Commack H.S. Among The Best In The Nation
Commack High School was ranked as one of the best 100 schools in the United States in a report released this week by U.S. News & World Report. Commack High School also ranked 18th in New York State, and first in Suffolk County.
U.S. News & World Report’s Best High School comprehensive rankings are based on the “key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college-bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successful educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.” The American Institutes for Research, one of the largest research organizations in the world, teamed up with U.S. News to compile the rankings using a three-step process, analyzing 21,776 public high schools.
The three steps included determining if the students at each school were performing higher than statistically expected for an average student in the state, looking at math and reading scores and proficiency rates, and using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data to determine college-readiness performance.
Commack received a Gold Medal ranking (gold, silver, and bronze were awarded). Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Donald James, was ecstatic with the results. He said, “It is an amazing honor for Commack High School to be named one of the Best 100 High Schools in the nation, an honor bestowed upon the entire community. Key players in this accomplishment include students, teachers, administrators, staff, the Board of Education, parents, and residents – all of whom had a hand in attaining this significant recognition. Clearly, Commack is meeting and exceeding all standards and preparing students for success after high school. Congratulations are in order for the entire community! Again, thank you to everyone who played a role in this accomplishment. It is a proud day in Commack!”
Story by Brenda Lentsch