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High school in LIC ranked 5th in Northeast: Report

By Bill Parry

The Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Long Island City has been ranked as the fifth best high school in the Northeast, according to The Washington Post.

Baccalaureate is the highest rated of the 10 New York City schools to make the annual list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools, which ranks more than 2,000 around the nation.

The school, which has Grades 7 through 12, is at 34-12 36th Ave. Part of the Swiss nonprofit educational foundation International Baccalaureate, it is part of the city public school system and was founded in 2002.

Instructors at the school participate in professional development sessions regularly and small class sizes foster mentoring opportunities with students. In addition to the difficult curriculum, each student is required to put in 100 hours of community service.

America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that takes into account the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year. The Washington Post list for high schools is what the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings are for colleges.

The Academy of American Studies, also in Long Island City, made the list as did Townsend Harris High School in Flushing and Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside.

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at bparry@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718.260.4538.

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