Washington Post Ranks HS No. 200 of Most Challenging Schools

Washington Post Ranks Syosset HS No. 200 of America’s Most Challenging Schools Photo
The Washington Post is the latest national news outlet to recognize Syosset High School as one of the finest schools in the country. Less than a month after U.S. News & World Report ranked the school No. 24 in New York State and 173 in the country, The Washington Post has named Syosset High School No. 200 on its list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools.

Schools are ranked through an index formula of the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. Public schools that achieved a ratio of at least 1.00, meaning they had as many tests in 2016 as they had graduates, were put on the national list. Schools are ranked in order of that ratio.

The Washington’s Post’s rationale for not counting passing rates is that some high schools tend to keep rates artificially high by allowing only their top students to take the courses. This formula factors in average students who take on the challenge of heavy college reading lists and long, analytical college examinations. According to the Post, research has found that even low-performing students who got a 2 on an AP test did significantly better in college than similar students who did not take AP.

In addition to U.S. News & World Report and the Washington Post, the website Niche.com ranked the Syosset Central School District No. 16 in the country and No. 5 among the state’s best school districts for the current year. Niche.com, a ranking and review website for K-12 schools, colleges and neighborhoods, factored in Syosset’s academics, administrative leadership, college readiness, clubs and activities, diversity, food, attention to health and safety, resources and facilities for students, sports programs and quality of teaching.