Syosset High School Named a National Blue Ribbon School


One of 329 recognized as being among the best schools in the nation

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. announced that Syosset High School has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Syosset High School is one of just 279 public and 50 private schools in the nation to receive the honor this year.
In order to be named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, a school must first be nominated by its respective state education department before completing a comprehensive application regarding school practices. Syosset received the Exemplary High Performing Honor, which takes into account performance on state assessments and national exams, graduation rates, and school operations such as the use of assessments and assessment data, curricula, professional development, leadership, and community and family involvement.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Rogers, Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante and Assistant Principal Raymond Gessner will represent Syosset at a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., this November to celebrate the school’s hard-earned achievements.
“Congratulations to the entire Syosset Central School District for this tremendous academic achievement and national recognition. It is an honor to see the many efforts of an entire school community be recognized,” said Dr. Durante. “All of our teachers, parents and administrators are dedicated to the goal of providing the best possible education for all of our students. I am truly grateful for our staff’s hard work, our parents’ commitment to their children’s education, and of course, the students’ enthusiasm to learn and willingness to maximize the opportunities before them.”
“The National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award is one of the most prestigious recognitions a school can receive,” said Dr. Rogers. “This award illustrates the tremendous effort and dedication of our faculty, leadership, students, and parents. But the entire Syosset school district shares this award since, like a relay race, it is the excellent start students receive in our elementary and middle schools that makes possible Syosset High School’s Blue Ribbon finish.”         
National Blue Ribbon School nominations are received from the top education officials in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council for American Private Education nominates private schools. A total of 420 schools nationwide may be nominated each year.         
For more information about the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, visit