The U.S. Department of Education honored three Long Island elementary schools as among the 2023 National Blue Ribbon Schools, a recognition awarded to schools that provide students with the highest-quality education.
The local schools that won were the Amagansett School, George A. Jackson Elementary School in Jericho and the Denton Avenue Elementary School in New Hyde Park. A banner will be presented to school delegates who attend the National Blue Ribbon Schools Recognition Ceremony in Washington, D.C., in November.
“I am proud the U.S. Department of Education has acknowledged the tremendous work done by our students, teachers, administrators, staff, and board members,” Amagansett School Superintendent Seth Turner said. “This award is something the entire Amagansett School community will celebrate.”
The three Long Island schools were among 22 across New York State and 353 nationwide to earn the honors. The schools are credited with inspiring and empowering students to foster a love of learning.
“On behalf of the teachers and staff, we are humbled by this recognition and appreciative of the support we continue to receive from our school community,” said Jackson Principal Alex Rivera. “This award is for all of us to be proud of.”
New York State education leaders touted the accomplishments.
“New York is home to many world-class school communities, and we are especially proud of this year’s Blue Ribbon honorees,” Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young Jr. said. “The board and I commend the teachers, staff, administrators, and particularly the students in each school for their commitment to excellence.”