Advanced Placement Scholars Named

A total of 418 students from Great Neck North and South High Schools have been named Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars by the College Board for their exceptional scores on college-level AP examinations. Scoring for AP exams is done on a five-point system, with 5 being the highest score and 1 the lowest. Of the award recipients, 265 were graduated in June 2011, and 153 are seniors. The AP Scholars who have not yet graduated are eligible to receive additional AP Scholar awards next year.

The College Board designates students as National AP Scholars, AP Scholars with Distinction, AP Scholars with Honor, or AP Scholars. Criteria for each designation are explained below. The College Board's AP Program provides academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. Over 47 percent of Great Neck students who take AP exams perform well enough to merit one of these awards, compared with about 18 percent of students worldwide.

National Scholars

The National AP Scholar award was granted to students who received an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. Twenty-one students from North High received this award; 43 from South High.

AP Scholars with Distinction

Students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. National Scholars are also included in this group. Sixty-eight student from North High earned this award; 159 from South High.

AP Scholars with Honor

Students who earned an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more AP exams were granted AP Scholar with Honor awards. Twenty-three students from North High earned this award; 52 from South High.

AP Scholars

AP Scholar awards were presented to students who received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. Forty-nine students from North High earned this award; 67 from South High.


UPTC Recognized by Board

At a Board of Education meeting held in the fall, the school district's United Parent-Teacher Council (UPTC) executive board members and committee chairpersons were recognized for their involvement, interest, and untiring volunteerism on behalf of our students. Honored were UPTC officers and chairpersons: Judy Liman, legislative; Kuniko Langel, computer technology; Lori Beth Schwartz, health education; Susan Dvoor, shared decision making; Monique Bloom, president; Renee Fishman, recording secretary; Erica Aryeh, vice president; Harriet Finkelstein, executive vice president; Lily Lee, total community involvement; and Jimmy Kwong, treasurer and budget.


Visit NYC Landmarks with the Adult Program

The Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program offers two unique trips to New York City landmarks in early Spring: Masonic Hall and Madame Tussauds; and the Cloisters overlooking the Hudson in Fort Tryon Park. These trips are led by Dale Carbone, a retired NYC dean and teacher. While teaching, Ms. Carbone planned and facilitated all trips and in-school activities. Both trips depart from and return to the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave. For more information, or to register, please call the Adult Program at 441-4949 or visit us at for online registration and complete catalog listings.

Masonic Hall & Madame Tussauds

Learn about the long history of Freemasonry and the Grand Lodge of the State of New York, dating back 228 years. Enjoy a docent-led tour of majestic Masonic Hall. Lunch at the City's oldest and most famous pizzeria, John's Pizzeria, established in 1920. Indulge in a variety of brick-oven pizzas and calzones, salad, and soda. After lunch, it's on to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Bring your camera and take photos with your favorite celebrity, world leader, or notorious person--all in lifelike wax! Trip departs Tuesday, March 20, at 10 a.m.; anticipated return 4:30 p.m. Fee: $105 (includes docent-led tour of Masonic Hall, admission to Madame Tussauds, lunch, transportation, and gratuities).

The Cloisters & Lunch

Journey back in time to medieval Europe. During a docent-led tour of the Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, experience art, tapestries, sculptures, and more from the twelfth to fifteenth centuries. After the tour, roam the beautiful Cloister Gardens overlooking the Hudson River. Enjoy lunch at the famous New Leaf Café in Fort Tyron. Lunch includes: appetizer, choice of five entrées (ravioli, Caesar salad with grilled chicken, curried chicken-salad wrap, chili and mac, or trio of salads), dessert, soft drink, iced tea, coffee/tea. Trip departs Wednesday, April 25, at 10 a.m.; anticipated return 4:30 p.m. Fee: $109 (includes admission, docent-led tour, lunch, transportation, and gratuities).