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September 29, 2016

Each year, the U.S. Department of Education recognizes schools that demonstrate overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps and calls them “Blue Ribbon Schools.” This year, 10 New Jersey schools had this honor bestowed on them — six public schools, including a charter and a county magnet school, and four Catholic schools.

The schools chosen for 2016 include three public elementary schools — Cedar Hill Elementary in Towaco, Essex Fells School in Essex Fells, and Lyncrest Elementary School in Fair Lawn. Also named were four K-8 Catholic schools — Academy of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Franklin Lakes; St. Augustine of Canterbury School, Kendall Park; St. Cassian Elementary, Upper Montclair; and Saint Peter School, Point Pleasant Beach.

Rounding out the 10 schools are a public middle school, Cranbury School, Cranbury; a chartered middle school, Central Jersey College Prep Charter School, Somerset; and a county magnet high school, Academy for the Performing Arts, Scotch Plains.

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