About Us... Our Story
In 1963, Rev. Stanley Mitera was appointed pastor of St. Bernadette Parish, but since there was no building, Father Mitera was told by then Archbishop Gerald T. Bergen to purchase a home large enough to have Mass in the basement. This home was located at 42nd and Valley View Avenue. The area south and west of St. Bernadette was described as being "quite underdeveloped" at that time. On May 8, 1966, St. Bernadette Church was dedicated. The building included a church with total seating capacity of 600 and a fifteen room school. The dominant feature of the St. Bernadette campus is a freestanding bell tower of reinforced concrete that is 65 feet tall and surmounted by an eight-foot bronze cross. Classes began in the five-day school in the fall of 1966 with first grade.
St. Bernadette School is a home... For Faith--All-School Masses and special ceremonies for certain feast days, quarterly rosaries, Religious Education in classrooms including regular priest visits, sacraments For Service--server training, student council, vocations, canned food drives, charity collections, clean up and composting projects For Knowledge--emphasis on technology integration, robotics team, reading and math groups, social studies and science projects, music, art, drama and physical education For Community--partnership with neighbor Gross Catholic and with our parish volunteers, activities with older and younger grade students interacting, activities with students from our Consortium sister schools.
St. Bernadette School earned the prestigious AdvancED Accreditation (now called Cognia) in 2017. This is not a rating of the educational experience of our students at that point. It means we have qualified for the world’s largest community of professional educators to guide us on a self-motivated but rigorously reviewed and data-driven journey of continuous improvement. Goals are set, reached, then the bar is raised and new goals are set. Our next Cognia review is during the ‘21 - ‘22 school year. St. Bernadette School continues to redefine excellence in all that we do.