The Academy for Performing Arts (APA) at Union County Vocational & Technical Schools has been selected as a 2016 Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education.
APA is one of ten public and parochial schools in New Jersey and 329 schools nation-wide recognized with this year’s Blue Ribbon award, one of the most prestigious honors in the US education system.
The Academy for Performing Arts offers a rigorous academic program along with pre-professional training in theater arts, dance, or technical theater.
Union County’s career academy joins 20 other New Jersey county vocational-technical schools that have been recognized with the Blue Ribbon awards over the past 10 years.
“Congratulations to the students and staff at APA and the entire Union County Vocational & Technical Schools district, which has seen four of its schools receive Blue Ribbon designations in the past few years,” said Timothy McCorkell, the president of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools (NJCCVTS) and the superintendent of the Monmouth County Vocational School District.
“It’s both a state and national recognition of excellence, since state officials nominate the schools and the federal education department makes the final selections,” he said.
Blue Ribbon school designations honor schools that are consistently high performing and schools that have demonstrated exceptional improvements in student achievement in recent years. APA received the award based on the career academy’s consistent record of academic excellence.
“The Blue Ribbon recognition is an endorsement of the engaging career-focused learning opportunities that career and technical education provides in addition to a full academic program,” McCorkell said.
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New Jersey county vocational-technical high schools that have been honored with Blue Ribbon School designations since 2006 include:
Atlantic County Institute of Technology – 2008
Bergen County Academies – 2006 and 2015
Bergen Tech/Teterboro – 2012
Biotechnology High School (Monmouth County Vocational School District) – 2014
Bloomfield Tech (Essex County Vocational-Technical Schools) – 2009 and 2015
Communications High School (Monmouth County Vocational School District) – 2012
High Tech High School (Hudson County Schools of Technology) – 2013
Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences – 2014
Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies – 2013
Middlesex County Vocational & Technical School at Perth Amboy – 2012
Newark Tech (Essex County Vocational-Technical Schools) – 2015
Marine Academy of Science and Technology (Monmouth County Vocational School District) – 2013
Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (Ocean County Vocational-Technical Schools) – 2012
Morris County School of Technology – 2013
Monmouth County Academy for Allied Health and Science – 2007
Ocean County Performing Arts Academy – 2014
Union County Academy for Information Technology – 2013
Union County Academy for Performing Arts – 2016
Union County Magnet High School – 2004 and 2013
Union County Tech – 2012
West Caldwell Tech (Essex County Vocational-Technical Schools) – 2012