No. 1 on Long Island, in New York State and in the Northeast Region

Congratulations to our Locust Valley High School faculty and students, and to all who continue to support them in providing all of our students with a great education!

Yesterday, The Washington Post published its 2016 High School Challenge Index. The Index ranks high schools across the nation on their ability to expose adolescents, regardless of wealth, ethnicity or classification, to exceptionally rigorous college-level courses.

We are very proud that The Washington Post ranked Locust Valley High School:

•    No. 1 overall on Long Island;
•    No. 1 among open enrollment public schools and No. 3 overall in New York State;
•    No. 1 among open enrollment public schools and No. 4 overall in the Northeast;
•    No. 87 among all high schools (including those that are selective and by-application schools) in the United States; and
•    the only Long Island high school in the Top 100 in the nation.

These rankings recognize the accomplishments of our students and our highly skilled and caring faculty members, who not only have high expectations for those whom they teach, but also have the ability to provide the skills, knowledge, support and encouragement necessary for children to challenge themselves and succeed by national and international measures of excellence.

Dr. Anna Hunderfund, Superintendent of Schools, said, "Given that ours is truly a ‘public’ high school [without entrance requirements], that more than 20 percent of our students are considered economically disadvantaged or do not speak English as their first language, that approximately 15 percent of our students are classified, that we provide access for all students to our extremely challenging Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate college-level courses, that our faculty members prepare them so well and that our students succeed in these courses, these rankings are an exceptional accomplishment."

Dr. Kieran McGuire, Principal of LVHS, added that our students, faculty and school community members should "enjoy this recognition of what we do and, in what we do, who we are."

Congratulations once again to our high school faculty and students and to all who continue to support their efforts so well!