Manhasset High School is receiving national attention once more. According to a story released in the June 2 issue of Newsweek magazine, Manhasset High School has the distinction of ranking number 11 among America's best high schools, based on student participation in Advanced Placement (AP) courses. This is the third time that MHS has been recognized as a superior school. Only three other Long Island high schools, Jericho, Cold Spring Harbor and Great Neck South, were named among the top 20.
Dr. Lawrence E. Bozzomo, superintendent of schools, commented, "This is a strong indicator that reflects positively on everyone in our school community: our students, our teachers and our administrators. We have successfully provided academic challenges for our students with these college level courses. We are pleased and very proud that our students have responded and met the challenge." Over the past 13 years, the number of students who have written AP exams has increased from 114 in 1989 to 510 in the 2001-2002 school year.
Fourteen Advanced Placement courses are part of the Manhasset High School curriculum, The AP ranking of public schools is done according to a ratio developed by Jay Matthews, a Washington Post education reporter. Every few years, Mr. Matthews compiles a ranked list of American public high schools, based on the Challenge Index, a way of measuring the level of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate program participation at each school. The number of AP and IB tests taken by all students at a school is divided by the number of graduating seniors to produce the rankings.