On Sept. 24, the U.S. Department of Education named nine New Jersey public schools as Blue Ribbon Schools.  

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.  

“Our warmest congratulations to these 2020 Blue Ribbon Schools,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, NJSBA executive director. “The boards of education, the district superintendents, principals and school administrators, teachers, students and parents have all played a part in their schools’ achievements and should be very proud.”  

National Blue Ribbon Schools will be recognized at a virtual ceremony Nov. 12-13, and each will be mailed a plaque and flag to commemorate the honor.

The New Jersey public schools receiving the 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools designation include: 

  • Bergen County: Lillian M. Steen Elementary School, Bogota Public School District 
  • Bergen County: Henry B. Milnes Elementary School, Fair Lawn Public School District   
  • Essex County: Gould School, North Caldwell Public Schools 
  • Hudson County: County Prep High School, Hudson County Schools of Technology  
  • Hunterdon County: Old Turnpike School, Tewksbury Township School District  
  • Monmouth County: Clark Mills School, Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District  
  • Morris County: Riverview Elementary School, Denville Township School District  
  • Ocean County, Island Heights Elementary School, Island Heights School District  
  • Union County: School No. 5, Linden Public School District