High School of American Studies Again Rated One of Top 100 High Schools in the Nation

High School of American Studies GraduationThe High School of American Studies at Lehman College has again made the list of the country’s “Top 100 High Schools” compiled by U.S. News & World Report. This time, it is ranked as the number one high school in the Bronx, second in both New York City and New York State, and 29th in the nation. This is the second year in a row the school has been included on the list.

“This honor is due to the dedication of the school’s faculty, the hard work of its students, the strength of its curriculum and the enrichment provided by its collaborating partners,” said Lehman President Ricardo R. Fernández. “The school continues to pursue the same commitment to excellence that marked its inception six years ago.”

Founded in 2002 through a collaboration between Lehman College, the New York City Department of Education, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the school is located on the Lehman campus and offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with an emphasis on U.S. history and politics. Students regularly attend lectures and take courses at Lehman, receive supplementary learning materials, and travel to areas of historic significance.

“When the High School of American Studies was just a gleam in the eye of the New York City Department of Education, Lehman College, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute, we knew the school had great potential, but we didn’t realize how phenomenal it would be,” said Lesley Herrmann, the Institute’s executive director. “We’re thrilled to see this dream realized and happy to continue our work with the school.”

One of eight specialized high schools in New York City whose students are admitted by competitive exam, the school is currently composed of 343 students reflecting a wide racial and ethnic diversity: 40 percent are white, 25 percent Hispanic, 18 percent African American, and 13 percent Asian. Sixty percent are Bronx residents, and 23 percent are considered disadvantaged.

“We are extremely gratified to be recognized for the accomplishments of our students, teachers, and parents,” said Alessandro Weiss, the school’s principal. “We know that our partners have been indispensble in helping us to instill in our students a love for learning and intellectual inquiry.” U.S. News & World Report looked at more than 21,000 public high schools in 48 states and based its rankings on the Advanced Placement (A.P.) tests. The High School of American Studies has a 100 percent A.P. participation rate.

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Last modified: Oct 13, 2011

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