LONG BEACH PUBLIC SCHOOLS POINTS OF PRIDE:
ACADEMICS: College & Career Readiness
• The high school is an International Baccalaureate World School. The IB Diploma Program is recognized as a program of excellence throughout the world. A total of 136 students in grades 11-12 are IB Diploma candidates.
• One student was named a National Merit Semifinalist through the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Program. The College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program honored two students, one of whom was also recognized by the NMSP’s National Achievement Scholarship Program.
• For the second year in a row, a student received a National Gold Medal in the Scholastic Art & Writing competition. Fourteen other students earned awards for their writing and two were recognized for artwork.
• Six science research students earned awards in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair, and three were winners in the New York State Science and Engineering Fair.
• One student was selected to participate in the challenging Columbia University Science Honors Program.
• Two teams of elementary and middle school students earned first- and second-place awards in the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament.
• Two students were named Long Island Young Scholars of Mathematics by the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students.
• Students achieved excellent results at the Nassau County Interscholastic Math League competition, MATHCOUNTS competition and American Mathematics Competitions.
• LARC students tied for the fourth-highest score in the nation in a Wordmasters Challenge event, where three of them earned perfect scores.
• One student was named a semifinalist by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.
• The Washington Post ranked LBHS among the top 3 percent of high schools nationally in their Challenge Index.
• The middle school is in the final phases of becoming authorized in the IB Middle Years Program.
• All students in grades K-5 receive foreign language in the elementary schools instruction.
• All students in grades 3-5 participate in the SPIRIT program, which incorporates International Baccalaureate principles.
• The high school’s literary magazine, Fragments, has earned a number of awards from esteemed press associations.
• A new digital media studio was unveiled at the high school this year, and students’ work has received awards and acknowledgments.
• The district offers a full-day kindergarten program and a half-day pre-K program.
ATHLETICS: Engagement & Success
• In the last five years, more than 80 different teams achieved Scholar-Athlete status with an academic average of 90 percent or better.
• In the fall and winter varsity seasons, there were two state champions, one All-State athlete, two Academic All-State athletes and two state qualifiers.
• The head football coach was recognized with the New York Jets High School Coach of the Week Award. A multi-sport coach was selected to the Hofstra Athletics Hall of Fame, and the head swim team coach was named Co-Conference Coach of the Year.
• One student was named the state winner of the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award and was featured as a News 12 Scholar Athlete.
• Two swim team members earned All-American and Academic All-American titles, and one qualified for the 2016 Olympic trials.
• One member of the football team received the Nassau County Football Coaches Association’s Martone Award and was named All-State First Team offensive lineman by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
• Two athletes were named Outstanding Physical Education Students by the Nassau Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
• Students in the special education program participate in Challenger Basketball, Special Olympics, Surfers Healing and Surf for All.
THE ARTS: Involvement & Creativity
• The district has been named a Best Community for Music Education every year since 2011 by the NAMM Foundation.
• Five students were selected as All-State musicians by the New York State School Music Association. Three student were selected to perform in the Long Island String Festival Association concerts.
• One student earned second place in a contest presented by the Professional Women Photographers organization.
• The artwork of six students is featured in the esteemed Long Island’s Best: Young Artists exhibition at the Heckscher Museum. One student earned the Joseph Mack Achievement Award, and two received honorable mentions. Five students earned recognition in the Nassau Community College Art and Science Competition, and another student placed in the Photographic Federation of Long Island exhibit.
• The high school symphonic choir performed at Carnegie Hall, and the middle school chorus performed at the NYCB Theatre in Westbury.
FACILITIES: Modernization & Efficiency
• All schools in the district have received capital improvement work through a $100 million School Preservation Plan.
• The district employs a fleet of 32 economical and environmentally friendly compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, making our fleet the greenest school bus fleet in the state.
• The reconstruction of the administration building will be fully funded, with an expected November 2015 completion.