Locust Valley High School and Locust Valley Elementary School have earned 2015-16 Reward School status, the highest recognition given to schools by the New York State Education Department. 

Nassau BOCES District Superintendent, Dr. Robert R. Dillon attended the Sept. 9, 2015 Board of Education meeting to present plaques to Dr. Kieran McGuire and Dr. Sophia Gary. He praised the success of the students and staff at each school.

Reward Schools are determined on the basis of significant student achievement gains between the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. Bayville Elementary School also had significant student achievement gains and is already a National Blue Ribbon school.

Garnering the Reward School designation may qualify Locust Valley Elementary School for National Blue Ribbon status as well. There is no equivalent honor at the high school level.

“Because this recognition is based upon annual academic progress across the full spectrum of students, it is a significant achievement to be named a New York State Reward School for the fourth consecutive year,” said Locust Valley High School Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire. “It is truly a testament to our ongoing efforts on behalf of all of our students.

Locust Valley Elementary School Assistant Principal Amy Watson agreed. “This recognition is undoubtedly well-deserved and a validation of all of the hard work and dedication of our staff and students,” she said. “Our teachers always go above and beyond to create a classroom environment that fosters a love of learning and encourages students to achieve their best.”