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St Bernard Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 337 students


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Posted September 21, 2013

My daughter currently attends Saint Bernard's. As an educator in a public school, I feel that she is receiving an excellent education while being immersed in Catholic faith each day. The teachers that I have encountered all seem personable, professional and caring. The school's high ELA and Math scores were eyebrow raising!Congratulation! Also, over the summer to my daughter's delight, a new playground was built.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 8, 2013

Very good ,I m impressed. Good rate in ELA and in Math, keep the good job,
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Posted March 31, 2013

st bernards is a terrible school, money money money, and believe me they will let everyone including your children regardless of age that mommy and daddy didnt send money so you cant participate. Sad the way the use children to shake down parents.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 20, 2013

My girls have attended St Bernard for the past 7 years and I can honestly say we love this school. Academically my girls are thriving all thanks to their wonderful teachers. St Bernard incorporates state of the art technology in daily curriculum with use of Smart-boards in every grade and iPads for upper grades. A true sense of family is felt throughout our school community and is one of the reasons I am so happy my girls attend St Bernard. I would also like to welcome our new pastor, Monsignor Jamie, whom I feel will be a wonderful spiritual leader for our children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 27, 2013

I am Bangladeshi.My son just promoted to Std-9.I am requesting him allow to study in your school immediate.Please give the details for admission information. Thanks and best regards. MD. Sanwar Hossain Dewan
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Posted May 3, 2012

I wish I could give this school a zero. My daughter joined this school at 3 grade and the level of education is far lowere than other private school. He is doing work that he had completed in 1st and 2nd grade. What a waste of money. There only concern is fundraising and half days. Teachers arevery clicky with certain moms. Certain teachers don't care about the students performance and seem to enjoy them failing instead of helping them to succeed. There is no year end exams, so you have no idea how your child is doing. I still can't believe this school is classed as a good school. I can't wait to pull my child out to start 4th Grade in a great school instead of a school that's sole purpose is to do fundraising and have half days, rather than teaching the academics to help our kids succeed.
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Posted April 22, 2012

This was my daughter's first year at St.Bernard, I was not impressed at all with the way things are handled and the way they "favor' certain families and certain children. If you donate and volunteer more then you are considered a favorite. I was not impressed by the way this particular teacher handled young children. Very unprofessional and her teaching was geered more towards adults than children. I must admit they have many programs for the children and they do emphasize learning but they also scare them half to death if they don't do "well". Honestly I haven't seen a difference in their teaching skills and public schools, the only difference is a more structured environment and stability. I would honestly say it isn't worth the money unless you can receive the financial aid that they provide. My child does not want to go back but I really don't want to change her surrounding's again. It is crazy because you depend on a private community to nuture and love your child but sometimes they do the complete opposite. Most of the parents will not complain because they are those parents that are literally "obsessed" with having their children in private schools because it sounds nice.
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Posted April 17, 2012

I went to this school and I REGRET THE MONEY MY PARENTS SPENT ON IT. The school favors families that donate money to eat... and leave the other people as... "other people". They're awful. Most of the teachers are o-kay, the 5th - 8th grade teachers are rather good, but the principal is terrible... She is not thoroughly concerned with the students nor is she considerate with their feelings. My parents do not like this school because my younger brother went there and was picked on from day one - and the administration did nothing about it. He suffered a lot, gained weight, and the other children that taunted him still find ways to harass him: recently they created a fake social network account and picked on past schoolmates. Maybe he was from a bad class, but I did not enjoy my experience there either - not worth the money.

Posted October 19, 2010

My 3 children attend this school and I love it and they love it!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 15, 2010

this is my daughter 1st yr and she has learn sooo much...she luvs her teacher and her friends...the environment is kids friendly....i just luv it 2 thumbs up...
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Posted May 13, 2010

My children are receiving an excellent education by a wonderful caring faculty and administration.
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Posted May 13, 2010

My son graduated two years ago and is doing fantastic in high school. He has been selected to participate in the AP pre-law program for his junior and senior years. St. Bernard gave him the tools and the study habits he needed to succeed.
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Posted May 12, 2010

The teachers, principal & the pastor of the parish really care abut ALL of the children of the school. They are friendly, understanding & compassionate. I was a student of St.Bernard , now my daughter attends & will have a great catholic education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 12, 2010

This is a place where children learn and they love to be, keep up the good work.
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Posted May 12, 2010

St. Bernard's is my son's Home away from Home. The Entire Faculty are full Compassion and Love for all the childern. My son LOVES to go to school everyday and on some days, doesn't even want to leave, what a wonderful feeling for his love for school and he is only in kindergarten. This is a place for your child to receive an amazing education and experience wonderful childhood memories while receiving a stellar education. Myself as well as my Husband were also graduates of St.Bernards.
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Posted May 7, 2010

Not only they love, care and discipline kids but they are excellent in shaping up the kids academically and talent wise as well.
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Posted March 13, 2010

You couldn't ask for a better school. I love to go there everyday. The teachers are the nicest people you will ever meet.They are always encouraging you to reach for the stars and to stay on the right path. A lot of the students are very nice, as well. I have gone here for 9 years and will be graduating next year. I can't believe that I have to leave the greatest school in the world. I will miss all of the teachers greatly, especially since I have had Mrs. Bellard, Ms Con, Mrs. Strong , and Ms Tews for 4 years. You could bet that when I am older, I will be sending my children there. 5 Star School, 5 Star Teachers, 5 Star Education.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 11, 2009

Saint bernard school is a great school for the children and the teachers because the teachers make learning fun and interesting and the teachers learn more about us every day and they dont belive in the word cant because cant is just a can with a t at the end so if you have iny chield that is from prek to 8th grade you should send him or her to Saint Bernard so they will grow and become sucssesful. And you should trust me because I even go to the best school in the word saint bernard.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 5, 2008

I love this school! My son leaves with a smile on his face every day! The principle Mrs. Bucheme is awesome. She loves the student & the school & it shows. She knows them all by first name and their parents too! Her main concern is the student & that makes me feel so good. I can be at work & know my child is safe & happy. Its a small school so it is very family oreinted. Everyone knows each other & works together. You can ask any teacher or staff member for help & they are more than happy to help you. I will be moving soon so this will probably be my sons last year in the school & that is the only thing that makes me sad about moving. I wish I could take the school with me! I would highly recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 20, 2004

Very good private school. Children are all recognized and the principal knows each child's name. The principal is improving the curricullum everyday.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 52%
Black 29% 21%
Hispanic 5% 21%
Two or more races 5% N/A
Asian 1% N/A
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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2030 East 69th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11234
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