Curriculum and Instruction

Overview

Curriculum

Our curriculum aligns with college preparatory courses for CSU and UC A-G requirements. We offer core classes that will prepare students for college and their career. We follow a culture of learning through 21st Century framework in the 4Cs: Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Communication.
 
Instruction
Students learn in different ways. Education has evolved into a more collaborative and hands on experience for teachers and students. Through differentiated instruction and technology, we will meet our students where they are in their learning. Students will have the opportunity to learn in different ways; visual, audio, and kinesthetic (hands on). We also use blended learning methods such as Google Classroom, Google Apps for Education, Kahoot!, Quizlet, and Khan Academy. 
 
 
With the support of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Department of Catholic Schools, we equip our teachers with core instructional practices and teacher mentorship for Academic Excellence.   Our graduates are qualified to enter all major colleges and universities. Our faculty find potential in all students and are committed to push him or her to their optimal level of success.
 
Features:
 
  • Student Centered Classrooms, Authentic Assessments 
  • College-Prep Curriculum fully certified to meet the A through G subject requirements defined by the University of California
  • Competitive Honors/AP Classes available starting in the 9th grade
  • Technology Enhanced Classrooms with LCD Projectors and 300 mbps Internet
  • 100% College Acceptance — Including to the highly competitive universities such as UCLA, UC Berkeley, Cornell, Brown, Yale and USC
  • 20:1 Student/Teacher Ratio
  • Superior Visual and Performing Arts (Art, Dance, Drama and Music) taught by Industry Professionals
  • College and Career Ready
  • Common Core Alignment (CCSS)
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
 
Accreditation
Our school is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) and is co-accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). St. Bernard offers an academic curriculum featuring a wide array of courses designed to meet the needs of the AP/Honors student and the college-bound student. Because 98% of St. Bernard graduates continue their education at the college level, the required curriculum is aligned with the University of California standards (A-G) for admission and is designed to meet college admissions requirements for Universities and Colleges in the state. All courses follow the California State Educational Standards for Curricular Content. AP courses follow the Advanced Placement Curriculum of the College Board. 


Faculty Development

  • Archdiocese of Los Angeles - Core Instruction Practices Workshop (4 Workshops a year)
  • Built in time in schedule for faculty meetings and inservice
  • Education technology training
  • Each department attends curriculum-related workshops and seminars
  • Teacher Mentorship for New Teachers

  

Four Questions That Drive the Work of a Professional Learning Community (PLC)

Faculty members are learning leaders that must grow in their teaching practices. We strive to build a culture of learning through continued, intentional and honest conversations on teaching practices and learning outcomes. A professional learning community reflects on the four questions: 

  1. What do we expect students to learn?
  2. How will we know they are learning it?
  3. How will we respond if they do not learn it?
  4. How will we respond if they already know it?
Source: PLC

Assignment Policy 
We are committed to providing a rigorous, innovative, and high quality curriculum to prepare students for college and their careers. Part of this preparation requires building positive habits while fostering responsibility and accountability. In an effort to promote these values, the Faculty, with full support of the Administration, has made it known through the class syllabus that late work will receive up to 50% credit upon full completion and submission of the assignment. Please help our teachers with helping students complete their assignments and work on time. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Nicdao.

Academic Honor Code
St. Bernard High School is a Catholic institution dedicated to the intellectual, moral and spiritual development of the student. The school expects that its students will strive to meet their individual potentials and, upon graduation, become citizens who incorporate high ethical standards and Christian values into their daily lives. Commitment to truth and academic integrity is imperative to this goal.

Adherence to the Academic Honor Code promotes the level of academic integrity required within the school and assures that student work is judged fairly when evaluated against curricular standards and the work of others. It also insures that each student will demonstrate honesty and integrity in their assignments, testing, and participation in their learning process. An environment which promotes academic integrity can only be created by students, faculty, administrators and parents working together to support the principles of the academic integrity.

The following Honor Pledge must be signed by students on assignments as required by any instructor:

On my honor, I pledge that I have not violated any of the provisions of the St. Bernard High School Academic Honor Code.