Why choose Gill St. Bernard’s School? Here are seven great reasons:
More than just a tagline, our mission, to provide a balanced, diverse, and secure community that prepares students academically, socially, and ethically, for college and a meaningful life, is a living reflection of who we are and the values that inform our daily interactions.
Our Core Values
Courage, integrity, respect, compassion, and excellence. These are the tenets that shape our learning philosophy and make GSB the engaging, connected, and welcoming community that it is.
Our Balanced Approach
If we could choose a single word to capture the spirit of Gill St. Bernard’s, it would be balance. Through a deliberate approach, we help students balance a rigorous academic curriculum, impressive athletic and art programs, and immersive co-curricular activities, each designed to prepare them for college and beyond.
Our Collegiate-Style Campus
New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the US, but our campus sits in the heart of 208-rolling acres. It’s a beautiful place to learn and grow, to feel secure and inspired.
Our Local and Global Citizenship
At GSB, the world is our classroom. Through our travel, service, and experiential learning programs, we empower students with the tangible skill sets to think critically about social issues, appreciate diverse perspectives, and understand the tremendous ways they can impact their local communities and the world beyond.
Our College Process
The college process is a time of self-reflection and self-discovery. At GSB, our dedicated College Guidance team works with students individually to think deeply about their next stage of education and connect them with information and resources on the many incredible colleges and universities that fit their passions.
Our Experiential Learning Programs
Not many schools have a 208-acre campus—far fewer have a working teaching farm. From lessons in environmental stewardship to hands-on science experiments at Home Winds, our experiential learning programs allow students to approach class projects in creative new ways while becoming experts in the field—literally.
Why Preschool Through 12?
Gill St. Bernard’s is one of only a handful of independent, college-preparatory schools in New Jersey to offer preschool through grade 12 on a single campus. For our youngest learners in our lower school, our 208-acre campus is a place of aspiration, with its gardens, ponds, streams, and a working farm— it is tailor made for students to begin exploring the larger world outside of the classroom. As Middle School is a time of tremendous emotional, physical, and social growth, being in an environment that gives them a sense of continuity, familiarity, and security is invaluable. And, as students transition into the Upper School, they have acquired the social, emotional, and intellectual tools necessary for success and to fully embrace the world as their classroom.
A sense of place and of community are preludes to exploration and growing independence. Our campus and curriculum provide each student with the continuity to foster confidence, growth, and healthy risk-taking. Whether they are here for 15 years or for three, our students know that Gill St. Bernard’s will always feel like home, and this gives them the clarity and confidence to explore a world of possibility.
GSB welcomes applications from students who demonstrate academic potential and who are deemed likely to benefit from and contribute to the GSB community.
We are committed to building a community of talented, passionate, creative, and thoughtful students from a diverse range of backgrounds independent of financial circumstances.
Our community of learners value the contributions, perspectives, and talents that each student and faculty member bring to campus.