The National Blue Ribbon School Program has two categories into which it classifies its annual awards: Exemplary High Performing Schools and  Exemplary Improving Schools.  All of the schools in the Archdiocese of Newark that have been awarded Blue Ribbon status fall into the category of  Exemplary High Performing Schools. 

According the to the U.S. Department of Education, Exemplary High Performing schools are among their state’s highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests…Using standards of excellence evidenced by student achievement measures and research-based indicators of school quality, the Department celebrates high-performing schools…”