Eight New Jersey public schools have been named 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education, the highest award given by the federal agency.

Since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has identified and celebrated excellence in education. The more than 8,500 recognized public and non-public National Blue Ribbon Schools represent U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Native tribes, territories, and military bases. Together they feature effective teaching and learning at all grade levels, in all geographic settings, and with all students.

Nationwide, 349 schools were honored. The eight public schools and 10 New Jersey nonpublic schools were recognized for their academic performance, although schools can also be recognized for successfully closing the achievement gap.

The public schools are:

  • Glen Rock High School (Glen Rock School District, Bergen County)
  • McNair Academic High School (Jersey City School District, Hudson County)
  • East Amwell Township School (East Amwell Township School District, Hunterdon County)
  • Academy of Allied Health & Science (Monmouth County Vocational School District, Monmouth County)
  • Wolf Hill Elementary School (Oceanport School District, Monmouth County)
  • Old Farmers Road School (Washington Township School District, Morris County)
  • James Fallon Elementary School (Wayne School District, Passaic County)
  • School 28 (Paterson School District, Passaic County)

More Good News

New Jersey public schools rank among the best in the nation in almost every indicator. Learn more about the great things our students and school employees are achieving on NJEA’s Good News page.

Classroom Close-up NJ is a half-hour television program that features innovative projects in New Jersey public schools. The 15-time Emmy® award-winning show is in its 25th season and airs on NJTV every Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  The show is the only television program in the country devoted to featuring the positive things happening in public schools. Watch the show online here, or catch it on NJTV.

Some of the 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools have been featured on Classroom Close-up. Watch those segments:

Glen Rock High School 


Cyber-bullying – Andrew Yeager, a school psychologist from Park Ridge, wrote a teacher’s guide for a cyber-bullying program produced by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s office. Students from Glen Rock High School view a video called Sticks and Stones, which warns of the dangers of internet bullying, harassment, peer pressure and conflict, hate speech and suicide.


McNair Academic High School


High School Heroes – Students at McNair Academy High School in Jersey City learn about organ donation directly from a recipient. This lesson is part of the NJ Sharing Network’s High School Heroes Program, which is designed to help schools address the New Jersey Hero Act. The legislation requires that every public high school in New Jersey include information about organ and tissue donation in its health and physical education curriculum.


Old Farmers Road School

This school has been featured four times on Classroom Close-up NJ. Watch the most recent segment, “Patchwork.”


Children at Old Farmers Road Elementary school in Washington Township (Morris County) learn about math through the art of quilting. A Dolores Corona Hipp Grant is awarded to outstanding math programs each year in New Jersey. See what Patchwork of Polygons, Patterns and Prose is all about. This program was funded through an NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation grant.

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