|William A. Shine Great Neck South High School|
|341 Lakeville Road
Great Neck, NY, 11020
|Type||Comprehensive Public High School|
|School district||Great Neck Union Free School District|
|Assistant Principals||Sharon Applebaum
John J. Duggan
|Faculty||117.7 (on FTE basis) (as of 2008-09)|
|Enrollment||1,366 (as of 2009–2010)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.4 (as of 2008-09)|
William A. Shine Great Neck South High School (commonly Great Neck South, GNSHS or South High School) is an American top public four-year high school. It is located in Lake Success, serving students in grades 9 through 12. However, GNSHS is officially listed in Great Neck. Great Neck South is one of three high schools in the Great Neck School District, which includes Great Neck North High School and Village School. The school opened its doors in 1958 and it was named Great Neck South High School until it was renamed in 2006.
Great Neck South offers its 1,366 students 19 Advanced Placement courses, an independent study program to explore academic pursuits, career training, career internship program, inclusion of selected students with disabilities, separate classrooms for students with disabilities, and resource room. There is also a separate class that is designed for students with disabilities. The school also allows students to avail themselves of vocational courses on a half day basis at BOCES. The school offers students extracurricular activities, including a variety of clubs. Students also have the option to compete in the school's athletic programs. A school publication, the Southerner has reported on athletics, academic and extracurricular issues, and news of the school and community.
The school has a diverse student body with a significant population of Asians. Great Neck South has hosted an event in support for autism. The history of the school has ties with Andrew Carnegie. Notable alumni of the school include Quinn Early, National Football League player.
In 1949 the School District acquired the 124-acre (0.50 km2) South complex in Lake Success from the former estate of Henry Phipps, Jr., steelmaster and one-time partner of Andrew Carnegie. His mansion and 9 acres (36,000 m2) were gifted to the district by the Phipps heirs and is now the Phipps Administration Building. The rest of the property was purchased for $279,000. In 1957, South High School was built on property surrounding the administration building. When the estate was donated, there was a stipulation that part of it be kept in its natural state. That condition was met during construction.
In 1958, Great Neck Senior High School was renamed Great Neck North High School to differentiate it from the district's new Great Neck South High School. Prior to 1979, Great Neck South High School included Grades 10 through 12. But in 1980, Grade 9 was added to the high school. Today the school has 75 classrooms. In 2006, the school was renamed to honor Dr. William A. Shine for his respected status that he had to the Great Neck School District.
In 1980 Great Neck South added the 9th grade. As of 1988 Great Neck South has open campus privileges. Great Neck South has more restrictions on its open campus than Great Neck North. Rona Telsey, a spokesperson for the district, said that while Great Neck North is near a major shopping center, Great Neck South is further away. In addition, she said that a student would need to use a car to go off-campus for lunch. Prior to 1980, all students had open campus. In 1980, the school decided that younger students at Great Neck needed more restrictions than older students. Beginning in 1980, only 11th and 12th graders at Great Neck South had open campus privileges.
Students are provided with educational opportunities which include Regents, special education and TESL. Students take major sequences in several fields of study which are required for graduation. In addition, students elect many others according to their abilities, interests, and future plans. The music and choral programs are well-known and students with an interest can participate. Students are offered an independent study program to explore their own academic pursuits, guided by a teacher. Students are offered eight languages, including Mandarin Chinese and American Sign Language, and remedial education. The school operates on a 7:59 a.m. to 2:33 p.m. schedule. This includes nine periods of instruction.
Great Neck South curriculum offers 26 Advanced Placement (AP) classes for students, the most popular of which are AP Psychology, AP United States History, and AP English Language and Composition. There were 1,367 Advanced Placement tests in the 2009-2010 school year. As a result, Newsweek ranked Great Neck South High School 49th out of 500 in its 2011 list Best High Schools in America (the school has been cited in Newsweek's public school rankings on several other occasions). Students are offered honors (H) and accelerated courses as well. There are 19 Advanced Placement courses offered: art, art history, biology, chemistry, Chinese, computer science, economics, English, French, government, history, Italian, Latin, mathematics, music, physics, psychology, Spanish, and statistics. One of the Advanced Placement physics course tested the audience response technology which was successful and the Great Neck School District has expanded the technology to other schools.
The school has one or more teachers that have developed a Facing History unit or course, or are incorporating Facing History materials into their curriculum. It is taught as an entire course, or infused into existing courses; as an elective, or as part of the core curriculum. Facing History program associates work with teachers to help them use their materials in the most appropriate ways. Facing History and Ourselves lets classrooms and communities link the past to moral choices today.
The majority of South High students (more than 87%) achieve a B average or better. However, only a small percentage of South High students (12%) were recognized as finalists or received Letters of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 98% of recent South High School graduates entered college.
The CO-OP Program offers students an opportunity to receive paid on-the-job training in each student's selected area of interest. Arrangements are made with cooperating employers to provide training to students in conjunction with part-time employment. Opportunities are offered in any of the three following noted areas: Industrial Co-op Business Co=op Distributive Co-op. School credit is given toward graduation for the work experience of 600 hours per calendar year.
This program provides an opportunity for students to experience a career or field of interest before they leave the high school environment. Students will earn ½ credit per semester. Every student will have the opportunity to select their individual internship. This community based learning experience will allow students to become familiar with the skills and attitudes necessary for success in a profession or career while developing future goals as an enhancement of classroom learning. Juniors and Seniors will have the opportunity to: develop workplace readiness skills and self awareness, personal talents and abilities, learn to apply information about the work world, learn by doing, focus on strengths, explore opportunities and develop overall skills necessary to be successful in careers and life long learning. This is an after school, volunteer program.
Students electing skill training in any of the following courses will receive three credits per year toward graduation. Enrolled students spend 2½ hours per day at the BOCES Skill Center either in the morning or afternoon sessions. The remainder of the day is spent in the home school enrolled in courses necessary to meet graduation requirements. Students' transportation from the home school to the BOCES Center is provided by the Great Neck Public Schools.
List of BOCES training programs
Great Neck South is a comprehensive public high school. Therefore, it is required to meet the needs of students who are at-risk of failing academically. These programs listed below are designed for them. Some students who are at-risk may be asked to leave Great Neck South to attend a special education school, special class operated by another school district or other in-district special education program. Parents are urged to look at these programs to determine if these are in the best interest of their child. If Great Neck South fails in providing the best interest for the child, parents are urged to use their "due process procedures" to challenge the school for not providing a "Free Appropriate Public Education" that is guaranteed by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Students form new clubs by finding an advisor on staff and prepare a proposed charter explaining the purpose of the club. They must provide a list of at least ten interested students. This proposal should be submitted to the Principal for approval before it is sent to the Board of Education and Superintendent for final approval.
List of Student clubs and activities at Great Neck South High School
It is a student-run newspaper. In 2001, a letter published contained derogatory remarks about Asian immigrants, and prompted several meetings between school officials and members of the well-organized Great Neck Chinese Association, a group representing about 400 families.
Great Neck South has a strong math program which is shown in the ranking of its math team in state and county math leagues. The math team is part of the Nassau County Interscholastic Math League  where it has placed 1st in six of the past seven years; 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, it also placed 2nd in 2004. During the Spring 2006 UTD/UWW Mathematics Meet the math team has also placed 2nd out of 538 teams.
The school's Science Olympiad team has in the past been one of the strongest in the region. It has participated in the Western Long Island division for at least 21 years and moved on to state-level competition 14 of those years by placing in top 5 or 6, depending on how many teams are chosen for state-wide competition in a given year. The team has placed top 10 each year, with the exception of 2009, and received bronze, silver or gold medals nine times. In 2005, the school sent two teams into competition for the first time. The following year, in 2006, both Team 1 and Team 2 placed top 10 in 7th and 8th place respectively. A third team was created in 2008.
One of the most popular events at Great Neck South is Asian Night, where Korean and Chinese studentsput on a two-hour extravaganza of Asian art, theater and dance.
As of 2011, the school provides 12 varsity sports teams for boys and 18 varsity sports teams for girls. The school also provides 7 junior varsity teams for boys and 7 junior varsity teams for girls. These sports include badminton, cross country, football, soccer, basketball, bowling, fencing, swimming, track, wrestling, baseball, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, golf, cheerleaders, field hockey, gymnastics and softball.
Great Neck South High School provides the following sports:
The student body in the 2009–2010 school year consisted of:
The student population at Great Neck South is predominantly White, with a large Asian American minority and smaller Hispanic and Latino Americans and African American minorities. Approximately 148 will be classified as Special Ed. Approximately 46 will be receiving TESL services. Approximately 6.5 Free/Reduced Lunch (6.5% in 2009).
Great Neck South's total population is currently 1,321 (52.9% male, 47.1% female).
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