Recognition for TAOTS’ success!

2017 Blue Ribbon Lighthouse Award


“Walking into PS 682 in Brooklyn, New York, you immediately know you are in a special place. Sharing a building with two other schools, The Academy of Talented Scholars or TAOTS as it is known, takes students and visitors alike into a special place of learning. Every classroom, prekindergarten through grade 5 is positively engaged in authentic learning. Happy, eager students are reading and writing, student work is displayed throughout the school, and the teachers and support staff are seamlessly facilitating positive learning environments in their collaborative classrooms. The level of rigor at every grade level is impressive but not surprising as all students are treated like talented Scholars. The vision principal Josephine Sportella-Giusto created and brought to life in this school creates an environment where all students can be successful. The hard work and dedication of the students and staff earned TAOTS the U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School award in 2015 and in 2017 TAOTS was recognized as a Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Lighthouse School. Congratulations to Mrs. Sportella-Giusto for her leadership and to her school community for their dedication to TAOTS success.”

~ submitted by Jayne Ellspermann, BRSE Assessor and 2015 National Principal of the Year.

2015 National Blue Ribbon Award Winner

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2015 New York State Reward School