4 easy steps to apply!

List of 5 items.

  • Step 1: Complete and Submit an Application

    The application process begins with a completed admission application submitted to the Admissions Office (see contact information below), accompanied by the $100 application fee. Receipt of the application initiates the application process. Acknowledgement of receipt will be emailed.

    Request an Admissions Packet

    Admissions materials, including the application, will be available from the Admissions Office in late September. To request an admissions package from the Admissions Office, you may contact us by phone, by email, or online.

    Admissions Office:
    (615) 385-0440
    Applications may be submitted at any time; however, we suggest submitting your application in the fall one year prior to the date of entrance. Applications received by the first Friday in January will be given first priority consideration. Applications received after the admissions timeline will be considered on a rolling basis and will also be subject to grade level availability.
  • Step 2: Schedule a Student Shadow Day

    Students applying for 1st through 8th levels must shadow for one full school day at St. Bernard Academy. Shadow dates should be scheduled with the Admissions Office once the application has been submitted. We hope all potential Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students and families will visit St. Bernard as well, although it is not a requirement for admission.
  • Step 3: Recommendations and Student Records (if applicable)

    Submit a recommendation
    Deliver a Teacher Recommendation Form to your child’s current or recent teacher. The Recommendation should be mailed to the Admissions Office by the author of the form (teacher).
    Personal Recommendation(s) are not form-based and can be mailed or emailed to the Admissions Office. A personal recommendation can be made by family friends, neighbors, current SBA families, SBA alumni, board members or anyone with familiarity with the applicant and family.

    Records/Transcripts (if applicable)

    Complete the Records Release Form and give it to your child’s current school to submit a copy of his or her current report card and a copy of the previous two years final grades and standardized test re
  • Step 4: Testing of all applicants is required for admission.

    Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten applicants will be tested on the first Saturday in February at St. Bernard Academy. An assessment fee of $50 will be charged for each child.

    Applicants entering 1st through 4th levels will be given admissions testing at St. Bernard Academy.Applicants entering 5th through 8th levels must register to take the ISEE examination for admission. Applicants may register online directly through the Educational Records Bureau-ISEE organization. Register online here (link to www.erblearn.org). St. Bernard Academy code: 432573
  • Acceptance Letters and Enrollment

    Acceptance letters will be emailed on or around March 1st to accepted and wait-listed students.

    Enrollment contracts will be due in March along with a non-refundable $500 enrollment deposit, which will be applied to the following school year’s tuition.

    Also due upon enrollment are a copy of the student’s birth certificate, completed health/immunization form* from your child’s pediatrician, baptismal certificate (if your child is Catholic) and a current photograph.

    St. Bernard Academy admits students of any race, color, sex, and national origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, or national origin in the administration of educational policies, admission policies, financial aid programs, athletic, or other school administered programs.

    *Children entering Kindergarten are required to have the following vaccinations:
    Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP, or DT if appropriate)
    4 doses required*
    One dose must be given after the 4th birthday*
    Hepatitis B (HBV)
    3 doses required
    Poliomyelitis (IPV or OPV)
    4 doses required
    Final dose must be given on or after the 4th birthday>*
    Measles, Mumps, Rubella
    2 doses required
    Usually given together as MMR
    First dose must be given after 1st birthday, with at least 30 days between the first and second doses*
    2 doses required (or history of disease)
    Previously only one dose was required
    Given after 1st birthday*
    Hepatitis A (2 doses)

Admission Policy:

We are a Catholic school and embrace the teachings of the Catholic Church. Consistent with our policy of diversity, we welcome non-Catholic families as well as families of all races, creeds, national, and ethnic backgrounds. Our primary goal in admissions is to admit students who will be successful both academically and socially, and who will be assets to our school community and its mission
St. Bernard Academy also adheres to an order of selection of applicants:
  • Siblings of returning students who meet the established admissions standards are given first priority in admission.
  • Catholic non-siblings who exhibit a demonstrable probability of success are then admitted in the order of overall scores.
  • Children and siblings of alumni who exhibit a demonstrable probability of success are then admitted in the order of overall scores.
  • Other applicants who exhibit a demonstrable probability of success are then admitted in the order of overall scores with consideration given to gender parity, racial diversity, and socio-economic diversity