EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Members of the New York State Education Department took a special trip to Tuckahoe this week to evaluate its progressive approach to education as high school officials seek additional grant funds.
The officials took the trip to Tuckahoe after the high school requested state funding based on student recognition after it was designated as a Reward School by the State Education Department (NYSED) in August for the third consecutive year, ranking it amongst the top schools in New York.
In total, just 365 schools statewide earned the Reward distinction, which celebrates achievement in education and districts that make significant progress year-to-year.
According to interim Superintendent Charles Wilson, the visit was “part of the high school’s designation as a New York State Reward School for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years.” NYSED representatives visited classes and met with the staff and students to see just how the school has maintained such a high level of education.
With student achievement meeting and exceeding the expectation of the NYSED, the high school has applied for state grant funds based on students’ performance.
“A reward designation is given to schools that have the highest performance or made the most progress with no significant gaps in student achievement,” Wilson stated. “This was the third consecutive year that Tuckahoe High School received the Reward designation.”
“(Principal Bart) Linehan is hopeful that this third award will provide another grant opportunity for the school in 2016. These awards are in line with the district’s strategic plan and mission, ‘preparing every student for excellence.”