Message From the Superintendent
Dr. James Hunderfund,
Last year’s Malverne High School graduating class moved the bar even higher with their dedication to the achievement of excellence. With 90% of our graduates now taking college and university classes, it is gratifying to know many of them have already demonstrated their ability to complete college-level studies through Advanced Placement course completion at Malverne High School.
A record number of our students were recognized for their outstanding academic performance with AP Scholar Awards. In fact, 25 of our “best and brightest” excelled on several AP examinations for college credit and/or advanced college placements. The meteoric rise in the number of AP examinations taken by Malverne High School students over the past seven years is indicative of the realization that to get ahead, one must work much harder to achieve at the highest level of academic rigor. Students have come to realize that one doesn’t get into the most desirable or competitive college unless he or she can demonstrate mastery of the most challenging course work available to high school students.
Due to this trend in the successful completion of college-level courses and comprehensive AP examinations, Malverne High School was included in two national ranking lists (Newsweek and The Washington Post) for high schools meeting the most stringent criteria for college readiness. Only 10% of all high schools in the U.S. achieved this distinction.
This year, we are continuing to raise the bar for learning through Advanced Placement courses with course enrollment growth at the high school, the addition of pre-AP classes to the curriculum, and the new advanced science research program at BOCES. There will also be two AP courses offered through a virtual learning online program. As a supplement to AP courses, there are seven college-level courses that provide direct credit through cooperative colleges in our area.
Another important element for college acceptance is the SAT exam. Since colleges place high value on SAT scores, the Malverne Board of Education has approved the implementation of a comprehensive K-12 program. Targeted elements of this program will be implemented in stages this year, including the sequential infusion of SAT vocabulary and an after-school prep course at Malverne High School.
In order to achieve the standards for enhanced academic expectations, a cooperative partnership between school and parents will be vitally important in order to support our students’ efforts to achieve desirable learning outcomes. At all of our schools, the academic building blocks associated with the Common Core curriculum will provide the ongoing structure for enhanced learning for each grade. Annual growth and progress will be needed at increasingly higher levels of school and home study to realize success at the highest possible level upon high school graduation.
James Hunderfund, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Malverne Students Improve Academically Throughout the 2012-2013 School Year;
Positive Trend Noted Over Past Five Years
Students throughout the Malverne School District have once again demonstrated academic improvement and overall success for the 2012-2013 school year. Based on a variety of measures, including national recognition for “College Readiness”, Advanced Placement (AP) results, Regents examination scores and other measures of success, the district is proud to announce that over the past five years, there has been a definitive trend of higher academic achievement.
During the 2012-2013 school year, 182 AP exams were administered. Fifty five percent of students achieved a score of three or higher, a significant increase from only 14 percent reaching that same level in 2008. The number of students who achieved scores of four or five also dramatically rose from 4 percent in 2008 to 24 percent in 2013. This represents an overall increase of “high” scores in excess of 600 percent during this time period. This year, a record number of students earned honors as AP Scholars with 13 AP Scholars; 7 AP Scholars with Honors; and 5 AP Scholars with Distinction. As a testament to the school’s continued growth and improvement on AP exams, Malverne High School was recognized for the first time among the elite 10% of the nation’s outstanding high schools for “college readiness” in the annual USA high school rankings by NEWSWEEK Magazine and THE WASHINGTON POST.
Regents examination results have also validated positive academic growth for Malverne students. For example, the district realized an increase in the number of students passing the very difficult Algebra2/Trigonometry Regents exam with 85% of students passing, compared to only 43 percent passing just two years ago. Furthermore, the number of students passing the English Regents exam increased from 76 percent in 2009-2010 to 87 percent in 2012-2013; while the number of students passing the Geometry Regents examination during that same time period rose from 63 percent to 80 percent. Perhaps the most indicative sign of success, however, was demonstrated in the record number of Regents diplomas awarded to the Class of 2013 graduates; 95 percent of the graduates earned this distinguished diploma, coupled with a record number of Advanced Regents Diplomas at 46 percent.
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. James Hunderfund said, “I am extremely proud of our students for their continued efforts to achieve their highest potential. It is important for us to focus on the overall positive trajectory that our district has experienced in recent years. While there will always be room for improvement, I am encouraged by the positive trend our schools have established. In time, I am confident that this will lead to a greater percentage of students not only passing, but excelling on all measures of achievement. Among the other measures of student success, it is important to include college enrollments, which have averaged 90 percent per graduating class, including many acceptances to highly competitive colleges and universities. Honor Roll achievement trends continue to demonstrate an increased focus upon the value of good grades. Higher achievement on report cards has improved the overall Grade Point Average for each graduating class. Also, many more students have successfully completed Regents course credits while still in their Middle School years at Howard T. Herber.
In addition to academic improvement, Malverne has experienced positive growth in students’ character development, as well. District statistics prove that Malverne students are becoming more involved in pro-social volunteerism and school organizations. There has been a significant trend of decreasing suspension rates at both the middle school and high school.
“As we move forward, Malverne administrators, teachers and staff members will continue to work with students on developing their full academic potential, as well as emphasize the importance of character and behavior and the total development of each child in our care”, Dr. Hunderfund stated. “Over the past five years, we have made notable progress, and we all look forward to continuing in this direction.”