High schools in Valley Stream rank among the best

May 24, 2013 by  

All three high schools in Valley Stream, New York have been ranked among the best not only in the state, but across America.

Newsweek and the Washington Post both ranked the schools highly. The Washington Post placed 2,053 schools among the best out of over 22,000 in the U.S., while Central, North and South also featured among America’s Best High Schools.

The Washington Post used a simple formula to decide the rankings of each school. College-level tests and the number of Advanced Placements were used to work out the score by dividing the number by the graduate numbers. The criteria for Newsweek also included the Advanced Placements and college-level tests which were taken by students, but the rate of on-time graduations and the number of graduates who gained entry to college was also taken into consideration.

According to the Principal of North High School, Cliff Odell, the results indicate that students at the school are being challenged and that the district will continue to present numerous opportunities for students who wish to take classes at college level. The schools may wish to include the achievement in the revised school prospectus, which may be published using the services of a local print company.

Although students in some districts have to reach a minimum requirement before being able to take an AP course, Valley Stream does not restrict students, encouraging them to challenge themselves. In preparation for the AP courses taken in high school, honors-level courses are more difficult than they were previously.