About P.S. 249K The Caton School » Awards/Recognition


PS 249K is proud to announce that it is now a winner of 2023 America's Best School Award! This award is presented by the National Center for Urban School Transformation via San Diego State University. 
There are only 8 schools in the United States of America who have received this award!
Please read more about this amazing accomplishment here:

The Caton School, PS 249, has been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence "Lighthouse School."


The award was presented on December 2, 2022, during the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence 2022 Blueprint for Excellence annual conference in Orlando, Florida.  


Sixty-five schools from across the nation were named "Lighthouse Schools," based on nominations to identify and recognize successful schools exhibiting a strong commitment to educational excellence for all students. 






Please watch the following video representing PS 249 and our National Blue Ribbon School celebration!
We are very proud of our Principal, Ms. Elisa Brown, who has been given the Terrel H Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership!
Congratulations Ms. Brown!!
Ms. Elisa Brown
Read more about this award and the great work of Principal Brown below:
We are honored to have been selected as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2021!
This award is representative of the hard work from our administrative team, faculty, and most importantly all of our students! Congratulations PS 249 community on this outstanding achievement. Click on the link below to view all of the award winners for this school year. 
More information on the meaning of the National Blue Ribbon award and the schools who have achieved it here:
An article discussing the NYC National Blue Ribbon award winners can be read here: