St. Bernard Preparatory School

1600 St. Bernard Drive, S.E.
Cullman, AL 35055
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St. Bernard Preparatory School Photo #1 - Academic achievement is high on the list of St. Bernard Prep priorities, with students consistently ranking above national and state averages in ACT and National Merit Exams.
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St. Bernard Preparatory School Photo #1 - Academic achievement is high on the list of St. Bernard Prep priorities, with students consistently ranking above national and state averages in ACT and National Merit Exams.
St. Bernard Preparatory School Photo #2 - The Abbey church is located at the center of campus. The location of the church is no accident, as the rich Benedictine tradition, which spans 1500 years, is central to all facets of the St. Bernard experience.
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St. Bernard Preparatory School Photo #4 - Over the last 5 years the the graduating classes from St. Bernard have averaged $5.3 million in scholarship offers per 30 students. St. Bernard graduates go on to a wide array of colleges and universities across the country
St. Bernard Preparatory School Photo #5 - High school students are allowed to enjoy lunch outside, weather permitting, and have a large central quad available for visiting with friends
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St. Bernard Preparatory School Photo #7 - The majority of students choose to participate in the fine arts offerings at St. Bernard.St Bernard has 3 different bands, 3 choirs, a spring musical and more. Each year the choir preforms a Christmas concert in the Abbey Church.
St. Bernard Preparatory School Photo #8 - Roughly 35% of the student body take advantage of the boarding program available at St. Bernard. A strong residential life team helps guide and support each boarding student as they grow in confidence and learn independence.
St. Bernard Preparatory School Photo #9 - St. Bernard is located in Cullman Alabama on a beautiful campus consisting of over 800 acres. Founded by Benedictine monks in 1891
St. Bernard Preparatory School Photo #10 - St. Bernard encourages participation in a variety of extracurricular programs including sports. St. Bernard currently offers 11 varsity sports.
St. Bernard Preparatory School strives to create an environment that encourages student growth in self-discipline, respect for self and others, and mature social interaction.
The college preparatory curriculum is based on the liberal arts: languages and literature, history, mathematics, science, theology and the arts.
This program emphasizes the ability to think, to read with understanding, to express oneself with precision and grace, and to solve problems creatively.
Courses not only provide the transmission and reception of facts, they encourage the development of mental and physical discipline, of breadth and depth of view, of responsible thought and action, and of critical thinking.
The school motto, Corpus, Mens, Spiritus (Body, Mind, Spirit) indicates the mission of St. Bernard Preparatory: "St. Bernard Preparatory School is committed to fully engaging students in learning for the whole person: body, mind and spirit.
St. Bernard pursues this mission through the search for truth and the striving for goodness in the classroom, through participation in religious, social and athletic events, and by involvement in mentoring and community service activities.
Founded and administered by the Benedictine Monks of St. Bernard Abbey, the school stands on 1,500 years of monastic history and experience of the love for learning.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 7-12
  • Enrollment: 131 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $34,000
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $11,800
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

St. Bernard Preparatory School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 287 schools) for:

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Attribute

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
St. Bernard Preparatory School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
7-12
8-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1891
1906
Campus Size
800 acres
126 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
131 students
315 students
% Students of Color
10%
25%
% International Students
9%
20%
% Students Boarding
29%
67%
Average SAT Score
1290
(Out of 1600)
* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score
27
(Out of 36)
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year
No
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
Blazer
Casual
Average Class Size
13 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
4
17
ESL Courses Offered
No
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
80%
71%
Summer Program Offered
No
Yes

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$34,000
(* Includes all fees, uniforms excepted.)
$64,800
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$11,800
(* Includes all fees, uniforms excepted.)
$35,000
Tuition international students
$48,800
$57,260
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$28,900
$47,000
% Students on Financial Aid
70%
40%
Merit Scholarships Offered
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
80%
60%
Director of Admissions
Meg Glover

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
10
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Doves of the Altar, Knights of the Alter

Arts and Music Programs:
Chamber Ensemble, Concert Band, High School Choir, Jazz Band, Middle School Choir, Theater

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Archery Club

College Matriculation

Year:
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)

School Notes

    St. Bernard Preparatory School admits students who seek to prepare for college and university studies and who are academically capable of excelling through standard college prep instructional and testing methods. The school endeavors to challenge each student to academic excellence through a rigorous and reasonablecollege preparatory program, including AP courses and dual-enrollment in college courses.
  • St. Bernard graduates are accepted to numerous prestigious colleges and universities.
  • ACT and SAT scores consistently rank well above the national average.
  • Cultural diversity is promoted through our international student population.
  • Highly-educated and experienced faculty of Monks and Lay personnel.
  • Extensive athletics program as well as a full spectrum of visual and performing arts.
  • Safe, secure environment on the picturesque 900 acres of St. Bernard Abbey.
  • Located in North Alabama in the quaint community of Cullman (originally founded by German immigrants in 1877),an hour drive north of Birmingham,an hour south of Huntsville, two hours from Nashville, TN,and three hours from Atlanta, GA.
  • Residential life that promotes growth, maturity and the self-knowledge that comes through a healthy measure of independence and self-reliance.
  • St. Bernard Preparatory School accreditations: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), Secondary Schools Admissions Test Board (SSATB)
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does St. Bernard Preparatory School cost?
St. Bernard Preparatory School's tuition is approximately $34,000 for boarding students and $11,800 for day students.
What is the acceptance rate of St. Bernard Preparatory School?
The acceptance rate of St. Bernard Preparatory School is 80%, which is higher than the boarding school average of 60%.
What sports does St. Bernard Preparatory School offer?
St. Bernard Preparatory School offers 9 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Cross Country Running, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field and Volleyball.
What is St. Bernard Preparatory School's ranking?
St. Bernard Preparatory School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for High percentage of students on financial aid.
When is the application deadline for St. Bernard Preparatory School?
The application deadline for St. Bernard Preparatory School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 7-12
  • Enrollment: 131 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $34,000
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $11,800
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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