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Cullman, Alabama, USA view map
Co-Ed, Roman Catholic
Sponsored by the Benedictine monks of St. Bernard Abbey, the school strives to develop the whole person: Corpus, Mens, Spiritus (Body, Mind, Spirit). This happens through rigorous academics, a wide variety of athletics, and a broad array of extracurricular activities.
St. Bernard is grounded in the 1,500 year tradition of Benedictine Monks, challenging each student to become a well-rounded and community-oriented individual delighting in what is true, good and beautiful. This development prepares our students to excel in the college environment and in all of life.
Graduating classes typically are offered over $3 million in scholarship offerings per 25 students.
The school is less than an hour's drive from two major airports, one in the city of Birmingham, another in Huntsville, home to NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and the Marshall Space Flight Center. Atlanta, Georgia is a 3 hour drive and Nashville, Tennessee about 2 hours.
1600 St. Bernard Drive, S.E., Cullman, Alabama, USA
Director of Admission:
Admissions Phone:256-739-6682 ext.7128Toll-Free Admissions:800-722-0999 ext.7128Fax:256-734-2925
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Summary: The purpose of St. Bernard Preparatory School is to help students become fully alive intellectually, physically and spiritually. Administered by the Benedictine Monks of St. Bernard Abbey, the school offers its students, grades 7-12, an environment rich in tradition and prepared to meet the present and future.
The curriculum is based on the liberal arts: languages and literature, history, mathematics, science, theology, and the arts. This program emphasizes the ability to think, to read with understanding, to express oneself with precision and grace, and to solve problems creatively. Courses not only provide the transmission and reception of pertinent facts; they encourage the development of mental and physical discipline, of breadth and depth of view, of responsible thought and action, and of critical thinking.
Average Class Size: 14
Full Time Teachers: 25
Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 80.00%
Student/Teacher Ratio: 8/1
Summer Programs Offered: Offered
Number of AP Courses Offered: 5
Summary: Generally one third to one half of our students enjoy the full St. Bernard experience of boarding life. The dorms are places of true growth and maturity, when a teenager takes on the joys and struggles of freedom and responsibility, of self-determination and of respect for leaders. Life-long associations and memories begin in St. Bernard dormitories, and the community life that they present has a profoundly positive effect on any young man or woman.
While many students are seven-day boarders, some elect to return home on the weekend or visit in the homes of fellow students. Those on campus for the weekends take advantage of some local or distant entertainment and some off-campus food.
The dorms are under the direction of experienced adults who are assisted by student supervisors, each of whom is honored to be chosen for such a position of peer leadership.
Department Director: Fr. Joel Martin, O.S.B.
Number of Dorms: 2
Average Students Per Dorm: 25
No. of Girls Dorms: 1
No. of Boys Dorms: 1
Dress Code: Uniform
Summary: To compliment its strong academic program, St. Bernard Preparatory School creates an atmosphere that promotes physical and social maturity, a variety of shared cultural experiences and a lifestyle that encourages spiritual growth.
Dorm students enjoy the full St. Bernard expericnce of residential life. The dorms are places of true growth and maturity, when a teenager takes on the joys and struggles of freedom and responsibility, of self-determination and of respect for self and others. Life-long associations and memories begin in St. Bernard dorms, and the community life that they present has a profoundly positive effect on any young man or woman.
St. Bernard welcomes students from other nations and from various racial, religious, ethnic, cultural, national and social backgrounds. This commitment to cultural diversity broadens and enriches the St. Bernard experience.
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Summary: Creativity, activity, teamwork, self-expression; all are crucial in the full education of St. Bernard Prep.
Arts Department Director: Rodney Fike
Athletics Department Director: Wade Knight
Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%
Middle Percentile of SAT Scores
Department Director: Br. Linus Klucsarits, O.S.B.
June 07, 2014 to June 28, 2014
4 week-long Summer Camp sessions during the month of June for children ages 7-14. Weeks 1 and 2 are for ages 7-11, while Weeks 3 and 4 are for older campers ages 10-14.
Sibling discounts are available.
Registration Deadline: May 20, 2013
Financial Aid Available: No
July 19, 2014 to August 08, 2014
The study of the English language for non-native speakers of English. This includes culture, travel, prep for standardized testing, and an optional week at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, the location of NASA.
Registration Deadline: June 01, 2014
Financial Aid Available: No
St. Bernard Preparatory School is committed to fully engaging students in learning for the whole person - mind, body, and spirit: CORPUS MENS SPIRITUS.
St. Bernard pursues this mission through instruction in the classroom; participation in religious, social and athletic events; and involvement in mentoring and community service activities.
St. Bernard guides and encourages students to be intellectually curious and objective thinkers; to be more adaptable and receptive to new situations and challenges; and to become independently thinking and socially responsible members of society.
The Latin words Corpus, Mens, Spiritus (Body, Mind, Spirit) form the motto of St. Bernard. That motto briefly indicates the sane approach to education and life to which the school calls her students. This is that call: know what is true and do what is good. This is accomplished by educating and exercising the whole person, using the gifts of body, mind and spirit. This is the purpose of human life, the way to true happiness, and the guide to all that we do at St. Bernard Preparatory School.
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