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Commack High School Becomes A Model For New York State

Commack was honored to welcome two Deputy Commissioners from the New York State Education Department on October 7, 2022. Angelique Johnson-Dingle and Jason Harmon requested to visit Commack High School to learn more about the High School’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme as well as the new IB Career-related Programme.

Commack High School Becomes A Model For New York State

From left to right: Superintendent Dr. Jordan F. Cox, NYSED Deputy Commissioner Angelique Johnson-Dingle, Commack High School Principal Carrie Lipenholtz, and NYSED Deputy Commissioner Jason Harmon.

The Deputy Commissioners had specific goals in mind: they wanted to speak with school administrators, teachers, and students, to tour the school and observe lessons, and to find out as much as possible about how other schools could benefit from Commack’s innovative program. They asked many questions to our panels of teachers and IB Diploma candidate students, and sat in on Math, Psychology, World Language, Physics, Computer Science, Sports Medicine, Personal and Professional Skills classes, and our popular hands-on learning program – Project Lead the Way. At the end of the more than three hours they spent at the High School, both Ms. Johnson-Dingle and Mr. Harmon were elated by what they experienced and were excited to see if these hands-on approaches to learning could be implemented in state-wide initiatives.

Dr. Jordan Cox, Superintendent of Commack Schools, said, “Commack High School is the first school on Long Island to implement the IB Career-related Programme. We’re very proud of that fact, as well as the over 50 students who have signed up to try out classes related to careers they may pursue in college and beyond. We have two new pathways this school year, a Business Administration Pathway and a STEM Pathway.”

Student interest in other fields will determine future career pathways and next year Commack plans on adding Health Sciences and Fine and Applied Arts Pathways.

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