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ST.BERNARD HIGH SCHOOL

St. Bernard is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA). WCEA accredits Catholic elementary and secondary schools in nine western states (26 (arch) dioceses) and the US Territory of Guam. WCEA co-accredits and is in partnership with three Regional agencies (WASC, NAAS, NCA CASI) and two private agencies (CAIS and HAIS). WCEA began in 1957 in San Francisco and has a long and successful history of assisting school improvement through the accreditation process. WCEA website

St. Bernard High School is co-educational, 9-12 high school, owned and operated by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA). All Advanced Placement courses are fully certified by the College Board. The curriculum is certified college-preparatory as defined by the University of California A-G standards. Click for the School Profile.

School History

Exerpt from “The Birth of Saint Bernard High School” by David J. “Duke” Dukesherer (SBHS ’73): Full article and historic pictures

Mr. Dukesherer is a local historian, writer and logistician, Dukesherer is the Chief Executive Officer of a global air-freight forwarder. After many years living in New York City, Dukesherer returned to his roots and lives on one of the original “Jesuit” streets in Westchester. He is the author of eight books on the local history of the region, including Playa Del Rey, California and Westchester, California; available at amazon.com, borders.com, etc. He is a member of the Sierra Club, the LA Conservancy, and the Surfrider Foundation. Although it has been a long time since his 1973 Head Cheerleader days, he still maintains that the Class of’73 was one of the all- time best classes at SBHS.

Beginning in the late 1930’s, real estate visionary Fritz Bernard Burns began to develop residential areas on the newly subdivided ranches and barley fields at an area formerly owned by the Father of Inglewood; Daniel Freeman. At the time, Westchester had not yet been named.

Palisades Playa Del Rey and Surfridge, its older cousins, had been developed by Burns in the 1920’s, but vast tracts of lands; known as the Del Rey Hills, lay vacant and undeveloped; and in fact remained so well into the 1950’s. Very little development had occurred between present day Falmouth Avenue and Manchester Boulevard…After WWII, returning G.I.’s rushed to Westchester and Playa Del Rey, in search of clean air, affordable housing and a place to worship and to raise their families. Grocery stores, movie theatres, diners and coffee shops sprung up all over the area to support the new Westchester community. In the end, Burns and his associates, including William Hannon, would erect over 20,000 new homes; and of course new schools soon followed.

Several Catholic Churches and Grade Schools had been built, including Visitation and Saint Jerome’s, and St. Anastasia; which from 1955 to 1957 served as a high school. Opened in 1948, nearby Westchester High School first occupied the school campus known today as Orville Wright Middle School. It was time for a new Catholic high school for Westchester/Playa Del Rey.

In 1957, Burns again heard the call, and donated a large tract of land to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and a glorious new campus; Saint Bernard High School opened as the first new Catholic High School in the area. Although St. Anastasia is close to the Playa Del Rey border, all three grade schools and churches remain within the boundaries of Westchester, making the intimate Saint Bernard’s chapel the only Catholic house of worship in Playa Del Rey. Read More

Mission

St. Bernard High School inspires students to be faith-filled disciples, passionate learners, dynamic leaders, innovative thinkers, and honorable citizens. We anchor this college preparatory education in Roman Catholic tradition and a diverse, faith-based community.

Core Values and Outcomes (ESLRs) – School-wide Learning Results

Adherance to the Core Values of the schools empowers students to reach their full potential as St. Bernard Graduates.

  • We believe in providing a challenging academic curriculum rich in student-centered learning opportunities designed to promote analytical thinking and to develop life-long learning skills.
  • We believe in a Christ-centered, holistic approach to education that supplies students with an outstanding college preparatory foundation and nurtures the spiritual, intellectual, social, cultural, physical, and artistic facets of the individual.
  • We believe each student is called in a unique way to develop the talents and potentials necessary for assuming roles of Christian leadership in our world.

Witnessed in Faith – St. Bernard graduates are Faith-filled Disciples

Empowered with Knowledge – St. Bernard graduates are Passionate Learners

Inspired by Discovery – St. Bernard graduates are Innovative Thinkers

Enlivened with Possibility – St. Bernard graduates are Courageous Leaders

Called to Glory – St. Bernard graduates are Honorable Citizens


Philosophy

In harmony with the schools mission, the philosophy of St. Bernard High School is driven by the message of Jesus Christ and the mission of the Roman Catholic Church. We recognize parents as the primary educators of their children and understand that our role is to assist parents in accomplishing this task by acting as facilitators to the learning and personal growth of the child. We strive to equip students with the skills they need to live faith-filled, dynamic, honorable and productive lives in the image of Christ.

As educators of Saint Bernard Catholic High School, we embrace and adhere to the five-fold purpose of Catholic education:

The Teaching of Doctrine

  • We believe our commitment to the Catholic faith is the fundamental principle that must permeate our instruction, school activities and every aspect of our daily life.
  • We believe in the dignity and importance of each person and seek to help our students come to the same recognition. To this end, we cherish our diversity and promote a school environment based on respect and tolerance.
  • We believe in guiding students to achieve a greater degree of self-realization and a heightened awareness of their obligations to God and to their fellow human beings.

The Call to Worship

  • We believe in the importance of personal and communal daily prayer and encourage our students to glorify God throughout their lives.
  • We believe in providing a liturgical environment where students can worship together at monthly Mass and prayer services and can nurture their relationship with God through prayer, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and retreat experiences.
  • We believe in welcoming all students, regardless of their religious affiliation, to be an active part of our Catholic faith community by including them in Christian leadership opportunities, music ministry, and by encouraging their participation in Mass and Catholic religious customs and traditions.

The Promotion of Scholastic Excellence

  • We believe in providing a challenging academic curriculum rich in student-centered learning opportunities that is designed to promote analytical thinking and to develop life-long learning skills.
  • We believe in a Christ-centered, holistic approach to education that not only supplies students with an outstanding college preparatory foundation, but also nurtures the spiritual, intellectual, social, cultural, physical, and artistic facets of the individual.
  • We believe that a complete education is more than academic and therefore encourage and support students as they cultivate their God-given talents through participation in co-curricular activities such as athletics, music, dance, theatre, leadership and service.

The Building Of Community

  • We believe in the individuality of each student, the strength of community, in collaborating with parents and in supporting one another to foster a spirit of family.
  • We believe in celebrating our diverse school community by promoting an appreciation and respect for all humanity regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religious affiliation, economic status or sexuality.
  • We believe that achievement of the schools mission depends on administrators, teachers, parents, community members and students all working together toward the common goal of student success.

The Fostering Of Service

  • We believe each student is called in a unique way to develop the talents and potentials necessary for assuming roles of Christian leadership in our world.
  • We believe in preparing our students to consider Christian service as a normal, vital part of their lives as adult Christians.
  • We believe that each student possesses the ability to assume the role of Christian leadership by following the example of Jesus Christ through concrete forms of service to their brothers and sisters.