Schools are eligible for the honor if they make "adequate yearly progress" in reading, language arts and mathematics for at least two years. Students must also score in the top 10 percent on New York state standardized tests.
In the 2006-2007 school year, 85 percent of Westmere students scored a level three or four on proficiency exams, indicating they met or exceeded state standards for "reading, writing, listening and speaking," according to school officials.
Westmere also has 96 percent of its students meet or exceed state standards in math for grades three through five, 98 percent in grade four science, and 100 percent in grade five social studies.
"This is a tremendous honor for Westmere Elementary School and for the Guilderland Central School District," said Superintendent of Schools John McGuire. "Westmere Elementary is one of our most diverse learning communities but is also one of our most cohesive and successful. The dedication, commitment, and teamwork displayed by all members of the Westmere community are exemplary and should be commended."