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St. Bernard High School

Private | 9-12 | 250 students

St. Bernard High School - Blessed, Bold, Brilliant

 

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Posted April 5, 2013

SBHS saved my daughters academic life. After getting Ds and Fs during her freshman year at a very competitive Orange County high school, she found her way at SBHS. The small class size, faculty & counselor support and overall environment motivated her to become a serious student. After receiving all As and Bs she attended a major PAC 12 university where she graduated in less than four years and now has a successful professional career. SBHS made her accountable and she responded. A Viking forever!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2013

As a parent and former student, I'm very dissatisfied with the leadership at St. Bernard this year. Teachers that have been around for years are leaving midyear, and the constant fundraising have left a bad taste in my mouth. I will be searching for another school for my youngest child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2012

Mediocrity at its best! A big disappointment. I've found that parents who are satisfied with the level of academics, extracurriculars, services and support provided by the faculty and staff have extremely low expectations and do not have any idea what an incoming college freshman at a top-rated university, looking to compete on a global scale looks like. These kids graduate with wonderful grades in their senior year, some get accepted into decent colleges and universities and then find that they were not prepared to compete with their fellow peers from other schools around the country. I've seen it myself with several of the kids and its very sad. I suppose if you're simply looking for a school that will shelter your child, by having an extremely small population, adhere to uniforms and provide a safe, gang-free environment, then you should be fairly please with this school. However, this school looks like a joke compared to othe college prep, private and independent schools in the Los Angeles area. To send your child to this school is to limit their scope of reality in such a severe way that he/she will be severely unprepared to survive and compete at a college level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2012

We are new to SBHS this year - we are very happy. We are also a very involved family and have our hand in many things offered. Everyone knows each other, the students are very respectful always addressing parents as Mr. and Mrs. It does have some issues - all schools do, however they are being addressed. There are a lot of rumors that are simply just not true but I guess you have to be part of the SBHS family to know that. Despite all the rumors and bad information we were fed by various people, once we shared our intent to attend SBHS, we stuck to our guns and have not regretted our decision; not one day! Do not listen to the rumors, come see for yourself what a great opportunity this hidden gem of a school has to offer your son or daughter. Go VIkings!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2012

SBHS was one of my top two choices of school. It has only been 60 days and the teachers appear to be awesome. The office lady is wonderful. It has made me concern because I find that the communication from the upper management is terrible. I am wondering if I made the wrong choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2012

Our family loves SBHS! I have to admit that SBHS was not first on our list when we were scouting schools for our child. We had not visited or contacted the school, but relied solely on rumors that this might not be our best choice. The principal of our child's elementary school encouraged us to take a look at SBHS. She outlined SBHS commitment to academics by using student/teacher ratios (15:1), Honors/AP programs and percentage of graduates accepted to college (98%). Even though we were offered admission to another Catholic HS, we visited SBHS and decided to enroll our child in summer school to see if it could truly be good fit for our child. IT WAS! Our child has many new friends and loves the teachers. As parents, we couldn't be more pleased in the level of dedication the faculty, staff and school families extend to the learning and personal growth of each child. I urge anyone reading this to seriously consider SBHS when facing the important decisions of finding the right educational and life-enriching environments for your son or daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2012

This school is rapidly disintegrating, and I would be surprised if it is still open by the end of the 2012-2013 school year. A new principal has come in and teachers, administrators and coaches have departed. There has been no continuity of eduction with teachers leaving in the middle of the year. It is sad, the school has potential, but you got to figure there is a lack of spirit when the 10 and 0 football coaching staff and nearly the entire team left 3 weeks before school was to start. And the Basketball coach that took them to the state championship also departed with the bulk of the basketball team
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2011

My son is currently a senior. I have an 8th grader and I'm currently on this website searching for another high school. That should tell you how I feel about SBHS. The facade is great (grand entrance, lovely flowers etc..) but I felt that the most important thing at this school are $$$$. Oh yes, did I mention money? From the yearly $300 raffle tickets, $300 xmas trees, thats in addition to the $700+ monthly tuition. Before you select this school, search hard for other alternatives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2011

This is not a large school but the small class sizes and excellent selection of courses makes this the perfect school for students who are serious about attending a great university.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2010

this school has barely any extracurriculars, they are very money hungry, the only thing that is important to that school is sports (which aren't that good). The only good teacher there now is Mr. Mallen and Mr. Caulfield. I been attending Bernard's for my whole high school life and let me tell you it wasnt the best experience. parents please dont torture your child by making them go here. Go to El Segundo instead plus u wont have to pay :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 1, 2010

This school is low on spirit but i promise it is getting better. Im a sophmore and my next two years look very promising
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2010

this school has only 300 something students it has no school spirit no fun at all low participation in every sport and activities. You cant switch out of classes you don't like. Too much disipline!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 27, 2009

My son is a junior at this school. He has all Honors and AP classes but I'm not pleased with the level of instruction he has received. While some teachers are good, overall the quality of teaching has been very inconsistent. Unfortunately, leadership is lacking and the principal is doing very little to fix this issue. I definitely will not be sending him back next year...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2008

St. Bernard High School is an excellent college prep school in Playa Del Rey. The school AVEAS Learning Program is unique in its learning concept and has risen the overall academic standards to a new level. St. Bernard has quietly sent students to IVY League schools such as Dartmouth Brown and Georgtown. St. Bernard Drama department is probablly one of the finest high school drama and dance department in the southbay. The atheletic program has placed it's football team in the playoffs during the 06 & 07 (07 Div X Semi Finals) Boys Basketball also follows in the line of competivie teams with appearance in the CIF Championship Game in 2006. The current principal and staff are dedicated to improving all facets of life at St. Bernards. The school will continue to grow and thrive at its onw natural rate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2007

St. Bernard is an excellent academic school which truly does prepare your child for college.Counselors are very tentative to ensure every child has fulfilled their requirements academically for graduation and college.Among certain teachers can be better equipped with an accuracy of responding to emails accordingly. Participation from parents is A-1 along with safety and discipline. There extracurricular could be better but your not paying for activities your paying for an utmost education which it does provide with results. However,what concern me most is that this is a Catholic tradition high school not Christian nor Baptist in which others tried to implement those religions upon the catholic faith. Class 08! A greatly involved parent at St.Bernards since my child was accepted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2006

I have 2 children who graduated from St. Bernard and am now on the 3rd and 4th. This is a great school, the dance program is excellent. Although they do not have a winning sports team, they do have the program available. I like the uniform program, although I still think the kids push it a little to the limit. I believe that there is a good mix of academic and extracurricular activites and the parental involvedment is excellent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2006

St. Bernard was not my first choice in what high schools I wished to attend. It did grow on me after the first year or so, however. As mentioned before,the drawing point for much of Bernard's hype is the Drama Dept. Some of the best productions, often matching the quality of a top-produced Broadway show or play. I must admit that after four years academically, though, I could have been a little better prepared. The AP curriculum differed from the Honors courses in name and testing only. Athletics are decent; Track has a high rating with CIF entry every year, as is Basketball and Volleyball; don't expect much from the football program. All in all, this school was decent for me; I'm in college now. But for parents, I urge you, keep your options open, and seriously consider your choice.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 8, 2006

This is a good school overall but I did feel it was a bit too strict and regimented. The children dont seem to have any fun going to school and I believe there should be balance in that area. Not very many extra circular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2006

My child is in her 3rd year at St Bernards and is enjoying the learning environment. I have two concerns: 1) I think they should imporve the way the selection process for which children are placed in AP classes and 2) I think the counselors should reach out to the children more to inform them of requirements to prepare for College. I think if these two changes were met St Bernards would go from a good school to an awesome top rate school
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 4, 2006

When I attended the school it was a great place to be.
—Submitted by a former student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Black 52%
Hispanic 34%
Two or more races 9%
Asian 2%
White 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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Language learning

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  • French
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Health & athletics

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9100 Falmouth Avenue
Playa del Rey, CA 90293
Phone: (310) 823-4651

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