowned Thousand Islands, and is within easy driving distance of both the Adirondack Park and Lake Placid. The surrounding areas provide many year-round recreational activities, and the exciting Canadian capital of Ottawa, a mere 90 miles away.