WHS Receives National Blue Ribbon Honor

Wantagh High School Receives National Blue Ribbon Honor
Blue Ribbon

The Wantagh School District is pleased to announce Wantagh High School’s recognition as a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School, as announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Sept. 24. This is the second time the high school has received this distinction, being one of the early honorees in the 38-year-old program as a 1997-98 Blue Ribbon School.  


Superintendent of Schools John C. McNamara said he cannot be more proud of the Wantagh High School faculty, staff and students. “The National Blue Ribbon Schools program recognition is a fine testament to the relentless work, exemplary commitment and community collaboration in ensuring that students graduate ready to embrace 21st century learning and become productive members of society,” he said.


The National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition program is part of the U.S. Department of Education’s larger effort to identify public and non-public elementary, middle and high schools whose educational programs have demonstrated effective school leadership and instructional practices. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Wantagh High School was nominated by New York State as an Exemplary High Performing School, having met performance targets in reading (or English language arts) and mathematics and other academic indicators (attendance and graduation rate), including state assessment or nationally normed participation rates of at least 95%. 


“We are so proud of the students, teachers and administrators at Wantagh High School for once again being awarded the National Blue Ribbon of Excellence,” Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Marc Ferris said. “Wantagh High School is a caring, safe and academically outstanding learning environment for our students because of the hard work, dedication, and commitment of our teachers and staff.  I feel fortunate to be a part of such an outstanding learning community.”


As a symbol of its recognized status, Wantagh High School will receive an engraved plaque and a National Blue Ribbon Schools flag. The National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 5-6 in National Harbor, Maryland. 


Principal Dr. Paul Guzzone noted that Blue Ribbon School status places Wantagh High School on the list of the nation’s most prestigious schools. “I am extremely proud and  honored to lead this school community which prioritizes excellence in education and affords students opportunities to succeed in all areas. I join the community in celebrating this momentous achievement.” 


For more information about the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, please visit http://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/.