St. Bernard Academy is committed to preparing students to be lifelong learners and readers and effective users of information and ideas. Through our state of the art library and technology department, our students are highly prepared with life skills after they graduate.

Library

The library at St. Bernard Academy is available to meet the information needs of all students, faculty, and staff members. Students in First through Eighth levels may check out books for personal reading and research. Faculty members use the library to assist in developing and complementing their curriculum.

Students are taught information literacy skills, which include the use of print periodical and online subscription databases available in the library. The computer lab (with 17 PCs and 10 Macs) is part of the library and provides access to the online book catalog and electronic checkout. The library's collection contains more than 16,000 pieces of media including books, DVDs, magazines, and software.

The SBA librarian and parent volunteers run a Scholastic Book Fair twice a year. The proceeds from the book fairs are used to enhance the library and classroom collections. The Accelerated Reading program is managed by the librarian and is an integral part of a student’s reading class.

Technology

At SBA, the use of technology is no longer only in the computer lab or computer class. SBA integrates many forms of technology to assist teachers in the classroom and parents and students at home. All the classrooms are equipped with SmartBoards, as well as teacher and student computers. 

The school uses a web-based program through to post grades, assignments, lesson plans, school bulletins, calendars, attendance, and lunch accounts. This program is used by parents, students, administration, and teachers to facilitate communication and streamline planning. Math and reading teachers use Accelerated Math and Accelerated Reading to enhance their curricula. Both programs are accessible from home and school. Many teachers provide lessons, links, and study guides from their own web pages, with some allowing homework to be turned in electronically. Students in grades Junior Kindergarten through 8th Level are scheduled for computer classes in the lab where they learn how to manage both PCs and Macs, using a variety of programs and projects to enhance their knowledge and confidence as it relates to technology.

SBA has an open technology policy meaning that students are allowed to bring their own devices from home to use in school for academic purposes.  Devices such as Kindles, iPads, and laptops may be registered with the school to ensure we have record of ownership and to ensure that all wifi enabled devices are routed to our secure network.  Students may not use cellular devices during the school day.  All phones must be turned into the student's homeroom teacher each morning.