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Bernardsville, New Jersey
Somerset County
Somerset Hills Regional School District
Bernards High School is a public school located in Bernardsville, New Jersey with 840 students in grades 9-12.
Highlights
State of the art media center, language lab, and structured learning experience center.
Named to 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll. Ranked as the #732 STEM high school in the US.
Award Winning Yearbook, Chorus, Marching Band, and Jazz Ensemble.
Awards

BHS students received numerous honors. Seven students were named as National Merit Commended students and one student was named a National Merit Semifinalists. Forty-eight students were named AP Scholars, 24 qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award, 65 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award, 17 students qualified for the AP National Scholar Award.

Location
25 Olcott Avenue
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Contact
Principal: Mr. Scott Neigel
908-630-3000
sneigel@shsd.org
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Grades
9-12
White 70%
Black 1%
Asian 7%
Hispanic 20%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 2%
School size
840
students
Female 50.7%
Male 49.3%
Economically disadvantaged students 12%
Students with disabilities 14%
English learners 5%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
210
Grade Percent of total students Students
9th Grade 25%
206
10th Grade 26%
220
11th Grade 24%
199
12th Grade 26%
215
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English & language arts proficiency
68%
of students

Math proficiency
43%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
1.2
Incidents per year
Violence 4
Weapons 0
Vandalism 1
Substances 4
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 1
Total incidents 10
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
80%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 10%
1 to 5 days 39%
6 to 10 days 31%
11 to 15 days 13%
Over 15 days 7%
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English 83.3%
Spanish 13.0%
Other 2.8%
Chinese 1.0%
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Learn more about Bernards High School.

Mission

The Bernards High School philosophy is to develop the whole student through outstanding academic offerings and diverse co-curricular activities that challenge and motivate students to become lifelong learners.

Academics

Curriculum is aligned with New Jersey Student Learning Standards. BHS offers 23 Advanced Placement classes as well as honors level classes in all academic content areas. AP Computer Principles was added as a new course in the 2016-2017 school year.

Sports

Baseball (Boys), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Cheerleading (Girls), Cross Country (Boys & Girls), Fencing (Boys & Girls), Field Hockey (Girls), Football (Boys), Golf (Boys & Girls), Ice Hockey (Boys), Lacrosse (Boys & Girls), Skiing (Boys & Girls), Soccer (Boys & Girls), Softball (Girls), Swimming (Boys & Girls), Tennis (Boys & Girls), Track and Field - Spring (Boys & Girls), Track and Field - Winter (Boys & Girls), Wrestling (Boys)

Clubs

School Sponsored Clubs: Yearbook – Bernardian, Book Club, Newspaper – Crimson, Fall Drama, Debate Team, Green Team, Harvard Model Congress, Key Club, Marching Band, Math League, Spring Musical, Peer Leadership, Photo Club, Literary Magazine: Pinnacle, Robotics, Science Team: Biology, Chemistry I, Chemistry II, & Physics, Student Council.

Programs

The media center is available to students after school every school day until 5:00pm for studying and group work. Clubs, activities, and athletics meet before and after school to provide students with opportunities for growth outside the classroom.

Teachers

The staff at Bernards High School is continuously engaged in professional learning through Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) as well as department and individual professional development. A professional development institute is offered at the district level featuring internal instructors teaching sessions to their colleagues. Additionally, the district encourages teachers to attend workshops and traing sessions outside the district so that they can bring back resources and ideas.

Post high school

Class of 2019: 94% Post-Secondary. 79% planned to attend four year colleges and 15% planned to attend two year colleges.

Supports

BHS offers English Language Learning courses including a bilingual newcomer program. BHS also offers myriad programs for students with disabilities including a program for students with multiple disabilities. There is an Intervention and Referral Services team as well as a 504 team to assist students who are experiencing learning, behavior or health difficulties. All students have access to a certified counselor as well as a student assistance counselor for support.

Health

Students are engaged in physical activity during PE class or through our robust after school athletics program. Students take health classes all four years at BHS. Additionally, stress relief programs such as pet therapy and mindfulness are explored in small groups occasionally throughout the year.

Parents

The Bernards High School Home and School Association meets every other month to discuss upcoming events and school issues. Parent programs are offered as pertinent topics arise and are offered in conjunction with neighboring communities. BHS sends a Friday Folder home each week with important information for parents. Additionally, parents can access student grades through the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

Facilities

A new media center was completed in March of 2017 and has been open to students since that time. It is a state of the art media center with flexible seating, cooperative group rooms, and enhanced technological capabilities. A language lab with 30 seats and advanced technology was also added to the high school. In October of 2017, the C Wing Annex was opened in the old library space. This new wing houses a school store, living space, office space, classroom, speech room, OT/PT room, and rooms for small group instruction.

School safety

Bernards High School emphasizes school safety through various technological capacities and extensive work with the local police department. The school CERT team trains regularly for crisis situations and works with local law enforcement to prepare for potential school emergencies.

Technology

Starting in the classroom, students frequently use technology to support learning objectives by using Chromebook, personal laptops, or mobile devices. Teachers continually explore new inventive ways to incorporate technology into their classrooms by following models such as the SAMR framework to guide their levels of technology integration. BHS offers an after school technology club where students explore engineering principles. Students have chosen in the past to focus their engineering thinking towards robotics, computer game development, and computer programming. This past year BHS implemented the Project Lead the Way curriculum into our second year engineering course. This hands-on curriculum engaged students in topics ranging from mechanical advantage to electrical engineering. Students will also have access to unique opportunities such as scholarships, college course advancement, or training programs should they choose to pursue a career in engineering in the future.

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Our Math League continues to be active both in mathematics competitions and in fundraising efforts. Through competitions like the New Jersey Math League, Math Madness, AMC 10/12, and the Moody's Mega Math Challenge, students hone both critical thinking as well as high level mathematical skills. Through the BHS Math-a-Thon and other fundraising efforts, the team has raised several thousand dollars over the last few years which they donated to the Matheny School to benefit their math education program. Students from Bernards High participated in six academic science competitions this year: New Jersey Science League, the Chemistry Olympiad, the US Physics Team qualifying exam, and the NJ Physics Olympics. BHS science teams regularly place in the top 10 in the state.

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