The Bedminster Township School District serves students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Bedminster Township Elementary School has an enrollment of approximately 620 students and is located in Bedminster. Public school students in grades 9-12 attend Bernards High School, located in Bernardsville as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the neighboring Somerset Hills Regional School District.
Bedminster Elementary School (Pre K-8) – Bedminster Township Elementary School has an enrollment of 620, a staff of 66 teachers and a full time Child Study Team. After graduation, students attend Bernards High School in Bernardsville. The elementary school is located at 234 Somerville Road in Bedminster.
The administration of this single school district rests with a nine member board, superintendent, principal, supervisor of instruction, school business administrator and director of student services. Collaboration among all stakeholders is at the very core of all the school’s programs and initiatives. This is evident with broad stakeholder input generated from curriculum surveys, a Technology Steering Committee, a Professional Development Committee, Evaluation Committee and the active support from our PTO, who provide enhancements such as the Science Day and the NJ Shakespeare Theatre.
The Bedminster School is dedicated to the education of students by instilling a passion for learning and exploration in a creative, nurturing environment. The Board is firm in its resolve to embrace the shared values of the community and has a strong belief that:
- Every student will be offered a strong, challenging academic program.
- Students will be prepared for the continuously evolving technological world.
- Our community is part of a global society, and therefore each child must value diversity and develop self-respect, while demonstrating respect for others.
- We are a community of learners with the goal of improving student learning.
- Staff development is integral to teacher effectiveness and strategic school improvement.
- We embrace the standards set forth by the New Jersey Department of Education.
- We collaborate with the community, are flexible, responsive and fiscally responsible.
Bernards High School BHS (9-12) – Located at 25 Olcott Avenue in Bernardsville with approximately 759 students, BHS continues its long tradition of academic excellence. BHS students received numerous honors. Eleven students were named as National Merit Commended students. Thirteen students were named as Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars. (Awarded by the state, these scholarships are based on a formula that includes SAT scores, class rank and size of class). Forty three seniors qualified for the President’s Award for Educational Excellence. The criteria included GPA, class rank, SAT scores, standardized testing and significant achievement in a subject area. Thirty five seniors and recent graduates were named AP Scholars, fifteen students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award, five qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award, and three students qualified for the AP National Scholar Award. Also, one student was a National Merit Semi-Finalist, and one student was named a National Merit Finalist.
Bernards High School has been regularly recognized by both national and state publications. Most recently, BHS was ranked within the top 2% of high schools nationwide in Newsweek. Additionally, New Jersey Monthly consistently places BHS on its prestigious top 75 list. Although BHS is considered a small high school, the school environment, student performance and student outcomes are exceptional.
As a National-Service Learning Leader School, Bernards High School continues to receive recognition at the county, state, and national level for its commitment to inculcate the value of service in the school. Eighty students were inducted into the Community Service Century Club for completing over 100 hours of service. Twenty six students were inducted into the Platinum Club for over 200 hours of service and one student received the Special Recognition for completing over 450 hours of community service.
New Jersey Science League teams fared well with Biology I finishing 53rd out of 158 teams, Biology II finishing 69th out of 144 teams, Chemistry I finishing 19th out of 162 teams, Physics C finishing 28th out of 66 teams, and Physics I finishing 42nd out of 146 teams. Physics classes participated in the nationwide program “Adopt-A-Physicist” which allowed students the opportunity to interact with physicists through a variety of means in an effort to both further their understanding of physics and to gain an appreciation for the work of theoretical and applied physicists.
Seventy two percent of the BHS student body participated in one or more sports. The following teams won championships for the 2009/2010 school year: Girls Cross Country – Conference Division; Boys Fencing – District; Girls Fencing – Conference & District; Field Hockey – Conference Division; Girls Lacrosse – Conference Division; Boys Soccer – Conference Division; Girls Soccer – State Sectional Group; Boys Tennis – Conference Division; Boys Spring Track and Field – Conference Division; Girls Spring Track and Field – Conference Division & State Sectional Group; Girls Winter Track and Field – State Sectional Group and State Group.
The 2009-2010 BHS marching band won 1st Place at the Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Championships, 3rd Place at the Yamaha Cup at Giants Stadium, 2nd Place at the Roxbury High School Competition and won best overall effect at the Hillsborough High School Competition. The BHS jazz ensemble received an outstanding rating at the annual Warren Hills High School Jazz Band Festival. In the fall the ensemble performed with celebrity, Joe Piscopo. The BHS concert band, jazz ensemble, and marching band performed throughout the parks at Disneyland in Anaheim, California during the spring of 2010. Last year the art and photography students participated in a student gallery show at Burnt Mills Galleries in Bernardsville. The event was such a success, the owners of the gallery have opened the event to an annual high school art and photography show.
The Math League placed 2nd in Somerset County and was ranked in the top 5% of schools in the state. Math League students also collected 8 boxes filled with math related materials that were sent to a school in need located the South Bronx, NY; conducted a math contest for an accelerated 3rd grade math class at the district’s elementary school and marked their inaugural participation in Moody’s Mega Math competition which is a 14-hour competition where students are given a real world problem to research, analyze and propose a solution. AP and IB math students took a field trip to see Eureka! – a theatrical performance featuring mathematicians as characters. All AP Calculus BC students who took the AP exam earned a 3, 4, or 5; half of these students received a 5. The class of 2010 had the second highest average SAT math scores in the school’s history. Two students earned perfect 300 scores on the math HSPA exam.
One student received an award for the National French Exam. Twenty seven French students visited from Rambouillet, France as part of the Louis Bascan/BHS exchange program. One World Language student won an award in the William Paterson University World Language Poetry Recitation Contest, placing second in the ESL Intermediate Division. Twenty-one out of fifty-eight students who sat for the National Latin Exam received awards.
It is important to note that the inclusive atmosphere at Bernards High extends from the classrooms to the co-curricular activities. In recent years, students with special needs have been involved in activities such as student government, school publications, auditioned performing arts ensembles, Peer Leadership, and National Honor Society. Moreover, they are often leaders in community service, and student involvement on the playing fields has extended to every sport offered at the school. Students have attended field trips to the Federal Court House, Raritan Valley Community College, Kean College, William Paterson University and the School of Visual Arts. In the Life & Transition Skills program, students benefited from hearing guest speakers from technical institutions, the police department, and the Army National Guard. Every year students in the special education program attend the Dare to Dream Conference sponsored by the NJ Department of Education, and in fact, several students have been presenters at this event. A majority of graduating seniors continue their education either in two or four year college placements.
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