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A guide for buyers and renters on the best schools in NYC

When looking for the ideal neighborhood to move into, many factors come into play of which neighborhood will best fit the lifestyle of you and your family. If you have school aged children or are planning to have children in the future you are probably searching extra hard to ensure that the school they will transition into will provide them with a high quality education and prepare them for their future.


When the topic of NYC schools comes up, it’s important to know that NYC officials are continually working to promote diversity and fairness in the school system as well as provide every school student with the best education possible to succeed. That being said, here are the top schools in NYC based on factors like graduation rates, extracurricular opportunities, test scores and more:


Townsend Harris High School: Ranked #1 in New York school ratings and #5 on national school rankings, this high school is known for its incredible classes in humanities, math and science. Students from any borough in NYC who wish to attend Townsend Harris High School must go through the screening process which is based on standardized test scores, the students’ grades on report cards and attendance.


Stuyvesant High School: This high school comes in at #1 in New York State and national rankings when it comes to student performance in math and reading. 91.6% of students attending this high school are college ready and 99% of students attending Stuyvesant High School will end up graduating.


Queens High School for the Sciences at York College: 95% of students at this high school exceeded the common core expectations in proficiency in reading followed by 71% of students who exceed in mathematical common core expectations. Also reassuring for parents, this high school has a graduation rate of 100%. Queens High School for the Sciences at York College currently has 357,764 students attending and has a minority enrollment of 94%, and a rate of 63% for economically disadvantaged students.


Staten Island Technical High School: Students of this high school have the chance to take Advanced Placement courses and exams which can help boost academic success. 100% of students at Staten Island Technical High School participate in the Advanced Placement program with 98% passing at least one Advanced Placement exam. This high school ranks #4 in a quality education in New York City public schools.


When factoring in where to move with your family and which school to enroll your child in, it’s important to remember that there are many schools which will give your child a fair chance at academic success. When choosing your child’s school, it’s important to note that one student may thrive in one school more than another and vice versa. While most students attend whichever school is in their neighborhood school district zone, over half of parents now have the chance to choose their child’s school.

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