|Commack School District is proud to announce that it has earned "District of Distinction" recognition for its college and career readiness program. An article about our accomplishment is highlighted in the July issue of "District Administration" magazine. The article begins with high accolades for the success of our graduates. "Rigor has provided more options for students at Commack Union Free School District, with nearly 98% of its graduates going on to college each year - and 80% earning a Regents Diploma with advanced designation. Commack developed a well-rounded college preparatory curriculum that features coursework sponsored by International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, and Project Lead the Way programs."
"As I've often repeated, we want to prepare our students to flourish in whatever path they take after high school," said Superintendent, Dr. Donald James. "We set our own criteria for success, and provide students with varied course offerings and access to the tools they need to fulfill their own personal goals."
Commack High School graduates' acceptances to both “very competitive” and “highly competitive” universities and colleges increase each year. This year's 650 plus graduates in the Class of 2016 earned 829 acceptances of these sought-after placements, and the class of 2015 acceptances to these schools increased 6%; a quantifiable and impressive number.
Commack does not participate in the Newsweek or Washington Post's annual lists of the nation's top public high schools. "We set our own criteria for success and aim to equip all of our children for college and career," said Dr. James. "This is first and foremost in our minds as we develop advanced curriculum and programs geared toward fulfilling our goal of providing an in-depth and excellent academic experience for our children, as our community expects and fully supports. We don't subscribe to arbitrary data points set by outside agencies to define our success. Our data clearly indicates that we have one of the highest rates of success in college readiness on Long Island as demonstrated by National Clearinghouse data."