9 NJ schools just won huge national honor


Nine New Jersey public schools have been named the 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools, one of the highest educational honors awarded by the federal government.

The award is based on a school’s overall academic performance or on progress made in reducing achievement gaps. This year, 325 schools across the country were honored.

“This year’s cohort of recipients demonstrate what is possible when engaged educators and school leaders create vibrant, welcoming and empowering school cultures where rich teaching and learning can flourish,” said the US secretary to Education, Miguel Cardona, when the winners were announced.

The New Jersey winners are:

  • North End School, Cedar Grove Township School District
  • Hillside Elementary School, Closter Public School District
  • Weymouth Township Elementary School, Weymouth Township School District
  • Lucy N. Holman Elementary School, Jackson School District
  • John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Jamesburg Public School District
  • Torey J. Sabatini Elementary School, Madison Public School District
  • Wemrock Brook School, Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District
  • Walter M. Schirra Elementary School, Township of Old Bridge
  • Academy of Information Technology, Union County Technical and Vocational School District

Cardona commended schools for working to keep students healthy and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional and mental health needs.

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

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