Monday, November 2, 2009

St. Bernard Prep to host Open House

St. Bernard Preparatory School in Cullman will host their annual Fall Open House on Sunday, November 8 beginning at 2 p.m. Interested families will find the afternoon very informational as students, faculty members and the staff at St. Bernard will be on hand to discuss the quality academic program offered by the Benedictine Monks at St. Bernard Abbey.

St. Bernard Prep is a college prep boarding school for grades 7-12. Students of all religious denominations are welcomed to attend. St. Bernard Prep provides a school of diverse learning. Students from the United States and International countries make up the population of the middle and high school community.

“The Middle School and the High School complement one another,” said Fr. Marcus Voss, President. “St. Bernard has a proven program that helps to prepare students for success not only in college but also in their chosen careers. Students who come to St. Bernard have the opportunity to thrive in wonderful school environment.”
Since opening the Middle School three years ago, the enrollment at that level has averaged 36 students per year in grades seven and eight. John Tekulve serves the school as headmaster and is very proud of the accomplishments to date. “We have built a great program with a huge emphasis on creating a well rounded student,” Tekulve said.

St. Bernard Middle School offers a small student-teacher ratio which allows the teachers to give more individualized attention to students especially in the areas of math and English. Students take advantage of a state of the art science lab which exhibits live animals in their native habitats. Exploratory courses include music, drama, band, art and foreign language.

At the high school level, Headmaster, Fr. Joel Martin, O.S.B., says anyone desiring an academic challenge should look into St. Bernard Prep. “Our faculty is made up of monks and lay people, many of whom have many years of experience in the classroom. They challenge each student to do their best, and help them organize their lives to attain good grades in the classroom,” Fr. Joel said.

“We have so many activities available for the students, sometimes it’s a challenge to pick and choose,” Fr. Joel said. “Our students are involved in every aspect of community service, academics and athletics.”

“Our facilities at St. Bernard are very conducive to academic excellence,” he continued. “Our campus stands out from other schools. Our classrooms are large in size, but small in numbers. We have excellent athletic facilities to include soccer, baseball, cross country, football, basketball, and weightlifting,” continued Fr. Joel.“

The public is invited to attend. For more information contact the school at 256-739-6682. Visit the school online at or become a fan on facebook at

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