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St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School

1420 Old Gate Lane
Dallas, TX 75218

(214) 321-2897


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St. Bernard offers full day 4K and 5K programs as well as grades 1-8. Students in 4K-1st are grouped by skill level during "Bounce Time" each day. Our focus is on the individual child's needs and we cater to families. Come see what St. Bernard has to offer your family!

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

We dedicate ourselves to an ideal � �To teach as Jesus did.� Our mission is to challenge all students to reach their potential and meet the demands of the future through a dynamic comprehensive curriculum provided in a caring and Christian environment by people committed to excellence. Our creative teachers enrich their students� minds by encouraging students to express themselves artistically, musically and theatrically. We strive to educate the whole child � mind, body and spirit. In addition to the diocesan-wide curriculum� we also offer: � Physical education and technology classes are offered to all students, pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. � We offer enrichment activities that foster a life-long love of learning. � Grades 4K-1st are grouped by skill level during "Bounce Time"

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Students enjoy Spanish instruction (Rosetta Stone in grades K-8), art, music, PE, library, ELM math program, Handwriting Without Tears, and Mrs. Pockets.

From the Director:

St. Bernard focuses on the individual child and strives to meet the needs of the family. Project based learning is the norm with an emphasis on student centered classrooms.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Class size is small allowing each teacher to fully provide for the individual needs of each student. Play-based and hands-on activities are the norm.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

St. Bernard Catholic School strives to create a learning environment in which students are formed academically to seek true faith and peace, to promote love and respect for the community, to pray for the poor, sick and unjustly accused, and to pursue spiritual growth.

A Typical Day

Circle Time/Story

Rest Time
"Bounce Time"

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Families find that when they enter our school, they are overwhelmed by the strong sense of community. There�s an interaction between parents and teachers to improve the education of children. Daily folders are used to send student work home. We also have parent-teacher conferences, progress reports, and an Open House. Parents enjoy our data base, Renweb, which allows for daily communication between home and school.

Parents volunteer to help in the cafeteria and work book fairs. Families share laughter as they work fund-raising booths at our fall carnival. St. Bernard School offers an array of opportunities for families to be involved at many different levels, from our outstanding Home and School Association to exciting social events like our annual Gala.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Faculty and staff are very sensitive to the emotional challenges that young families face and make every effort to work through the first days of school.