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Westwood, River Edge Schools Earn National Blue Ribbon Awards

Students at Berkeley Avenue Elementary School in Westwood work on writing essays.
Students at Berkeley Avenue Elementary School in Westwood work on writing essays. Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Education

WESTWOOD, N.J. – Two Bergen County schools, in Westwood and River Edge, have been named National Blue Ribbon schools for 2017.

Berkeley Avenue Elementary School in Westwood and St. Peter Academy in River Edge are among 352 schools nationwide, and 17 in New Jersey, to be given the distinction by the U.S. Department of Education.

The recognition is based on a school's overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

"National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future," said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. "You are visionaries, innovators and leaders. You have much to teach us: some of you personalize student learning, others engage parents and communities in the work and life of your local schools and still others develop strong and forward-thinking leaders from among your teaching staff."

On Nov. 6-7, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with these honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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