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Kennedy High School Ranked Among Top New York High Schools

U.S. News and World Report gave Kennedy high marks.

Kennedy High School has been named No. 71 on the list of top high schools in New York State, according to U.S. News & World Report. Nationally, Kennedy came in at No. 534 among 1,165 other schools.

The rankings are determined based on college readiness, math and English proficiency, and student-to-teacher ratio.

According to the report, Kennedy students scored a college readiness ranking of 44.4, above the New York State average. Math proficiency was scored 3.6 out of 4, while English received a 3.7, both above the state average. The average class size is listed as 14:1, which is near the state average.

The report said that about 52 percent of students at Kennedy are enrolled in advanced placement courses.

Kennedy was awarded U.S. News & World Report's silver medal.

Calhoun High School and Mepham High School were both not ranked in the latest survey. However, district-wide, the ranking put the college readiness of all the students in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District at 41.4 with 99 percent of the students proficient in both math and English.

Click here to view the entire list and see how Kennedy compares to other New York high schools.

This story was updated on May 11, 2012 at 11:39 a.m.

KrysM27 May 11, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Great for JFK, but I'm just curious as to why there would be such a discrepancy between JFK and the other two schools in the district? Is it purely based on AP test participation and performance? Did they evaluate the arts, or anything else?
Emily Cappiello May 11, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Hi Krys! I have a call into the district and will let you know as soon as I hear anything! Thanks for reading Patch!
Will May 11, 2012 at 05:40 PM
This is very strange, it seems like US News and World report has statistics for Mepham and Calhoun, however they weren't Nationaly ranked. The New York State rankings apear totally based on the National rankings, because I can't find either school on the NYS list. FYI, the statistics for Mehpham are 39.7 College Readiness, 3.5 Math and 3.6 Reading. Calhoun is 40.0 College Readiness, 3.5 Math and 3.5 Reading. According to my scan of the NYS list this would put them both right around #85 in the state only a few places behind Kennedy. Maybe they only surveyed one school per district.
stuart rissoff May 11, 2012 at 11:33 PM
after looking at the us news rankings and methodology, the whole list seems questionable

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