For the fourth consecutive year, BH-BL High School has been named by the State Education Department (SED) as a Rewards School. SED has identified only 185 out of more than 700 schools statewide as Reward Schools, and only 88 public schools outside of NYC.
Commissioner MaryEllen Elia explains that Reward Schools are schools that demonstrate either high academic achievement or the most progress with minimal gaps in student achievement between certain populations of students.
"We are certainly proud of this recognition," says BH-BL High School Principal Tim Brunson. "The academic achievement of our students is a priority, and our faculty and staff have dedicated a great deal of time and energy to continually meet high standards. We are fortunate to work in a school district that is supported by dedicated parents and community members and where our students are encouraged to focus on success."
“These schools serve as models to other schools in the state to inspire them to achieve a high level of accomplishment and improvement,” Commissioner Elia said. “Schools that excel should be recognized, and I am thrilled that many of these schools continue to demonstrate high achievement year after year.”
Each Reward School will receive a certificate of recognition from the Commissioner, and Title I schools may be eligible for a Reward School grant.
Additionally, high schools must have graduation rates above 80 percent (BH-BL has the state's second highest graduation rate of 98 percent) to be a high achieving school and above 60 percent to be a high progress school.
Further, the percentage of students in the school who graduate with a Regents diploma with advanced designation or a Career and Technical Endorsement (CTE) must exceed the State average. Additionally, high schools must show that students are graduating students at a rate that exceeds the State average for students who didn’t demonstrate ELA proficiency when they first entered the school.
The Rewards schools include 79 in New York City public schools, 88 public schools in the rest of the State and 18 are public charter schools.