Admissions

Admissions Process

We are delighted by your interest in St. Bernard’s and look forward to getting to know you through the admissions process.  It is our goal to make each family’s experience personal, informative, and meaningful so that you can confidently determine whether St. Bernard’s is the right school for your son and your family.

St. Bernard’s is devoted to providing an exceptional foundation for boys.  We seek boys who are enthusiastic learners, considerate friends, and honorable sportsmen.  Our vibrant community includes boys from a large variety of cultures, ethnicities, religions, family structures and socio-economic backgrounds.  Please explore our website to learn more about our community and our programs.  We welcome any questions you may have and can be reached at admissions@stbernards.org.

Admission to Kindergarten

Application
The online application will be available soon.  There is no fee to apply.  Upon receiving your completed application the Admissions Directors will call you to schedule a parent tour and child interview.

Tour
You and one other set of parents will have the opportunity to see the school with an Admissions Director.  Tours are intentionally small so that you may observe classes, meet teachers, and speak with boys.  Following the tour you will meet privately with our Headmaster.  The tour and conversation with our Headmaster combined lasts approximately two hours.

Child Interview
Your son will come in on a day separate from your tour with one parent to meet one-on-one with our interviewer.  He should wear comfortable clothes for the visit, which lasts approximately 35 minutes. 

School Visit
The admissions directors make every effort to visit each boy in his classroom.  Observing your son in an environment in which he is comfortable is critical to our process and allows us to get a more complete picture of him as a student and classmate.  Admissions directors will schedule these visits with your son’s current school.

ISAAGNY Report
If your son currently attends an ISAAGNY school, his school will complete and forward us this report.  If his school is not a member of the organization please download this form and have the current school e-mail the completed form to admissions@stbernards.org.  Thank you.

Admission to Grades I-IX

If you are applying for any grade above kindergarten, please call the admissions office at (212) 289-2878. While our only set entry-point is kindergarten, spots in upper grades do occasionally become available. These spots are filled on a rolling basis. Boys applying for upper grades are required to take the (ECAA) from the Educational Records Bureau (ERB). Applicants for grades V and above must submit ERB (ISEE) test results. In addition, please request that written reports and records be sent to St. Bernard’s from the boy’s current school. All records are confidential.

St. Bernard’s, a member of the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York, follows its practices and calendar. The school also follows the Principles of Good Practice for Admissions to Independent Schools adopted by the National Association of Independent Schools.

ADMISSIONS TEAM

Co-Director of Admissions
(212) 289-2878 ext. 326

Co-Director of Admissions
(212) 289-2878 ext. 327
For the 2017-2018 school year, kindergarten applications are now closed.  Applications for the 2018-2019 school year will be available on September 7, 2017.

REQUIREMENTS

For the academic year, 2017-2018, St. Bernard’s will not require nor accept any standardized test results for kindergarten applicants.

SIBLINGS AND LEGACIES

St. Bernard’s gives early notification to all siblings and legacies.  We adhere to the early notification dates mandated by the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY).  If you are interested in early admission, please contact the admissions office no later than December 1.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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  • How do tours work?

    We offer tours to applicant families September through January.  If applying for kindergarten, you will receive a call from the admissions office to schedule a tour shortly after completing your application.  Applicants for grades I - IV will be invited to see the school if a spot in the grade is available.  While we do encourage families to start the application process as soon as possible, we do not limit the number of applications nor do we limit tour and interview spots.  Our tours are led by members of the admissions department and are limited to two sets of parents per tour, allowing you to get an up-close look at the classrooms and facilities, as well as meet boys and teachers.
  • Does St. Bernard’s offer a diverse community?

    St. Bernard’s welcomes boys from many different racial, socio-economic, cultural, and religious backgrounds.  Parents of current students were born in over 49 countries as we actively seek to reflect the rich diversity of our city.  Currently 27% of boys are of color.  For more information please see our diversity page.
  • What is the average class size at St. Bernard’s?

    St. Bernard’s believes that small groups foster optimal learning and structures the classes accordingly.  Each of the two kindergarten classrooms is staffed with three teachers and has 22 boys.  Classes in grades I - IV have between 13 and 16 boys, and classes in grades V through VIII have roughly 20 boys per class.  Boys in grades K - IV meet daily in even smaller groups for reading and math. Grade IX varies from five to twelve boys.
  • Where do St. Bernard’s families live?

    Boys from 48 different zip codes throughout New York currently attend the school.
  • What after-school activities are offered at St. Bernard’s?

    We have a dynamic after-school program and offer a range of activities extending until 5:30 p.m. each day.  Over 75% of boys in grades K - VI participate in at least one after-school activity.  Please visit the After-School Programs page for more information.
  • What high schools do St. Bernard’s graduates attend?

    Boys attend a wide range of boarding and day schools.  Roughly two-thirds of the boys choose to attend a city school upon graduation.  In the past three years boys have attended the following schools with greatest frequency (in alphabetical order):

    Day schools

    Collegiate
    Dalton
    Fieldston
    Friends Seminary
    Grace Church
    Loyola
    Packer Collegiate
    Riverdale
    Stuyvesant
    Trinity

    Boarding Schools

    Groton
    Hackley
    Hotchkiss
    Middlesex
    Millbrook
    Philips Andover
    Philips Exeter
    St. Andrew’s
    St. Paul’s
    Taft
  • What should my son wear when he comes for a visit?

    If applying for kindergarten he should wear comfortable clothes and shoes, possibly what he wears to his current school.  Boys applying for older grades should wear khaki pants or shorts and a collared shirt.
  • Is St. Bernard’s a religious school?

    No, St. Bernard’s is a non-denominational school that welcomes boys of all faiths and religions.  Boys learn about all major religions through their study of history, geography, and literature, and there is no emphasis on one religion over the others.
  • Can we afford St. Bernard’s?

    We are committed to making a St. Bernard’s education accessible to families at all income levels.  Financial Aid is available and encompasses every aspect of school life, from lunch and supplies to after-school activities and school trips.  Please visit our Tuition and Financial Aid page for information.