A Reward and a Blue Ribbon
BBP High School has been honored with state and national recognition.

Photo courtesy of Bayport Blue Point School District

A Reward and a Blue Ribbon

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
10/5/2017


BAYPORT-BLUE POINT—Last week was a great one for the Bayport-Blue Point District as the BBP High School was bestowed with two honors. First, it was recognized as a Reward School by the New York State Department of Education for meeting certain criteria, among them academic achievement. And then it was also one of 342 schools nationwide to receive a National Blue Ribbon School title by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. In a video announcement, DeVos noted that schools given the Blue Ribbon distinction are “active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future.”

“I am incredibly proud of this achievement, and am happy to share this with the entire Bayport-Blue Point community,” said superintendent of schools Dr. Timothy Hearney. “Although this is my first year as the district’s superintendent, I have been within the BBP school community for over a decade and have witnessed the hard work and countless efforts brought about by staff and students every single day. Our high school is exceptional and this latest honor is a fitting distinction of our students, staff, parents’ and community’s commitment to excellence in education.”

 This coveted award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. The award was founded in 1982 and is considered the highest recognition system for schools in this country. BBP is among only five on Long Island to receive this award this year. The other schools are: Garden City High School, Herricks High School in New Hyde Park, Massapequa High School and Earl L. Vandermeulen High School in Port Jefferson.

“Our school is a small, tight-knit community comprised of dedicated students, staff, parents and residents,” said Bayport-Blue Point High School principal Dr. Gaurav Passi. “I am grateful to be able to witness firsthand the effort that goes into ensuring that our students receive a world-class education, and could not be more proud of our school.”  

These students are some of the reasons for those standings. Ninety-seven BBP High School students have earned Advanced Placement Scholar awards from the College Board. These honorees include both current students and members of the Class of 2017. Of the 97 total students, 47 received the AP Scholar title for receiving a score of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. Twenty students were given the title of AP Scholar with Honor, as they achieved an average score of at least 3.25 on all of their AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Additionally, 26 students were awarded the title of AP Scholar with Distinction, as they achieved an average score of at least 3.5 on all exams taken with scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Four graduates in the Class of 2017, Christopher Bartolini, Olivia Ingrassia, Allyson Koehler and Philip Tubiolo, received the high honor of National AP Scholar. This award is given to students who have earned a score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of those exams. 

~ Compiled by Liz Finnegan