December 20, 2013 at 6:56 AM
SHORT HILLS, NJ – St. Rose of Lima Academy has been designated a National Blue Ribbon School in the category of Exemplary High Performing Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. The academy was one of only fifteen New Jersey schools awarded in that category this year.
“The hard work of our students, the highly skilled faculty and the dedicated and supportive parents combined to help us secure this national honor,” said Diane Pollak, the Academy’s principal.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' academic achievement. A National Blue Ribbon Schools flag has become a recognized mark of excellence in education.
One of the oldest Catholic elementary schools in New Jersey, St. Rose of Lima Academy is the only Blue Ribbon elementary and middle school in Millburn/Short Hills.
Over the past few years, St. Rose of Lima Academy has raised money from parents, parishioners and alumni to invest in major facilities improvements, including a new science lab and a Technology Learning Center with 26 new computers and 22-inch multi-touch flat screen monitors. The academy has also purchased dozens of iPads for students and teachers to use in the classroom.
“Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said when announcing the designation. “Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education.”
St. Rose of Lima Academy is located at 52 Short Hills Avenue; 973-379-3973; www.srlacademy.org.