The Queens, New York borough is celebrating an exceptional educational achievement. Five of its schools were among roughly 350 nationwide named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2023 by the U.S. Department of Education. This prestigious award acknowledges public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that exhibit excellent academic performance or significant improvement in closing achievement gaps.
The Celebrated Schools
While the specific names of the schools have not been disclosed in the sources, it’s clear that these institutions have set a national example for what it means to Raise the Bar in education. Each of these schools has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and has made significant strides in achieving their educational goals.
What is the National Blue Ribbon Honor?
Initiated by the U.S. Department of Education in 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools nationwide based on their overall academic excellence or progress toward closing achievement gaps among student groups. This year, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recognized 353 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2023, including 22 schools in New York.
This coveted award affirms the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.
Queens Shines in Education
The recognition of these five Queens schools is a testament to the borough’s commitment to providing quality education. U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) announced today that several schools in Queens have been designated as Blue Ribbon Schools, highlighting the dedication and effort put forth by the entire educational community in Queens.
This honor serves as an inspiration for other schools in the borough and across New York City. It is a reminder that every child deserves access to high-quality education, regardless of background or circumstances.
In a world where education is increasingly recognized as the key to opportunity, the success of these five schools sends a powerful message about the potential of our students and the quality of our schools. Here’s to more success and recognition in the years to come.
Sources: Patch, PIX11, QNS, U.S. Department of Education, NYSED, Meng House