19 LI High Schools Among the Best in the Nation: US News & World Report

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Nineteen public high schools on Long Island are among the nation’s top 1,000, according to US News & World Report’s annual list released Tuesday.

Topping the local list is Jericho High School, which ranked 109th, up from 147th place last year, cementing status as the Nassau County school – with an enrollment of approximately 1,200 – as a frequent winner. Results from the country’s “top secondary schools” were embargoed until 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

This year’s “Best High Schools” edition ranked nearly 18,000 public high schools at the national, state and local levels.

Along with Jericho, 13 other Nassau County high schools made the top 1,000 — many having made the list in previous years. They are: Great Neck South High School (195), Garden City High School (214), Manhasset High School (215), Herricks High School (327), Syosset High School (328), North Shore High School (Glen Head) ( 406), Roslyn High School (415), The Wheatley School (Old Westbury) (474), Great Neck North High School (503), Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School (691), John F. Kennedy High School (Bellmore) (712), Paul D. Schreiber High School (Port Washington) (733) and Bethpage High School (973).

What there is to know

  • Nineteen public high schools on Long Island are among the nation’s top 1,000, according to US News & World Report’s annual list released on Tuesday.
  • Jericho High School was Long Island’s high school top finisher, entering at No. 109.
  • US News has adjusted its calculations of the “Best Secondary Schools” to reflect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the 2019-2020 school year.
  • School rankings are available on the US News & World Report website.

In Suffolk County, five made the top 1000: Cold Spring Harbor High School (298), Half Hollow Hills High School East (Dix Hills) (392), Harborfields High School (Greenlawn) (564), Half Hollow Hills High School West (Dix Hills) (759) and Elwood-John H. Glenn High School (944).

The methodology focused on six factors: college readiness, reading and math skills, reading and math performance, performance of underserved students, breadth of college curriculum, and graduation rates. The college readiness specifically measured attendance and performance in the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams. Underserved student performance focused on students who were black, Hispanic, or from low-income households. For the first time, scientific skills and performance have also been incorporated into the methodology for states that do not have scientific assessment data.

Additionally, while the six metrics that determined each school’s ranking were the same as those used in the previous three years, US News adjusted its calculation to account for the COVID-19 pandemic. With most states closing schools for in-person instruction in March 2020 — typically just before most states begin assessments — the US Department of Education has granted waivers allowing all states to waive assessments. tests for the 2019-2020 school year. The 2022 ranking of the best high schools can be compared to previous assessments from 2021, 2020 and 2019 since the methodology has changed only slightly from the previous three years, according to US News.

Unlike the state assessments, the ranking factors for graduation rates and college readiness this year incorporated data from 2019-20.

Nationally, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia ranked first. Townsend Harris High School in Flushing, ranked 19th, was the top school in New York State on the latest list.

Last year, 20 Long Island high schools made the top 1,000, with Jericho at the top of the list. School officials could not be contacted before the list was released on Tuesday. Jericho high school students often win top honors in many national academic and science competitions. On the district’s website, officials said Jericho High School prides itself on offering a comprehensive curriculum, from academics to extracurriculars to personal support.

In September, Jericho was one of six on the island to be named a “Blue Ribbon School” by the U.S. Department of Education, which recognizes the high school as an “Exemplary High Performing School.”

Jericho was also in the top 100 of US News & World Report’s 2022 STEM School Rankings nationwide, ranking 88th. Manhasset High School was the other local school that ranked among the top 100 STEM schools in the country, ranking 78th. US News looked at the top 1,000 public schools in the Best High Schools Rankings and then assessed their students’ participation and success in the Advanced Placement science and math tests.

“By looking at factors like graduation rates and performance of underserved students, families can use this information to learn more about their local schools,” Eric Brooks, senior data analyst at US News, said about of the 2022 ranking.

Nassau County schools in the top 1,000:

Jericho High School (109)

Great Neck South High School (195)

Garden City High School (214)

Manhasset High School (215)

Herricks High School (327)

Lycée Syosset (328)

North Shore High School (Glen Head) (406)

Roslyn High School (415)

The Wheatley School (Old Westbury) (474)
Great Neck North High School (503)

John F. Kennedy High School in Plainview-Old Bethpage (691)

John F. Kennedy High School (Bellmore) (712)

Paul D. Schreiber High School (Port Washington) (733)

Bethpage High School (973)

Suffolk County Schools:

Cold Spring Harbor High School (298)

Half Hollow Hills East High School (Dix Hills) (392)

Harborfields High School (Greenlawn) (564)

Half Hollow Hills West High School (Dix Hills) (759)

Elwood-John H. Glenn High School (944)

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