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School Recognition

The federally funded National Blue Ribbon Schools Program celebrates school excellence, turnaround stories, and closing student achievement gaps. 

Each year, the New Jersey Department of Education nominates public schools that meet the eligibility requirements provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Nominated schools are then invited to apply by the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information on how the New Jersey Department of Education nominates schools, see our 2021 Public School Nomination Guide.

New Jersey Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence

2020-21 Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence

  • Academy for Information Technology, Union County Vocational-Technical School District (Union County)
    • Superintendent: Gwendolyn Ryan
    • Principal: Colleen Gialanella
  • Hillside Elementary School, Closter Public School District (Bergen County)
    • Superintendent: Vincent McHale
    • Principal: Dianne Smith
  • John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Jamesburg Public School District (Middlesex County)
    • Superintendent: Dr. Gina Villani
    • Principal: Kristy DeFazio
  • Lucy N. Holman Elementary School, Jackson Township School District (Ocean County)
    • Superintendent: Nicole Pormilli
    • Principal: Richard Karas
  • North End Elementary School, Cedar Grove Township School District (Essex County)
    • Superintendent: Anthony Grosso
    • Principal: Traci Dyer
  • Torey J. Sabatini School, Madison Public School District (Morris County)
    • Superintendent: Mark Schwarz
    • Principal: Ileana Sing
  • Walter M. Schirra Elementary School, Old Bridge Township School District (Middlesex County)
    • Superintendent: David Cittadino
    • Principal: Courtney Lowery
  • Wemrock Brook School, Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools School District (Monmouth County)
    • Superintendent: Dr. John Marciante, Jr Ph.D.
    • Principal: Rebecca Seery
  • Weymouth Township Elementary School, Weymouth Township School District (Atlantic County)
    • Superintendent: Mary Lou DeFrancisco
    • Principal: Mary Lou DeFrancisco

Historical New Jersey National Blue Ribbon Schools (Excel)
A list of all New Jersey Blue Ribbon School winners.


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