Nineteen schools in New York state have been named by the U.S. Department of Education to this year's list of National Blue Ribbon Schools, which recognizes high student achievement.
The 2011 National Blue Ribbon honorees from New York stretch from New York City and Long Island to as far west as the Buffalo suburb of Williamsville. Nationwide, 305 schools in all were added to this year’s list.
"America's long-term economic prosperity and civic engagement depends on our children receiving a world-class education," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "National Blue Ribbon Schools are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their success is an example for others to follow."
The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that are either high performing, or in which student performance has improved to high levels - especially among disadvantaged students.
2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools - New York State
Beacon School of Excellence
Clarke Middle School
Eagle Hill Middle School
Early Childhood School for Science & Technology P.S. 130 Q
Forest Park Elementary School
Dix Hills, NY
French Road Elementary School
Mildred E. Strang Middle School
Yorktown Heights, NY
Oldfield Middle School
P.S. 48 William G. Wilcox School
Staten Island, NY
P.S. 159 Queens Elementary School
P.S. 173 Fresh Meadow School
Pearl River Middle School
Pearl River, NY
Pine Brook Elementary School
Red Mill Elementary School
Saint Ignatius Loyola School
New York, NY
Sheridan Hill Elementary School
Transfiguration Roman Catholic School
New York, NY
Willets Road School
Roslyn Heights, NY