Named for Sir Francis Bernard, the township of Bernards is in Somerset County. Known as a bedroom suburb of New York City, Bernards is nestled within the Raritan Valley. With a population of just under 27,000 people and a land area of over 24 square miles, the town is on the larger side – but still has a charming, small-town feel. It is surrounded by picturesque scenery, with the Second Watchung Mountain in the southwest, the Dead River swamp south of town, and several wildlife preserves and parks in the east. There are a few unincorporated communities within Bernards – including Basking Ridge, Franklin Corner, Green Knoll, and others.
The schools in Bernards are highly rated and offer plenty of both academic and extracurricular activities for their students. Kids in pre-K through 12th grade attend schools within the Bernards Township School District. The district is made up of just under 5,000 students and around 460 teachers. The town’s Ridge High School won the National Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence, which is the highest award an American school can receive. Other schools in the district have also won awards for their performance over the last few decades. Besides award-winning public schools, there are also several prestigious private schools nearby.
Conveniently located near both NYC and Philadelphia, Bernards is a popular choice among commuters. The town is located near several major highways, bus services, and a nearby train station in Basking Ridge. However, there is plenty to do within the township itself. There are many restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and shopping centers right in town. History buffs might enjoy the Franklin Corners Historic District, a 47-acre area that includes many historic buildings and sites.
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