by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
NORTH CALDWELL'S GOULD SCHOOL RECOGNIZED by us department of education AS NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
Today the US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that Gould School in North Caldwell has been named an Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education (USDOE) based on the school's overall academic performance. Gould School is made up of 294 North Caldwell students in grades four through six.
According to the US DOE, the "Exemplary High Performing School" designation places Gould among New Jersey's highest performing schools as measured by state assessments.
US Department of Education
North Caldwell School District:
The USDOE profiled Gould School online here.
According to the US DOE, Gould's student population breakdown is:
Gould School's application was submitted by Principal Chris Checchetto and stated that it's mission is to "encourage the growth and development of each student to his or her full potential within an inclusive and caring school environment that fosters an enthusiastic love of learning, a sense of responsibility, sensitivity and appreciation of differing cultures, and an appreciation of the arts" and goes on to state "each day, following the morning announcements, Gould students are encouraged to strive to "Have the Best Day Ever."
The original application can be found online here.
Gould School was one of 367 schools selected; the full list of 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools can be found here.
North Caldwell posted the original recognition document online
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is now in its 38th year and has bestowed almost 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years.
This year's award ceremony will be streamed online in November.