MORRISTOWN, NJ – Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty presented the Assumption School with a town proclamation to recognize the school’s coveted National Blue Ribbon School Award given by the United States Department of Education late last fall.  Out of 287 public and 50 private schools nationwide, 11 in New Jersey, the Assumption School was chosen for its overall academic excellence.

As a private school, the Assumption School is recognized as “exemplary high performing” because its student achievement in English and mathematics is among the highest in the country (top 15%), measured by state and national assessments and/or tests. The school is also judged on its goals and vision as presented in its application.

“I am very proud to honor the Assumption School for receiving such a distinguished award,” stated Mayor Dougherty.  “National Blue Ribbon Schools represent a standard of educational excellence and having this new title only further demonstrates their work towards the goal of preparing our youth for academic achievement.”

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The proclamation was given during the school’s Spirit Week, specifically on its designated Service Project Day, where students spent time filling several backpacks with schools supplies for a Hudson county Catholic school in need. 

“We all work very hard here, and by all I mean the teachers, parents, staff and certainly our students,” commented Sister Merris Larkin, Assumption School Principal. “We want our students to be prepared academically, but much of that is also intertwined with who they believe themselves to be.  Our students are confident, grounded and happy and that is truly worth it all.”


About Assumption School: The Assumption School is a Catholic School for Pre-School and K-8 established in 1850 and is the second oldest Catholic School in the Diocese of Paterson. The Assumption School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.