Gill St. Bernard's School
|Gill St. Bernard's School|
|Motto||Schola Mundus Est|
"The World is Our Classroom"
|Enrollment||657 (as of 2015-16, plus 32 in PreK)|
|Student to teacher ratio||7.6:1|
|Campus||208 acres (840,000 m2)|
|Athletics conference||Skyland Conference|
|Tuition||$42,000 (9-12 for 2019-20)|
Gill St. Bernard's School is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school located in the Gladstone section of Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey, United States, serving students in primary (3- to 4-year-olds) through twelfth grade. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1979;
Gill St. Bernard's School is a member of and accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools and the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. In 2014, Gill St. Bernard's was ranked the number four private high school in New Jersey by national ranking service Niche.
As of the 2015–16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 657 students (plus 32 in PreK) and 86.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 7.6:1. The school's student body was 74.4% White, 12.5% Asian, 4.6% Hispanic, 3.0% Black and 5.5% two or more races. Class sizes average fourteen to seventeen students, depending on the grade and subject. The school has 96 faculty and administrators. 90% of Upper School faculty have advanced degrees, 41% of Middle School and 40% of Lower School. One hundred percent of the graduates attend a four-year college or university.
The campus has three divisions: the lower school (Cox Building), middle school (Conover Building), and upper school. The upper school contains the Chapin Science Complex, the Hockenbury Building (Student Center, Library, and Humanities Classes), and Founders Hall (Art, Lunch, and Language, and Dining Hall) as well as the newly built Matthews Theater (music, drama, performing arts etc.)
Gill St. Bernard's is the result of the merger of two Somerset Hills institutions: St. Bernard's School for boys in Gladstone and The Gill School for girls.
St. Bernard's School was founded in 1900 by the Rev. Thomas A. Conover. In the early days, academic classes alternated with work in the carpentry shop, print shop or on the farm. Regular attendance at religious services was required.
Rev. Robert L. Clayton Jr., Headmaster in the 1940s, brought a broader vision of operation to the school with an emphasis on scholarship, along with physical well-being, discipline, personal industry and a full college preparatory program was instituted.
The Gill School was established by Miss Elizabeth Gill in 1934 as the Wychwood School. Her educational philosophy was based on the value of the individual and she sought through small classes and direct teacher-student relationships to establish a "rich school experience" for the pupils. The physical development of the individual was not neglected, as at least two hours each day was spent outdoors. In 1940 Miss Gill's School moved to Stronghold, the former Dryden estate on Bernardsville mountain. In 1956, boarding at St. Bernard's School was discontinued.
In 1972 St. Bernard's School merged with Miss Gill's School to become Gill St. Bernard's School. At this time the religious affiliation of St. Bernard's was discontinued. The new school hosted grades K–8 on the old Gill campus in Bernardsville and grades 9–12 on the St. Bernard's campus in Gladstone. The two divisions consolidated in 1997 on the Gladstone campus. Sid Rowell became Headmaster in 2001.
Today, there are three divisions—Lower, Middle and Upper—located on 208 acres (840,000 m2) which span the Somerset-Morris County line between the Boro of Peapack-Gladstone and Chester Township.
The school acquired Hi-Hills Day Camp in 2002, which had previously operated on the campus since the late 1960s. A new athletic center opened in fall 2004 that includes three full-sized basketball courts, administrative offices, and Brueckner Hall. The Hockenbury Academic Center, a 33,000-square-foot academic building, opened in March 2009 and includes Upper School classrooms, student center, conference room and a school store. An addition to Founders Hall was completed in 2012 that included additional dining space and art studios. A new turf field was constructed in the summer of 2013. The school also features five playing fields, a track, seven, tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, and a low ropes course.
The Gill St. Bernard's Knights compete in the Skyland Conference and is a member of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).
Athletic facilities include a field house, athletic center, seven all-weather tennis courts, outdoor track, two full size basketball courts, sport court, lacrosse wall, as well as soccer and ball fields. Programs include fencing, basketball, cross country, volleyball, baseball, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, track and field, swimming and tennis.
Gill St. Bernard's offers 24 different opportunities for interscholastic sports, including 12 competitive athletic programs for boys and 13 for girls in the Upper School. Over the last three years, every varsity team has qualified for the NJSIAA post-season, and many advanced to sectional semifinals and finals. GSB teams have won 35 conference championships since the beginning of the 2006–2007 school year. Since 2007, five GSB varsity teams have been ranked in the "Top 20" in New Jersey, a state with over 450 public and non-public schools. The girls' basketball, boys' tennis, boys' soccer, boys' basketball, and girls' tennis teams have won Non Public B North Sectional Championships. The girls' basketball team won the Somerset County championship in the 2008–2009, 2011–2012 and 2012–2013 school years, and was the smallest school in Somerset County to ever win a county championship in a team sport. Several coaches have been named Coach of the Year by various media outlets. The school received the ninth annual ShopRite Cup in the Non-Public B Division in 2012 as the most outstanding school. In 2013, Gill St. Bernard's School was runner-up.
The school offers additional extracurricular activities for Middle and Upper School students in the areas of the arts, community service, student government, and academics. The Upper School performing arts program won the Paper Mill Playhouse Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical in 2008 and 2012 for The Secret Garden and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, respectively, in addition to multiple Outstanding Achievement and Rising Star nominations and awards.
- Barbara Wilson (born 1931, class of 1950), daughter of Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of auto-pioneer John Francis Dodge and her second husband, Alfred Wilson. Barbara grew up at the family estate, Meadow Brook Hall.
- Sean S. Baker (born 1971, class of 1989), film director best known for Tangerine and Oscar-nominated The Florida Project
- Tyus Battle (born 1997, class of 2016), college basketball player for the Syracuse Orange
- Tim DiBisceglie (born 1994, class of 2013), professional soccer player for the Philadelphia Atoms
- Elena Kampouris (born 1997), actress who appeared in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
- Jaren Sina (born 1994), college basketball player who played for the Seton Hall Pirates and George Washington Colonials
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- Staff. "Mine Hill's Tim DiBisceglie commits to soccer at Scranton", Neighbor News, January 24, 2013, backed up by the Internet Archive as March 19, 2017. Accessed October 16, 2017. "The 6 foot, 2 inches tall defensive midfielder for Gill St. Bernard's High School first met Scranton's head coach, Matt Pivirotto, in November of 2011 at a soccer showcase in Bethesda, Md., after DiBisceglie sent the coaching staff his highlight video."
- La Gorce, Tammy. "Greek Actress Elena Kampouris is True to Her Roots; The star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and Bridgewater native talks about her Greek upbringing and spending weekends at the mall.", New Jersey Monthly, August 25, 2016. Accessed December 10, 2017. "Working alongside Nia Vardalos and John Corbett in the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 has been the biggest thrill in the seven-year acting career of Bridgewater Township’s Elena Kampouris.... Kampouris recently attended her senior prom at Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone even though she didn’t graduate with the class of 2016—she has had a private tutor since last year—and she still finds time to hang out at the Bridgewater Mall."
- Carino, Jerry. "Hall's Jaren Sina transferring to George Washington", Asbury Park Press, April 22, 2015. Accessed October 16, 2017. "After considering a broad range of options, from Holy Cross to Michigan, former Seton Hall guard Jaren Sina will continue his college basketball career at George Washington. The Gill St. Bernard's graduate committed to the Colonials, who earned an NIT berth and finished 22-13 this past season, on Wednesday. He will sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules and have two years of eligibility remaining."