Garden City High School among the Best in 2016

     Newsweek’s Top Public High Schools 2016: 59 New York Schools Make The List

      Newsweek’s annual ranking of public high schools has just been released.

Newsweek’s Top Public High Schools 2016: 59 New York Schools Make The List

Newsweek’s list of the best public high schools in the country was released Thursday morning — and it’s one you’ll want to pay attention to if you care about local-school quality and want to know where New York schools rank.

We know you see a lot of lists: 10-Most Redneck Towns; 20 Least-Affordable States; Fattest Counties in the United States; Best Cities for People with 2 Kids, 1 Dog but No Cats.

Newsweek’s rankings of the best public high schools in the country stand apart. The school rankings are borne of legitimate research. Newsweek uses legitimate and objective measurements to put together its annual ranking of the country’s best high schools.

And just in time for the start of school, Newsweek has released its 2016 list, which is chock full of New York schools, a total of 59 in all. Twelve New York high schools made the top 100 in the rankings. That is down from 14 in 2015.

Here’s a look at every New York school that made the list of the top 500 public high schools in the country:

No. 3- Stuyvesant High School, Manhattan

No. 13- Staten Island Technical High School, Staten Island

No. 19- Townsend Harris, Flushing

No. 33- Briarcliff High School, Briarcliff Manor

No. 38- Great Neck South High School, Great Neck

No. 45- Jericho High School, Jericho

No. 62- Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn

No. 63- HS for Math, Science, and Engineering at the City College of New York, Manhattan

No. 65- Pittsford Mendon High School, Pittsford

No. 92- Manhasset High School, Manhasset

No. 93- Pittsford Sutherland High School, Pittsford

No. 98- Rye High School, Rye

No. 118- Syosset High School, Syosset

No. 125- Fayetteville-Manlius High School, Manlius

No. 133- Bard High School Early College Queens, Long Island City

No. 134- George W. Hewlett High School, Hewlett

No. 135- Harrison High School, Harrison

No. 142- Great Neck North High School, Great Neck

No. 159- Irvington High School, Irvington

No. 160- John F. Kennedy High School, Bellmore

No. 167- Clarkstown High School South, West Nyack

No. 187- Fairport High School, Fairport

No. 188- Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Manhattan

No. 194- Eastchester High School, Eastchester

No. 207- Herricks High School, New Hyde Park

No. 212- Garden City High School, Garden City

No. 214- Brighton High School, Rochester

No. 221- Manhattan Hunter Science High School, Manhattan

No. 225- New Hartford Senior High School, New Hartford

No. 231- Smithtown High School West, Smithtown

No. 239- Sayville High School, West Sayville

No. 246- Shenendehowa High School, Clifton Park

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No. 264- Orchard Park High School, Orchard Park

No. 265- Victor Senior High School, Victor

No. 266- Wellington C. Mepham High School, Bellmore

No. 270- Niskayuna High School, Schenectady

No. 300- Sanford H. Calhoun High School, Merrick

No. 302- Millennium High School, Manhattan

No. 305- Bethpage High School, Bethpage

No. 314- Half Hollow Hills High School West, Dix Hills

No. 328- Shaker High School, Latham

No. 340- Westlake High School, Thornwood

No. 344- Skaneateles High School, Skaneateles

No. 347- East Aurora High School, East Aurora

No. 350- Red Hook Senior High School, Red Hook

No. 358- Mount Sinai High School, Mount Sinai

No. 363- Saratoga Springs High School, Saratoga Springs

No. 372- Webster Thomas High School, Webster

No. 374- Lynbrook High School, Lynbrook

No. 379- Ballston Spa High School, Ballston Spa

No. 388- Rhinebeck High School, Rhinebeck

No. 401- Massapequa High School, Massapequa

No. 412- Williamsville North High School, Williamsville

No. 416- Williamsville South High School, Williamsville

No. 418- Hauppauge High School, Hauppauge

No. 423- Willamsville East High School, East Amherst

No. 448- Paul D. Schreiber High School, Port Washington

No. 463- Earl L. Vandermeulen High School, Port Jefferson

No. 469- Vestal Senior High School, Vestal

Find the full list here.

So, how did Newsweek come up with the rankings?

Newsweek looked at six measurements and weighted them to achieve a “college readiness index.” The rankings show how well high schools prepare students for college.

Those measurements and their weight are:

  • Holding power: 10 percent
  • Ratio of counselor/full-time equivalent to student enrollment: 10 percent
  • Weighted SAT/ACT: 17.5 percent
  • Weighted AP/IB/dual enrollment composite: 17.5 percent
  • Graduation rate: 20 percent
  • College enrollment rate: 25 percent

In all, 6,477 of the nation’s 15,819 public high schools met the criteria to be considered in Newsweek’s rankings.

Newsweek used school performance data from the National Center for Education Statistics to narrow the list of schools.

Of those 6,477 schools, 4,760 were considered for the overall rankings, while 4,452 made the cut for another list of schools “beating the odds.” (Many schools made both lists.)

For the “beating the odds” rankings, a school’s college readiness scores were adjusted for how they compared against other schools with similar percentages of students eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia, took the top spot in this year’s overall rankings for the third year in a row. The school has been a regular.


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