Jersey City School Honored With National Blue Ribbon Distinction

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JERSEY CITY, NJ – HCST County Prep High School in Jersey City was recently named one of 367 National Blue Ribbon Schools in 2020 by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

The distinction is based on a school’s overall academic performance and/or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Education.

Nine schools in New Jersey were selected to receive the title: Clark Mills School in Manalapan, Gould/Mountain School in North Caldwell, HCST County Prep High School in Jersey City, Henry B. Milnes Elementary School in Fair Lawn, Island Heights Grade School in Island Heights, Lillian M. Steen School in Bogota, Old Turnpike School in Califon, Riverview Elementary School in Denville and School No. 5 in Linden.

“Congratulations to this year’s National Blue Ribbon School awardees,” said Secretary DeVos. “It’s a privilege to recognize the extraordinary work you do to meet students’ needs and prepare them for successful careers and meaningful lives.”

Watch Secretary DeVos announce the winning schools below:

Each year, the award-winning schools are recognized with one of two honors: Exemplary High Performing Schools and Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools.

HCST County Prep High School was named among the high-performing schools, according to the news release. The institution teaches approximately 900 students in grades 9 through 12.

“County Prep High School is a dynamic urban school that reaches beyond the building walls to connect with our diverse student body, their families, and the county-wide community,” reads the school’s profile on the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program website.

“During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have successfully supported students with devices 1:1 and allowed our instructors to effectively educate them. Whether in-person, virtual, or hybrid our educators have pivoted to rise to the challenges of teaching both their subject matter and resilience.”

View the list of all 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools here.

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