Long Island: Top Schools with Short Commute to NYC (35 minutes or less)

Are you thinking of moving to Long Island? Looking for a town on Long Island with a short commute to NYC and is in a top school district? For families moving to the suburbs, schools and commute are probably one of the main deciding factors when trying to pin down where to move to. We did the research for you. Here are the towns in Long Island with a short commute to NYC (35 minutes or less) and top schools. For the school ranking, we used Niche.com 2022 Best School Districts rankings and commute times are based on Long Island Railroad travel times.

Which Towns in Long Island Have Good Schools and Short Commute to NYC? (35 Minutes or Less)

You can have your cake and eat it too! These Long Island School Districts have it all! Top ranking schools with a short commute of 35 minutes or less to NYC! Below are the top ranking Long Island school districts with commute times of 35 minutes or less to NYC.

Great Neck Public Schools

Great Neck Public School district is a top ranking school on Long Island with a commute of less than 30 minutes to NYC. Niche.com ranks Great Neck Public School district as the number 1 school district in Nassau County, number 3 school district in America and number 1 school district in New York. 

Great Neck Public Schools Infograph

How Many Students attend Great Neck Public Schools?

More than 6500 students attend Great Neck Public Schools.

What are the schools in Great Neck Public Schools?

Great Neck Public School District is a large district with 10 schools. The high school is divided into 3 high schools including Village School, an alternative high school with 50 students, Great Neck North High School and Great Neck South High School.

There are 2 middle schools at Great Neck Public School District- Great Neck North Middle School and Great Neck South Middle School.

The district is divided into 4 elementary schools- Elizabeth M. Baker Elementary School (K- Grade 5), John F. Kennedy Elementary School (PK- Grade 5), Lakeville Elementary School (Grade 1- Grade 5), Saddle Rock Elementary School (K- Grade 5).  There is also Parkville School which is a PK-Kindergarten preschool in the Great Neck Public School District.

Where do students who attend Great Neck Public Schools live?

Great Neck Public School District students live in the North Shore of Long Island in Great Neck, North New Hyde Park and parts of Manhasset Hills.

How Long is the Commute from Great Neck to NYC via Long Island Railroad?

The commute from Great Neck to NYC (midtown Manhattan) is around 25 minutes via Long Island Rail Road. In less than 30 minutes you are in midtown Manhattan!

About Great Neck Public Schools

School DistrictGreat Neck Public Schools
TownGreat Neck, NY
CountyNassau County
LIRR Commute to Manhattan24 minutes
Number of Students6500+
Number of Schools in the District10 schools
PreschoolParkville School (PK-K)
Elementary SchoolsElizabeth M. Baker Elementary School (K- Grade 5), John F. Kennedy Elementary School (PK- Grade 5), Lakeville Elementary School (Grade 1- Grade 5), Saddle Rock Elementary School (K- Grade 5)
Middle SchoolsRichard S. Sherman Great Neck North Middle School, Great Neck South Middle School
High SchoolsJohn L. Miller- Great Neck North High School, William A. Shine- Great Neck South High School, Village School 
Median Home Value in Great Neck*$843,700

*US Census Median Value of Owner Occupied Housing

Manhasset Union Free School District

Manhasset Union Free School district is a top ranking school on Long Island with a commute of less than 30 minutes to NYC. Niche.com ranks Manhasset Union Free School district as the number 5 school district in Nassau County, number 19 school district in America and number 6 school district in New York. 

Manhasset Public Schools Infograph

How Many Students attend Manhasset Union Free School District?

Over 3000 students attend Manhasset Union Free School District.

What are the schools in Manhasset Union Free School District?

There are 3 schools in Manhasset Union Free School District. The district is divided into 2 elementary schools – Shelter Rock Elementary School and Munsey Park Elementary School.

The middle school and high school are combined into one school- Manhasset Secondary School. Manhasset Secondary School are for students in grades 7-12.  There are 1700 students in Manhasset Secondary School.

How Long is the Commute from Manhasset to NYC via Long Island Railroad?

The commute from Manhasset to midtown Manhattan is less than 30 minutes. If you take the Long Island Railroad, it takes approximately 27 minutes to NYC!

About Manhasset Union Free School District

School DistrictManhasset Union Free School District
TownManhasset, NY
CountyNassau County
LIRR Commute to Manhattan27 minutes
Number of Students3000+
Number of Schools in the District3 schools
Elementary SchoolsShelter Rock Elementary School and Munsey Park Elementary School
Middle SchoolsManhasset Secondary School (Grades 7-12)
High SchoolsManhasset Secondary School (Grade 7-12)
Median Home Value in Manhasset, NY*$1,109,400

*US Census Median Value of Owner Occupied Housing

Herricks Union Free School District

Herricks Union Free School district is a top ranking school on Long Island with a 30 minute commute to NYC. Niche.com ranks Herricks Union Free School district as the number 6 school district in Nassau County, number 29 school district in America and number 7 school district in New York. 

Herricks Public Schools Infograph

How Many Students attend Herricks Union Free School District?

Over 4000 students attend Herricks Union Free School District.

What are the schools in Herricks Union Free School District?

There are 5 schools in Herricks Union Free School district. The school district is divided into 3 elementary schools- Searingtown School, Center Street School and Denton Avenue School. There is one high school and one middle school in Herricks Union Free School District.

Herricks Union Free School has a unique K-12 Dual Language immersion program where students spend half day taking classes in Spanish. Every year, around 50 students sign up for the Spanish Immersion program and they are enrolled in this program until graduation. 

How Long is the Commute from New Hyde Park to NYC via Long Island Railroad?

The commute from New Hyde Park to midtown Manhattan is approximately 30 minutes via Long Island Railroad.

About Herricks Union Free School District

School DistrictHerricks Union Free School District
TownNew Hyde Park, NY
CountyNassau County
LIRR Commute to Manhattan30 minutes
Number of Students4000+
Number of Schools in the District5 schools
Preschool
Elementary SchoolsSearingtown School, Denton Avenue School and Center Street School
Middle SchoolsHerricks Middle School
High SchoolsHerricks High School
Median Home Value in New Hyde Park, NY*$580,300

*US Census Median Value of Owner Occupied Housing

Port Washington Union Free School District

Port Washington Free School district is a top ranking school on Long Island with a 35 minute commute to NYC. Niche.com ranks Port Washington Union Free School district as the number 13 school district in Nassau County, number 100 school district in America and number 25 school district in New York. 

Port Washington Public Schools Infograph

How Many Students attend Port Washington Union Free School District?

More than 5500 students attend Port Washington Union Free School District.

What are the schools in Port Washington Union Free School District?

There are 7 schools in Port Washington Union Free School district. The school district is divided into 5 elementary schools- Guggenheim Elementary School, South Salem Elementary School, Manorhaven Elementary School, John J. Daly Elementary School and John P. Sousa Elementary School.

There is one high school (Paul D. Schreiber High School) and one middle school (Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School) in Port Washington Union Free School District. Herricks.

How Long is the Commute from Port Washington to NYC via Long Island Railroad?

The commute from Port Washington station on Long Island Railroad to New York City is around 35 minutes.

About Port Washington Union Free School District

School DistrictPort Washington Union Free School District
TownPort Washington, NY
CountyNassau County
LIRR Commute to Manhattan34 minutes
Number of Students5500+
Number of Schools in the District7 schools
Elementary SchoolsGuggenheim Elementary School, South Salem Elementary School, Manorhaven Elementary School, John J. Daly Elementary School, John P. Sousa Elementary School
Middle SchoolsCarrie Palmer Weber Middle School
High SchoolsPaul D. Schreiber High School
Median Home Value in Port Washington, NY*$815,300

*US Census Median Value of Owner Occupied Housing

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