NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Academy of Our Lady of Peace was recognized Sept. 28 as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence based on the school’s overall academic performance by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, according to the school’s Principal Joel Castillo, Ed.S.

“National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future,” said DeVos to the honorees. “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.”

The Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating a safe and welcoming school where students master challenging content.

This award is given to a select number of private or public schools that exceed the criteria and represents exemplary teaching and learning.
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