Ten LI high schools among top 200 nationally in U.S. News ranking
Ten Long Island public high schools rank in the top 200 in the United States and 22 are among the best in New York State, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual list of high-performing schools.
The three highest-ranking Long Island schools in the publication's Best High Schools 2014 edition, released Tuesday, were Jericho High School, at 71st in the country and 13th in New York; Manhasset Secondary School, at 87th in the national rankings and 16th in New York; and Great Neck South High School, at 115th nationally and 21st in New York.
The analysts looked at more than 31,200 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and ranked them using three steps. Dallas-based School for the Talented and Gifted was ranked best public high school in the country for the third year in a row.
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"The first two steps looked at overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, as well as how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students," said the editors of the issue. "We then used participation in and performance on [Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate] exams to evaluate how well schools prepared students for college-level course work."
The other Long Island high schools ranking within the top 200 in the nation were Garden City, South Side in Rockville Centre, Cold Spring Harbor, The Wheatley School in Old Westbury, Syosset, Herricks and Harborfields in Greenlawn.
"We believe that it is the incredibly high value that the Manhasset schools place on the four A's -- academics, the arts, athletics and afterschool activities -- that allows our school community to be considered one of the premier school districts in the nation," superintendent Charles Cardillo said. "Our students, staff, parents and our community as a whole should all share in this honor."
The accolades come on the heels of another national ranking -- the Washington Post's America's Most Challenging High Schools -- which included Jericho, Manhasset, South Side, Cold Spring Harbor, The Wheatley School and Syosset in its top 200 schools.
This year's U.S. News & World Report ranking has Great Neck South, Roslyn High School and Harborfields in the top 200 in the country in a separate listing for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.
"Obviously, that makes us feel incredibly proud of our students and staff," said Harborfields principal Rory Manning, adding that the school moved up dramatically in the national ranks, from 287th last year to 190th this year. "They work tremendously hard, and it's great to see them get the recognition they deserve."
Syosset High School principal Giovanni Durante credited the district's community, quality teachers and holistic approach to education.
"We thrive on providing something for everyone -- whether it's something inside the classroom or outside the classroom," he said.