Monday, November 9, 2009

Successful Open House

Families from across North Alabama participated in the Fall Open House held recently at St. Bernard Prep School in Cullman. This annual Open House makes it possible for families to learn about the wide variety of academic, athletic and leadership opportunities that are available to students who enroll at St. Bernard.

School President, Fr. Marcus Voss, O.S.B., was among those who welcomed this year’s guests to the campus. “This Open House was one of the largest that we have had in our recent history,” said Fr. Marcus. “Families from the local community were especially interested in our Middle School which offers an expended curriculum as well as a choice of athletics, band, music, art and drama. The strong interest in our Middle School and the growth we are experiencing there has been very positive for our High School as well.”

The Open House welcoming committee consisted of students who are currently enrolled at St. Bernard. They also served as tour guides for the campus. At the conclusion of the day they participated in the question-and-answer session that is a popular feature of the day’s events. Throughout the afternoon, teachers were in their classrooms to discuss the content of their courses and the expectations they have of their students. Headmaster, Fr. Joel Martin, O.S.B. said, “Having students and teachers talk with our visiting families was the best way for them to get to know about St. Bernard. When the students are happy, they make our job easy.”

Part of the growth at St. Bernard has been the addition of a boarding division for middle school students. “St. Bernard Prep has always included a resident program in our high school program,” said Fr. Marcus. “For the 2010-11 academic year, the Board of Directors has voted to expand our boarding school so that we may accept middle school students . Families who meet the criteria for our boarding school division my now enroll students from the 7th to the 12th grades.”

St. Bernard Prep is a co-ed college prep boarding school operated by the Benedictine Monks of St. Bernard Abbey. Anyone interested in knowing more about the school should visit the web at; contact the Admissions Office by phoning (256)739-6682; or email

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