The GRAMMY Foundation announced that 119 schools nationwide have been selected as GRAMMY Signature Schools semifinalists for 2016. Walt Whitman High School is one of 23 in New York State that has been awarded this distinction. Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year.

The selection process for GRAMMY Signature Schools begins each year in August when the GRAMMY Foundation mails notifications to more than 20,000 public high schools from districts large and small, urban, suburban and rural, requesting information about each school's music program. In mid-March 2016, the GRAMMY Foundation will announce the finalists for the GRAMMY Signature Schools program. These schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant ranging from $1,000 up to $6,000 to benefit their music program.

Congratulations to all of the district’s talented music teachers and supportive families who are responsible for this distinction.