Paterson’s School 28 designated National Blue Ribbon School | Paterson Times

Paterson’s School 28 designated National Blue Ribbon School


The city’s highest performing school has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

School 28 won the distinction of being an “Exemplary High Performing” school, making it one of 349 in the U.S. 18 schools in New Jersey were recognized with the award, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

The schools are recognized based on academic performance and their progress in closing the achievement gap among diverse groups of pupils.

“This is wonderful recognition of the dedicated work our educators are doing every day on behalf of our students at Public School 28,” said superintendent Eileen Shafer on Tuesday morning. “As principal, Nancy Castro has worked with the administrators and teachers to create a true culture of learning. I congratulate everyone at School 28 for earning this tremendous honor.”

The school educates 472 students in pre-k through 8th grades. Majority of the students come from economically disadvantaged background, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

The school is home to the Paterson Gifted and Talented Academy.

“At Public School 28, we know it is truly a privilege to work with young minds with growing curiosities every day,” said Nancy Castro, principal at School 28. “We try to make the most of our teaching opportunities every day, and I know that schools throughout Paterson share the same beliefs we do. We are grateful for this honor, and we look forward to living up to what it stands for as we continue our efforts.”

School 28 has been consistently recognized as the top performing elementary school in Passaic County based on Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) scores.

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Correction: A previous report stated there were 20 blue ribbon schools in NJ in 2018. There are 18.