Kearny named school ‘District of Distinction’


The Kearny Board of Education has been named a “District of Distinction” by District Administration magazine.

The magazine selects school districts around the nation for recognition of “K to 12 initiatives that are yielding quantifiable benefits and that could be replicated by other districts.”

In the past year, the magazine has so recognized 176 school districts.

Kearny was singled out for implementation of its “Learning Today, Earning Tomorrow” initiative, a college/career readiness program.

As explained by the publication, through the program “students at Kearny High School prepare for a range of careers” by incorporating “rigorous technical standards and critical workplace skills, such as problem-solving, communication and teamwork.”

“In the past few years, career technical programs have been developed, including photography, culinary arts and a Cisco Networking Academy. And the school offers AP and college-level courses on-site through Hudson County Community College,” the magazine said.

The Cisco Networking Academy is credited with helping prepare students for potential future careers in “configuring network devices, routers, ISP services and troubleshooting.

“Similarly, the culinary program allows students to earn college credits from the Culinary Institute of America.”

The magazine goes on to note that, “All of the students in the program now graduate and perform above the New Jersey state average in English language arts and math [and] 52% of Kearny students participate in career and technical education coursework, compared to just 19% of students nationwide.”

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