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As one of the geographically largest suburban school districts in Westchester, Harrison encompasses several micro-communities comprising a socioeconomically and culturally diverse student population. Harrison embraces and celebrates its diverse 3,500 student body, and the Board of Education has proudly and consistently pursued a mission of excellence and equity for all students. The Harrison Board of Education is characterized by stable, veteran leadership, and clear and long term vision for academic excellence for all of its students. The Harrison Central School District is among a handful of Districts in New York State to have achieved a AAA rating from Standard & Poor’s four times in the past decade. Respect for high quality education is evident by the overwhelming support of school budgets and an active educational foundation.

Our Distinguishing Accomplishments

Harrison High School is ranked among the most competitive high schools in New York State and the nation. The following accomplishments and points of pride are attributable to Harrison's mission of equity, access, rigor, and adaptability for all students, which serve as the foundation for all decisions made on behalf of our students.

  • Consistently ranked among America’s Most Challenging High Schools by The Washington Post, recognized by Newsweek as one of America’s top high school’s and ranked in the top 2% of schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report which recognizes college readiness, reading and math proficiency, student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates
  • Fully inclusive educational program with access to all course offerings for diverse populations
  • 95% of students in the class of 2019 enrolled in one or more AP or IB course
  • 55% of the senior class is enrolled in studies of English Language and Literature at the IB level
  • 92% of students in 2018 earn a score of 4 or above on the IB Literate HL exam; 85% of students in 2018 earned a score of 4 or above on the IB Language and Literature SL exam
  • 70% of students in AP Calculus BC scored a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP exam and 18 students earned a perfect score
  • 13% of the senior class (36 students) are enrolled in Syracuse University’s Dual Enrollment Program in Multi-Variable Calculus
  • Nationally recognized concert band, concert choir, dance program, marching band and string orchestra; music students have qualified and participate annually in both the Area All -State and All State NYSSMA Festivals
  • The music department was recognized by The NAMM Foundation as a Best Community for Music Education
  • The musical theatre program is recognized annually by the Metropolitan High School Theatre Awards, and has recently received honors for Outstanding Soloists, Direction, Choreography, Best Overall Production and Stage Crew
  • Comprehensive three-year science research program prepares students for national competitions
  • The school newspaper earned first place designation from the American Scholastic Press Association as well and a silver medal from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association
  • The high school’s literary magazine received an “Excellent” ranking from the National Council of Teachers of English
  • The debate team earned 14 tournament wins and qualified for 2 national championships for the eighth consecutive year; the team earned 4 of the 6 spots at the State Championship as well as a 4th place finish and a 25th place finish at the National competition
  • Awarded the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s School of Excellence Award for the 2018-2019 school year, exceeding the state requirement of 75% of the Varsity sports teams achieving Scholar-Athlete Team status