Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have.
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, and 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.
- 20:1 is the student/teacher ratio.
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 20 Co-curricular activities and 14 Varsity athletic teams.
St. Bernard High school 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?
- 96% of graduates attend a College or University
- College acceptance including to the highly competitive universities: Dartmouth University
- Howard University
- University of California, Berkeley
- University of California, Los Angeles
- University of Southern California
- St. Bernard High School offers college counseling curriculum from 9th through 12th grade for parents and students.
Do you have a strong athletics program at SBHS?
- Yes, our coaches and athletic directors come from the top of their field. Many are veterans in their field and former college players.
- 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.
How is St. Bernard committed to students and excellent teaching?
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 High 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 am – 5:00 pm – 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 12 Honors/AP courses
- Our graduates are qualified to enter all major Colleges and Universities. We provide a robust college readiness curriculum
- Offering 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
What does it mean that you have a partnership with LMU through the LMU Family of Schools?
- College admissions resources are available for juniors and seniors
- Students meet with Professors and admissions 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 52% of the students are of the Catholic Faith, 48% 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