One Long Island City high school was recently named New York’s “valedictorian.”
The Baccalaureate School for Global Education (BSGE), located at 34-12 36th Avenue in L.I.C., is the top high school in the state based on rankings released by the U.S. News and World Report. BSGE was also ranked as the 21st best high school in the country out of a pool of roughly 22,000 schools nationwide.
BSGE was awarded a gold medal in the rankings and had a perfect score of 100 in the college readiness index. The high school also boasts a 3.6 score out of 4 in average proficiency in both math and English and a 13 to one student to teacher ratio.
Repeated attempts to contact BSGE’s principal went unreturned.
Other borough schools receiving high grades were the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College in Jamaica, which was seventh in the state and 52nd nationally with an 87 in the college readiness index, and Townsend Harris High School in Flushing, ranking eighth and 53rd respectively and earning an 86.8 mark. Queens High School for the Sciences at York College had 4.0 math and 3.8 English proficiency scores, while Townsend Harris received a perfect 4.0 in both categories. Both schools also received gold medals.
David Marmor, principal of Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, says his school’s rigorous curricula, numerous Advanced Placement and college courses and small, nurturing environment are among the factors that contributed to its high ranking.
“We are very, very proud and happy,” Marmor said. “Our kids and our staff have worked very hard. This is our 10th anniversary coming up this year, so for a small school with only a 10-year history, we are very excited to be among the top schools in the country.”