Calhoun, Kennedy and Mepham High Schools in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District have been named among the best top 500 high schools in the country in Newsweek’s annual 2016 List of America’s top 500 high schools.
Mepham High School, ranking 266th, was built in 1938
On the list, Kennedy High School was ranked at number 160, Mepham High School came in at number 266 and Calhoun High School was ranked at number 300.
The rankings are based on a college readiness score determined by average AP/IB, ACT and SAT scores, along with graduation rate and college-bound percentage. Counselor-to-student ratio and student retention rate over four years of enrollment also factor into the ranking.
For example, Calhoun, ranked 300, has a college readiness score of 77.4, with a graduate rate of 97.1 and a college bound score of 95.8.
Meanwhile, Mepham, ranked 266, scored a college readiness of 78.4, a graduate rate of 97.1 and a college bound score of 98.3.
Kennedy, ranking 166, had a graduate rate of 100, a college readiness score of 81.5 and a college bound rate of 98.7.
Said John DeTommaso , CHSD superintendent of schools: “I am extremely proud that all three of our high schools have been recognized as being among the best in the country.
“Of course,” he continued, “these lists don’t completely measure the greatness of our schools. Anyone who spends an extended period of time in any of our three high schools or our middle schools can more effectively measure the incredible things our staff does for students. Add a very supportive parent group with a board of education dedicated to providing what’s best for our kids, and you have a recipe for success.”
Newsweek used data from the National Center for Education Statistics for its 2016 rankings.
The district’s Advanced Science Research program regularly produces students that win Intel Semi-Final science honors, and several have been named as national finalists.