Monmouth County Vocational School District’s Academy for Allied Health and Science (AAHS) in Neptune has been honored as a 2018 national Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education.
This is the third Blue Ribbon designation for AAHS, which also won the award in 2001 and 2007.
“The Blue Ribbon award is both a state and national recognition of excellence, since the state education departments nominate the schools and the USED makes the final selections,” said Scott Moffitt, the president of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools and the superintendent of the Morris County Vocational School District. “It is the most prestigious honor in the United States’ education system.”
Blue Ribbon school designations recognize public, private and parochial schools that are either consistently high performing or have demonstrated exceptional improvements in student achievement in recent years. AAHS won the 2018 award for consistent academic excellence.
Since 2006, 22 New Jersey county vocational-technical schools have been awarded the Blue Ribbon designation. The list includes both specialized academies like AAHS, and comprehensive county vocational-technical high schools that offer a wide variety of career preparation programs.
“The continued recognition of county vocational-technical high schools is an endorsement of the hands-on, engaging educational opportunities that career and technical education provides to students in all types of programs,” Moffitt said.
Monmouth County Vocational School District Superintendent Timothy McCorkell said AAHS’ award should also be celebrated by the local Monmouth County school districts whose students attend the school.
“They have prepared these young people to thrive and achieve in this extremely rigorous, career-focused environment, and they deserve much of the credit for their students’ success and national recognition,” McCorkell said.
AAHS offers an honors-level curriculum with an emphasis on science, technology, and service learning, with a specific focus on preparation for careers in medicine and the health sciences.
The school’s partnerships with more than 60 agencies, organizations, and individuals supplement classroom instruction and give students hands-on, real-world experiences in various health care fields, beginning in the ninth grade.
Articulation agreements with the Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Georgian Court University and Monmouth University allow students to earn college credits for some of their high school course work.
New Jersey county-vocational 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 Schools of Technology) – 2009 and 2015
West Caldwell Tech (Essex County Schools of Technology) – 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
Communications High School (Monmouth County Vocational School District) – 2012
Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST, Monmouth County Vocational School District) – 2013
Monmouth County Academy for Allied Health and Science – 2001, 2007 and 2018
Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES, Ocean County Vocational-Technical Schools) – 2012
Newark Tech (Essex County Schools of Technology) – 2015
Morris County School of Technology – 2013
Ocean County Performing Arts Academy – 2014
Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences – 2017
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