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K-8
Private
Silver Spring, MD
Students enrolled: 394
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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80 University Boulevard East
Silver Spring, MD 20901

(301) 593-5611
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December 19, 2014
I moved my child from MCPS to St. Bernadette for middle school. It was the best decision I ever made! He is thriving in this environment where his classmates want to learn. He only regret is that we did not move him sooner. He is involved in band, choir, and the drama program. He loves the spirit-centered environment. He has been welcomed by the students and has made new friends. There is something for every child at Saint Bernadette!

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2014
We have three children at St. Bernadette School. My oldest is getting ready to graduate in the spring. We have been overly pleased with St. Bernadette's (St. B's). The rigorous education, caring teachers & staff, and wonderful community make this school truly wonderful. We have one child with a reading disability and the school/staff have been more than accommodating, helpful and caring. We know the parents of our children's friends which is hard to come by these days. We are very happy with the education, social, and spiritual life here. The classes are manageable and each of our children feel respected and happy going to school here.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2014
I have the unique experience to be both a parent and a teacher at St. Bernadette. My children had a great experience here and went on to a great high school, colleges and careers. As a teacher, I have seen many ups and some downs but that is because I have been here for a long time. We have a truly devoted group of teachers and administrators. The parents are supportive and give all as seen by our recent additions of a science lab and smartboards for all the classrooms.

- submitted by a teacher
November 19, 2014
Saint Bernadette has been a very uplifting experience for me. I taught for 2 years in the public school systems in upstate New York and came to Maryland looking to find enthusiastic teachers and a way of strengthening my own relationship with God through my profession--luckily, I found both. Different teaching styles through all of K-8 but with one common goal: Educating the Whole Child. Though I have only been teaching here for a few years, I can proudly say that the school as a whole has become more driven towards community involvement and academic excellence.

- submitted by a teacher
November 19, 2014
This is now my third year working as a teacher at Saint Bernadette, before which I was a reading specialist in the public schools, and I can honestly say that, in my 15 years of teaching, I have never seen a school with better readers. Saint Bernadette nurtures a culture of avid life-long readers who almost all read well above grade level. Students are generally very polite and kind to each other, in essence displaying true christian virtues.

- submitted by a teacher
November 12, 2014
We have 2 children here and love it. The academics are rigorous but there is an emphasis on developing the whole child. Children here are taught how to act with each other and with adults in a responsible, caring, respectful manor. The parents in this community really enjoy providing support and friendship to each others families. Becoming part of St. B's is so much more then just where our kids go to school. Tuition isn't cheap but the experience is priceless.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2014
Overall, we really love St. B's. My child started here in 1st grade. It was a little hard at first because it is a tight knit community, but you get to know everyone quickly because there are so many events & all parents must make a volunteer commitment. The kids are very well mannered here. The academics are rigorous, but I think there's a little too much homework. And I wish they had focused more on diversity, languages, environmental sustainability, and improving the facilities (no gym, bathrooms need updating, no outdoor restroom for games).

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2014
My 4 children started attending Saint Bernadette School in kindergarten and it has been a blessing. The teachers are friendly, professional and they meet the needs of the students. My two eldest children were well prepared for high school and were accepted into their first choice for high school. The Saint Bernadette community provides a great environment in the school and with their many special events from the Friday nights on the field, festivals, field trips and a great number of other school and social events. I strongly recommend this school on many levels.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2014
St. Bernadette's is a wonderful school that places emphasis on the development of the whole child. When you chose to send your child to a parochial school you are buying in to the importance of teaching values and morals and St. Bernadette's does an excellent job with this. Children graduate with great self confidence, compassion, and a solid perspective of what's important in life. The parents are actively involved and everyone "knows" your child. I could not be happier with the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2014
This year is our 9th year with St. B's. We love it. Academic rigor, emphasis on manners/respect, and a parent community we rely on big time. The social and moral "extras" here have more than justified the cash for us as parents. It's hard to be a parent today, and St. B's has filled in a lot of gaps for us ;)

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2014
There are so many things to juggle as a parent, and STBS makes it easier... with its emphasis on student character, friendship/community as well as academics, we feel fully supported on the parenting journey.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2014
St Bernadette is a strong academic institution that serves a tight knit community. Perhaps it's strongest feature is how every aspect of the school day is shaped to foster a caring, safe and structured learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2014
The dedication of the faculty and staff is inspiring. This school is on the up swing.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2014
We just started at st bs, but it has been a great, welcoming environment. I love that it is k-8 and it really is a whole community where the older kids take responsibility for the younger kids. The teachers we have had are caring and responsive the the kids (and parents) and I believe are building complete kids - those that have academic credentials and also commitment to each other and community.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2014
As a member of the St. Bernadette community, I cannot say enough good things about the school. St. B's provides students with the academic rigor, educational resources, and competitive sports that you would expect at an exclusive prep school, while also striving to teach the whole child. Gospel values are at the heart of St. B's and I feel so blessed to be a part of this school.

- submitted by a community member
October 16, 2014
St. Bernadette is a great local school. The sense of community is built by weekend events for families and the small class sizes. Faculty and staff take time to get to know the children and ensure they are both educated and cared for. Parent volunteerism is high and builds its own community as parents work together to ensure successful events for all children. The school hours and after school program are great for working parents. As working parents, we are able to find things to volunteer for so we can also be involved, and have our children in afterschool care that is below market cost, but taught by highly skilled teachers. Our children come home with homework done and worn out from having spent a lot of time outside playing. We came to the school as non-Catholics and were welcomed. Our children were not treated any differently. Highly recommend shadowing or attending an open-house to see for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2014
Great school community and a wonderful place for children to learn and grow! New smart boards and science lab are fantastic!

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2014
All 3 of my children have thrived at St. Bernadette School. The academics are very strong and the environment is nurturing, positive and community centered. I feel the teachers are excellent at understanding and supporting each student. My oldest daughter was more than prepared for the academic rigors of her private college preparatory high school thanks to St. Bernadette School. I'm sure when my younger children graduate from SBS they will be prepared too. The administration and front office knows every single child by name and greets them all with a welcoming smile. I love the fact that the school does not tolerate bully at all!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2014
Our two sons went through St. Bernadette school, get accepted at several high schools, including the ones they desired, and are now in the college of their choice. One was much more social and athletic than the other, who found just as much happiness in band and other activities. Today, their best friends, are guys from St. B's, their high schools, colleges and beyond, so I think socially the school does fine with the students. We are not the most social parents, but were able to fit in and have fun. The key is that parents have to get involved, and sometimes that creates a clique of those who volunteer and therefore always are around. We both worked full time and did what we could to help the school because while the teachers and staff work tirelessly for the kids, the kids really thrive when the whole family is on board. I'm shocked to see one review complain about religion at a Catholic school. Our children are mixed in how actively religious they are in college, but they got a tremendous moral foundation there, and have made solid life choices as a result. And from what I've seen since, the faculty has only improved with more focus on math and science.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2014
Reviews are a catch 22. They are either from unhappy people or defensive, happy people. I will try to be fair. Staff/Facility/Rigor: St. B's is 1st, bar none. HS Acceptance: Choosing parochial school means you don't like the school you are zoned for but don't want to move to further out or you really want a Catholic education. At St. B's many intend for their child to complete this education through HS. If this is what you want, St. B's students have a 99% acceptance rate for private high schools. Cliques: All private/parochial schools all claim to not be exclusive and have a great community. Honestly, public schools do too. If you are an involved parent people will reciprocate. The clique complaints are slightly overrated, at least currently. We knew no one when we started and enjoy the friends we've made, many of which are not in a clique or if they are I have not noticed. More importantly, so have our kids. Diversity is lacking but we take advantage of living close-in and educating our children to honor diversity. We do feel that lessons in diversity are from more that just being around different races/cultures, so if that is also your definition, St. B's is fine on this front.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2014
I'm glad that I waited to review St. Bernadette. Previous comments are right on the mark. St. B's is a very tight community, which is a downfall here. The cliques are very strong between both students and parents. Like the students, parents are not inviting if your children are not within their cliques. Our children attending St. B's for many years, but we transferred before they graduated middle school. I'm glad to know that a some of the teachers (and nurse) have retired, and maybe that's helped to improve the school now. Teachers were also in after-care and by the end of the day, they have less tolerant. Academics were challenging and many of the students do well and move on to Catholic high schools. Foreign language is limited for lower grades and there's limited cultural diversity both in school and in parish. Strongly recommend MORE than one visit, plus meeting with teachers your child would have.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
I have been at other schools and can honestly say the cliques at this school are far worse then any other school environment I have ever been in. Any parent who is in their thirties and forties still living their sorority and frat days sends up a red flag. Acceptable behavior for late teens to early twenties. Not grown adults. As you can imagine, this behavior is passed down to their children who then act it out in the classrooms. The nice familes and nice kids leave this school. Fourth grade and above is really when the cliques become noticeable and harmful to the children.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2013
My school is not very commutative. Very few students will welcome new students when a student come to a certain grades. When I came to the seventh I was not welcome entirely by the students and only two students welcomed me.

- submitted by a community member
February 28, 2013
The principal is excellent and has made substantial improvements at the school. I cant say that for the teachers, as some of them definitely have their favorites and are partial and this impacts their teaching. They spend more time enforcing petty rules. Also, if you are anything but causcaian, think twice before attending this school. The quality of the education has defintiely improved but the the sacrifice on your kids self esteem and confidence might not be a good trade off in the short or long term. There are other choices out there and you are paying for this choice, Think again.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2012
This school has a serious clique problem. If you want your child to be happy then do not send them to this school. The principal has tried many ways to break up the cliques with the school children but it's the parents who dictate what children are accepted and which are not. Extremely sad for the children, espcially when they're not the favored ones. And forget about CYO. Even if your child is the best athlete in the school, if they're not one of the "chosen", they will never make the "A" team. Do you and your children a favor. Do not come to this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2012
It may not be the most challenging school for the brightest students, but many of the graduating 8th graders go to academically rigorous high schools and perform well. This indicates that they prepare students at an above average level. For the most part the students I interact with are courteous, well mannered and polite - that speaks volumes in the world we live in. Cons - believe the hype, this is a cliquish environment. And this can lead to some alienation between parents. And sadly this sometimes filters down to the kids as well. My two children are doing well here - not as challenging as I would like at times, but it is only elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2011
Don't send your kid here. Seriously. They provide no preparation for highschool. Like at all.

- submitted by a community member
June 14, 2011
We have two children--one who graduated recently and one in middle school. We have found the community to be very strong and welcoming, and the 'cliquishness' to be over rated. Our kids don't fit the 'jock' or 'popular' crowd and felt very accepted for who they are and for their talents. Academically, my oldest was very well prepared for high school. St. B's grads seem to grab more than their share of academic scholarships/honors placements at the local Catholic High Schools, so I feel the school certainly holds its own in that area.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2011
Too may cliques, which starts with the mothers and creates a negative atmosphere for the children who aren't "popular" or "jockish." At basketball games and the Powderpuff game, the "popular" girls only pass to their friends, and the coaches don't do anything about it.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2011
My family moved here mid-year from out of state and St. Bernadette's welcomed us and our children immediately into its community. The school and activities and both parents and students included us and made us feel like we'd been part of the community for years. We now have 2 children enrolled in the school and are quite happy.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2011
We have been in the school since 2006 and have been very happy here. Mrs. Wood has helped the school innovate while protecting the traditions of St. B's. We have two children in the school (lower grades) and have seen them flourish academically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2010
This school has a serious bullying problem involving both the students and the parents. Many adults have expressed that it's like being back in high school again with the cliques -- something we thought we'd left behind years ago. The cliquisheness of the adults translates to their children and creates nightmare situations for children who aren't "cool" or "jockish." While the new Prinicipal brought in a bullying expert, the bullying waters run deep and it's going to be difficult to fix. We withdrew our chilren.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2010
Do you live in the Woodmoor neighborhood? Because if you don't, you will not be welcome at this school. Very exclusive. We did not feel welcome at the open house by the other, existing parents.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2010
We love St. Bernadette's and know that the faculty and administration are educating each child as an individual.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
I have my small issues with St. B s but I wouldn t have my children in any other school. There is a sacrifice that our family continues to meet in order for our kids to attend but we do it because of the positive educational experience/environment our kids are receiving and are in. It is also a pleasure our kids go to a school that enforces what we teach at home and that is being a person of morals. The Principal is 2 years new and has made many aggressive changes in all aspects of education and raising money Catholic school there is fundraising involved can t get away from it .but it is all worth it!

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
I love St. Bernadette's because my children love St. Bernadette's. It is a comfort to know they are learning in a Christian atmosphere. My daughter talks about her Moses Moments! How great is that!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
I attended school here, my children too, and I have taught here for 27 years. I couldn't think of a greater place to learn, laugh and love both our community and God.

- submitted by a teacher
June 18, 2009
i graduated from st. bs in 2008 and i wanna say that my experience here was average. i made a lot of friends, even though we have our ups and downs. the field trips were good, and the teachers tries their best to help and teach the students here. the new principle improved this school and the middle school religion education is excellent.

- submitted by a student
no rating January 11, 2009
I am a public school teacher who is choosing to send my children to St. Bernadette's. I couldn't be happy with our decision. The school exceptionally meets the needs of its students, both academically, spiritually, artistically, and emotionally. I feel so good dropping off my children in the morning at school knowing that they are loved by their educators.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 09, 2009
Our son is now in his second year and enjoying the school a lot. He seems happy and relaxed, and eager to begin each day. The academics are certainly on par with the local public schools. There is homework at night but at it is an appropriate level for a 2nd grader. The community is close-knit and supportive.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2008
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April 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2007
Saint B's is, at this point, a decent school. Nothing spectacular on the academic scale, but kids will not be left behind either. As posted earlier, if your child is bright or needs a little extra attention, this might not be the school for them if you are not willing to provide extra work or help for them. Additionally, the local public schools are not 'shaky', they are in reality quite decent, but I prefer to send my children to a Catholic school. Onto the million dollar question, do you get your money's worth (the school is not cheap) and at this point I have to say no, but a new Principal is on board and hopefully . . .(I'll give it a couple more years). One last comment, the parents are, without a doubt, cliquish, but in the long run, the school is for the children, not us.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2007
St Bernadette is a great school. Your kid will grow up in a community where all the parents know each other. My fellow public school neighbors do not have this sense of community. They have never met any of the other parents. My local public school system is shaky. I did not have the heart to send my kids there. If you have a kid who needs a safe structured environment you can not go wrong at this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2007
My family has been with Saint Bernadettes for decades. Unfortunatly times have caught up with the school. If you are not part of the ''in'' crowd your child is left out. If your child needs extra help the school just does not the resources it needs. I think parent send their kids here to be with other similiar kids, white upper middle class. Principal was a nightmare, she is leaving though.

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March 20, 2007
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September 16, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2006
This school is pathetic. It makes no effort in the needs of the students along with thier encouragement of education. It is mostly based on religion and I want my child to recieve a good education as well. Do no not put your child in this school! I am taking my child out.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2006
This school lacks guidance. The principal and other administration lack support. They need a new leader ASAP! Curriculum is the same as 10 years ago! Too many cliques!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2006
This is an ok school for kids who are right down the middle. If you child needs extra help due to LD, or if you want a school that will help your advanced child be challenged, this is probably not your school. On the positive side, the community is close knit, although at times it can feel clique-ish. More new, young teachers are arriving. May give school new energy. Parental involvement is very high and keeps the school going. School and church are on the conservative end of the Catholic spectrum. On the downside...Principal has caused widespread disenchantement and school has higher vacancy rate than parents have ever seen. There has been heavy staff turnover recently. School has had bullying problem that they are trying to address through education. School has before and after care that is recently priced.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2006
This school has a wonderful community, the Home and School Asssociation is very active. As a parochial school the administration could have better communication and respect for the Parents/Parishoners. If you are looking for a good education it has a good curriculum that is not fully implemented yet. The leadership does not use all of there resources to their potential. There is a band program begining in 4th grade and a Drama program beginning in 3rd. CYO Sports are a big part of the community.

- submitted by a parent
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St Bernadette School
80 University Boulevard East, Silver Spring, MD  20901
(301) 593-5611
Last modified St Bernadette School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
St Bernadette School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 52 reviews. Top