PS 172, the Beacon School of Excellence is a primary school in Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn. It has close to 600 enrolled students. The school is good enough that people move to its neighborhood just so their children can attend. The NY Daily News writes:At Brooklyn’s PS 172, which tied The School of Integrated Learning as the highest-scoring A-rated school in the city, parents and the principal celebrated the school’s success. “For me, it’s about knowing the children,” said Principal Jack Spatola. “If you know each and every one of the children, you become more motivated.”Its accolades include receiving 102/100 from the Department of Education, and in 2011 it was the only school in Brooklyn to receive a blue medal from the US Secretary of Education.According to the NYTimes:Perfection may seem a quixotic goal in New York City, where children enter school from every imaginable background and ability level. But on the tests, P.S. 172, also called the Beacon School of Excellence, is coming close — even though 80 percent of its students are poor enough to qualify for free lunch, nearly a quarter receive special education services, and many among its predominately Hispanic population do not speak English at home. .... PS172 topped the city with its fourth-grade math scores, with all students passing, all but one with a mark of “advanced,” or Level 4. In English, all but one of 75 fourth graders passed, earning a Level 3 or 4, placing it among the city’s top dozen schools.