4 Hudson Valley high schools rated among top in U.S.

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Four Hudson Valley high schools were named among the best in the country this month by two magazines.

Newsweek magazine's list of America's 1,000 Best High Schools for 2012 named Rye Neck (77), Edgemont (142), Dobbs Ferry (286), and Yonkers Middle High School (409), all of which also made the top 100 of U.S. News and World Report's rankings.

The Newsweek list -- released Sunday -- highlights 20 districts from Westchester, Rockland and Dutchess counties, including Bronxville (rated 40th), Clarkstown South (348th) and Clarkstown North (358th).

For the rankings, Newsweek polled school districts on 2010-11 graduation rates, college matriculation rates, the number of students, scores on advanced tests, and average SAT and ACT scores.

Bronxville Superintendent David Quattrone said local school officials were "proud" to have claimed the highest ranking in Hudson Valley. He noted, however, that the survey covers only some of the measures that make for an excellent education.

"We also care about our programs for students who struggle," Quattrone said. "We're proud that our special ed students also are performing well."

Mahopac High School, which ranked 987th, made the Newsweek list for the third year in a row.

"The entire district and community should be proud of this accomplishment," said Principal Adam Pease in a news statement. "Having a successful high school depends on the larger community, parents, students and the entire district K-12."

Schools that made U.S. News and World Report's top 100 list include Yonkers Middle High School (24th), Rye High School (72nd), Horace Greeley High School (79th), Dobbs Ferry High School (83rd) and Edgemont Junior/No. 4 in the state, which I think is phenomenal," Yonkers Public Schools Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio told Newsday after the list was released earlier in May. "Of the top schools, ours is probably one of the most diverse populations, which makes it doubly positive."

U.S. News profiled 22,000 public high schools nationwide and ranked the top 4,877 in 2012. Both Yonkers and Dobbs Ferry did not rank in the last survey, released in 2009.

The rankings consider state proficiency standards and college readiness measures, including student success on Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams.

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