What happens in high school may stay in high school, but it can also define what happens for the rest of your life.

I don't mean to be dramatic, but think about it for a moment. Your academic performance defines your GPA, which when combined with your SAT or ACT scores, will define your options for college. Your extracurriculars, your choice of clubs, and your athletic performances will also play a huge part in your future outside of the classroom.

So, for the young athletes of the Capital Region, it's important to know that the high school you choose, is one that will set you up for future success.

With all of that in mind, when getting ready for high school, where should your kid go?

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There are a number of outstanding high schools in the Capital Region, and within those schools, there are a number of top-notch athletic departments to which your young athlete could belong.

The website Niche takes into account academic standing, strength of extracurricular programs and performance of athletic teams in generating rankings of every school in the Capital Region. Within those rankings, one can specify the criteria that schools are being graded on, with sports being one such criteria.

So, we went on Niche, looked at the top high schools in the Capital Region, and sorted the institutions by the grades of their sports programs. With that said, here are the top ten high schools for athletes in the region, both public, and private.

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