Bernard Township School District's A+ Rating

Liberty Corner School, one of Bernards Township's four elementary school. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP  - Niche, an online data collecting site, recently awarded the Bernards Township School district an A-plus, ranking them the 8th best school district in New Jersey. 

Niche is a company with the goal of allowng users to paint a clearer picture of the area they would like live in or they already live in. Niche gathers its information through reviews and public data sets. With this information they generate rankings and an understanding on the area of inquiry.

Bernard Township District was ranked on 10 categories: academics; teachers; clubs and activities; administration; food; diversity; college readiness; health and safety; sports; resources and facilities. The district scored an A-plus in all of those categories, except for diversity, an area they scored a B.

The high rating partially could be linked to the district’s finances. In total Bernard Township’s total expenses are $95,228,000, with 59 percent of this allotted to instruction and 37 percent being allocated to support services. The national average cost per student is $11,890, Bernard Township expenses per student are $16,739, according to Niche.

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This monetary focus on instruction and students is reflected in positive academic scores. Students in Bernards Township have 79 percent reading proficiency, 74 percent math proficiency, an average score of 1320 on the SATs, and a graduation rate of 98 percent The high school national graduation rate in the 2014-2015 school year was 83 percent. The state of New Jersey falls between 85 to 90 percent.

Niche also credited part of the success in the classroom has to do with the 13 to 1, student to teacher ratio, which allows better teachings, and reduces the chances of a struggling student to be overlooked.


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