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U.S. News & World Report: West Ranked #54, East Ranked #76 Among NY High Schools

On the national level, High School West ranked #382 while High School East earns #585 rank.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings of the best public high schools in America are out and while Smithtown High School West and Smithtown High School East both scored on the top 100 for the state, they weren't so close together

West is ranked #54 in the state out of 1,165 high schools, earning them a gold medal, according to the rankings released Tuesday that are based on college readiness, math and English proficiency, and student to teacher ratio.

West scored a college readiness index of 49.6. The college readiness index is based on AP exam participation rates and percentages of students passing at least one exam. Student performance results in all areas can be found here.

The scores earned West a national rank of #382.

But high school East scored lower in the publication's ranking than West, earning a #76 ranking in the state and #585 in the national rankings, a silver medal, according to the publication.

East scored a college readiness mark of 42.6 percent. Scores or East can be found here.

New York has hundreds of schools in the U.S. News Best High Schools 2012 rankings, including 68 with gold medals, 174 with silver medals, and 128 with bronze medals, according to the report.

The top 10 New York High schools, according to U.S. News & World Report are:

  1. The Baccalaureate School for Global Education
  2. South Side High School
  3. City Honors School at Fosdick-Masten Park
  4. Yonkers Middle High School
  5. High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies
  6. The High School of American Studies at Lehman College
  7. Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
  8. Townsend Harris High School
  9. Stuyvesant High School
  10. The Bronx High School of Science
DLee May 08, 2012 at 05:27 PM
This is just another testimony of the hard work of parents, students, teachers, and administrators in the Smithtown schools. Bravo!
Kevin May 08, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Time to hang up the Mission Accomplished banner. "West: The 54th best high school in New York State". Maybe the PTA can sell t-shirts. :-)
involvedparent May 08, 2012 at 10:09 PM
I guess
terri May 09, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Our taxes are going up,for what reason?,There seriously needs to be an evaluation done in these schools from administrators to teachers.No reason to be putting medals on your chests with the rankings that were given.With amount of taxes that are paid in the district for each child & teacher they should be getting a better education then this.
Argile May 09, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Your taxes are going up because of two words: Union Greed. Smithtown just closed a school, has a smaller enrollment, but taxes keep going up?! Can you say corruption? School districts on Long Island are no different from the greedy banks and corporations that just got bailed out.
Sticks60 May 10, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Wait untill next year. With a new high priced superintendent implementing his way of doing things just look at where he has come from. The district is 1/4 the size so he should be hands on at evey level. The spending is over $5000 per year per student. Busing is only state mandated. The math scores for the 2011 regents as reported a few weeks ago are over 10% less then Smithtowns' in both passing and getting over 85%. The strange thing is the english and history scores were equal to ours. Maybe he just hates math.
LI Snowbird May 10, 2012 at 09:01 PM
sticks - to understand the poor showing for Bayport Blue Point, look at some of the news articles from a while back and read some of the comments about the math program he brought there called Math Their Way. Things got so bad that the program had to be abandoned. Secondary level teachers were complaining that students hadn't even the most basic understanding of how to compute.
townwatcher May 11, 2012 at 10:29 PM
See today's Newsday article regarding teacher contract settled in 2 other nearby districts- Smithtown got off easy. It was Deer Park and one other District....the Smithtown contract was much more lean and remember there were no increases here for a couple of years too. See the paper today.
Sticks60 May 13, 2012 at 01:53 AM
To the townwatcher Actually for over 90% or the teachers their salaries have gone up $3150 due to steps or over $2,000,000 per year. I think the reason we finally got a contract is 1. the top 10% were tired of getting nothing so they want the others to share. for most of the teachers the deal costs them about $500 for two years. 2. there are a number of teachers moving into the 18 year plus catagory so they were looking at getting the annual raises going again. 3. you will notice in the last year is a full step so if they go with out a contract again it will cost us about $3250 per year for 85% of the teachers. Nice deal while you are waiting for one.
Rob Onion May 13, 2012 at 02:06 PM
news flash: Taxes always go up! When you bought your home did you actually think taxes would stay the same each year? Perhaps you thought they might go down? That is like moving to Seattle and complaining about the rain. Of course robkoz would blame the local teacher's union for that too. Nitwits
Rob Onion May 13, 2012 at 02:12 PM
robkoz... public school districts are no different than the Wall Street crew? You seriously can't be this stupid (no offense). Take a moment and actually THINK about what a school district provides a community compared to what Goldman Sachs, for example, did for Smithtown. Too difficult? Well the latter helped sink the world's economy and the former did a wonderful job educating our children. In fact you should thank a great district like Smithtown for keeping your property value from falling even more.
Ken Heard May 13, 2012 at 03:32 PM
You have got to be kidding !!!! West ranked 382 nationwide and East Ranked 565, yet 4 Long Island High Schools, Including Commack High, placed in the coveted Top 100 nationwide !!!. That's not all. The top ten high schools in New York State are located in New York City . Not one Long Island high school made the top 10 in the state. You can shower this district with as much praise as you like, but numbers don't lie. This district should hand its head in shame.
Ken Heard May 13, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Mission Accomplished is what people say when they don't want to discuss a failed policy anymore
Argile May 14, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Well stop and think about Wall St. and Long Island schools. The government kindly gave the banks, AIG, GM, Chrysler, etc. bailouts at our expense. We had no say in it. Same goes for Teachers Unions. Let me know when you're personally involved in negotiations that have to do with how many raises teachers/administrators get. Don't forget the LEGAL TAXPAYERS are also on the hook for deadbeat parents that hardly pay any property taxes (Brentwood.) Sure taxes go up. We expect that. But double in 10 years? And is the school district offering anything different from 10-15 years ago when the taxes were half as much? Short answer: NO The only think different from the 1990's and today are the paychecks of the school district. Funny, somehow this country evolved even before taxes where insane. This goes to prove that throwing millions and millions of dollars at a school district to teach our kids is bullshit. It's really sad that you can't see this.
Argile May 14, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Oh and that new Smithtown Super, he got a nice big raise for coming here. Let me know how we all played a part in how much money he gets. I'll be waiting here for an answer. Unfortunately I'll be dead by the time you actualy come to the realiziation that we had no choice in the matter and never will.
scsddad May 14, 2012 at 10:57 PM
NYC had 7 High School ranked in the top 10 in NY State compared to Smithtowns 54th and 84th ranking and NYC pays half the taxes we do in Smithtown
Argile May 14, 2012 at 11:59 PM
You know what's pathetic, even if the budget is voted down all the teachers and administrators will still get their raises proving that it's no longer about the children. It's about the teachers unions sucking the last of the middle class dry.
Argile May 15, 2012 at 12:00 AM
True. And that's because NYS is using Long Island like their own personal ATM machine to not only pay for our own overrated schools but theirs as well.

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