Newsweek releases annual list of top public high schools

Bill San Antonio

Seven North Shore-area public high schools were included in Newsweek’s annual rankings of the top high schools in the country.

Jericho Senior High School (No. 27 nationally), Great Neck North High School (No. 105), Great Neck South High School (No. 196), Herricks High School (No. 214), Syosset Senior High School (No. 219), Paul D. Schreiber Senior High School in Port Washington (No. 408) and North Shore Senior High School in Glen Head each cracked the list, which was published on the publication’s website last Wednesday.

The Wheatley School, Mineola High School, Roslyn High School, the Manhasset Secondary School, which houses Manhasset’s middle and high schools, and high schools in the Sewanhaka School District were not included on the list.

Herricks School Superintendent Fino Celano said in a statement that the district’s inclusion on the list “is a reflection of the tremendous work of our teachers, administrators and community put into educating our students.”

“We are extremely proud that our high school students are well-prepared and continue to achieve at the highest levels once they leave our classrooms,” he added.

To compile its rankings, Newsweek analyzed each school’s performance on state assessments in math and language arts as well as its “college readiness” on an index that incorporated graduation rates, standardized test scores, high school retention and college enrollment.  

Newsweek also analyzed each high school community’s poverty rates, issuing a “gold star” for schools that assist its low-income students in affording college tuition.

Each of the North Shore’s seven schools received gold stars.  

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