Denton Avenue Elementary School in New Hyde Park has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School, one of three on Long Island.
The Herricks Union Free School District school was joined by Amagansett School in the Amagansett District and Jericho’s George A. Jackson Elementary School. On Sept. 19 U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced the full list, which includes 353 total schools nationally and 22 in the state.
Herricks Superintendent Tony Sinanis said the recognition shows a commitment to excellence by the community.
“We are immensely proud of Denton Avenue School for achieving the prestigious honor of being named a National Blue Ribbon School,” Sinanis said in a statement. “This recognition is a testament to the exceptional staff and the unwavering dedication of our students to excellence in education. We also recognize that our strong partnership with families is critical to the academic accomplishments of our students and we celebrate this shared achievement together.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program started in 1982 and recognizes exemplary schools on a yearly basis in two categories, superior graduation rates and test scores and closing achievement gaps for students with different backgrounds.
Denton and the other Long Island schools were cited for their high performance.
Herricks is planning a schoolwide celebration for the recognition to take place in the coming weeks, the district said.