Since 1982, the United States Department of Education looks to recognize and crown our countries greatest learning institutions.  For thirty-nine years this representation has been honoring America’s public and private schools from all grades of education.  One of the highest honors a school could receive.

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According to The US Dept of Education website, the best elementary, middle, and high schools are ranked based on “their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.” And are awarded the blue-ribbon honors.

“The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed more than 10,000 awards to over 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years.”

If your school becomes the recipient of this decoration, it says the performance put forth by the student body, teachers, families of those students and the communities in which they live have created “safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.”

Of the 325 schools honored nationwide this year, nine of those schools are located in New Jersey.

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While honoring this year's recipients, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said…

“This year’s cohort of honorees demonstrates what is possible when committed educators and school leaders create vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school cultures where rich teaching and learning can flourish.”

Referring to the struggles through the pandemic Cardona also said…

“In the face of unprecedented circumstances, you found creative ways to engage, care for, protect and teach our children.”

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