Federal education officials have recognized the hard work of local students, educators, and parents by awarding Paterson School 28 with the coveted Blue Ribbon School distinction. According to a statement by Superintendent Eileen Shafer the school was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education program as “Exemplary High Performing.”

Public School 28 is the academic home of students from Pre-K to 8th grade school with special needs, teaching them in an inclusive environment, while also providing a Gifted & Talented Program that maintains a rigorous curriculum and sets high expectations for its students.

“This is wonderful recognition of the dedicated work our educators are doing every day on behalf of our students at Public School 28,” Shafer said before crediting principal Nancy Castro for working with the administrators and teachers to create a “true culture of learning.”

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“Principal Castro and her team at School 28 have been working tirelessly to teach according to the diverse needs within their student population,” said Paterson Board of Education President Oshin Castillo. “It’s not easy to maintain high expectations of your students as well as yourself. But the educators at School 28 somehow get it done. That is why I am so proud of them for winning this national honor.”

Castro went on to say that it is a “a privilege to work with young minds with growing curiosities,” before adding her belief that schools through Paterson share the same mission as School 28, “to make the most of our teaching opportunities every day.”

Established in 1982 the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program award recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either are achieving very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.


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