Top 100 Best High Schools 2013 – Edgemont Junior Senior High School – Newsweek – 72/100
Edgemont Junior – Senior High School
Edgemont Junior – Senior High School is a high school in Greenville, Westchester County, New York, serving students in grades 7 -12. Its feeder schools are Greenville School and Seely Place School, where students graduate in the sixth grade. The school’s colors are blue and white, and its mascot is a panther. Edgemont has a wide open campus, trying to simulate more of a college campus atmosphere. The school has 5 academic buildings, with one building dedicated to the 7th and 8th graders.
200 White Oak Ln, Scarsdale, NY 10583, United States
Rankings in the mass media
Edgemont frequently fares well in national high school rankings. In 2006, Newsweek named Edgemont the 61st best high school in the country. In 2007, the magazine ranked Edgemont higher, at 41st place. In 2005, The Washington Post named the school 26th, and in its 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Edgemont High School 28th. In 2012, “U.S. News and World Report" ranked Edgemont 19th best public high school in New York state and 96th best in the US.
More recently in 2013, Newsweek ranked Edgemont as the 18th best high school in the Northeast, and 72nd overall in the nation. It also reported that 99% of the student body graduate in four years. Of that 99%, 100% of those students are college-bound upon graduation.
Special programs and extracurriculars
Edgemont offers a rigorous academic curriculum that includes 13 Advanced Placement courses and 17 Honors courses in subjects including math, art, history, science, economics and foreign languages. On average, each student takes about one AP test.
The school also runs a highly successful music and theater program. Edgemont’s yearly spring musical participates in the High School Theater Awards presented by The Helen Hayes Youth Theatre, and often wins awards in many categories. Musically inclined students may choose from playing in the regular orchestra, the sports pep band, the chorus, the Chamber Choir, and the wind ensemble, among other programs. Edgemont’s debate and Model UN teams are highly regarded, and frequently do well in tournaments and conferences. There are numerous student-run clubs ranging in many different areas, including a monthly school newspaper, literary magazines and community service groups.
The school offers exceptional special education programs.
It also provides a democratically-run, student-centric Alternative School, known as Phædrus founded in 1977.
The school fields 53 different interscholastic sports teams, including soccer, cross-country, tennis, golf, bowling, field hockey, volleyball, football, gymnastics, wrestling, lacrosse, basketball, golf, winter and spring track, baseball, swimming, and softball. Edgemont is known for its successful wrestling program, which, since 2003, has produced four League Championship teams, a New York State Champion in 2013, seven All-State Wrestlers, twenty-five All-Section Wrestlers and dozens of All-League athletes.