NORTH CALDWELL, NJ -- Gould/Mountain Elementary School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education.

The school was one of only nine in New Jersey to earn the distinction, and the only one in Essex County.

These schools are among the state’s highest performing schools as measured by student growth, statewide assessment performance, graduation rates, and student group performance. 

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“Congratulations to these schools for earning this prestigious designation,” said Kevin Dehmer, New Jersey’s Interim Commissioner of Education. “New Jersey public schools are widely considered among the best in the nation, and these nine schools are exemplars of that level of excellence. All of the school administrators, educators, parents, students, and others involved with each of these school communities ought to be proud of their accomplishments.” 

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.

"I commend you for striving to do what's right for your students and to personalize your students' needs and strengths," said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a congratulatory letter. "Thank you for what you do to help your students realize their potential and achieve their dreams."