Posted October 16, 2014
Thank you for showing interest in St. Bernadette School in Silver Spring, Md. We are a vibrant, safe, Catholic community that is changing and growing. Our test scores reflect the academic rigor delivered by our state certified teachers. In the Fall of 2014, 71% of our students scored above average in Mathematics and 81% of our students scored above average in Reading. Over the last five years, our 8th grade students have a 98% acceptance rate and received an average of $200,000 in four-year scholarships to area private and Catholic High Schools. Come by for a private tour at any time. We have open enrollment for many grades at this time. Our Open House will be on January 25th, 2015 from 10 am to 1:30 pm. We look forward to meeting you!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 ;)
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.
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.
The dedication of the faculty and staff is inspiring. This school is on the up swing.
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.
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.
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.
Great school community and a wonderful place for children to learn and grow! New smart boards and science lab are fantastic!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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