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Dallas, TX
Students enrolled: 185
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1420 Old Gate Lane
Dallas, TX 75218

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(214) 321-2897
(214) 321-4060
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December 12, 2014
SBS is a excellent school with a good teacher to student ratio. Our new principal is very engaged and provides solid leadership. Overall our experience at SBS has been worth every penny and I'd encourage you to check it out if searching for a new school.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2014
Curriculum is on public school level I would say. Nothing to brag about. This school is a money pit. Always asking for donations for this and that. If it's not the principal asking for stuff, it's the teachers or the home and school association (PTA). Pretty sad when you get email from teacher asking if any parent would be so kind to donate a printer for the classroom. Hello? Isn't that the schools responsibility to provide that? Or how about having to purchase your child's art work completed in art class? 20 bucks a piece. Other than that you will never see their art work brought home. Pretty ridiculous!

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2014
So saddened to hear that our wonderful principal is leaving. What great advances she has made in the last five years. Gone are the negative staff and parents that destroy a school's morale. I pray that the new principal will have the backbone to stand firm and continue the progress made.

- submitted by a teacher
April 29, 2014
We have been part of SBS for about five years and overall we have loved the school, staff, students, and families; however, the principal has run off so many families and staff members over the last four years and this has caused great discord in the school. I am thrilled that the school will be getting a new school leader next year. Hopefully, the new principal will be a great leader with vision to improve SBS so that prospective families and staff members will be drawn to the school instead of being run off.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2014
This little school is wonderful and a hidden gem in the East Dallas. The staff is outstanding and challenge the children everyday. It offers great academics and community. Going on our 4th year we highly recommend you visit this school to learn more about what makes it so special.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2014
Very good school with intelligent and caring teachers. Great option if you are going the private route...you don't have to be Catholic.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2013
We are happy here. It has exceeded our expectations. We found out though the principal (very well informed) that 95% of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux graduates are accepted to Honors Level Programs at public schools, or Catholic High Schools. Great environment for learning. Outstanding teachers and curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
Just left the New Parent Orientation! Helpful staff and warm welcome from principal. Can't wait to be a part of this growing community and school. Very Impressed!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
This school will nickel and dime you broke! The tuition you pay nor the fundraising is enough for this school. They want you to donate items for them to profit from, volunteer with all kinds of projects so they won't have to hire someone to do. Even carpet was a donation and so was the installation! They even had the audacity to ask for parents to donate dishes to use in the cafeteria. Ridiculous! Who is making money here? Where is the money going? The catholic diocese? The pope? It certainly isn't going back to the school and the students.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2013
I was expecting this Catholic school to be passionate about religion. However, all prayers were demonstrated in a very meaningless way with no feeling or expression behind them. I like children to learn to focus and acknowledge what they are praying for, not just repeating words. On another note, materials are so outdated yet they want you to teach state standards but fail to provide adequate resources. The principal is extremely unprofessional, hostile, and knows how to talk a big game but when asked to actually perform becomes defensive. She passes the buck to her sidekick vice-principal that is equally disrespectful and unprofessional. They lack communication skills and are definitely not role models nor examples of "Christians" that I would ever allow my children to look up to.

- submitted by a teacher
June 02, 2013
My child has attended SBS for 2 years now and it is an amazing school. The principal and leadership of the school insures all the children are being challenged academically no matter their skill level. The teachers, staff and parents are very involved in all aspects of the school which creates an unparalleled community. If you are looking for a small, unquie school where you are accountable for your actions. Then SBS is the place for your family!

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2012
I know my child is receiving a better education in our local public elementary school.The curriculum at St. Bernard's was so lacking that my child had to have tutoring to catch up. My child had a 97 average when we left St. Bernard's.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2012
St. Bernard is a terrific school filled with caring teachers who strive to make a difference in the lives of its students. Tucked back in the cozy Little Forest Hills and Casa Linda Estates neighborhoods, SBS is on the forefront of academic excellence and student achievement. I have taught at St. Bernard since 2010 and have witnessed first-hand the attention to detail and strong leadership on the part of the Principal. Students are challenged through differentiated instruction and dynamic, engaging curriculums. I am proud to be part of a teaching staff that is always encouraged to nurture the heart and spirit of our students as well as inspire, engage and challenge their minds.

- submitted by a teacher
November 27, 2012
St. Bernard's is a gem! This is my second year teaching here and I love the community, students and fellow teachers. I've taught for many years, I have never worked with better teachers. My students are happy and enthusiastic and we have a great time learning together. It is my pleasure to recommend our school.

- submitted by a teacher
November 27, 2012
My children have attended St. Bernard's since 2007 and it's a great school! A very close knit family oriented atmosphere with a Christ-centered education background. The Principal offers strong leadership and under her tenure the school has improved each year. Any comments to the contrary are just factually untrue. This is a great school, with great teachers and strong Christian leadership. If you are looking for a school for your kids, please give St. Bernard's a visit, I promise you will not be disappointed!

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2012
This will be our 6th year at St Bernard and we love it here. I love that the classes are small, the teachers are enthusiastic and the school does a great job communicating homework assignments, school happenings, achievements, etc. The use of technology has vastly improved over the years. I wish they had a bigger play area/fieldhouse, but overall it is a great little school. There is a strong parent/teacher volunteer base, but it can def be improved upon.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2012
My kids have been going to St Bernards for about 15 years. Ihave aways enjoyed the tenured teachers as well as the families whose children attend ST B. Funny how things change though. Especially under poor leadership. Since the newest principal has been there the entire culture of the school has changed. Several families as well as employees have left the school because of the principal. The principal is not open to parent suggestions, makes biased accusations towards students, evidently pressures teachers because they do the same. I can't believe that we will be leaving the school on bad terms and it just breaks my heart. If you think that Iam the one that has a problem, try attending one of their carnivals. They used to be SOOO much bigger.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2012
I am doubtful about having my children for more than this year. I understand how schools proceed with communication and rules. Nonetheless, my main concern is curriculum. Innovation and community must be the most important pillars of any school as our children are going to be responsible for this country's future and generations no matter what government is leading. I see that the school is very old fashioned in the way that is instructing children with zero options for discovery and inquiring minds.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2012
My son just finished his first year at SBS. We are very please with the progress he made in kindergarten. We will be attending the 2012-2013 school year. I love the staff and the teachers. My son loves the staff and the teachers. I always know what is going on with daily emails and announcements on Renweb. I love the small classes and the "Raise The Bar" attitude the principal expects from the teachers, students and parents. I have read negative reviews about the current principal. My experiences with her have been nothing but pleasant. I have watched my son's educational and spiritual growth really blossom since attending SBS. This school has been a true blessing for my family.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2011
We Love our Wonderful St. Bernard School. We demand academic excellence and traditional Catholic values. My daughter has been attending SBS for years and loves the school and our caring and professional teachers. I wanted a smaller school as I felt she would have a greater opportunity for education - she does! In 2009 a new principal was hired. She is a highly educated individual, very motivated, energetic, and dedicated to seeing that our students receive an outstanding education and continues to improve school programs. Changes were made. New teachers were hired. My daughter's grades shot up to A-B level because of this. We have online Renweb, and can now see grades, homework, and send questions to teachers which are always answered. I love this! We have Teacher Conferences and monthly Home and School Meetings. Principal's door is always open to students, parents, faculty and staff members. Being the Principal of a school is not an easy job. You just can't seem to satisfy all parents but keep doing your very best. Just want to say, This is a Great School. Take a minute and stop by for a tour and meet the principal and teachers. You'll love it.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2011
I love this school! So many good things to say. It is a small community so everyone gets along so well and the communication is excellent. I get something from the principal at least weekly if not more! I would reccomend this school to anyone who wants their child to have a great education and long lasting friendships.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2011
We are very happy at St. Bernards.... The academics are excellent, the teachers and staff are kind, the families are active and vested in the school. There is not a better place for our child to be nurtured and to grow to the best he can be!!! Thank you St Bernards School!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2011
For the life of me I just don't understand these former parents complaining about St. Bernard. These people have an axe to grind and the school is better off with them gone! No School is perfect and don't let anyone tell you that one is. My children have attended St. Bernard for 3 years now and we LOVE the school. The teachers are great and the principal has worked hard to build the school and continues to do so. St. Bernard's has a wonderful atmosphere, our kids love it and I know your's will too!

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2011
Parents are pulling their kids out of this school on droves. Enrollment has almost been cut in half. The principal is very very hostile and combative such as hanging up on parents.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2011
My child flourishes at St. Bernard. St. Bernard has outstanding teachers who love doing their job. Did you know St. Bernard received an award for their outstanding Title I program? Did you also know St. Bernard has six 7th graders being tracked by Duke University for their outstanding performance on their standardized tests? Did you know almost all our basketball teams made it to the playoffs? This school is doing something right.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2011
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux is a wonderful school with inspired teachers and a motivated principal. If you are looking for a private school where your child will get plenty of attention, look no further. You will not be disappointed. Take a tour and see for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2011
I really don't understand comments about lack of communication from disgruntled parents. We have daily emails delivered directly to each parent's mailbox. If a parent does not have email, I print out what comes to me and send it home in my student's Homework Folder. Our school has a new online Renweb gradebook which gives information concerning student grades, homework, teacher concerns and direct answers to parent questions. Our principal regularly makes phone contact with parents and warmly greets parents throughout the day. We have monthly Home and School meetings where different organizations present reports about their individual functions. As a teacher at the school, I know that the principal's door is always open to parents and faculty/staff with any concern they might have. These negative comments are ridiculous and representative of parents who are no longer in control of our school. I love working here and wish parents would feel the same way about sending their children here. We have a strong, highly communicative leader, focused on families, teachers and students. Our school rocks!

- submitted by a teacher
February 10, 2011
What a fantastic difference these past two years have made at St. Bernard. The school has the latest in technology, the best teachers, two new priests who are actively involved in the school, daily communication between the school and home, and most of all a new sense of pride in our school . Entering the school, you can feel the energy in the teachers, kids and parents. There is higher accountability for everyone involved in their commitment to our faith, education and our community. St. Bernard is rapidly becoming "The Best Little Catholic School in Dallas". I am so proud to be a part of this school.

- submitted by a community member
October 18, 2010
I moved my kids from a "big" Catholic School to St. Bernard, so that there could be more emphasis on education versus family status. The school has improved dramatically since Mrs. Balcom was hired! Some long time parents of SBS do not seem to be as pleased, because rules that should have been in place all along are now being implemented. The school is now ran by the principal, not the parents, which is the way it should be. There are wonderful thingsgoing on with new committees and members throughout. The new Priests this year are also great, my kids love them! St. Bernard is now on the right track, thanks to Mrs. Balcom. I feel great sending my kids to school every day.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2010
Over the past 2 years THERE is definitely more than 3 NEW teachers...who is doing the math on the last comment !!!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2010
This school is supposed to have a close knitted environment and that is what I wanted for my child. In reality, everything is communicated through group emails, most of the teachers are brand-new with less than one year teaching experience and there are no parent teacher conferences. The school is supposed to care about each individual child but their is no personalization at all. For such a small school it is a shame. It is better to go public or pay more for school. This school isn't worth the money.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2010
We have been increasingly disappointed with this school for the last few years. Bullying is a big issue with this school that they refuse to look at. We agreed to stay another year when we heard new teachers were being hired. That was a bad decision. We saw the principal's true colors when we needed to talk to her about problems with one of those new teachers. I agree with other reviewers that she is arrogant and has given the school a hostile environment.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2010
I was a student here from kinder to the start of 6th grade. At this school i was bullied and the teachers didnt do anything about it and the principal and one of the new teachers did unchristian like things(which is a very bad example for others) This school is NOT what its cracked up to be.

- submitted by a community member
no rating March 23, 2010
I have been a parent of St. Bernard School for 9 years. I honestly can say that it has been a great experience for my child and also my family. Each day I drop off my child at St. Bernard, I never have to worry about him as far as his safety. It seems like everyone knows each other and looks after each other. I can feel the love as soon as I walk through the front doors of the school. We have some great teachers that take the time to work hard with our kids. This year, St Bernard was fortunate to get a new principal. Her name is Mrs. Balcom. She has brought so many good changes to the school, plus she really cares for our children like they are her own children. The office staff is great too. I would highly recommend St. Bernard to any parent.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2010
This is our first year at st. Bernard, my daughter loves going to school. Everyone there including the new principal are very nice. I think the changes that are happening are for the best of our children. This is the reason why i send my daughter to private school instead of public. I do want the principal to be strict about anything that happens at school that is not supposed to be happening!! we definitly refer this school, it is a great one, well worth your money.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 09, 2009
St. Bernard was a great school to have your kids attend until the 2009 school year. Faustino Leos was a wonderful principal and cared about the students and staff as well as parents. A new principal has been introduced as of Augus of 2009. The school now has a hostile environment feel to it. The new principal takes all and any issues to the extreme. I have had children attend St. Bernard now for 10 yrs and this by far the most unorganized and worst year ever. I highly doubt my we will attend next year.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2008
My child flourishes at St. Bernard. At last, a school where the teachers CARE about EACH child and their abilities. Principal Leos is wonderful and Fr. Martin is a treat.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2008
I was apprehensive about sending my child to st. Bernard's and only did so out of support for the parish's now deceased pastor. I have been pleasantly surprised by the warmth and sense of community as well as the individual attention i see every child receive. All of the teachers know all of the children and the whole community is very tight-knit and homey. I do think there are too many fundraisers starting very early in the school year. I was not terribly impressed with the second grade math program. The school has very high expectations of its working parents and should allow a buy-out for mandatory volunteer activity. But all in all our experience has been very good. St. Bernard's is definitely a good value for the money. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a private school in the east dallas area.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2008
This is a school that is filled with learning we have a great science and ecpecialy a great math teacher it is so great to have the privalage to go to sbs

- submitted by a student
no rating June 27, 2007
Greatly prepares your kids in Literature and grammar, but is average in mathematical preparation.

- submitted by a student
December 20, 2006
St. Bernard of Clairvaux is a wonderful learning environment for any child. We chose this school because of its small size and warmth as you enter the school. Every student knows every other student. You don't get that in any of the other surrounding schools. The teachers and staff are outstanding!

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2006
Our family has been a part of the St. Bernard Parish and school for 10 years. While our children are getting a great education we are also blessed to be a part of a wonderful family. I highly recommend this hidden gem to everyone looking for a private school.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2006
We picked St Bernard over local 'competition' because it provides an elite education in the best sense, but is not 'elitist' in the bad sense. When we visited the nearest alternative, we got a tour tour of their drama center, museum, library, etc. They never asked about our daughter. When we visited St Bernard, we met with the principal and the first words out of her mouth were, 'So, tell me about [your daughter]!' That sums up the whole school's attitude. Our daughter works hard and has made tremendous progress academically due to the great no-nonsense curriculum. She's also been active in soccer, volleyball, swimming and basketball. The other kids are good friends for our daughter and the other parents are a great bunch. We feel that it has the social advantages of a public school with the academic advantages of a private school. We think its a gem.

- submitted by a parent
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St. Bernard of Clairvaux is a small community school with big ideas. Although we plan to remain small, we consistently seek current research-based educational strategies, state-of-the-art technologies, and the best staff development opportunities. We focus on the individual chlild through data-driven instruction. We are a faith filled community evidenced daily in every subject area.

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St Bernard Of Clairvaux School
1420 Old Gate Lane, Dallas, TX  75218
(214) 321-2897
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St Bernard Of Clairvaux School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top