High School named Reward School

High School named Reward School photo
In recognition of its commitment to educational excellence and outstanding student performance, the High School has again been named a Reward School by the New York State Education Department. It has achieved the honor consecutively since the 2012-13 academic year.

The SED presents the award annually to schools that have made the most progress or have the highest performance in the state with no significant gaps in student achievement. Earl L. Vandermeulen High School was one of only 155 schools across New York State to receive the recognition this year.

“This prestigious designation is a testament to the tireless efforts of our administrators and educators,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Casciano. “That, coupled with students who embrace learning, their exceptional accomplishments, and the engagement of parents and our school community, allow us to continue to meet and exceed high standards.”

The designation is the third honor for the school this academic year. On the national level, it was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in September, and Principal Christine Austen was named a Person of the Year by TBR News Media in December for her leadership and steadfast efforts in improving the academic programs offered. The school annually boasts numerous AP Scholars, and National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students, in addition to the many athletic, musical, civic and volunteer accomplishments of its students.