Basking Ridge, also known as Bernards Township, is in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. At the 2010 United States Census, the township’s population was 26,652, reflecting an increase of 2,077 (+8.5%) from the 24,575 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 7,376 (+42.9%) from the 17,199 counted in the 1990 Census.
Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner, Lyons and West Millington are ZIP codes and unincorporated communities located within Bernards Township. Martinsville is an unincorporated area in Bridgewater Township, whose 08836 ZIP code also covers portions of Bernards Township.
Students in kindergarten through twelfth grade are educated by the Bernards Township School District. The schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Cedar Hill Elementary School (grades K-5; 607 students), Liberty Corner Elementary School (K-5; 562), Mount Prospect Elementary School (PreK-5; 678), Oak Street Elementary School (K-5; 624) William Annin Middle School (6-8; 1,428) and Ridge High School (9-12; 1,729). Cedar Hill Elementary houses a state-of-the-art public program for children on the autism spectrum, utilizing the principles of applied behavior analysis.
Ridge High School was ranked 194th, the second-highest in New Jersey, in Newsweek magazine’s 2010 rankings of America’s Best High Schools. The school was the 9th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine’s September 2010 cover story on the state’s “Top Public High Schools”, after being ranked 12th in 2010 out of 322 schools.
Pingry School, a private coeducational college preparatory day school, has its upper campus, for grades 6 to 12, located in Basking Ridge (prior to 2013 the campus had been listed as being located in Martinsville).
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