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High school is a name used in some parts of the world, and particularly in North America, to describe the last segment of compulsory secondary education. It is preceded by primary education. High school is also the name used to describe the institution in which the final stage of compulsory education takes place. In the United States, high schools generally consist of grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, although the inclusion of grade 9 varies by school district.
Midwood High School is a public, urban, co-ed high school located on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, New York City. The school is administered by the New York City Department of Education, has over 3,500 students. Its H-shaped building, with six Ionic columns and a Georgian cupola, was constructed in 1940. The Principal of the school is David Cohen.
Midwood offers 14 Advanced Placement courses and the College Board listed it among the best schools in the nation in terms of Advance Placement offerings. Midwood has nearly 100 clubs, including Akiva, Philosophy, Young Democrats, and a Gay-Straight Alliance. Midwood has 2 classes that specialize in creating projects for the nationwide Intel competition. In 1999, Midwood had more semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search than did any other high school in the nation. As of 2006, Midwood had more semifinalists in the Siemens-Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition than any other New York City high school.
Midwood has several sports teams including teams in baseball, basketball, football, golf, cheerleading, handball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, wrestling, and volleyball. Midwood's rival school is James Madison High School, which is a short ride down Bedford Avenue. Midwood High School conventionally places among the best high schools in Brooklyn. It is ranked as one of the top 100 high schools in the nation. Midwood is ranked as a School of Excellence by U.S. News and World Report. Midwood has also been chosen as a Blue Ribbon Secondary School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education.
Midwood High School is highly academic and offers not only several Advanced Placement courses, but a wide variety of athletic and extra curricular opportunities for all students.

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