Five eighth-grade students at The Academy of Our Lady of Peace School in New Providence have been accepted to the prestigious Union County Vocational Technical School (“UCVTS”) high school program.

The so-called “Magnet School” system is actually comprised of five schools that are part of the UCVTS campus in Scotch Plains. The schools are highly competitive and offer admission only to a select number of exemplary students. All five students from the Academy that applied to the Magnet Schools were accepted; a tremendous achievement for these students. In fact, for the third year in a row, Academy students have enjoyed a 100% acceptance rate at the Magnet Schools. The students that were offered acceptance this year include: Kelly Donahue, Kara Schwerdt and Dana Tokarzewski at The Academy for Allied Health Sciences - offering a comprehensive program designed to prepare the doctors, nurses, medical technicians and health care managers of tomorrow; and Michael Nitzsche at The Magnet High School - one of the region’s most competitive and specialized programs in engineering, math, science and technology. 

Gaining acceptance to the schools of their choice and earning over $130,000 in scholarships, these students along with the rest of their eighth grade class, have demonstrated dedication and exceptional talent. They look forward to the opportunities and challenges that the next phase of their education will afford them. Congratulations to all.

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace is a private Catholic School located in downtown New Providence with students in grades Pre-K3 through Grade 8. Offering a challenging academic curriculum and many enrichment activities within a religious atmosphere, The Academy of Our Lady of Peace strives to inspire and prepare each student to achieve their personal best. For more information, please visit or call the school office at (908) 464-8657.