Communications High School, a Monmouth County Vocational High School located next to Wall High School, has been awarded one of the U.S. Department of Educations highest honors.
The prestigious award recognizes public and non-public elementary, middle, and high schools where students consistently achieve at high levels or where student performance has improved significantly. State departments of education nominate schools for the prestigious awards annually, according to the DOE.
Communications High was one of 17 New Jersey schools – nine public and eight parochial – named as Blue Ribbon winners. Six of those public schools are vocational/technical schools, according to the release.
Communications High School, which opened in 2000, is a four-year, full-time career academy specializing in communications arts. Every course offered to its 340 pupils is at the honors level, according to the release.
“I want to congratulate the students, teachers, principals and parents at these nine schools for all of their hard work and dedication in ensuring their students are making strong academic progress and are on track to graduate college or career ready, “ said state Department of Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf. “Only a few schools in the nation receive Blue Ribbon honors each year, and it is such an honor for the outstanding work and remarkable progress of these schools to be spotlighted nationally.”
Dr. Phillip Guenther, president of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools and superintendent of Atlantic County Institute of Technology, also congratulated the schools.
“This well-deserved recognition of outstanding student achievement demonstrates that 21st century career and technical education is far more challenging and rigorous than many people assume, providing excellent opportunities for all types of students to succeed,” Guenther said.
A list of all the schools designated as Blue Ribbon schools can be found here: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/2012/index.html