Monday, October 24, 2011

Saint Bernard to host Open House

Saint Bernard Prep School in Cullman, Alabama is hosting Open House on Sunday, November 6, and invites the public to attend. St. Bernard is a private Catholic boarding and day school for students in grades 7-12. Operated by the Benedictine monks at St. Bernard Abbey, St. Bernard is the only Catholic boarding school in Alabama and is proud to offer an honors-based curriculum where AP and dual-enrollment are options.

Located on 800 acres in Alabama’s Mountain Lake Region, St. Bernard Abbey has provided a rich tradition of education since its founding in 1891. The small student/teacher ratio of 8:1 offers one-on-one attention in the seven classes per day schedule. School begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:10 p.m. with a Mass scheduled every Wednesday.

Parents are encouraged to keep up to date with their child’s progress through the school’s technology program, Edline. Edline provides a student management system for teachers and parents to keep up-to-date on the educational progress of students. Parents may use Edline to gain access to course syllabi, assignments, testing information, grades, etc.

Resident students participate in a two-hour mandatory study hall from 7-9 p.m. held each Monday through Thursday. This time encourages students to develop study skills, review the day’s materials, and to complete homework assignments.

Technology is incorporated into the classrooms by the use of smart boards and document cameras. Additionally, St. Bernard Prep has two 20-station computer labs for class projects, term papers, essays, and other assignments.

All of the twenty-two instructors are certified in the areas they teach. Many hold Master Degrees in their area of certification. This enhances the quality of learning for the 157 students who consistently rank above the national average on standardized assessments.

For a residential student staying on campus for weekends, there are plenty of weekend activities planned to take a break from the books and study. They can enjoy the hiking trails on campus or join others for shopping, movies, and trips to such places as Chattanooga or Birmingham.

St. Bernard is proud of its fine arts program which include music, theatre, and art. The music department travels to venues outside of school to perform for schools and public functions. The theatre department is currently rehearsing for a production of “Into the Woods,” and the art department often wins recognition at the Regional Congressional Art Competition.

Athletic programs offered at the school are held in state-of-the-art facilities. These facilities include the Fazi-Richard Athletic Center which includes a weight room, conference room, snack bar area, volleyball, and basketball courts. The newly refurbished tennis courts are located near the fields for softball, baseball, and soccer. Just yards away are miles and miles of wooded running trails used by the cross country teams that represent the school.

The Parent’s League welcomes parents to be involved in the education of their children by assisting in various events and functions. Parents are involved in sporting events and volunteer their time to assist the school.

St. Bernard Prep is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the Southern Association of Boarding Schools as well as The Association of Catholic Boarding Schools of America.

“At St. Bernard, we understand how important choosing the right school is for children,” said Fr. Joel Martin, Headmaster. “We want to showcase our school and assist families in making an informed decision about St. Bernard.”

Open House will begin at 2 p.m. in the Dining Hall on Sunday, November 6. Activities, presentations and tours will begin at that time and will conclude at 4:00 p.m.

Anyone wishing to visit the school can contact the Admissions Office by calling (256)739-6682 or visit the school website at Find Saint Bernard Prep on Facebook –

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