All three high schools in the district have been recognized
by Newsweek as being among the best high schools in the country.
On the magazine’s 2016 list of America’s top 500 high
schools, John F. Kennedy High School was listed at No. 160, Wellington
C. Mepham High School came in at No. 266 and Sanford H. Calhoun High
School was ranked at No. 300. The rankings are based on a college
readiness score determined by average AP/IB, ACT and SAT scores, along
with graduation rate and college-bound percentage. Counselor-to-student
ratio and student retention rate over four years of enrollment also
factor into the ranking.
“I am extremely proud that all three of our high schools
have been recognized as being among the best in the country,” said
Bellmore-Merrick Superintendent of Schools Dr. John DeTommaso. “Of
course, these lists don’t completely measure the greatness of our
schools. Anyone who spends an extended period of time in any of our
three high schools or our middle schools can more effectively measure
the incredible things our staff does for students. Add a very supportive
parent group with a Board of Education dedicated to providing what’s
best for our kids, and you have a recipe for success.”
Newsweek used data from the National Center for Education Statistics for its 2016 rankings.