8 North Shore high schools among top 1,000 in country: U.S. News

8 North Shore high schools among top 1,000 in country: U.S. News
Great Neck South High School was named the top school on the North Shore according to U.S. News & World Report. (Photo from the Great Neck Public Schools)

Eight public high schools in the North Shore have been named among the nation’s 1,000 best, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual list released Tuesday. 

Atop the list is Great Neck South High School, which ranked 195th and 22nd in New York. They are the only local public school to make the list’s top 200.

This year’s ranking moved Great Neck South ahead of Manhasset High School, which this year was No. 24 in New York and No. 215 nationally.

Great Neck South and Manhasset were followed on the North Shore by Herricks High School at No. 327 overall and No. 38 in New York, North Shore High School at No. 406 overall and No. 48 in New York, Roslyn High School at No. 415 overall and No. 50 in New York, The Wheatley School at No. 474 overall and No. 53 in New York, Great Neck North High School at No. 503 and No. 58 in New York and Paul D. Schreiber High School at No. 733 overall and No. 77 in the state. 

All eight schools have remained from last year, with state rankings changing slightly. The only two schools to jump higher in national rankings from 2021 were The Wheatley School and North Shore High School, which gained 136 and 24 spots respectively. 

District officials congratulated their respective communities and staff for their achievements.“Our schools are consistently ranked among the best in the nation, and this honor is a direct result of the accomplishments of our students, the quality of our educational programs, and the commitment of our dedicated educators who help every student achieve their personal best,” said Great Neck Superintendent Teresa Prendergast. “I thank our Board of Education and our entire school community for supporting our programs and our students.”

“I congratulate the entire Herricks school community on this outstanding designation,” said Herricks Superintendent of Schools Fino Celano in a statement. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students, staff, parents and greater community!”

“We are ranked among a very impressive cohort of high schools locally and nationally,” said North Shore High School Principal Eric Contreras. “This distinction is a credit to the hard work of everyone in our North Shore community.

In total, 19 Long Island public high schools made the national list, with Jericho High School ranking No. 13 in New York and No. 109 nationally. The top spot in New York went to Townsend Harris High School in Flushing, which also ranked No. 19 overall. 

Fourteen Nassau County school districts were on the list, with Garden City High School at No. 214 overall, Syosset High School at No. 328 overall, Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School at No. 691 overall, John F. Kennedy High school in Bellmore at No. 712 overall and Bethpage High School at No. 973 overall filling out the list. 

Suffolk County had five schools make the national list including Cold Spring Harbor High School in Hungtington at No. 298 overall, Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills at No. 392 overall, Harborfields High School in Greenlawn at No. 564 overall, Half Hollow Hills High School West at No. 759 overall and Elwood-John H. Glenn High School at No. 944 overall.

U.S. News & World Report ranks schools based on student performance on state tests, graduation rates, participation in college-level Advanced Placement courses, and passing rates on Advanced Placement tests.

The publication reviewed more than 24,000 public high schools across the country that were eligible to be ranked based on their size.

Due to COVID-19, some calculations were adjusted since schools were shut down during state testing, U.S. News said. 

A previous version of this story was published. It has since been updated.

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  1. To keep Great Neck South in the 200 in the country vote for Donna Peirez May 17th Her opponent evidently can’t spell his last name.


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