The NYS Education Department has credited the Locust Valley Central School District with being the only K-12 district in Nassau County -- and one of fewer than 10 in the state -- to have every school honored as a Reward School, the state’s highest designation. The district’s schools earned this recognition due to the sustained growth in achievement levels on state assessments by all students, including those who are in the mainstream, those who are non-English-speaking, those with special needs, and those from diverse economic backgrounds.

This honor comes on the heels of a great deal of recent recognition by national publications. In May, Locust Valley High School was ranked among the best in the country by Newsweek, the Washington Post, and U.S. News & World Report. Newsweek indicated that out of more than 20,000 high schools in our country, only 54 ranked higher than LVHS. The extraordinary ranking reflects the overwhelming number of those who successfully completed university-level courses while students in Locust Valley High School. It also factors in proficiency on certain state assessments, graduation rates, and college acceptances.

According to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund, “This state recognition is a credit to our students, faculty, Board of Education, and community. We are committed to leaving none of our students behind and to helping all of them grow and become well-prepared for college and the workforce. The latest state recognition and the recent national rankings acknowledge that our children are growing significantly in their achievement levels, and that as high school students, they are able to meet international standards of excellence. Our students' success is ‘what it is all about,’ and ultimately, it is the greatest honor of all!"