For the sixth consecutive year, Neptune School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.
The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.
To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Neptune responded to detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
“We recognize the importance of providing students with high-quality music programs and of offering our students opportunities for exploring and growing their talents and passions in music. Receiving this distinction for six consecutive years sends a powerful message to our students, their families, and our community,” School Superintendent Dr. Tami Crader said. “Clearly, we value our strong music programs through which our students thrive.”
This award recognizes that Neptune schools are leading the way with learning opportunities, demonstrating a commitment to music and arts education programs, she said.
“During a national pandemic, we found that our music and arts programs provided a valuable way to keep students engaged,” Crader said in a statement. “The Neptune Board of Education takes great pride in its commitment to the arts and has been honored by national recognition since 2016.”