NEW YORK (JTA) – The Scheck Hillel Community Day School/Ben Lipson Hillel Community High School in North Miami Beach, Fla., was the only Jewish school recognized as a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School.
Scheck/Lipson Hillel was among more than 300 schools nationwide and 10 in Florida to earn the distinction from the U.S Department of Education. The schools will be honored at a conference and awards ceremony Nov. 14-15 in Washington.
The National Blue Ribbon award is given to public and private elementary, middle and high schools whose students have performed at high levels or where the achievement gap is narrowing.
Scheck/Lipson Hillel is an early childhood through 12th-grade school. It features the International Baccalaureate World School program, which helps students live, learn and work in a rapidly changing global economy..
“This is a wonderful acknowledgement of the comprehensive work that has been done over the past several years to ensure that Hillel offers its students an academically rigorous and innovative educational program,” Rabbi Pinchos Hecht, the new head of school, said in a statement. “We also view this recognition as a challenge to continue to raise the bar when it comes to such hallmarks of academic excellence, technology-based learning and creative learning and teaching models.”