Mahwah School Given Distinguished ‘Blue Ribbon’ Title By US Department of Education

School is one of 269 in the country awarded the 2012 title

Mahwah’s has been named a 2012 Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education, according to an announcement made by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Friday.

Of over 10,000 eligible schools, Betsy was one of only 269 to receive the recognition this year.

The school’s and released an announcement about the award to the school’s families Friday.

“The Blue Ribbon signifies excellence in the classroom that has been a characteristic in Mahwah for a very long time. Hard-working students, dedicated staff, supportive HSOs, and parents who value education have long been the benchmark of the Mahwah Public Schools. We share this award with all of them and the entire Mahwah community,” it said.

The two also acknowledged the work of past principal Catherine Bennett, who , and “all past and present staff who contributed to this outstanding honor.”

According to a release from the Secretary of Education, the Blue Ribbon distinction is given to schools in one of two categories, “Exemplary High Performing,” or “Exemplary Improving.”

Betsy was named in the “Exemplary High Performing” category, which the release said recognizes schools that are “among their state’s highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.”

This November, the DOE will present Blue Ribbon awards to 219 public and 50 private schools at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. 

“Our nation has no greater responsibility than helping all children realize their full potential,” Duncan said in the release. “Schools honored with the National Blue Ribbon Schools award are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and that education is the surest pathway to a strong, secure future.”

Betsy is one of 16 New Jersey schools that received the Blue Ribbon recognition this year. See the full list here.


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hsr September 08, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I get it now the low taxes and good schools are due to the police force! Hooray!!
Mark Case September 08, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Yes absolutely, according to this Chardel character who is a loon posting all over this site and every other Patch site in Bergen Cty. Heard he is a paid poster by Team Laforet and who is Bill's biggest supporter??? The Police Chief! Connecting the dots now? If Laforet is re-elected the Police Chief will be running the town! Rumor has it he is doing it now. Ask the ambulance corps. Ask the fire dept who led the charge to get rid of sirens.......The Police Chief! Hopefully people are smart enough to see what is coming and how some are trying to FOOL us. Like Chardel.
Andy Schmidt September 09, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Congratulations to the great teaching staff of Betsy Ross for having delivered well above-average results year after year, to Cathy Bennett whose management of the school and staff probably created the environment to go above and beyond, the parents and HSO who provided supported where it was needed -- and congratulations to the children who've been working hard on maintain good test scores as they move through the grades.
MarcB September 09, 2012 at 01:05 PM
How does a comment saying the 3 most important things a town must have 1. Safe Town to live, good police force 2. Low Taxes 3. Good Schools turn into a political debate? Any resident that has a family looks for these 3 thing when choosing where to live. This award goes to #3 good schools. Mark C, I don't see how you are reading that CV said thanks to the police the schools are better. He was thanking the police for a safe town. Please don't turn a great article on our schools into a personal attack on a poster. these articles are what people will seach on search engines to see if Mahwah is a town they may want to live in and raise a family in. These threads are not the image we should have as a town
Gottardo DiGiacopo September 09, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Well done educators, administrators, and students... really something to be proud of!


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