[Excerpt]: The Schools
Public School/Intermediate School 217 is the only public school on the island. It has about 540 students, in prekindergarten through Grade 8, representing more than 60 countries in their backgrounds, said Mandana Beckman, the principal. A Gifted and Talented program started five years ago. The school received a B on its most recent report card but is constantly improving, she said. This year, Cornell Tech started an after-school computer program.
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