Flushing school designated as Blue Ribbon School

The United States Department of Education has officially designated PS 244 in Flushing – known as The Active Learning Elementary School – as a Blue Ribbon School. The school was awarded the designation this morning by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

“Naming P.S. 244 as a Blue Ribbon School is great news,” said Congresswoman Grace Meng. “This is a tremendous achievement and it further illustrates the great work of the entire school team. I’m extremely proud of P.S. 244’s Principal Robert Groff and all of the school’s students, teachers and staff. Congratulations to each and every one of them on achieving this great national honor!”

The Blue Ribbon Program honors schools whose students either achieve very high learning standards or make notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

“Thank you to the Secretary of Education for recognizing P.S. 244 as a Blue Ribbon School,” said Principal Robert Groff. “This clearly illustrates the hard work of our staff and families each day. We have been able to build a community of learners for both students and adults alike that makes TALES a truly special place. We hope to continue the success we have had since opening in 2008 and look forward to excelling in the future.”

On Nov. 9 and 10, representatives from every school designated as a Blue Ribbon School, will be honored in a ceremony in Washington D.C.

Photo courtesy NYC Department of Education