TRENTON - New Jersey's Department of Education says nine low-performing schools will get extreme makeovers using a share of $55 million in federal grant money.

The schools designated Wednesday to receive the federal School Improvement Grants are in Camden, East Orange, Jersey City, Lakewood, Newark and Paterson. Schools were identified for the program because of consistently low test scores or graduation rates below 60 percent.

The program requires schools to take drastic steps to improve student performance. They include firing principals and teachers, extending the school day and offering financial incentives to recruit high-quality staff.

Twelve other New Jersey schools got grants last year, and 10 of them qualified for a second year of funding to help them fully implement the required changes.

Below are the schools that are expected to receive a share of the federal grant money.

District School Camden City Camden High School East Orange Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts Jersey City Lincoln High School Lakewood Township Lakewood High School Newark Avon Avenue Elementary School Newark Barringer High School Newark Hawthorne Avenue School Paterson Rev. Dr. Frank Napier, Jr. School (Number 4) Paterson Number 10