May 11, 2012
By Scott P. Moore
Standard Staff Reporter
George W. Hewlett High School came in as the 44th best New York State high school according to the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings. The school came in at number 281 nationwide.
The report, which came out on Tuesday, included data on nearly 22,000 public high schools. According to U.S. News and World Report, the 2012 report ranked high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia. The state of Nebraska did not report enough data to be included in the rankings.
The report rewarded Hewlett High School with a U.S. News Gold Medal, which is the highest level of medal awards. To be considered for a gold medal award U.S. News looks at the performance on college-level Advanced Placement (AP) exams or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. Sixty-two percent of Hewlett High School’s students participated in Advanced Placement courses and 84 percent of those participants passed the AP exams.
On state exit exams, U.S. News and World Report found that 97 percent of Hewlett High School students are proficient in English while 98 percent are proficient in math.
Other local high schools ranked high in the 2012 U.S. News rankings, including South Side High School in Rockville Centre, which ranked at number two; Great Neck South High School ranked at number 21; Garden City High School at number 26; Roslyn High School at number 28; and Oyster Bay High School at number 64.
Back in February, The Standard reported that seniors at Hewlett High School outscored many of their peers at other schools in Nassau County on the SAT Reasoning Test for the last three school years. Hewlett High School seniors scored an average of 1696 on the SAT in 2011, which was nearly 200 points higher than the average across the United States and 236 points higher than the New York State average for 2011. The high school also scored 181 points above the Nassau County average on the 2011 test.
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