Back in December, we took a look at a few of the top school districts on the Island.   US News and World Report recently released their rankings for the top schools in New York and, not surprisingly, many Long Island schools made the list.  The report looked at 1,165 New York public, private and charter schools, accounting for teacher to student ratios, number of students who advanced to college as well as general math and english proficiency.  The results bore little surprise: Long Island is a premier, if not the premier, destination for families looking to give their children a top flight education. 

Coming in at Number 2 in the state, and at 22nd overall in the country, was South Side High School in Rockville Centre.  South Side is a public school which boasted perfect scores in math proficiency, english proficiency and college readiness.  What sets South Side - and many other Long Island public schools apart - is the wide ranging opportunities for the school's students to take their education above and beyond traditional high school expectations both in preparation for a collegiate workload and as an enticement to selective college admissions programs.  Students at South Side can avail themselves of numerous Advanced Placement (college-level) and Honors courses as well as International Baccalaureate options.  South Side is no stranger to success.  In 2011, it was rated the second best High School on Long Island by the Washington Post. 

Jericho High School came in at 17th statewide.  A public school in the North Shore hamlet of Jericho, the school is another shining example of a successful Advanced Placement program.  An astounding 84 percent of the student body avails itself of at least one Advanced Placement course and the exam pass rate is an equally remarkable 69 percent.  The carry over is unmistakable.  The school recently announced that 20 students were semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program

Just behind Jericho, at 18th in the state, is Commack High School in Suffolk County's Commack.  The school boasts one of the strongest International Baccalaureate programs in the state, with 83 percent of the student body participating in some capacity.  It's not just about academics at Commack, however.  Its proud to call its own the 2012 National Champion Kickline Team.  We don't know what that is, but it's surely the source of much Cougar pride!

Rounding out the top 20 is Locust Valley High School in the North Shore's Locust Valley.  The school also has an active International Baccalaureate program with 86 percent of the student body participating.  The schools influence extends well past academia, understanding the importance of well-rounded, culturally enlightened student body.  As an example, on April 10, the school is hosting a film festival.   

Also finishing within the top 25 were William A. Shine Great Neck South High School in Great Neck and Cold Spring Harbor High School in the town of Hungtington.

All in Long Island offers six of the top school in New York with four of top one hundred schools at the national level.  The conclusions to be drawn are stark: leaving aside the beautiful properties, the vast cultural opportunities, the delicious restaurant selection, if you're looking for a community where your children will floursish in both the short term and long, Long Island is the place to settle down.