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Westchester High Schools Top State, National Rankings

U.S. News and World Report orders schools in state, nation

Whether it rankles educators or delights parents, it never fails to garner attention—U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of high schools across the nation has been released. 

And this year, high schools in Westchester nabbed several impressive national and state slots.

The survey looked at over 22,000 high schools across 49 states (Nebraska was omitted) and dishes out 500 gold medals. Institutions are ordered based upon state exam performance and students' readiness for college.

Nearest to the number one spot is Yonkers Middle High School, ranked fourth in the state and 24th in the nation. The school serves 1,024 students, 67-percent of whom are classified as "economically disadvantaged."

Close to Yonkers is , ranked 11th in the state and 72nd in the nation. Rye, which houses 885 students, has a 14:1 student-teacher ratio. 86-percent of its students participate in Advanced Placement courses, according to the report.

Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua follows closely behind, earning a rank of 14th in the state and 79th in the nation. Greeley, with 1,281 students and a 12:1 student-teacher ratio, is the only high school in its district.

Just behind these top performers are:

  • Dobbs Ferry High School: 16th in the state, 83rd in the nation
  • Blind Brook High School in Rye Brook: 24th in the state, 123rd in the nation
  • Irvington High School: 30th in the state, 182nd in the nation
  • l: 33rd in the state, 199th in the nation
  • Byram Hills High School in Armonk: 35th in the state, 208th in the nation
  • John Jay High School in Cross River: 39th in the state, 238th in the nation
  • Scarsdale High School: 47th in the state, 315th in the nation

In Rockland, Tappan Zee High School and Pearl River High School came close to making the state's top 50—read more about them .

For a closer look at New York high schools on the survey, click here.

Bob Zahm May 10, 2012 at 09:30 PM
@ Dr. John - I'm not familiar with Harrison's BoE - just Rye's. And I've been personally frustated as every single fact-based reduction I identify is denied by the Board for a couple of years and then eventually makes it into (or out of, actually) some future budget. What I think is effective is to a.) get on the Board; b.) participate in Board meetings and publicly raise the points you believe involve overspending with recommendations for how to reduce it; c.) communicate to voters in your district - letters to the editor of local press, some blog posting (but pretty ineffective in my book), and direct contact through letters to "your neighbors" / speaking at local clubs / groups, etc. Ultimately, the Board will make change only when they believe they are forced to unless membership in the Board changes.
Concerned Father May 10, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Every other superintendent in the area has a PHD with the exception of Harrison's and no one wonders why or questions why our very handsomely paid super is a Mr. instead of a Dr. It would seem to me that the head of an educational body should be able to excel himself. Obviously not here in Harrison..........
Dr John May 11, 2012 at 10:42 AM
Bob – Thank you for these suggestions. We have all done these such as letters to the papers and blogs and talking to neighbors. As for getting elected to the board. Many of us have run but the process is so corrupted that it is nearly impossible to get elected. There is an organization that was formed “The Friends of Harrison Schools” who pretty much support the incumbents or anyone the Superintendent approves of (In other words anyone who can be manipulated by him). This is an organization who will throw money and these candidates and makes it a one sided race. The voting process leaves much to be desired as well. This should be for registered voters only! This would stop what is going on in our town.
Silvia May 11, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Krista, any news yet from SHHS, or is the district too busy getting ready for the budet vote on May 15th??? I believe 'non ranking' deserves a kind of an explanation from the people in charge.
Krista Madsen May 11, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Hi Silvia, busy week for schools - just got the Superintendent to comment today, http://patch.com/A-tlm8

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