3 Bronx charters named National Blue Ribbon Schools

Only three public schools in New York City made the list of national blue ribbon schools this year, and all were charter schools located in the Bronx, according to the US Department of Education Picks released on Friday.

Icahn Charter School 2 in the Bronx, New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math & Science II, and South Bronx Classical Charter III were among 297 schools across the country to earn this honor. All three have been recognized for their overall academic performance and are low-income schools serving a majority of black and Latino students. (Schools are also making the list to show progress in closing achievement gaps between different groups of students.)

State education officials can nominate up to 19 schools for the honor, according to a U.S. Department of Education spokesperson. Still, New York State saw 20 winners this year, none of which were schools operated by the city’s Department of Education.

National education officials could not immediately provide the list of schools they submitted for review.

It was the first time since 2005 that no school run by the city’s education department were on the listt. Last year, of New York’s seven Blue Ribbon public schoolssix were district schools and one was a charter (Icahn Charter School 3).

While the award doesn’t come with a financial boost, it does come with bragging rights.

“Blue Ribbon schools have gone above and beyond to ensure the health and safety of students while meeting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, in a statement. “These schools show what is possible to make a lasting and positive difference in the lives of students.

Icahn 2 Charter School received praise for its emphasis on project-based learning, according to the website of the Federal Ministry of Education. All of its students, from kindergarten through eighth grade, participate in three in-depth projects each year, culminating in an event in the school gymnasium, similar to a science fair, where students present their work. The school offers continuous professional development for teachers on the model and integrates families from September, organizing open days and workshops to explain what project-based learning is and how families can support their children while throughout the year.

South Bronx Classical III follows one of its sister schools in its small network which was named Blue Ribbon School in 2020. The network’s curriculum includes Latin, Debate, Art, Music and Fitness, and its schools use focused work in small groups to help struggling students. Teachers receive weekly support, depending on the federal department of education websiteand students have “frequent opportunities to reflect on their behavioral choices, discuss ways to handle situations, and develop social-emotional skills to deal with adversity.”

New Visions Charter High School prides itself on getting to know each of its students through its Academic Support Teams for each grade, consisting of a Vice-Principal, School Counselor, Social Worker, Dean and an attendance coordinator. Teams meet weekly to discuss academic or socio-emotional issues, as well as to determine next steps for contacting students or their families to check on their general well-being, the US education website said. In addition to this, teams meet monthly with teachers to discuss progress and concerns.

“From the moment our students walk through the door, they are greeted by many staff members who are treated as individuals, and supported by dedicated grade level teams that foster their personal, academic and social-emotional growth,” said Sandy Manessis, high school principal. said in a statement.

Amy Zimmer is Chalkbeat New York’s bureau chief. Contact Amy at [email protected]

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