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Six LI schools among top 100 in U.S.

Jericho High School students walk to class. (June

Jericho High School students walk to class. (June 6, 2010) Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

Six Long Island high schools are among the top 100 public schools in the country and the top 10 in the state, according to Newsweek rankings released Sunday.

Jericho Senior High School placed second in the state, and overall, placed 32 out of 1,622 schools listed by the magazine. Eleven schools in the state placed in the top 100. The other Long Island schools include one each in Rockville Centre, Manhasset and Cold Spring Harbor and two in Great Neck.

"We are so proud of our kids and their accomplishments," said Hank Grishman, superintendent of Jericho schools. He said he appreciated the recognition for his students but also noted the rankings' narrow measure.

Newsweek's rankings are based on a ratio calculated from the number of students who enroll in high-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses and the number of graduating seniors. The list does not take into account student test scores. And it omits magnet and charter schools that draw high concentrations of top students - such as Stuyvesant and Bronx Science - focusing instead on normal-enrollment schools.

"A high school is so much more than just how many kids take an AP," Grishman said. "The measure is so much broader in terms of art and music, the number of kids who compete in science contests."

South Side High School in Rockville Centre placed third in New York State and No. 51 in the country. About 85 percent of students at South Side enroll in an IB course, Rockville Centre schools superintendent Bill Johnson said.

"Our students never cease to amaze me with their willingness to take on more work, as long as they enjoy it," Johnson said.

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