St. Bernard’s offers able young boys of diverse backgrounds an exceptionally thorough, rigorous, and enjoyable introduction to learning and community life. We wish to inspire boys to value hard work and fair play, to develop confidence, consideration for others, and a sense of citizenship, and to have fun while doing these things.
A good heart is as valuable as a well-stocked, well-trained head.
Roughly one-third of St. Bernard’s boys play a musical instrument outside of school, and during the winter term, several recitals are held to showcase their talent. This morning the Upper School musicians performed in front of the entire school assembly.
In 2016, a group of Old Boys established the Kronengold Fund in honor of their second grade teacher Susan Kronengold. The Fund brings an author to the school each year to speak to the boys. This year the Middle School had the pleasure of spending an hour with author Jack Gantos.
Third grade St. Bernard’s boys spend their winter term studying ancient Egypt. On February 10, the three Grade III classes took a walk down Fifth Avenue to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to take in its impressive collection of Egyptian art, artifacts, mummies, and of course the Temple of Dendur.
The first St. Bernard’s fencing class was in 1924. The 1925 budget describes fencing as an “exceptional demonstration of a sport which is pre-eminently delightful in its dignity, its history, and its picturesqueness.”
The St. Bernard’s community was fortunate to hear from William Stixrud, Ph.D., and Ned Johnson, authors of The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives. The authors met with the faculty in the afternoon and in the evening, spoke to over one hundred parents in the small gym.