Photo: U.S. Department of Education, via Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced its 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools and only three NYC schools made the list and all are in the Bronx. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes outstanding public and non-public schools and has given out 10,000 awards over the last 38 years. Of 297 schools across the country, the three NYC schools to receive the honor are Icahn Charter School 2, New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math & Science II, and South Bronx Classical Charter III.

This was the first time since 2005, however, that none of the NYC schools on the list were run by the city’s education department—all three are charter schools. All of the schools will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Learn more about the three Bronx charter schools that made the list here.

Nicole Perrino is the founder of, a hyperlocal website for Bronx families where she use her influence to celebrate the beauty that the Bronx has to offer. In addition to her role at Bronxmama,...

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