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Kennedy Included in U.S. News and World Report Top 1,000

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Kennedy High School was once again ranked in the top 1,000 public high schools as the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report list released on April 26.

Kennedy made the survey as 712 in national rankings and 73rd within New York State.

Principal Gerard Owenburg said he is “incredibly proud of Kennedy’s designation as one of the nation’s top high schools.”

“It is truly a reflection of our entire school community’s commitment to education,” Owenburg added. “Our students, teachers and parents have all contributed to a positive school culture that allows students to excel at the highest levels and reach their full potential.”

The rankings evaluate more than 17,800 public high schools at the national, state and local level. The methodology focuses on six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates.Kennedy’s AP participation rate stands at 80% and it scored a 96.01 out of 100, according to these factors.

Out of 1,212 schools ranked in New York State, Mepham High School was listed at 142 and Calhoun High School at 146.

The schools have gained national attention on several occasions this school year. In September, Calhoun High School was named a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education.

The Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting program, housed at Mepham High School, was named a 2022 Student Television Network Broadcast Excellence Award winner in late February.

Merrick Avenue Middle School was named a School to Watch by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in April. They were one of only two middle schools in New York to receive this designation this year.

Assistant Superintendent Scott Bersin said the district is extremely proud of all the academic, athletic, altruistic and artistic accomplishments made by students in the six schools this year.

“Perhaps, more importantly, we remain extremely proud of how well all our schools and their faculty and staff have taken care of the social-emotional needs of our students while supporting them to greater heights of achievement," he added.

Date Added: 4/27/2022

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