By Andrew Wroblewski
Niche.com, a company that provides expert insight and analysis on schools and neighborhoods, recently released its 2016 rankings of the best school districts and high schools in New York. The Town of Huntington had several schools and school districts make the cut.
The Harborfields Central School District was ranked the highest on Niche’s list of the best New York school districts, at No. 15 out of the 100 that were ranked. Also making the cut were:
· No. 23: Cold Spring Harbor Central School District
· No. 33: Half Hollow Hills Central School District
· No. 57: Commack Union Free School District
· No. 60: South Huntington Union Free School District
· No. 85: Northport-East Northport Union Free School District
· No. 92: Huntington Union Free School District
As for the best public high schools, Harborfields High School ranked the best at No. 15 on Niche’s list. Also ranked were:
· No. 45: Half Hollow Hills High School East
· No. 50: Cold Spring Harbor High School
· No. 59: Half Hollow Hills High School West
· No. 68: Walt Whitman High School
· No. 78: Commack High School
This “is truly a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students, faculty and the Harborfields community,” said Diana Todaro, superintendent of schools for the Harborfields Central School District. “I commend our entire school community for its continued focus on excellence and its commitment to improving the quality and diversity of programs offered to students.”
Niche also ranked the best private and Catholic schools in New York. St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington was ranked the 98th-best private and 17th-best Catholic school in the state.
“We are delighted to be included is this list, and I am encouraged to see such positive comments from the school community,” Brother Gary Cregan, principal of St. Anthony’s High School, said in an emailed statement. “Saint Anthony’s strived to excel in all areas of high school life.”
Niche’s rankings are based on factors like the strength of academic grades, health and safety grades, parent and student surveys, teacher grades and extracurricular grades.
David Bennardo, superintendent of schools for South Huntington School District, said this was not the first time Niche.com has recognized Walt Whitman High School and that “we are proud of this list ranking, which includes schools from Jericho, Great Neck, and Syosset and are looking forward to climbing even further, as we continue to build our instructional and co-curricular program in the year to come.”
“It’s always nice when our schools and district are acknowledged in this way, “said Jim Polansky, superintendent of schools for the Huntington Union Free School District. “We do, however, attempt to avoid becoming overexcited about our inclusion on any list in particular, as it does not define what we do or how we do it. Regardless, we still take much pride in and appreciate the recognition.”