St. Bernard is the largest of the GRACE schools and has taken education to a new level with accreditation by the Wisconsin Religious & Independent School Association (WRISA). We pride ourselves in pioneering new teaching programs with a focus and a passion for reading. This is exemplified by our full-time reading specialist, our phonics program and our adoption of the Wilson Reading Program.
In addition, we have a fully-stocked and busy library, an active book club and bookfairs and a school full of avid readers.
Three hundred sixty seven children were enrolled when St. Bernard School opened its doors for the first time on Wednesday, September 3rd, 1958. Nine Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity from Holy Family convent in Manitowoc comprised the faculty of the school. After the Franciscan Sisters left the school in 1983; laity and individual religious Sisters took up the faculty mantle.
Kindergarten was added in 1988 and enrollment reached a high of 470 students in K-8 in 1997. Two years later, a committee met to discuss the need to expand and renovate current facilities. Ground was broken on August 12, 2000 and the addition was completed in August of 2001. A preschool began operating in September of 2003 in the lower level of the new addition to the school.
Established in 1958, St Bernard Catholic school has always looked to the future with innovative learning and a passion for engaging our students with the written word. Today our students have technology fully integrated into their classroom environments. From the middle school Chromebook program to the use of iPads, Smartboards and green screens, the St. Bernard Catholic School students are truly students who are engaged in 21st century learning skills. Students at St. Bernard have the chance to participate in a well established Destination Imagination program, a wide-variety of seasonal and competitive sports, scouting, Lego Brix (in the 4K program) and a newly established VEX IQ Robotics Program. Learning is fun when faith and academics are intertwined. At St. Bernard Catholic School we are forming the whole person for the betterment of our local and global communities.