LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Little Falls School #3 was one of nine New Jersey public schools that have earned the Blue Ribbon designation for high student achievement and quality programs.

"This award is the highest honor a school can receive in the United States," stated District Superintendent Tracey Marinelli. "This prestigious accomplishment could not have been achieved without the help and support of the Little Falls Board of Education, school community, and the community at large. Please join me in congratulating our dedicated and enthusiastic teachers/staff, astonishing leader Mrs. Dilkes, and most importantly our ambitious and determined students."

National Blue Ribbon Schools are honored at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., where each receives a plaque and flag to signify its exemplary status. Details of the public and private schools that received the Blue Ribbon designation are provided on the U.S. Department of Education's website.

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The U.S. Department of Education announced the recipients earlier today. In addition to School #3, the other schools were Edith A. Bogert Elementary School in Upper Saddle River, Joseph D. Sharp Elementary School in Cherry Hill, Radix Elementary School in Monroe Township, Infinity Institute in Jersey City, Communications High School at Monmouth County Vocational, Mendham Township Elementary School in Mendham Township, Washington Elementary School in Westfield and Terence C. Reilly School No. 7 in Elizabeth.

“We congratulate the schools from New Jersey that have earned the U.S. Department of Education’s prestigious Blue Ribbon Schools award,” said Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet. “This recognition is conveyed to schools for overall academic achievement or for closing achievement gaps. Everyone in these communities should be proud of their efforts to improve the education for every child in their schools.”

"This is all thanks to the incredible administration, teachers, staff and students that we are so fortunate to have here in Little Falls," Mayor James Damiano posted on social media. "Every day I continue to be impressed by what the Little Falls Schools accomplish."