New Providence High School has been named a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S.Department of Education. National Blue Ribbon Schools are chosen based on their overall academic excellence or for their success in closing achievement gaps.  New Providence High School was named among 304 public and private schools in the country as an award recipient and will be honored by the Department of Education at a conference and awards ceremony Nov. 14-15 in Washington, D.C. 

The National Blue Ribbon School award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve at high levels.  Since 1982, more than 6,500 of America’s schools have received this coveted award.

David M. Miceli, Ed. D., Superintendent of Schools, said, “Onbehalf of the Board, I want to congratulate our students, staff,administration, and the entire school community for this nationalrecognition.  The Blue Ribbon Award is anacknowledgement of our commitment to excellence, sustained achievement, andtireless efforts by our students and staff.”

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The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, honors public and private schools based on one of two criteria: 1) Schools whose students are high performing.  These are schools ranked among each state’s highest performing schools as measured by their performance on state assessments or, in the case of private schools, that score at the highest performance level on nationally normed tests; or 2) Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that improve student performance to high levels as measured by the school’s performance on state assessments or nationally-normed tests.  

Before selecting National Blue Ribbon Schools, the Department asks for nominations from the top education official in every state,the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates private schools. A total of 413 schools nationwide are nominated, based on the number of K-12 students and the number of schools in each jurisdiction. The schools are invited by the Secretary of Education to submit an application for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.   

A list of the 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools is available at http://www.ed.gov/nationalblueribbonschools.