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In the past, Townsend Harris High School was rated the fifth best public high school in New York City and the 35th best in the United States by the Newsweek and the New York Daily News, respectively.
On September 27, New York Post ranked THHS as the number one public high school, excluding specialized high schools. Baccalaureate School for Global Education ranked second and Eleanor Roosevelt High school ranked third.
According to the article called “The Top 40 public schools that don’t require the SHSAT test,” THHS has a 100% graduation rate, 100% college readiness rate, and a 99.6% college enrollment rate. The ranking included factors such as the number of students scoring mastery on the regents, the average total SAT score, and the AP exam passing rate.
The post writes, “Not just for Queens, this highly sought-after Flushing school draws bright, motivated kids—last year 5,540 applied for 306 freshman seats—with its mission to foster a love of learning, and an appreciation of nature and the arts.”
In regards to this new award, sophomore Noah Sadik said it was “not shocking at all given the fact that our school is so rigorous and that Harrisites are such highly-achieving students.” When asked what aspects of the school contribute to its success, he responded: “We have some of the best and most dedicated teachers, an accelerated curriculum, and a community of over-achievers that come together to produce a great school.”
Incoming freshmen are especially excited to have been accepted into our prestigious school. “The environment of this school is very welcoming and friendly. Students are able to reach new heights and achieve high grades. This makes me proud to be a part of this high school,” remarked freshman Anastasia Codjebas.
Junior Doris Zheng said: “With the… [heavy] workload, the people in Townsend Harris truly make the suffering worth it. I cannot go a day without laughing and smiling around my parents and teachers.” Additionally, she stated, “I was already proud to be a part of this wondrous school community, but the high honor just reassures me that this school deserves the recognition that it gets.”