Village School (Great Neck, New York)

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Village School
614 Middle Neck Road
Great Neck, New York 11023
Established 1971[1]
Opened 1970[2]
Principal Stephen Goldberg[3]
Faculty 6.0 FTEs[4]
Enrollment 48 (as of 2014-15)[4]
Student to teacher ratio 8.0:1[4]

Village School (also known as VS)[1] is an American long-established public alternative school.[5] It is a member of Coalition of Essential Schools[6] and is located in the village of Great Neck, New York, serving students in grades 8 through 12.[7] Village School is one of three high schools in the Great Neck School District, which includes Great Neck North High School and Great Neck South High School.[8] Village School offers its 39 students[9] an outdoor education program,[10] college preparatory program,[11] and inclusion of students with disabilities.[12]

Co-founder Arnie Langberg has been called "one of the most important pioneers in the field of public alternative education."[13]

Village School is home to the newspaper 'The Villager.[14]

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 48 students and 6.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 8.0:1. There were 3 students (6.3% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and none eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[4]


Students who enroll must be considered at risk academically for an array of reasons.[15] The students must be in danger of getting lost in Great Neck’s two large, comprehensive high schools or becoming overwhelmed by their large high schools.[16] Students may have social and emotional problems.[16] The students may also face anxiety and difficulties with focus and organization.[16] In the Village School’s low-key approach, these issues can be dealt with easily.[16] Students who may have felt lost and isolated in a large school often thrive in the smaller and more personalized setting of the Village School.[1] In the 2010-2011 school year, 39 students attended Village School.[9] However, Village School can enroll up to 50 students.[17] About fifty percent of students qualify for special education.[5]


The student body in the school year of 2010-2011 consists of:[9]

  • 0 American Indian or Alaska Native students or 0% of the student body
  • 2 Black or African American students or 5% of the student body
  • 4 Hispanic or Latino students or 10% of the student body
  • 5 Asian or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students or 13% of the student body
  • 28 White students or 72% of the student body
  • 0 Multiracial students or 0% of the student body

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c VILLAGE SCHOOL; URL accessed July 18, 2011.
  2. ^ District History; URL accessed July 14, 2011.
  3. ^ Faculty; URL accessed July 18, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d School data for Village School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Hu, Winnie (2007-11-12). "Profile Rises at School Where Going Against the Grain Is the Norm". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-26. 
  6. ^ [1] Great Neck Public Schools Web site, PDF document titled "Great Neck Public Schools: The Village School", accessed October 18, 2007.
  7. ^ "The New York State School Report Card" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 22, 2015. 
  8. ^ [2], accessed July 14, 2011
  9. ^ a b c Enrollment and Demographic Factors Archived October 22, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.; URL accessed August 15, 2012.
  10. ^ Physical Education Learning Outside the Box, accessed July 14, 2011
  11. ^ Graduation and Beyond, accessed July 14, 2011
  12. ^ Page 7, accessed July 14, 2011
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 17, 2007. Retrieved March 2, 2007.  The quote is from Jerry Mintz, founder of the Alternative Education Resource Organization, in an interview Mintz conducted with Langberg, "Radio Interview With Arnie Langberg on the Night of the Littleton Tragedy" appearing in The Education Revolution Magazine, Summer 1999, accessed March 1, 2007
  14. ^
  15. ^ Rather, John (2002-09-08). "If You're Thinking of Living In/Great Neck; Great Site for Schools, Parks and Trains". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  16. ^ a b c d Vail, Kathleen (2007-08-31). "The future of high school". Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  17. ^ The Caring Village, accessed August 15, 2012
  18. ^ Fischler, Marcelle S. "For ‘Hairspray’ Star, ‘My Darn Dream Come True’", The New York Times, July 8, 2007. Accessed July 11, 2007. "In her sophomore year, unable to find her niche, she switched from the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School to the Village School, the district’s alternative high school, with 50 students. After class, she joined the theater program at the William A. Shine Great Neck South High School..."
  19. ^ "An Uphill Fight to Shed a Lifelong Label," by Corey Kilgannon. The New York Times, September 10, 2006, section 14LI, page 1.

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