Three Queens Schools Earn 'Blue Ribbon' Designation

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska on September 25, 2013 11:57am 

 Harlem Success Academy was named a national Blue Ribbon School last year.
Harlem Success Academy was named a national Blue Ribbon School last year.
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QUEENS — Three Queens schools were among the half-dozen citywide recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools this year, the U.S Department of Education announced this week.

The schools include P.S. 46 The Alley Pond School in Oakland Gardens, P.S. 66 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in Richmond Hill and P.S. 221 The North Hills School in Little Neck.

All three schools earned As on last year's progress report.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private schools “where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' academic achievement,” according to the program’s website.

Other New York City schools honored this year were P.S. 199 Jessie Isador Straus School on the Upper West Side, P.S. 222 Katherine R. Snyder School in Marine Park and P.S. 247 in Bensonhurst.

The department will honor 286 schools, including 236 public and 50 private ones, with a plaque at a ceremony on Nov. 18-19 in Washington, D.C.

Since its creation in 1982, the program has honored nearly 7,500 schools in the country.

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