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.
On March 14, 2018, the small gym was fully transformed into annual science fair. Boys in grades IV through VIII presented their scientific research to fellow students, family members, teachers, and friends.
St. B’s boys have many chances to perform and become confident public speakers. Opportunities for public speaking begin in kindergarten, when boys step onto stage to recite poetry for their classmates and parents at a Junior School morning assembly.
Boys in kindergarten, first grade, and seventh grade enjoyed special performances from musicians visiting from the DREAM Project’s Bachata Academy in the Dominican Republic. St. B’s Old Boy Benjamin de Menil ’88 established the tuition-free academy in 2013 in an effort to help preserve the country’s musical tradition and to teach and encourage young musicians.
St. Bernard’s counseling department has launched a new program this year for parents called Coffee and Conversation. This series was established to encourage more direct communication between parents and guidance counselors. Ramon Rodriguez and Zachary Kahn have selected developmental, age-specific topics to present to small groups of parents in morning sessions, followed by a discussion.
Ninth graders enjoyed a special field trip on Tuesday, February 13. St. B’s father, Jason H., arranged a private tour of the current exhibition, Birds of a Feather: Joseph Cornell's Homage to Juan Gris, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.