November 12, 2015

BHS Named 2016 GRAMMY Signature Schools Semifinalist

Third Year in a Row!

The GRAMMY Foundation® announced that Batavia High School is one of just 119 schools nationwide selected as a 2016 GRAMMY® Signature Schools semifinalist, and just one of 12 schools in Illinois. This is the third year in a row for the Batavia High School Music Program to be named a Grammy Signature Schools Semifinalist.

Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year.

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.

“It is such an honor for Batavia High School to be selected as a Grammy Signature Schools Semifinalist for the third year in a row,” said Chris Owen, band director at Batavia High School. Our music students continue to raise the bar of musical performance and work ethic year over year, and it really shows.”

(View the Batavia High School Music Program Calendar.)

The selection process for GRAMMY Signature Schools begins each year in August when the GRAMMY Foundation mails notification 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. After applications are scored, finalists are identified and asked to submit additional documentation, such as recordings of school concerts, sample concert programs and repertoire, which is then reviewed by an independent committee of top music educators and professionals to determine the schools that merit GRAMMY Signature School status.

2016 GRAMMY Signature Schools Semifinalists

Academy of Music and Performing Arts at Hamilton High School Los Angeles
Allen High School Allen, Texas
Ann Arbor Pioneer High School Ann Arbor, Mich.
Arizona School for the Arts Phoenix
Arnold O. Beckman High School Irvine, Calif.
Bangor Area High School Bangor, Pa.
Basic Academy of International Studies Henderson, Nev.
Batavia High School Batavia, Ill.
Bettendorf High School Bettendorf, Iowa
Canyon Crest Academy San Diego
Carmel High School Carmel, N.Y.
Central High School Memphis, Tenn.
Chelmsford High School North Chelmsford, Mass.
Chicago High School for the Arts Chicago
Chippewa Falls Senior High School Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Comsewogue High School Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.
Coronado High School Henderson, Nev.
Crestwood High School Sumter, S.C.
Davis Senior High School Davis, Calif.
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Jacksonville, Fla.
Dover-Eyota High School Eyota, Minn.
Duxbury High School Duxbury, Mass.
East Meadow High School East Meadow, N.Y.
Eastern High School Louisville, Ky.
Eau Claire High School Columbia, S.C.
Eldred Junior/Senior High School Eldred, N.Y.
Elk Grove High School Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Esperanza High School Anaheim, Calif.
Fairview High School Boulder, Colo.
Firelands High School Oberlin, Ohio
Fox Chapel Area High School Pittsburgh
Fredonia High School Fredonia, N.Y.
Freeport High School Freeport, Ill.
Freeport High School Freeport, N.Y.
Garden City High School Garden City, N.Y.
George W. Hewlett High School Hewlett, N.Y.
Girard Academic Music Program Philadelphia
Gladys Porter Early College High School Brownsville, Texas
Green Bay East High School Green Bay, Wis.
Green Valley High School Henderson, Nev.
Guilderland High School Guilderland Center, N.Y.
Harry D. Jacobs High School Algonquin, Ill.
Hellgate High School Missoula, Mont.
Herricks High School New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Horace Greeley High School Chappaqua, N.Y.
Howards Grove High School Howards Grove, Wis.
Huntington High School Huntington, N.Y.
Iowa City West High School Iowa City, Iowa
Irvine High School Irvine, Calif.
James “Nikki” Rowe High School McAllen, Texas
John B. Alexander High School Laredo, Texas
John L. Miller Great Neck North High School Great Neck, N.Y.
L.B. Landry-O.P. Walker College and Career Preparatory High School New Orleans
Lakewood High School Lakewood, Ohio
Lane Tech College Prep Chicago
Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Las Vegas
Lebanon High School Lebanon, Ohio
Legacy High School North Las Vegas, Nev.
Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Bethlehem, Pa.
Lexington High School Lexington, Ala.
Liverpool High School Liverpool, N.Y.
Long Beach High School Lido Beach, N.Y.
Los Alamitos High School Los Alamitos, Calif.
Loveland High School Loveland, Colo.
Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School Nashville, Tenn.
Mauldin High School Mauldin, S.C.
McCluer South-Berkeley High School Ferguson, Mo.
Memorial Valley Stream Central High School Valley Stream, N.Y.
Metea Valley High School Aurora, Ill.
Miller Place High School Miller Place, N.Y.
Mission Viejo High School Mission Viejo, Calif.
Mojave High School North Las Vegas, Nev.
Nederland High School Nederland, Colo.
New Hope-Solebury High School New Hope, Pa.
New Trier High School Winnetka, Ill.
North Allegheny Senior High School Wexford, Pa.
Northwood High School Irvine, Calif.
Octorara Senior High School Atglen, Pa.
Orange County School of the Arts Santa Ana, Calif.
Ossining High School Ossining, N.Y.
Patrick Henry High School Roanoke, Va.
Paul D. Schreiber High School Port Washington, N.Y.
Philomath High School Philomath, Ore.
Plainedge High School North Massapequa, N.Y.
Plymouth Whitemarsh High School Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Princeton Township High School Princeton, Ill.
Prospect High School Mount Prospect, Ill.
Pulaski High School Pulaski, Wis.
Queensbury High School Queensbury, N.Y.
Rancho Mirage High School Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Ripon High School Ripon, Wis.
Rockford High School Rockford, Mich.
Rocky Mountain High School Fort Collins, Colo.
Spring High School Spring, Texas
St. Michael-Albertville High School St. Michael, Minn.
Staples High School Westport, Conn.
StarShine Academy Creative Community School Phoenix
State College Area High School State College, Pa.
Sterling High School Sterling, Kan.
Sunset High School Portland, Ore.
Tempe High School Tempe, Ariz.
Tesoro High School Las Flores, Calif.
University High School Irvine, Calif.
Verdugo Hills High School Tujunga, Calif.
W.T. Clarke High School Westbury, N.Y.
Walnut High School Walnut, Calif.
Walt Whitman High School Huntington Station, N.Y.
Warren Central High School Indianapolis
Waterville Senior High School Waterville, Maine
Waubonsie Valley High School Aurora, Ill.
Wausau West High School Wausau, Wis.
West Ottawa High School Holland, Mich.
West Port High School Ocala, Fla.
Western High School Russiaville, Ind.
William A. Shine Great Neck South High School Great Neck, N.Y.
Wilmer Amina Carter High School Rialto, Calif.
Windsor High School Windsor, N.Y.
Woodbridge High School Irvine, Calif.
York Community High School Elmhurst, Ill.