Four National Blue Ribbon Schools on LI

Written by Amy Gernon  |  10. September 2012


Four Long Island schools received high honors last week when the winners of the National Blue Ribbon School Programs announced this year’s recipients.  Timber Point Elementary School in East Islip, Cantiague Elementary School in Jericho, Mount Sinai Middle School in Mount Sinai and Syosset’s South Woods Middle School may now fly the official Blue Ribbon flag, a “trademark of excellence.” 
All four schools were named as “Exemplary High Performing,” schools that demonstrate mastery on standardized tests.  The second category, “Exemplary Improving” is a distinction awarded to school with at least 40 percent of students coming from a disadvantaged background that demonstrates rising scores on standardized testing.  
The National Blue Ribbon Program has recognized over 7,000 elementary, middle and high schools across the country over the past 3 decades.  U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the recipients Thursday at Arlington Traditional Elementary School in Virginia.  Duncan said these schools were “committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers.”  The recipients included 219 public and 50 private schools. 
The schools were selected through a nomination process, submitted by the top education officials in each state, as well as Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., the Bureau of Indian Education and the Department of Defense Education Activity, while the Council for American Private Education nominates private schools.  Nominated schools may then submit their own application.  Secretary Duncan will meets the recipients at an award ceremony in Washington D.C. in November.  
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