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Jericho, Syosset Schools Rank Among Best

Newsweek released its national high school rankings last week highlighting the best 2,000 public high schools in the nation—those that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads—with both Syosset and Jericho high schools placing among the very best.

Jericho High School ranked at 32 with a 100-percent graduation rate, 100 percent of graduating seniors headed to college and an average 1884 SAT score.

“Once again our high school is recognized for the cumulative outstanding work of our entire staff,” said Superintendent Hank Grishman. “We are pleased to be recognized as one of the top high schools in the country.”

Syosset High School ranked at 104, with a 100-percent graduation rate, 98 percent of  grads heading to college and an average 1732 SAT score.

“It’s really nice to do well, but really what’s been most important to the administrators and the board is to really make every kid feel as comfortable as possible coming to school so they can get the most out of it,” said Syosset Board of Education president, Dr. Michael Cohen. Cohen quote: “By virtue of the quite large student population, the faculty must serve an incredibly varied array of students. The fact that the staff serves so many, so well, is what the Board and Administration, in fact, take the most pride in.”

The Newsweek rankings are based on six components: graduation rate, college acceptance rate, AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student, SAT/ACT scores, AP/IB/AICE scores, and percent of students enrolled in AP/IB/AICE courses.

Syosset ranked 92 in last year’s list and Jericho ranked 41.

“I think the ranking of 104 is a great accomplishment,” says Syosset Board Member Christopher DiFilippo. “I also think our school district needs to continue to raise the bar and our ranking next go around is in the two-digit rankings. Whereas we are great district, we can’t stand still. We need to strive to be greater. It’s an ongoing endeavor. Our students need to be educated, both for academics and careers so they are equipped to compete globally.”