Students enrolled 1186
School leader MS. NANINE MCLAUGHLIN

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170 Rockaway Ave
Garden City, NY 11530

(516) 478-2000
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4 stars
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August 06, 2014
--I've posted this for Garden City Middle School, but I'm posting this again for GCHS because one of my children goes to this school and I think they both are great.-- This school is the best high school I've ever seen in my life. I moved from Los Angeles many years ago and have lived here ever since. I am now sending my children to this school. They love this school, and so do I. The teachers are very considerate, of great qualities of teaching, and have great teaching methods which are working well not only on my children but also on other kids at school. This school is not very much known for its diversity as other people mentioned below but it doesn't mean it doesn't hold a tolerant attitude towards diversity. Garden City Middle School and High School are great schools no matter who you are, so do not worry about sending your kids to this school even though you are not white or Catholic. No one here judges you by your look or what you believe in. It's ridiculous that some people actually think they do. ---Also, it is true that the students in GC are good at sports, but why has it come to you as a problem? They are also one of the best in academics, etc.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2013
I have friends who attended this high school and are very proud. Anything and everything they have to say about the high school are all positives. The school system prepares students for college through the required curriculum necessary to graduate high school. In addition, this school provided a high array of honors classes for the over achievers. Located in a picturesque part of Long Island, NY, this school system has been ranked by US News as one of the best high schools in the country.

- submitted by a community member
May 11, 2013
My children have yet to enter the HS but its reputation precedes it. I blame the administration and parents for allowing Athletics to run the show and stupidity for contining the cycle of materialism running rampant both in this town and many others across the country. I can only hope that the tides will change by the time my kids are ready for HS....otherwise I'll move.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2012
Garden City is not known for its diversity: ethnic, religious, or socio-economic. It is probably the only town on Long Island where a child can be bullied for not being Catholic. Or having dark hair on her arms. This, in and of itself, might not be a move-or-don't-move-here issue if the school's curriculum were richer and the teaching more consistent at every level, especially in grades 2-12. (The K-1 primary schools are quite good.) One cannot talk about the schools without also talking about the Village: a place where sports ALWAYS trump academics. Because of this, the schools--and the community--ultimately suffer. This is a good fit for families with athletically gifted, Catholic, caucasian children. Still, there's a caveat: If, like some of us, you fit that GC mold, does that mean it's a good choice? This town produces exceptional athletes--not well-rounded, intellectual, curious, engaged children. And at the end of the day, isn't that what matters?

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2012
Paying the property taxes I do, I expected alot more from GCHS. There are several schools that blow GC away academically. Schools such as North Shore, Locust Valley, Great Neck South, Great Neck North, Jericho, Manhasset, Wheatley, Oyster Bay, Roslyn and Syosset are all much better. If you are a male and don't play football or lacrosse you are a nobody at the school and will be bullied by the jocks. If you are not one of the super rich with the largest house, you too will be ostracised. The teachers are very average AT BEST. I am not a disgruntled parent whose children are "trouble students." Both of my children were honors students and heavily involved in martial arts.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2011
The school offers many activities & is very diversified in all areas of studies. They handle issues very well & am satisfied with the overall educational system.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2011
GREAT EDUCATION, TEACHERS & SPORTS PROGRAMS - MADE VALUABLE FRIENDSHIPS - HELPED PREPARE FOR COLLEGE CLASSES

- submitted by a student
November 06, 2010
If all the schools in the Garden City school district had to be ranked, GCHS would probably be ranked the lowest. I find GCHS to be average high school academically and no better than any of the surrounding public high schools. There are several things I dislike about this school. Most of the good teachers seem to teach the honors and AP classes, where as most of the mediocre and not so great teachers teach the regents and lower level classes. I don't find any of the programs to be that great (art, music, theatre) except sports. However, sports in this school and community are all based on competition and are not played for the fun and fitness. The demographics of the town of course don't help the school either. Not a bad school but not a fantastic school either. Education is still much better at private high schools.

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- submitted by a student
June 05, 2008
I'm an alumna of the Garden City School system and have put 3 children through it. They received a great education, due to hard work and many dedicated, passionate teachers. As in any school district, there is a range of great to awful in the teachers, so students and parents have to accept that and pick up the slack with hard work. My biggest criticism for GCHS is the overemphasis on sports and popularity. Rich parents and a big house are almost a guaranteed admission into the cool crowd, and if you play football, lacrosse or field hockey, you are a superstar. Academic achievement is overshadowed by athletics. My second criticism is of the Guidance Department, who, with their constant emphasis on college admissions, should be more creative in the list of potential schools. As with life, your education is only as good as the work you put into it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 24, 2007
Excellent school, wonderful teachers.

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December 19, 2006
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March 23, 2006
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January 08, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2005
I had two children in this school. There are many terrific teachers here and the education is here for the asking. One of my children went Ivy the other a 'little ivy' but the intellectual culture of the school could be higher.

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April 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2004
Solid academics but there could be more respect by teachers for students, and definitely more respect by students for teachers. Creativity and acceptance of different points of view are tolerated but not embraced. There is more emphasis on sports than debate{there is no debate team}and popularity. Being 'cool' usually involves liquor,and more soft drugs than parents realize or want to accept. Cheating is accepted by teachers who are tired of students not taking responsibility for themselves.If there was real accountability and conquences, everyone would be better off. Teachers are generally good, but too few are great. We are grateful to them, but only strong leadership from the top can pull everyone together, and allow this school to evolve into all it can be. Meetings are not as important as doing.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2004
As an alumna of GCHS, I have some history with the school. Many things have improved: the sensitivity of the teachers to students, the music program, and the art department. I would recommend this school for anyone who is interested in a great school for academics, sports, and for music. The art dept. is good too. Top teachers include: Mr. Rebolini & Mr. Schmeider for English, Mr. Sheer for Social Studies, Mr. McCrann for advanced bands, and Mrs. McMahon for art! Many caring parents volunteer, and are willing because of the great teachers. The negatives: some 'militant' parents who demand silly things, and the major division between 'jocks' and 'jock-nots'.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2004
There's a new Principal for 2004-2005, Mr. Hardy, so principal leadership is still unknown. The previous one retired after almost 15 years and was laid back but did his job well. GCHS has a terrific music program and opportunities for good study achievement. Some teachers are great and inspiring, but it's up to the student to learn. The grads do well in college, which shows they had a good background. 'Sports rules', however, and grabs most of the funding and attention. A miserably non-existent alumni association. All the kids are 'above average', just like at Lake Wobegon. (Pity to poor teacher that rates a kid 'low.') The main drawback is overwhelming emphasis on 'popularity'.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2004
Garden City Highschool has not only become a place where my children have learned but where they have flourished due to the attention from teachers and for sports the attention of coaching staff. It seems that some people are quick to discredit a school and overlook what it has achieved such as numerous awards both on the playing fields and in the classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2004
This school is a true reflection of the Garden City community...spoiled, over-indulged kid with a sense of entitlement - just like their parents. This is a school that is totally afraid to say 'No' to any student acting out for fear (justified!) of immediate parental retribution - against the school! A true example of the denial mentality of the community. As is often said, you can tell you're in Garden City as soon as you cross the moat! We've put three kids into this school - and regretted every experience.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2004
Great school in a great community. The learning here got me into one of the top colleges in the country. Plenty of things to do for the students and one the best athletic programs in the country

- submitted by a former student
March 22, 2004
This school offers a decent education but not for a place for minorities. There is very little acceptance for those who are different. As an Asian, this school was antyhing but a picnic. I don't recomend it unless you are one of the 'good old boys'.

- submitted by a former student
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Garden City High School
170 Rockaway Ave, Garden City, NY  11530
(516) 478-2000
Last modified Garden City High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Garden City High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top