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St. Benedict School

Private | PK-8 | 174 students

Our school has a tradition of faith, excellence, and personalized instruction.

 

Living in Elberta

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $115,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $691.

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4 stars

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Posted March 4, 2014

SBCS holds a special place in the heart of our family. When you walk onto the campus you are surrounded with the Holy Spirit. Teachers, staff and administration do everything possible to give each child and family a since of belonging. Opportunities to excel in academics, sports and even the arts are celebrated each day at St. Benedict. Most importantly we live our motto, "Ora et Labora," which translates pray and work. My children are given the opportunity to live our Christian faith by serving God and others! We love our school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2009

School of Excellent, outstanding teachers, outstanding office staff. St. Benedicts teaches and graduates outstanding students who exceed High School and College levels. I know all 5 of my nieces and nephews graduated and 1 Grandchild who is an outstanding student herself. Thank you St. Benedict and your outstanding Chinese program.


Posted May 28, 2008

I can't say enough about Saint Benedict's. It has been such a blessing for my son and my family. Our public school experience was awful. We moved after Christmas break to this wonderful place were people care for my child and want to see him succeed. His grades improved, he was able to just be a 7th grade boy instead of dealing with the awful things he had to deal with in the public system. The administration addresses situation before they have a chance to become problems. They teach them values and community responsibility. It is a very well rounded education. My only regret is that we did not start 7 years ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2008

I went to St. Benedict's and I lived every minute of it. The teachers are great and are always willing to do anything for you. You make great friends that last forever. As I went through high school i found myself almost over prepared as I made A after A. The teachers did a wonderful job preparing me for what was up ahead. I am very greatful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 13, 2007

The staff is helpful, the parents are involved, and the children are taught values!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2007

Having my third child at Saint Benedict School now, should say how I feel. All schools may lack in areas and though out our 18 years at Saint Benedicts we have seen it. But the trade off is knowing our children are safe and well taken care of. Academic programs have improved in the last few years and extracurricular activities are on a re-bound! The new principal has really kicked things in gear, which parents notice and the involvement is great! Our school boards continue to work hard along with the staff that sees a great improvement. The outlook looks great for Saint Benedicts and everyone's ready for the years to come. Scholarships, Chinese Language along with Spanish and College students excelling along with very prominent business people, have all achieved great things coming from Saint Benedicts!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2005

This school has been a disappointment. I am happy with the academics in the lower grades, math and reading in the upper grades are lacking. Our principal was ill this year and the assistant principal helped run the school. No plan is in place to cover long-term teacher or administrative illnesses, or maternity leaves. The extracurricular activities were poorly planned with no one person coordinating all the coaches. Spanish and art were cancelled mid year. Softball and track were not available. Parent involvement is O.K. and could be better, but adminstration does not ask for volunteers. Communication is poor. Those of us who asked questions and offered solutions, trying to make positive change were ignored/blacklisted. My kids won't be attending next year. The public schools are better run and academically superior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2005

Have been involved with school for over 10 years, Have children that have completed 8 years and presently have a student. Due to problems beyond her contol we have not had a lot of leadership from the principal. The teacher quality is great in the lower grades. Parent involvement could be better but I also feel it is better then most schools, private or public. Discipline is so much better then public schools and the overall quality is great.There are a few staff changes that could be made, but for the whole part I'am glad to part of the school and would suggest you join the school.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 56%
Two or more races 4% N/A
Hispanic 2% 4%
Asian 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 38%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Jaivi Howell
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (251) 986-8144

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Pre-AP
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • Our mission and motto Ora et Labora - Pray and Work: To love God and others through academic excellence
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
63
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
72

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$3000 - $5000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Catholic High, Pensacola
Gulf Shores High
Foley High
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12786 Illinois St
Elberta, AL 36530
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Phone: (251) 986-8143

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