Manasquan is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. The borough’s name is of Lenape origin, variously described as deriving from “Man-A-Squaw-Han” meaning “stream of the island of squaws”, “an island with enclosure for squans”, “island door” or “point” / “top”. Manasquan, Maniquan, Mannisquan, Manasquam, Squan, and Squan Village are variations on the original pronunciation and spelling. New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Manasquan as its 22nd best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the “Best Places To Live” in New Jersey.
Due to its location bordering the Atlantic Ocean, the population of Manasquan increases dramatically in the summer months as tourists flock to the beach. The Manasquan Inlet provides surfers with waves that are corralled, refracted and enlarged by the jetty protruding out into the Atlantic Ocean. Manasquan has a downtown area with many small businesses. Algonquin Arts Theatre has shows and movies that play throughout the year.
The Manasquan Public Schools serves students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Manasquan Elementary School with 678 students in grades K-8 and Manasquan High School with 1,019 students in grades 9-12. In addition to students from Manasquan, the district’s high school also serves public school students from Avon-by-the-Sea, Belmar, Brielle, Lake Como, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, and Spring Lake Heights, who attend Manasquan High School as part of sending/receiving relationships with their respective districts.