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West Side School Receives Blue Ribbon Designation

School recognized for exemplary student performance.

West Side School. Source: West Side School website.
West Side School. Source: West Side School website.
West Side School, part of the Cold Spring Harbor School District, but located in Syosset, was designated as a Blue Ribbon School recently by the U.S. Department of Education.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' levels of achievement.

The program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories. The first category is "Exemplary High Performing," in which schools are recognized among their state's highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. The second category is "Exemplary Improving," in which schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.

Two hundred thirty six public and fifty private schools were selected this year. Other recipients throughout New York include: 

Bayville Elementary School, Bayville 
Cherry Lane Elementary, Suffern
Elsmere Elementary, Delmar
Harrison Avenue Elementary, Harrison
Kramer Lane Elementary, Plainview
Leo Bernabi School, Spencerport
Maple West Elementary, Williamsville
PS 46, Oakland Gardens
PS 66, Richmond Hill
PS 199, New York
PS 221 Little Neck
PS 222 and PS 247, Brooklyn
Shaw Avenue School, Valley Stream
South Davis Elementary, Orchard Park
Tesago Elementary, Clifton Park

In 2012, both South Woods Middle School in the Syosset School District and Cantiague Elementary School in the Jericho School District received the designation.

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