The Babylon Junior-Senior High School was among 105 schools islandwide designated "Reward School" by the New York State Education Department for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Among other criteria, Reward School status is awarded to schools that are identified among those schools with a four-year cohort graduation rate that exceeds 80%, and the school must exceed the state average for students graduating with either a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation or a Career and Technical Education (CTE) endorsement.
The school is now eligible to compete for a Commissioner's Schools Dissemination Grant of up to $150,000 to further advance the students’ educational opportunities.
The grant money the schools are competing for was obtained by the state from the Federal "Race to the Top" program, a competitive grant program that encourages and rewards States that are implementing significant reforms in education as were described in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This includes enhancing standards and assessments, improving the collection and use of data, increasing teacher effectiveness and achieving equity in teacher distribution, and turning around struggling schools.