GNPS: At A Glance

An Overview

The Great Neck Public School District encompasses Great Neck, North New Hyde Park, and a portion of Manhasset Hills. It is home to some 40,000 people on the suburban North Shore of Long Island, in Nassau County, 30 commuting minutes from Manhattan. District residents value public education and have high expectations for their school system.

A diverse population adds to the richness of the school community. Our more than 6,500 students come from over 40 countries.

A multi-disciplinary curriculum provides our students with individual learning opportunities.

Student achievement is high, with some 98 percent of our graduating seniors going on to higher education, according to the NYS Education Department. The annual dropout rate is less than 1 percent. A number of students are named National Merit Finalists, Semifinalists, and Commended Students; Advanced Placement Scholars; and Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars. The Great Neck mean scores on the SAT-Critical Reading, SAT-Math, SAT-Writing, and SAT II: Subject Tests are consistently higher than the national mean scores.

Co-curricular and recreational activities are highly subscribed on all levels.

The parent community is involved in all facets of school life through each school's Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and Shared Decision Making Committee, and through the districtwide United Parent-Teacher Council (UPTC).

The faculty is committed to participating in many important education-related areas, including building curriculum and representation; goal setting; inservice institute, workshops, and courses; and teacher selection.

Educational Philosophy

The purpose of education in our schools shall be to kindle a desire and provide the means for an intellectual, emotional, moral, social, and physical growth leading to knowledge and excellence; to help all children acquire, according to their capabilities, the power and will to learn and to live a creative life as a member of a democratic society; and to help each individual student develop the will to explore and enlarge the realm of the human mind and spirit.

In order to achieve these goals, our schools will provide teaching that inspires, challenges, informs, and constantly searches for methods of improvement; a classroom climate that recognizes the value of encouragement and the positive approach to education; and professional, flexible evaluation techniques that reflect children's cumulative growth and complete development as well as their academic achievement.

The staff, with the Board of Education's full cooperation, will strive to make it possible for each child to: develop the ability to think clearly, reason effectively, master the tools of learning and use them with purpose; acquire an understanding of history, appreciate our nation's heritage, traditions, and ideals, and achieve respect for individuals and their differences and for the relationships that exist on a personal, local, national, and international level; develop originality and creativity, and maintain the integrity of the individual personality; achieve sound physical and mental health with body and mind disciplined by physical activities, learning experiences, and a heightened sense of responsibility for full participation in society; and be constantly guided towards high moral, ethical, and aesthetic values.

The Board of Education recognizes that learning is a lifelong process and acknowledges responsibility for helping adults continue to learn in order to achieve creative and occupational fulfillment.

Adopted by the Board of Education on November 26, 1962. Amended June 27, 1974, and August 5, 1982.