MHS: Most Challenging High School

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For the fifth consecutive year, Malverne High School has been ranked amongst the Most Challenging High Schools in America by The Washington Post. Malverne is ranked in the top, at No. 60 in New York among the state’s top public schools and No. 33 on Long Island.

The challenge ranks schools through an index formula utilizing the number of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. In order to be ranked, schools must have a ratio of 1.0. This year, Malverne’s index is 2.25 a notable increase from the district’s 1.26 index in 2013.

“It is an honor to have Malverne mentioned alongside some of the top ranked schools in the nation,” said Principal Dr. Vincent Romano. “Very few on the list are as demographically complex as our school. When comparing the percentage of economically disadvantaged students, Malverne High School had the second highest Challenge Index in that category on Long Island and 11th in New York State. Simply put, Malverne is a shining example of what can be accomplished when the entire school community is committed to each and every student!”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Hunderfund, echoed the sentiment. “The annual increase of index score for Malverne High School over the last four years demonstrates their total commitment to academic excellence. Congratulations to all.”

The Washington Post’s Jay Mathews has been ranking the most challenging public and private schools in the country for 17 years. The list includes more than 2,000 public and private high schools nationwide.