Schools of Opportunity Silver Award for East Rockaway

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East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School was named a Schools of Opportunity Silver Award recipient by the National Education Policy Center. The school is one of only 12 high schools across the country to receive this coveted national recognition.

A School of Opportunity is one that serves as a model, informing and inspiring the efforts of educators and communities throughout the U.S. to become high schools that promote both excellence and equity. The center identifies and acknowledges excellent public high schools that strive to close opportunity gaps by attending to practices that build on students’ strengths, thereby creating engaging and supported learning opportunities for all students.

East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School was recognized for implementing a cultural shift in its education practices by providing students with the opportunities and skills needed to compete in a quickly changing college and career landscape. This approach is marked by its Honors by Achievement initiative, as well as expanding opportunities for all students to take challenging and rigorous Advanced Placement and college-level courses.

“This recognition is like winning the Super Bowl for educators,” Principal Joseph Spero said. “To be honored as a recipient validates the hard work and dedication of our faculty and students.”

To be considered for the award, the district took part in a rigorous application process that focused on school practices such as creating and maintaining a healthy school culture, broadening and enriching school curriculum, using a variety of assessments designed to respond to student needs and supporting teachers as professionals.  

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