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Committed to Excellence
Committed to Excellence

Welcome to Islip High School

2508 Union Blvd.
Islip, NY 11751

School Hours: 7:20 a.m. – 1:58 p.m.

Telephone Directory
All Offices: (631) 650-8300
Main Office: (631) 650-8301
Fax: (631) 650-8308
Principal’s Office: (631) 650-8305
Assistant Principal's Office, Grades 9 & 10:  (631) 650-8315
Assistant Principal's Office, Grades 11 & 12: (631) 650-8320
Guidance Office: (631) 650-8350
Health Office: (631) 650-8325
Attendance Office: (631) 650-8310
Athletic Director: (631) 650-8370
Drug and Alcohol Counselor: (631) 650-8328
Security (Daytime: (631) 650-8420
Security (Nighttime): (631) 665-7111


Mr. Michael Mosca, Principal
Islip High School


Home of the Buccaneers


A Message from the Principal:

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year.  This is a year of new beginnings and exciting new programs and course offerings.

At Islip High School we have a steadfast belief that it is our responsibility to educate the whole child in preparation for not only college and career, but for life in general.  Students in the 21st century need to be prepared to make contributions in their local communities and in the global community as well.  To accomplish this, our students need to be prepared with skill sets that include creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, technological proficiency, and global awareness.

To further address these important skills, we have implemented a number of new courses and programs.  Last year, we launched our first Academy Program at Islip High School.  The Islip Academy Program is comprised of the S.T.E.M. and Business Academies.  These programs will allow students with an interest in either of these two fields to take coursework and have experiences that will better prepare them for their post-secondary studies. 

We have also increased our partnerships with local colleges and universities to provide our students with more opportunities to earn college credit while still enrolled in Islip High School.  We have increased our duel-credit course offerings from 3 in 2014-2015 to 13 in 2015-2016.  Islip students can now take courses accredited by Suffolk County Community College, SUNY Farmingdale and St. John’s University.  
2016-2017 will also mark the beginning of a new Advanced Placement course.  AP Capstone is an innovative diploma program that provides students with an opportunity to engage in rigorous scholarly practice of the core academic skills necessary for successful college completion.

AP Capstone is built on the foundation of two courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study provided through AP courses. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions.

Our goal at Islip High School is to give our students as many opportunities as possible to explore and learn about a variety of careers.  We have also added exciting new courses/programs such as Cosmetology (Career and Technical), Video/Radio Production (Music) and Virtual Enterprise International (Business). Each of these courses will take place in classrooms that have been redesigned and equipped to give the students a “real world” work experience. 

In an effort to increase communication with parents/guardians and students on the happenings at Islip High School (IslipHS), I encourage you to sign up to use Twitter ( Twitter is a website that allows for quick and consistent, two-way communication.  I have created an account to disseminate useful information about IslipHS and valuable parent resources instantaneously.   Signing up is easy. Go to, create a user profile, and once you are registered, search for our school username (IslipHS). Then click on the profile and select “follow”. We are on Facebook and Instagram as well.  To join our Facebook page simply visit and become a fan of our page.  You can also follow IslipHS on Instagram to view pictures of our exciting school events. 

Despite all of the new digital communication put in place for your convenience, there is no substitute for live communication with members of our Islip High School staff.  Please work directly with our Assistant Principals on all issues regarding your children.  Ms. Ward, Assistant Principal for grades 9 and 10, can be reached at 650-8315, and Mr. Juengerkes, Assistant Principal for grades 11 and 12, can be reached at 650-8320.

The first day of school for students is Tuesday, September 6th.  First period begins at 7:20 a.m.  Students are to report directly to their first period class as indicated on their schedule.  Any questions regarding schedules should be directed to the guidance department. 

Please remember, most important to student success is parent involvement.  Please continue to ask questions and keep the lines of communication open.  Feel comfortable emailing me at or calling me at 650-8305 with any concerns or questions you may have. As a parent myself, I understand the importance of feeling confident that your child is in a positive and nurturing learning environment.

I look forward to working with you this year.   My door is always open.  Please feel free to contact me at any time.

Michael Mosca, Principal
Islip High School

Five Young Leaders from Islip Attend Boys and Girls State

Five Young Leaders from Islip Attend Boys and Girls State 1
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Five high school students were chosen by the Islip American Legion Rusy-Bohm Post 411 to attend the Legion’s Boys State and Auxiliary Girls State leadership programs this past summer. Nicholas Barry, Kevin Lewis and Sean Skahan attended Boys State; Madeline Edwards and Julia Hormann were picked for Girls State. All five students were recently honored in a ceremony at the high school, with American Legion members in attendance.

“We were very fortunate to send five stellar young men and women to Boys and Girls State last summer,” said Principal Michael Mosca. “This was a true testament to the character of our Islip student body. These students were selected based on their academic prowess, their capacity to lead and their pride in our great nation. On behalf of the entire Islip family, I congratulate these fantastic students. We are truly proud of all of their accomplishments.”

Volleyball Meets Yoga

Who says volleyball and yoga don’t mix? The high school’s varsity volleyballers recently took a break from spiking the ball to stretch out their muscles with yoga.  

Two Named National Merit Commended Students

High school seniors Grace Constantino and Madeline Edwards were recently named Commended Students by the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. The two were recognized for their excellent test results in the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, where they finished among the top 5 percent out of more than 1.4 million students nationwide participating in the competition.

Nine HS Student-Musicians Chosen for All-County Concert

Seven HS Student-Musicians Chosen for All-County Concert
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Nine superb student-musicians from the high school were selected to perform in the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education’s annual All-County concert, to be held at Hauppauge High School on Nov. 17.

Carida Alvarado (alto), John Del Genio (tenor), Sheila Kiernan (soprano), Morgiana McDevitt (alto) and Emma Regina (alto) were selected for the All-County Mixed Chorus; Deja Boucher Weiss (soprano), Alexandra Morrissey (soprano) and Faith Terrill (soprano) were selected for the All-County Treble Chorus; and Sean Dullaghan (double bass) was selected for the All-County Orchestra.

The students were chosen for All-County based upon their performance at last year’s New York State School Music Association Solo Festival. Outstanding performers are then recommended by their school music teachers, and picked from a pool of hundreds of applicants representing districts across Suffolk. The students prepare for the festival with Islip teachers Zachary Butterfield and Dr. Rich Harris Jr., then participate in a series of rehearsals that culminate in the All-County concert, where they will have the opportunity to perform under the leadership of highly skilled conductors from the college music community and professional music industry. 

“For a small district like Islip, we are thrilled to be represented at the county level by so many exceptional musicians,” said Vincent Green, Islip’s director of fine and performing arts.

HS Students Contemplate a Medical Career

HS Students Contemplate a Medical Career

The high school auditorium was filled with more than 34 booths representing 30 departments within the Northwell Health medical network during the school’s first-ever Medical Career Day, held on Oct. 27. Sponsored by the district’s School to Career Partnership, students were afforded the opportunity to learn what makes the entire health organization work.

Science and Careers Coordinator Matt Christiansen, who assisted business teacher Renee Clock in organizing the medical fair, explained that the invitation to Northwell Health fell in line with the district’s initiative to immerse students in career-based learning experiences. Clock also noted that student liaisons interning for the Business Academy also received experience in networking by escorting guests, setting up lecture halls and handing out information to peers and guests.

“The students learned that the medical field is not made up merely of doctors and nurses, but also includes important ancillary jobs that are represented here today,” Christiansen said.  

During the event, students spoke to nurses from Southside Hospital, an affiliate of Northwell Health, learned about emergency and HAZMAT services, spoke to representatives about the fields of nutrition and medical law, and learned about many of the medical services available through the health organization. Also available were lectures on various aspects of the medical field.   

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