YONKERS, N.Y. -- Yonkers Public Schools were recently honored with the National Magna Award for their efforts to collaborate with Yonkers Partners in Education to enhance college readiness, access and success among students.
The Magna Awards were created by the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) American School Board Journal (ASBJ) to honor districts across the country for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools.
“Throughout the country, school districts struggle to find innovative ways to engage external stakeholders and elicit a sustained investment in student success," Interim Superintendent Michael Yazurlo said in a statement. "This partnership personifies this kind of shared mission by leveraging community support to provide our students with resources usually reserved for the wealthiest of districts.”
In 2013, Yonkers Public Schools achieved a graduation rate of 72 percent, the highest rate of the five major cities in New York State, and and graduates earned $51 million in collegiate scholarships and financial awards.
“Through this collaborative effort, we have enriched the district’s college-going culture and assisted our students in attaining their post secondary aspirations, which for some have included attending the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities like Brown, Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth and Columbia,” Yonkers Board of Education President Dr. Nader J. Sayegh said in a statement.