Oakland Garden School P.S. 203 in Bayside celebrated its designation as a national Blue Ribbon School last week, and received a visit some from very prominent people.
“You can tell that learning is taking place at this school at a very high level,” said Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott.
He said P.S. 203 blends traditional curriculum with the arts in a unique way.
“As a result of this school and award, the students in this school will be so prepared for life and will be successful productive adults,” said Walcott.
At a ceremony in the school's auditorium, parents and faculty watched as students performed songs about being “blue.”
Comptroller John Liu is a former student of P.S. 203, and was the valedictorian of his 6th grade class. He delivered his first speech in the same auditorium where the performances took place.
“This is such a great day for P.S. 203, the students, the parents, the teacher and the staff,” Liu said. “This award shows how much their hard work has paid off.”
The National Blue Ribbon School program was set up in 1982 to recognize public and private schools in which students perform at a very high level. P.S. 203 is one of five schools in New York City to receive the honor.
Carole Nussbaum, principal of PS 203 and a 50-year veteran of the New York public school system, is now the head the school ranked 6th in the city and 8th in New York State out of 2,500 schools.
“We will continue to work hard to be a school of excellence,” she said.