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June 27, 2016

When it comes to education, this county is top-notch

Education Burlington County

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The largest in the state of New Jersey, Burlington County is home to more than 43 school districts with over 71,688 students enrolled. A talented and diverse bunch, the success of these students is led in part by the county’s excellent schools. Rich in opportunity for academic, creative and athletic pursuits, discover today why a Burlington County education will help your family go far.

Academic Excellence

In Burlington County, academic excellence is extolled and celebrated to inspire success within the community. For instance, the Burlington County Principles and Supervisors Association (BCPSA) holds an annual Burlington County Academic Achievement Dinner to honor and recognize the top 10th, 11th and 12th-grade students from each Burlington County High School. This kind of recognition speaks to the pride and sense of accomplishment that ripples throughout the county and encourages the community to achieve and pursue excellence. That same pursuit of excellence extends to private schools in the area. In 2015, Our Lady of Good Counsel School of Moorestown was named a National Blue Ribbon school, placing it among the best schools in the country.

Creative Pursuits

Along with excellent, inspiring education, Burlington County is a place where creative talent is fostered. For example, the Shawnee High School jazz band recently won the grand prize at the All South Jersey Jazz Festival. Creative outlets and pursuits like this one set the stage for students to nurture their talents and learn to express themselves creatively.

Athletics

Burlington schools also boast tremendous athletic talent. This past season four girls soccer teams in the area were named to the NJ.com Top 20 teams. Their success reflects the level of athletic competition across the county as a whole. And no one can forget one of the most exciting football games in the state this year, where Palmyra took the Central Jersey Group 1 title after being down 34-14 at halftime. Kameron Kennedy clinched the win over Keyport when he returned a fumble for the game-winning touchdown in a 35-34 victory.

The Means to Go Places

An education in Burlington County means you have a foothold to a brighter future. Year after year, Burlington County graduates go on to achieve great things. The average graduation rate for the class of 2015 was an impressive 91.8 percent -- higher than the state average of 89.7 percent! The talented 2016 class at Northern Burlington County Regional High School is going on to prestigious universities like Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Cornell and will take their athletic talents as far as Rutgers, TCNJ, and the US Naval Academy.

An education at the many accomplished schools in Burlington County primes you for a lasting impact in the world. Over at Willingboro High School, the last three valedictorians have gone on to pursue engineering programs in college, speaking to the technical aptitude that local high school teachers inspire and impart to their students.

Special Needs

Burlington County offers a wide range of educational services for special needs students through a network of programs operated by local public school districts, county public school districts, and private schools.

Whatever your family’s talents may be, Burlington County primes students to think and perform at a high level academically, athletically, and creatively. An education here will lead to a foolproof future as a global citizen.