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St Bernadette School

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Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted April 4, 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

Posted January 6, 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.
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Posted 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.

Posted 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

Posted September 4, 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

Posted May 4, 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

Posted November 16, 2011

Don't send your kid here. Seriously. They provide no preparation for highschool. Like at all.

Posted 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.
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Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted December 9, 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

Posted November 7, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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!
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Posted 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.
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Posted 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

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 42%
Two or more races 9% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 6%
Black 7% 35%
Hispanic 2% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Silver Spring, MD 20901
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