JERSEY CITY, N.J. — On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Education announced County Prep High School as one of nine New Jersey schools to receive the National Blue Ribbon School honors. The award, which was only presented to 367 schools nationwide, reaffirms the diligent effort made by the Hudson County Schools of Technology to provide students with a safe, engaging and rewarding educational experience.
“Receiving a Blue Ribbon Schools designation from the U.S. Department of Education is an outstanding achievement for our district and validates our dedication, commitment and passion to education,” said Superintendent Amy Lin-Rodriguez. “We are all incredibly proud of the students, instructors, support staff and leadership at County Prep High School for earning this prestigious award.”
County Prep High School is one of Hudson County’s two vocational high schools and gives students the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom through internships, partnerships with Hudson County Community College and other hands-on learning experiences. The school was designated as a National Blue Ribbon School under the category of “Exemplary High Performing Schools” for being among New Jersey’s highest performing schools as measured by state and national testing scores.
“While this past school year was far from conventional, our students and staff have once again proven they are prepared to rise to the occasion, regardless of challenges they may encounter,” said County Prep High School Principal Barbara Mendolla. “Today, and everyday, we celebrate the accomplishments of our school and are incredibly proud to be nationally recognized for our commitment to education and the long term success of our students.”
“Hudson County Schools of Technology is home to many of the state’s brightest and most ambitious students,” said Board President Craig Guy. “The Blue Ribbon School designation is a tremendous honor for our district and behalf of the entire board, I congratulate County Prep on this achievement.”
A copy of the announcement can be viewed online here. A virtual ceremony to honor recipients will be held on November 12 and 13.