Great Neck South tops state, national teacher rankings by Niche.com

Justine Schoenbart

One North Shore high school’s teachers were named in the top five in both New York and the nation in new rankings from the education ratings provider Niche.com, the former CollegeProwler service.

Great Neck South’s educators topped the state rankings and were No. 2 nationally, while several other schools made the state’s top 100.

Roslyn High School and Herricks High School’s teachers made the top ten, coming in sixth and ninth in New York, respectively, while The Wheatley School (No. 13), Floral Park Memorial High School (No. 18), Garden City High School (No. 29), North Shore Senior High School (No. 30), Paul D. Schreiber High School (No. 57), Sewanhaka High School (No. 71), and New Hyde Park Memorial High School (No. 82) were also represented. 

“The Niche list is a true testament to our teachers’ dedication, and I am pleased to extend sincere congratulations to all of them,” said Herricks School Superintendent Fino Celano said in a statement. “As indicated by the excellent survey feedback that the ranking system took into account, Herricks High School provides a thriving learning environment where students and staff alike are committed to teaching and learning.”

In an explanation of the rankings, based on 5,886 public high schools, Niche.com officials wrote that high-ranking teachers generally have “students [that] are very happy with the instruction they receive, and educational outcomes reflect the quality of instruction, the school is invested in its teachers and provides a good environment for teaching and learning, and teachers are invested in the school and the students and work to ensure the best outcomes for students.”

Rankings were calculated based on a variety of statistics gathered by the U.S. Department of Education, including survey responses from about 920,000 teachers and 240,000 students, student grades, teacher salaries, teacher absenteeism, the percentage of teachers in their first and second year and a school’s student-to-teacher ratio.

Half the schools to crack the state’s top 100 are located on Long Island.

The ranking comes a few months after Niche.com released its list of the top high schools in the country, in which Great Neck South finished No. 34 and Manhasset High School was No. 76.

Manhasset did not place in the top 100 in Niche.com’s teacher rankings.

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