Award Year: 2022

Ward Melville Senior High School

380 Old Town Road
East Setauket, NY, 11733-3499

(631) 730-4900

Mr. William Bernhard, Principal at time of Nomination

Three Village Central School District

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The purpose of Ward Melville High School is to provide students with an outstanding academic education, however, just as imperative, is our aspiration to inspire students to reach for greatness beyond the hallways of our school. Aligned with the goal of developing lifelong learners, we endeavor to create a well-rounded educational environment that is both creative and informative, an academic setting that sparks students' curiosity for learning and that imbues a strong sense of citizenship. It is paramount to our school mission to maintain a center for learning devoted to the social, emotional and intellectual development of students so they may become knowledgeable, productive and active members of our democratic society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 79%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Asian: 11%
  • Two or more races: 1%
WMHS award-winning Marching Band in action

WMHS award-winning Marching Band in action

For 52 years, Ward Melville High School has been an institution of excellence, dedicated to the highest standards of teaching and learning. Our STEM program continues to be recognized both statewide and nationally. This past year alone, our Science Olympiad team ranked first in the state of New York with one of our students placing first in cyber-security in the national Science Olympiad competition. In the world-renowned Regeneron competition, one of our most talented students placed third, winning $150,000 for her outstanding research, combining mathematics and biology. This, accompanied with course offerings at our high school such as university junior-level differential equations and Advanced Placement BC calculus for students in grades 10 and 11, fosters enrichment opportunities often only seen at a prestigious colleges. We have a robust humanities, music and art program with thousands of dollars in scholarships being offered to students for outstanding achievements. In June of 2022, our student body president was given the Burger King $50,000 prize for her commitment to community service. At Ward Melville, our athletic program continues to champion sportsmanship with a long legacy of excellence in lacrosse. While academic achievement sits at the forefront, the emotional well-being of our children remains our highest priority. We offer over 62 co-curricular activities and have developed a student wellness center dedicated to mental health and building community.