The Bayport-Blue Point High School has been deemed a "Reward School" by the New York State Education Department for academic achievements and high student performance on state assessments and graduation rates.
“It is always nice to be recognized as a school, but I must say this recognition
belongs to the teachers and entire staff of the Bayport-Blue Point High School. They are an extraordinary group of professionals who truly care and want only the best for the students that they work with and interact with on a daily basis,” stated Principal Timothy Hearney in a press statement on the award.
“I must also congratulate and thank our students, not only for the effort they give
every single day, but because they are always looking to challenge themselves more and more," said the principal.
"I would also be remiss if I did not thank our parents, because without their support and willingness to work as a collaborative team our jobs would be that much more difficult," added Hearney.
Regarding the rigorous requirements the high school met in order to achieve
this honor, Interim Superintendent of Schools Neil Lederer said, “the recognition is
an indication that subgroups within our student body are making annual yearly progress, and that we are in the top 20 percent of high schools in our state in English language arts and mathematics."
He also noted the designation reflects the district's high number of Regents diploma recipients and those receiving that diploma with ‘advanced’ designation.
Along with this designation, the school is now eligible to compete for a
Commissioner’s Schools Dissemination Grant of up to $150,000 to further advance students’ educational opportunities.