What are the benefits of a small school?
- You get to be a big fish in a small pond! We are a small school with a warm, nurturing family feel and a warm nurturing environment.
- At St. Bernard you will lead as a freshman – you will not have to wait your turn to carve out your legacy as a bold, brilliant, blessed student.
- Leadership opportunities abound at Bt. Bernard High School. Any student who is motivated and committed can lead a club, run for student government, or become team captain.
What is the class size and what are the benefits of smaller sizes?
- Current enrollment is approximately 250 students.
- 12:1 is the current student to teacher ratio.
- Class sizes are approximately 20.
- Lots of 1 on 1 attention from adults.
- Great role models – studies show students who are able to develop relationships with adult role models have a better experience in school. We have our staff offices interspersed throughout the student spaces so that relationships are formed, as well as, students supervised throughout the day and before and after school.
How do students get involved in school? In what ways are students able to participate?
- We have a very active student body with over 75% participating in co-curricular activities, such as: ASB, dance and athletics.
- We offer 15 Co-curricular activities and 11 Varsity athletic teams.
- Bernard students no longer have to choose between leadership and athletics; our unique daily schedule allows for our Vikings to be a part of the numerous clubs and organizations on campus while also participating in after school arts and athletic programs.
How many students go to college?
- 100% of students are accepted to college.
- The class of 2013 was admitted into 84 institutions across the country, including: 18 out of State Universities + DC, all 9 UC Campuses, 12 CSU’s, 14 private universities and 1 Ivy League.
- SBHS offer a full college counseling curriculum from 9th – 12th for parents and students.
- Our Principal offers a college application boot camp in the summer open to seniors.
- 98% of 2013 graduates are currently attending college – 80% enrolled at 4-year institutions, 18% enrolled in 2- year institutions and 1 serves in the military.
- Last year 56 graduates received nearly 900K in academic and athletic scholarships.
Co-Valedictorians from 2013 are currently attending U.C. Berkley and the Salutatorian from 2013 turned down Cornell to attend UCLA.
Do you have a strong athletics program at SBHS?
- Yes, our coaches and athletic directors come from the top of their field; our head baseball coach is a former Boston Red Sox Pitcher and our girls’ basketball coach was once a WNBA superstar!
- Our coaches bring not only their skill, but their life experiences, love of their trade and a true moral compass that drives each of them to deliver the best program to St. Bernard.
- After Period 7 is time for sports at 3:15.
- In 2012-2013, 6 of our 10 Varsity teams went on to CIF playoffs.
- We are home of the LA Sparks basketball practices.
- Currently, we have 2 alums playing in the NFL.
How is St. Bernard committed to students and excellent teaching?
- Our Principal is a student centered decision maker with 20 years of experience in education.
- Facilities were re-designed with the students in mind – each space is designed with student comfort and to create an optimal learning environment.
- The newly adopted block schedule (80 minute classes) pushes teachers to make learning interactive and engaging for students. Studies show with the increased span of teaching time, longer cooperative learning activities can be completed in one class period.
- Over 65% of our faculty holds a Master’s Degree, 2 are Doctoral candidates and our Principal holds a Doctorate in Education.
- 2014 we will be offering single gender science and math classes.
What does STEM stand for?
- Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) Education
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) achievement is a critical component of success in college, career and life.
Why single gender math and science courses?
- Research shows when students are separated by gender – all students have the opportunity to become more confident in their pursuit of majors and careers related to these core subjects.
- Girls and boys become more confident, engaged and are more likely to continue in STEM fields.
- We are the only Catholic school in Southern California to offer a single gender academic curriculum within a co-ed environment.
What is the quality of life like on campus?
- $1,000,000 in recent renovations including: New Hannon College Center, library, student union, main office, and 3 renovated science labs and lecture hall.
- Hours 7:30 – 5pm – offers the opportunity for students to complete homework, meet with teachers, and see a counselor all in the school day. Going home simply means eating dinner with the family, having a little homework, and getting a good night’s rest.
- We are 1 mile from the beach with ample opportunity to catch a peak at the ocean out of our newly remodeled library.
- Great location for families who live 1 – 10 miles away. We are an easily accessible 13 acre campus – with close proximity to major highways, freeways and bus lines.
How many Honors and AP coursed do you offer?
- St. Bernard presents a unique curriculum that offers a challenge to even the most brilliant student. We offer a total of 23 advanced courses: 12 AP and 11 Honors classes.
- Our graduates are qualified to enter all major colleges and universities. We provide a robust college readiness curriculum.
- Having an average class size of 20 students allows for a distinct learning environment yielding to the ideals of community, responsibility and knowledge.
- In addition, as a member of LMU Family of Schools, we have access to on campus tutors before and after school to supplement the academic experience.
- There were 136 AP exams taken by 86 students last year.
What does it mean that you have a partnership with LMU through the LMU Family of Schools?
- LMU provides free tutoring/mentors before and after school for students.
- College admissions resources are available for juniors and seniors.
- Students meet with Professors and admission counselors regarding application and essay writing.
- Financial aid workshops for parents and college-readiness programs for students.
- Professional development is available for our teachers such as grant writing and literacy.
- In-class guest-lecturers (e.g. Faculty from LMU to speak to your students).
- After-school or before-school programs for your students (e.g. After-School Literacy Enhancement Programs), LMU campus visits for your students (e.g. Lion for a Day) and retreats.
Do I have to be Catholic to attend St. Bernard?
- No, while over 53% of the students are of the Catholic Faith, 47% are of other faiths.
- Other faiths feel welcomed, embraced, and contribute to great discussions in religion class.
- We are blessed and inclusive of other traditions thus adding to greater discussions on campus and in the classroom setting.
- We have a robust Campus Ministry program where over 20% of our student body is involved in the program.