Award Year: 2020

West Islip Senior High School

1 Lion's Path
West Islip, NY, 11795-3932

(631) 504-5815

Dr Anthony D Bridgeman, Principal at time of Nomination

West Islip Union Free School District

School Website


The West Islip Community is committed to excellence in education through the establishment of an academic, vocational, and social environment in which all children can learn and succeed. Our students will be provided the opportunity to develop their self esteem and a respect for others while acquiring the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to become responsible citizens in a rapidly changing world.Our goal is to have students think in global terms and develop cultural sensitivity and an international orientation. We seek to instill in our students the ability to share their commonalities, celebrate their differences, and appreciate that learning is a lifelong process.

Student Demographics
  • White: 84%
  • Hispanic: 12%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 2%
Picture of West Islip High School Students

Picture of West Islip High School Students

West Islip High School (WIHS) is a caring and welcoming school, located in southwestern Suffolk County, Long Island, and is approximately 45 miles from New York City. We house 1,376 students in grades 9-12 who graduate at a rate of 99%. West Islip High School offers over 200 courses, including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Syracuse University Project Advance, a STEM Program, and other college level courses. We are also an International Baccalaureate World School. Over 95% of graduates receive Regents Diplomas and over 97% go on to higher education.

West Islip High School is a very successful high school due to a number of factors/attributes. The high school is known for its personalized learning environment, student teacher relationship, student voice, and opportunities afforded to its students. One of the practices that make the school successful is the many opportunities the students have. Our vision statement which states, "West Islip is a welcoming and safe learning environment for all. Through collaboration and communication, we promote academic and social-emotional success." We believe that for students to learn, they must feel safe, engaged, connected, and supported in their classrooms and schools. We strive to instill these necessary conditions for learning in our school. They are the elements of our school's climate and through our practices we ensure that students experience them personally.

We believe that before students can succeed academically, they must feel safe, both physically and mentally. We have conducted surveys of our students in assessing our culture and school climate. Students have a voice in this school. Safety extends beyond the physical well-being of students. We believe in order to have a safe learning environment, students must feel welcomed, supported, and respected. Hence our vision statement. We strive to help our students feel connected and engaged to the school by creating a personalized learning environment. Thus far, we have seen positive results in that personalizing learning helps students develop skills including thinking critically, using knowledge and information to solve complex problems, working collaboratively, communicating effectively, learning how to learn, and developing academic mindsets.

Students have many opportunities to be involved and be successful in the school and community. Those opportunities include but are not limited to academic, socio-emotional, the arts, and athletics venues. Students have access to a myriad of courses they can take based on their learning and interests and career needs. They can participate in the music program, athletic program, and vocational programs through BOCES, the STEM Academy, International Baccalaureate Program (IB), and Advanced Placement (AP) college level courses, early childhood and other Family and Consumer Science courses. There are opportunities and access for all.