In 2010 Saint Ann School was the only Catholic school in New Jersey to be named a Blue Ribbon Nationally Recognized School of Excellence.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private K-12 schools for their academic excellence and ability to help students achieve at very high levels. The program sets a national standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement.
Selection criteria require a school to have a clear vision and shared sense of mission; challenging and up-to-date curriculum, policies, and practices to ensure a safe campus conducive to learning; evidence of family involvement; and a commitment to helping all students achieve high standards and test scores. Schools selected for recognition prepare an extensive written nomination package representing a thorough self-examination. Saint Ann School was awarded the Blue Ribbon based on its surpassing US Department of Education Blue Ribbon cutoff scores in Reading and Math Terra Nova testing in all grades tested for 5 consecutive years, and demonstrated use of testing results to drive instruction, evaluate the educational program, and develop the strategic plan.
Other significant factors include a demonstrated rapport with district schools in sharing of strategies and methods, as well as strong professional relationships; a strong, engaging relationship with the surrounding community, along with an active presence and involvement of the PTA to support the school; enhancement of the curriculum by student participation in many outside programs; rigorous curriculum with support for students with challenges and enrichment for students above grade level; a dedicated science lab and instructor to enhance the science curriculum and encourage scientific method and exploration; differentiation of instruction and the incorporation of an “Upper School” model to meet the needs of a K-8 student body; a strong commitment to professional development of faculty and staff; and a world language program that exceeds the standards set by the Council of American Private Education.