Robert M. Finley Middle School, Glen Cove, N.Y.
Robert M. Finley Middle School has become the spotlight of Glen Cove, N.Y., culminating in recognition as a 2011 Breakthrough School by the MetLife Foundation and whole child partner National Association of Secondary School Principals.
At Finley Middle School, Principal Anael Alston has helped transform the once poor environment into a center for success. Determined to celebrate diversity and increase achievement through building community, Finley Middle School is committed to investing in the human capital already in the building: its students. The reflective learning initiative, standardized schoolwide notebook system, and project-based learning practices have helped foster among the students a love for learning and drive to succeed.