Who We Are

Since 1866, we have focused on preparing children academically, emotionally, and spiritually to become the leaders of tomorrow.

At St. Bernard Academy, the experience and expertise of our teachers combined with our challenging curriculum and distinctive programming ensure our students build a strong educational foundation. The nurturing small classes and family-like environment allow children to develop into motivated young adults, fully equipped for their next steps.

A Brief Overview Of SBA

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 and Belmont Universities
  • 386 students age three years old through Eighth Level
  • 10 to 1 student to teacher ratio
  • 6 to 1 student to professional ratio
  • 12 students per class on average
  • School mascot: bear
  • 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
  • 63% 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 computers
  • Two mobile laptop carts and a 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 space

Students do and learn a lot while they are here. However, what I value and adore the most about our school is who the students become. Our students are friendly, helpful, considerate, and put simply—nice!

margaret thornton
first level teacher