St Bernard Preparatory School

1600 Saint Bernard Ave Se
Cullman, AL 35055
Tel: (256)739-6682
  • St. Bernard is a co-ed Catholic boarding and day school for grades 7-12. Since 1891 St. Bernard has been providing a quality education that prepares students for college/university studies and life.
  • Operated by the Benedictine monks of St. Bernard Abbey, the school offers students a Catholic Christian education, college preparatory curriculum, 5 or 7-day boarding, supervised study hall, and financial assistance.
  • The school's purpose is to assist students to grow to their potential in mind, body and spirit.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.State or regional independent school association
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 7-12
Year Founded1891

Student Body

Total Students212 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 22%
Students by GradeSt Bernard Preparatory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers22 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Number of AP Courses8 courses
Advanced CoursesBiology, Calculus I, Calculus II, Chemistry, Dual Enrollment English, English A, English B, European History, Physics
Average SAT score1290
Average ACT score26
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Khaki pants, girls uniform skirt, blazer)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$9,350
Tuition NotesDay Tuition - 9350 including Books and Fees27100 boarding, incl. Room, Board and Books and Fees
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorBrother Bernard Denson, O.S.B.


Total Sports Offered13 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter TrackBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFootball,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter Track


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Art Club, Astronomy Club, Bernardian Admissions Team, Campus Ministry, Drama Club, Interact, Jazz Band, Junior Classical League (Latin), Mu Alpha Theta (Math), Music Ensemble, National Honor Society, Recycling Club, Show Choir, Sigma Tau Delta (English), Spanish Clu

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 reasonable college preparatory program, including AP courses and dual-enrollment in college courses.  
  • - St. Bernard averages over $3 million in scholarships per 25 graduates.  Over $5 million in 2014, 24 graduates.
  • - 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.
  • - Foreign travel opportunities are available to students.
  • - 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, from 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. 
  • - The school's "House System" organizes the student body into "houses" of less than 20 students, supervised by teachers and staff members. This results in integration of the student body, student leadership skills, and personal connection with faculty and staff.School accreditations:
  • - Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, The Association of Boarding Schools, Secondary Schools Admissions Test Board

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The average private school tuition in Alabama is $6,341 for elementary schools and $7,587 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Alabama is 90% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).