FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. – The Academy of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Franklin Lakes has been named one of 329 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2016.
The distinction – from the U.S. Department of Education – is awarded to schools in communities throughout the country based on overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups.
The academy, an elementary school within the Archdiocese of Newark, was recognized for overall academic excellence.
“National Blue Ribbon Schools are proof that we can prepare every child for college and meaningful careers,” U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. said. He called the schools, “shining examples for your communities, your state and the nation.”
In the school’s application for the award, the academy described itself as “a small faith-based educational community of approximately two hundred students that boasts a unique family atmosphere. The school offers small class sizes, a dedicated and caring faculty and staff, supportive parents, and strong parish collaboration.”
The academy is one of 10 schools from New Jersey and two from Bergen County to receive the award this year. Lyncrest Elementary School in Fair Lawn was also recognized for overall academic excellence.