Sayville, Bayport-Blue Point and Connetquot high schools are among the best in the state, according to the state Education Department.

The three local high schools are included on the department’s annual list of high-achieving and rapidly progressing Recognition Schools. Sixteen other Suffolk County high schools made the 2019-20 list.

Click here to review the full list of Recognition Schools

Reacting to word that his school had made the list an eighth time, Sayville High School Principal Ron Hoffer thanked the district’s administrators, faculty and staff, while noting “it takes an involved school community to earn this prestigious award.”

To be identified as a Recognition School, a school must:

  • Have an accountability status of Good Standing.
  • Have a Level 4 for the Combined Composite Performance and Growth indicator for elementary and middle schools or a Level 4 for the Combined Composite Performance and Graduation Rate for high schools for the All Students group.
  • Not have a Level 1 for any accountability indicator (English language arts (ELA) and mathematics progress; Chronic Absenteeism; English Language Proficiency; College, Career, and Civic Readiness for High Schools) for the All Students group.
  • Not have any subgroups that were identified as Potential Targeted Support and Improvement (PTSI) based on 2018-19 school year results.
  • Not have a 2018-19 Participation Rate for ELA or Math for the All Students group that is less than 95%. If a school did not have enough students to receive a participation rate, the school is still eligible to be identified as a Recognition School.

“These are exemplary public schools that demonstrate that all students can achieve at high levels with the right supports and resources,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said.