The U.S. Department of Education recently recognized three northeast Queens elementary schools as among the most successful in the nation.
Both the Early Childhood School for Science and Technology (PS 130) and PS 159 in Bayside as well as PS 173 in Fresh Meadows received the 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools award in the high-performing schools category, which measures performances in English language arts and mathematics, especially at schools with disadvantaged students.?
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized 305 schools across the country with the award. The three Queens schools were among seven to receive the award in the city.
Aba Kumi, director of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, said PS 130, 2001-01 42nd Ave., has both a diverse student population and a record of consistently high performance.