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Garden City Named to Newsweek's Best High Schools List

Receives mention from national publication.

Garden City High School has recently been named to Newsweek's America's Best High Schools list.

Garden City, which according to Newsweek has an average SAT score of 1716, was ranked 115 out of 500 schools mentioned.

"I am pleased with our progress. We are striving to improve at every level. I am proud of our students and teachers for this achievement!" Garden City High School principal Nanine Cuttitta said.

According to Newsweek's website, each school’s score is comprised of six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), AP tests taken per graduate (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent) and AP courses offered (5 percent).

Newsweek has been compiling this list for over a decade and has enlisted a panel of experts to help create a formula for calculating the success of a high school.

"There is no single measure that can capture all the accomplishments, opportunities and attributes of any school, particularly a high school," superintendent of schools Dr. Robert Feirsen said. "Nevertheless, we are delighted with the Newsweek report as it provides documentation of the impact of steps we have taken to provide a rigorous, high quality education to our students and thereby continue the tradition of excellence of which our community is proud."

Other notable Long Island high schools that made the list include Great Neck South (#49), Syosset (#57), Cold Spring Harbor (#51), Manhasset (#77), South Side in Rockville Centre (#84), Herricks in New Hyde Park (#120), George W. Hewlett in Hewlett (#156), Paul D. Schreiber in Port Washington (#118), Sanford H. Calhoun in Merrick (#235), W.C. Mepham in Bellmore (#268), General Douglas MacArthur in Levittown (#338) and Lynbrook (#365).

John E. Wilton June 22, 2011 at 06:47 PM
What an outstanding accomplishment. Congraulations to the Faculty, Adminstration, Students, Parents. Another reason "We Are Garden City". John E Wilton Chairman Garden City Merchant Professional Retailers Group
Bill Sweeney June 22, 2011 at 10:43 PM
Well done. Now maybe the naysayers and complainers will ease up a bit. It's not hard to tell that GC is a GREAT district, with I would guess, the most well-adjusted and well-rounded students on any on LI. Plus, in my experiences, they seem to be very nice, pleasant, even polite kids. Perhaps all that is better than having 99 GPAs and perfect SATs.
Jack O'Niel June 23, 2011 at 04:10 AM
You'd think this would be good enough but they need to muck it up with "differentiated learning." Right, that's what I always say, "gee self, things are going too good, let me screw it up just so it's different."
Mitchell Buchonon June 23, 2011 at 07:02 PM
To those who remember the Garden City of old, read and weep: Great Neck South (#49), Syosset (#57), Cold Spring Harbor (#51), Manhasset (#77), South Side in Rockville Centre (84) Being #115 is nothing to be proud of when you compare to the "competition". But survey did not take into account the quality of college admissions; on that count Garden City sports would certainly help move the district up in the rankings, if your kid plays one of those sports. But on academics, the district is not what it once was.
j. collins June 24, 2011 at 11:25 AM
Why is GC's graduation rate 90%?
Carisa Giardino (Editor) June 24, 2011 at 02:26 PM
Garden City's graduation rate is actually 99 percent, as per school district officials. Newsweek reported 90 percent in error.
Bill Sweeney July 05, 2011 at 02:57 AM
With the corrected numbers, I think GC would be at least in the 70s, if not higher, no?

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