Clarkstown High Schools Rank Among State's Top 130

U.S. News and World Reports analyzes high schools in New York, and coast to coast

Clarkstown North and South high schools are among New York State's best, according to the 2012 U.S. News and World Report rankings.

The magazine recently released its annual study of high schools from coast to coast—a contentious list that often garners as much chagrin from the educational community as it does attention. About 22,000 public schools were profiled from 49 states.

Clarkstown North is ranked as 111th and Clarkstown South is listed as 126th in the state. Both schools received a "silver rating." Clarkstown South is ranked 937 in the nation and Clarkstown North is listed at 851. Both are reported to have enrollments of 1,513 students.

Clarkstown Superintendent Margaret Keller-Cogan commented on the results.

"I think the challenge of any rankings is when an attempt is made to compare outcomes that may have markedly different inputs," she said. "For example, I do not believe the rankings consider the percent of a population that is classified, the number of second language learners or the percent of students who live in poverty. Students who receive advantaged upbringings, parents who are well educated and value education themselves, are more likely to achieve success in school.  While it is reassuring to know that both of our high schools rank so high nationally, the basis for the rankings do not consider all of the variables that make North and South the excellent schools that they are."

Tappan Zee High School is listed as the 52nd best institution in the state, and 374th in the nation, earning it a "gold" rating. The school serves 1,094 students and employs 84 teachers; 57 percent of students take part in Advanced Placement courses, according to the survey.

Other top performing Rockland schools include Pearl River High, which is ranked 65th in the state and 488th in the nation. The school houses 1,058 students and 78 full-time teachers.

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whodoyouthinkyouarekidding? May 08, 2012 at 08:22 PM
For as long as these rankings have taken place, people have been wondering why our schools never made the list. Now, just as Phil D, Donna E and company have blamed the Superintendent for everything they insist is wrong in Clarkstown, we make the list...just as they are showing her the door.
ADK May 08, 2012 at 08:53 PM
actually, we have made the list many times in the past..this is the first time under this administration.
Jonathan Swift May 08, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Donna, Phil, Kevin & Doug are the FOUR individuals responsible for voting to not renew MKC's contract. Now both of our high schools are honored with high rankings while MKC was superintendent. Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable.
Tony T May 08, 2012 at 10:36 PM
With the taxes we pay, our teacher to student ratio, the salary we pay our teacher's Superintendent and other administraors we should be in the top 20! I wonder if all the School Districts that came in ahead of us in the ranking pay their Superintendant over $250,000 + perks. I would bet not.
mike sullivan May 08, 2012 at 11:14 PM
tony you need to know that teachers salaries in clarkstown are lower than most in county and that clarkstown teachers pay more into their health care than ANY district in the county I am pround that we made the list Congrats to all
Phil Leiter May 09, 2012 at 01:55 AM
In fact, the Superintendents of the other local districts that made the list are paid $250K plus perks. And their high school population is one-third the CCSD. And we pay $3,000 less per student than those districts. This is such a non-argument...
ADK May 09, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Phil, you are absolutely right on the Super's salary..and whether you believe these lists have merit or not is certainly up for debate...however, given that we are one of the higher taxed areas in the country, one would hope that we would rank higher...
annomynous May 09, 2012 at 11:24 PM
BYE BYE to our current board of bullies. HELLO to Wendy, Chris and Mike.
Sigmund Freud May 10, 2012 at 02:01 AM
AMEN to that!!! Wendy Adolff Chris Conti Mike Aglialoro
John Foster May 10, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Wow. Several Rochester districts in the top 40, ranking among the top 180 nationally. Funny now little those upstaters know about education. Just sayin...
John Spelled June 04, 2012 at 05:23 AM
Then again, this is a ranking of a high school in the United States -- which means that the standards are quite a bit lower in comparison with the rest of the world's standards for a high school education. The United States has a lot to learn from countries such as Finland in terms of education. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/people-places/Why-Are-Finlands-Schools-Successful.html


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