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Forest Hills school wins Blue Ribbon

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Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:12 pm, Thu Oct 10, 2019.

PS 101, the elementary school in Forest Hills Gardens, was awarded a National Blue Ribbon last week from the U.S. Department of Education as one of the highest performing schools in the country.

It was the only school in Queens to win the prestigious award this year.

Test scores at PS 101 indicate that nearly 80 percent of the 638 students are performing at or above their grade level — nearly twice the average statewide and about 60 percent higher than the rest of the city.

The National Blue Ribbon School Program, now 37 years old, was started during the Reagan years as a way to recognize and bring attention to the best schools in the country.

Seven other New York City schools were honored this year, among 362 nationwide.

Schools have to be nominated by the state Department of Education commissioner.

“The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content,” the department said in a news release.

The award, including a special flag that can be flown outside the school, is presented in November at a dinner in Washington, DC.

Last year, two Queens schools — Maspeth High School and MS 216 in Fresh Meadows — won Blue Ribbons.

Since then, Maspeth has been caught up in an alleged grade-cheating scandal.

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