TRENTON, NJ  – Chatham's Milton Avenue School has been named one of nine high-performing schools in New Jersey to be recognized as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School, it was announced Tuesday, Sept. 30, by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Duncan named nine public schools as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools in recognition of their high student achievement levels and the quality of their programs.

David Hespe, New Jersey’s Acting Commissioner of Education, issued the following statement:

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“I want to congratulate the students, parents, and educators at these nine high-performing schools for their dedication to excellence and for providing programs that will prepare their students to graduate ready for college and career. It truly is a great honor for a school to receive such national recognition for all the hard work that goes into education every day.

"While the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program emphasizes student achievement, it also recognizes leadership that clearly articulates goals and holds everyone to high standards. It rewards a partnership of families and educators who work together toward a shared vision.”

National Blue Ribbon Schools are honored at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC, where each receives a plaque and flag to signify its exemplary status. These schools serve as exemplars for other schools throughout the nation. Details of their achievements are provided on the U.S. Department of Education’s website.

The nine New Jersey public schools that earned the 2014 Blue Ribbon Schools designation include:


School District

School Name


Union City School District

Woodrow Wilson Elementary School



Pace Charter School of Hamilton


Middlesex County Vocational School District

Allied Health & Biomedical Science


Monmouth County Vocational School District

Biotechnology High School


Chatham School District

Milton Avenue School


Mendham Township School District

Mendham Township Middle School


Ocean County Vocational School District

Performing Arts Academy


Bernards Township School District

Mount Prospect Elementary School


Elizabeth School District

William F. Halloran School #22