Are you planning on buying a house and wondering which are the best school districts on Long Island? If you have kids, finding the best school districts for them is an obvious concern, since attending a good and appropriate public school is essential to your children's future. Many of the Long Island school districts are recognized as top ranked within the state and the nation.
As for people who do not have children, the quality of the school district can greatly affect the resale value of a home. Not only do homes in good school districts typically have higher resale values, they also sell faster. And with quality schools, even during the housing market downturn, those homes tend to hold their values.
We all know that test scores alone do not reflect how good a school district is. However, matrices like graduation rate, spending per pupil, average SAT scores, Regents exam scores, etc can still partially help you understand each school better.
If you want a simple glance at how each Long Island school district compare to each other by average SAT scores or Regents Exam scores, please see the chart below.
The format of the SAT was a little different in 2017. More than 135,000 New York state students took the new SAT in 2017. The verbal part is called Evidence-based Reading and Writing (ERW). In 2017, the New York state average ERW score was 528, the average math score was 523, and the average total score was 1052.
Nationally, about 1.7 million students took test. The average total score was 1060, average ERW score was 533 and average math score was 527.
Of the 97 school districts on Long Island that reported having test takers, 76 of them have a higher average than the New York State average of 1052. Jericho School District has the highest average score on Nassau County, and Cold Spring Harbor has the highest average score on Suffolk County.
In New York State, all high school students will need to pass the year end Regents exams and receive a Regents Diploma in order to graduate high school. Even more, students who get excellent grades on the Regents Exams can graduate with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Distinction.
In the 2016-2017 school year, 7 school districts on Long Island had a 100% of their students receive the regents diploma, with another 9 school districts with 99%. An impressive 7 Long Island school districts also have 85% or more students receive the Regents Diploma with Advanced Distinction.
Since we know how important school district is as a determining factor on your home buying purchase, we have compiled more data for every school districts on Long Island. You can see the data for each school district by going to the Nassau County or Suffolk County School District page, and then select each district as listed on the page. We have gathered data for each school district from the New York State Education Department from the 2016-2017 school year.
On each school district page, you can also see all the homes for sale within each Long Island school district, and the sales history of past homes that have sold. If you are wondering how much the median sales price of homes are in each Long Island school district, you can visit our 2018 Long Island median sales price page.
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