New school rankings from U.S. News & World Report give New York parents a better idea of how their child's school compares to other schools. The list included data from more than 79 public primary and secondary schools across the country. Patch spoke about the best elementary and secondary schools in New York.
The basis rating The top elementary and secondary schools of 2024 are based on publicly available data from the U.S. Department of Education. At the same time, the main attention was paid to the level of students' preparation in basic subjects, and the rating was compiled at the level of the entire state.
New York City schools make up most of the top ten rankings for elementary schools and all of the top ten for middle schools. US News ranks PS 77 Lower Lab School, located on the Upper East Side, as the best in the state. New Explorations Into Science, Technology and Math, located on the Lower East Side and offering grades starting in kindergarten, has been named the top high school in the state.
The U.S. News list includes data on more than 79 public elementary and secondary schools across the country.
Top 10 Elementary Schools in New York State:
- PS 77 Lower Lab School (1st place in the state);
- New Explorations Into Science, Technology and Math School (2nd place in the state);
- The Academy for Excellence Through the Arts (3rd place in the state);
- PS 150 (4th in state);
- The Anderson School (5th in the state);
- Tag Young Scholars (6th place in the state);
- Naples Street Elementary School (ranked 7th in the state);
- The PS 166 Richard Rogers School of the Arts & Sciences (10th in the state);
- PS 31 Samuel F. Dupont (ranked 11th in the state);
- 30th Avenue School (13th in the state).
Top 10 New York State High Schools:
- New Explorations Into Science, Technology and Math School;
- NYC Lab Middle School for Collaborative Studies;
- IS 98 Bay Academy;
- PS 122 Mamie Fay;
- East Side Middle School;
- Columbia Secondary School;
- The Anderson School;
- Tag Young Scholars;
- MS 255 Salk School of Science;
- Mark Twain IS 239 for the Gifted and Talented.
In its analysis, U.S. News looked specifically at states' assessments of where students are proficient or above proficient in math and reading/language arts, and also looked at students' backgrounds, performance in core subjects and how well schools teach their students. To eliminate the difference in the overall assessment, the student-teacher coefficient is applied.
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LaMont Jones, managing editor of education for U.S. News, says the state and district rankings are designed to give parents an idea of their child's school and how well it is performing in their community.
“Easily accessible data on student-teacher ratios, district expenses and the number of school resource officers in a school will help parents stay informed,” Jones explained.
To be ranked at the district level, at least two of the best-performing schools must rank in the top 75% of the overall elementary and middle school rankings.