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Independent Catholic

Our Mission

St. Bernard Academy provides an excellent Catholic academic education built on a foundation of self-discipline, compassion and a sense of responsibility for social justice in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy.

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Our Characteristics

We believe that living out our mission nurtures our students spiritually, personally, and academically, motivating them to strive for achievement in our eight core characteristics. See below for more!



Our foundation from the Sisters of Mercy compels each of us to treat everyone with compassion.



We recognize and value the unique differences that each person brings to our school community.



Students are taught and encouraged to make good decisions even when no one is looking.



We are accountable to ourselves and those around us through our words and deeds.



We believe that being truthful builds character and grows healthy relationships.



Each of us is committed to care for those around us and for our school.



We teach and model empathy to help students develop a greater understanding for the feelings of others.



We are people of faith who commit our lives to God and our resources to serve, advocate, and pray for those in need around the world.

Our Statistics


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Average Class Size



three years old through 8th Level

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National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence


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Ethnic Diversity


of Faculty

hold advanced degrees

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Different Faith Traditionsrepresented in our student population


Different High Schools

attended per year on average by graduates


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Zip Codesrepresented by our families

Our Testimonials

St. Bernard was an amazing place to spend nine formative years of my life, and it shaped the person I have become in so many ways. What keeps me going is my belief that a life well-spent is one that strives to make the world a better place, a belief I developed at SBA.

Keila Franks '06

We are so grateful that such dedicated and compassionate educators are providing our grandchildren with the necessary tools to become lifelong learners and meet their individual potential. We feel blessed to be part of the SBA family and appreciate the excellent spiritual and academic education they are receiving there.

raymond and anita pohlman
grandparents of jake '23 and ellie '26

St. Bernard left a mark on me that drew me right back to where I started. Each teacher at SBA went the extra mile for their students and showed me how to teach students to love to learn.

emily spalding '01
third grade teacher

My son thrives in the loving, nurturing community at St. Bernard Academy. I am grateful that every teacher knows my child well and offers him tremendous support and love.

carrie ellis
mother of clayton '22

Upcoming Events


Students and parents in Levels 6-8 who are interested in joining Science Olympiad are welcome to attend an interest meeting via Zoom on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 PM. More information and a link to the meeting will be available soon via Bear Facts.


Confused about what can and can't be recycled? Not sure if your yogurt carton belongs in the trash or the recycling bin? Wondering if you should leave the cap on or off your bottles? In Nashville, 30% of what is tossed into recycling bins can't be recycled and ends up in the landfill. Bring all your recycling questions and join the SBA Eco Bears for a "Recycle Right" Virtual Workshop with Metro Public Works on Monday, November 2 at 7:00 PM. This is a special event that MPW scheduled for SBA but all are welcome. So, grab the whole family... share with a friend... and please join us! See Bear Facts for the meeting link or email Trina Ewald.


Meeting link will be sent out via Bear Facts.


Join SBA parent, HSA Chaplain, and fitness instructor, Margy Galassini, for low-impact, high intensity movements to build strength, with a focus on breath work. We hope you'll join us each month to boost endorphins and make a few friends. There is a suggested donation of $10 / person, with funds going to the HSA. Click here to access the meeting.