St. Bernard Academy enjoys a rich 150-year history as a high-quality, Catholic, independent co-educational elementary school for Junior Kindergarten through 8th level students.  St. Bernard provides its students an excellent Catholic, academic education built on the foundation of self-discipline, compassion and a sense of responsibility for social justice in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy.

Since 1866, SBA has focused on preparing children academically, emotionally, and spiritually to become the leaders of tomorrow. The experience and expertise of our teachers along with the challenging curriculum helps our students build a strong educational foundation. The nurturing small-class size, family-like environment allows the children to develop into motivated young adults prepared for their next steps in life. Service learning is integrated into the curriculum at every grade level helping to mold our students into caring and compassionate students.

Quick Overview of SBA

List of 5 items.

  • The School

    • Catholic, Independent, Co-educational Elementary School
    • Founded in 1866 by the Sisters of Mercy
    • Beautiful 3.2-acre campus centrally located in Nashville not far from Vanderbilt University
    • Enrollment: 340 students in levels Jr. kindergarten through eighth level
    • Student to teacher ratio: 12 to 1
    • Student to professional ratio: 7 to 1
    • Average homeroom size: 14
    • Average class size: 12
    • School Mascot: The Bears
    • School Colors: Red and white
  • The Program

    • Distinctive, academic program designed to challenge and empower students to reach their fullest potential
    • Special emphasis on basic skills, thinking skills, problem solving, and the effective use of language
    • Accelerated courses
    • Foreign language instruction in French and Spanish
    • Strong service-learning program incorporated into all class and activities
    • Computer use integrated into curriculum at all grade levels
    • Physical education classes two times a week for Junior Kindergarten through 8th Level
    • Competitive, optional, after-school interscholastic sports program for grades K-8, including cross–country, football, soccer, golf and basketball
    • Wide selection of extra-curricular mini-courses for Junior Kindergarten through 8th Level, including school publications, forensics, sports, the arts, and community service
    • Participation in Duke University TIP (Talent Identification Program)
    • Comprehensive after care program
    • Need-based financial aid program
  • The Faculty

    • 35 full-time classroom teachers
    • Average teaching experience of 15 years, with 9 of those years at SBA
    • Greater than 70% of faculty and staff members hold advanced degrees
    • Participate in frequent professional learning opportunities both on and off campus
    • Enthusiastic about teaching and concerned about the individual well-being and total developmental needs of each student
    • Strong, family-like network between students, teachers, and parents
  • The Parents

    • Well-educated, mainly employed in business and service professions (law, medicine, finance, technology, education)
    • Enthusiastic and actively engaged in supporting SBA
  • The Resources

    • School library/media center containing over 18,300 volumes, periodicals, and a full selection of audio-visual and resource materials with PC and Mac Computers
    • Two mobile laptop carts, mobile iPad cart
    • Classroom libraries located in each classroom
    • Smart Board in every classroom
    • Large, fully-equipped science lab
    • Large gym with seating for 500
    • Visual Arts Studio
    • Multi-purpose Fine Arts Center