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JFK Magnet ES Port Chester UFSD Port Chester, New York John F. Kennedy Magnet School is a K – 5 math, science, and technology magnet school in Port Chester, a low-income city in otherwise prosperous Westchester County. An active port, the city has long drawn immigrant families; with a recent influx of new citizens from Central and South Read More

JFK Magnet All Blue Ribbon Schools are outstanding. Those featured here were chosen as examples of schools that encountered significant challenges on their road to excellence. They comprise an elementary school (John F. Kennedy Magnet School), a middle school (Elgin Middle School), a high school (O’Bryant High School of Mathematics and Science), and a K-12 school (North Read More

north star olympic teachers photo A carefully designed professional development system provides teachers with ongoing classroom observations from peer instructional leaders. This intense and ongoing coaching of teachers helps ensure that students, many of whom enter North Star well behind their grade-level peers, recover lost academic ground and steadily climb the mountain to college. Read the transcript of Training Olympic-Level Teachers. Read More

nbrs logo since 1982 The expectation that every North Star student will go to college permeates the school culture, from the morning meetings that affirm the school’s core values of responsibility, caring, courage, and respect, to individual classrooms, each of which takes the name of a college or university. North Star creates its own curriculum (lesson plans, activities, and Read More

JFK Magnet ES Students at JFK Magnet Elementary begin using the scientific method early, so that by fifth grade, it’s second nature. In addition a full science lab, a vegetable garden, built with volunteer help, serves as a hands-on testing ground. Read the transcript of Kids as Scientists.  Read JFK’s 2010 National Blue Ribbon Schools application. Return to the general Read More

JFK Magnet ES A comprehensive Bilingual/ ESL Program of instruction in Spanish, using the same curriculum used in classes taught in English, removes language and achievement barriers for non-native English speaking students. Spanish-speaking students in lower grades receive most of their instruction in Spanish, transitioning to English over time. The number of teachers highly proficient in English and Read More

Elgin Middle School Relationships In addition to rigorous academics, students at Elgin Middle School receive daily affirmations through “relationships, rewards, and recognition” that keep them engaged and disposed to see school as fun.   Read the transcript of Keeping Middle Schools Students Motivated. Read Elgin Middle School’s National Blue Ribbon Schools application. Contact Information Current Principal: Chris Garner Former Principal: Read More

o'bryant math science thinking photo Rather than traditional lectures and labs, inquiry-based learning engages students in STEM learning at John D. O’Bryant High School of Math and Science. Written reports and presentations further cement student learning and confidence. Read the transcript of Math, Science and Technology: Inspiring a Way of Thinking. Download the John D. O’Bryant High School of Mathematics and Science Blue Read More

O'Bryant High School Relationships Students recognize that personal attention is what makes O’Bryant unique. Teachers at this Boston school make themselves available well before and after school to support students in mastering O’Bryant’s challenging STEM curriculum. Read the transcript of “More than a Number”: The Power of Relationships.  Download the John D. O’Bryant High School of Mathematics and Science Blue Ribbon Read More

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