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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SubscribeNo. 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
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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