Top 100 Best High Schools 2013 – Great Neck South High School – Newsweek – 67/100
Great Neck South High School
City: Great neck
School Classification: O
AVG SAT: 1865
AVG ACT: 26.3
AVG AP SCORE:4.1
NEWSWEEK SCORE: 3.64
341 Lakeville Rd, Great Neck, NY 11020, United States
William A. Shine Great Neck South High School (commonly Great Neck South, GNSHS or South High School) is an American public four-year high school. It is located in Lake Success, New York, serving students in grades 9 through 12. However, GNSHS is officially listed in Great Neck. Great Neck South is one of three high schools in the Great Neck School District, which includes Great Neck North High School and Village School. The school opened its doors in 1958 and it was named Great Neck South High School until it was renamed in 2006.
Great Neck South offers its 1,281 students 19 Advanced Placement courses, an independent study program to explore academic pursuits, career training, career internship program, differentiated instruction for qualified students, inclusion of selected students with disabilities, separate classrooms for students with disabilities, and resource room. There is also a separate class that is designed for students with disabilities. The school also allows students to avail themselves of vocational courses on a half day basis at BOCES. The school offers students extracurricular activities, including a variety of clubs. Students also have the option to compete in the school’s athletic programs. A school publication, the Southerner has reported on athletics, academic and extracurricular issues, and news of the school and community.
Students are provided with educational opportunities which include Regents, special education and TESL. Students take major sequences in several fields of study which are required for graduation. In addition, students elect many others according to their abilities, interests, and future plans. The music and choral programs are well-known and students with an interest can participate. Students are offered an independent study program to explore their own academic pursuits, guided by a teacher. Students are offered eight languages, including Mandarin Chinese and American Sign Language, and remedial education. The school operates on a7:59 a.m. to 2:33 p.m. schedule. This includes nine periods of instruction.
Great Neck South curriculum offers 26 Advanced Placement (AP) classes for students, the most popular of which are AP Psychology, AP United States History, and AP English Language and Composition. There were 1,367 Advanced Placement tests in the 2009-2010 school year. As a result, Newsweek ranked Great Neck South High School 49th out of 500 in its 2011 list Best High Schools in America (the school has been cited in Newsweek’s public school rankings on several other occasions). Students are offered honors (H) and accelerated courses as well. There are 19 Advanced Placement courses offered: art, art history, biology, chemistry, Chinese, computer science, economics, English, French, government, history, Italian, Latin, mathematics, music, physics, psychology, Spanish, and statistics. One of the Advanced Placement physics course tested the audience response technology which was successful and the Great Neck School District has expanded the technology to other schools.
The school has one or more teachers that have developed a Facing History unit or course, or are incorporating Facing History materials into their curriculum. It is taught as an entire course, or infused into existing courses; as an elective, or as part of the core curriculum. Facing History program associates work with teachers to help them use their materials in the most appropriate ways. Facing History and Ourselves lets classrooms and communities link the past to moral choices today.
The majority of South High students (more than 87%) achieve a B average or better. However, only a small percentage of South High students (12%) were recognized as finalists or received Letters of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 98% of recent South High School graduates entered college.