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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Bellmore-Merrick high schools rank high on Newsweek list
By Howard Schwach, hschwach@liherald.com
Herald file photo
Newsweek and The Daily Beast recently ranked Kennedy High School, which takes in Bellmore and Merrick students, as the 268th best high school in the nation –– out of more than 26,000 schools. Above, Kennedy’s recent Class Night.

Newsweek magazine and The Daily Beast, in its recently published “America’s Best High Schools” list, included 18 high schools from New York’s 4th Congressional District, which covers much of southwest Nassau County. All three of Bellmore-Merrick’s high schools –– Calhoun, Kennedy and Mepham –– were on the list.

While the state’s top high school was the City Honors School at Fosdick-Master Park in Buffalo, which came in at 22nd on the list, the top 4th Congressional District school was Garden City High School, which was 139th.

In descending order, other local schools on the Newsweek/Daily Beast list were:

New Hyde Park Memorial High School (256)

John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore (268)

George W. Hewlett High School (298)

South Side High School in Rockville Centre (312)

Sanford H. Calhoun High School in Merrick (360)

Floral Park Memorial High School (384)

Valley Stream South High School (440)

Oceanside High School (463)

Lynbrook Senior High School (478)

Carle Place High School (491)

W. Tresper Clarke High School in Westbury (494)

Wellington C. Mepham High School in Bellmore (577)

Baldwin Senior High School (931)

Valley Stream North High School in Franklin Square (985)

West Hempstead High School (1,142)

Long Beach Senior High School (1,625)

Malverne Senior High School (1,682)

In all, 2,000 high schools throughout the nation were rated, including nearly 200 in New York.

The list highlights the best 2,000 public high schools in the nation—those that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready graduates. Rankings based on six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent).

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