Award Year: 2014

St. Bernadette School

266 Main Street
Northborough, MA, 01532-1626

(508) 351-9905

Mrs. Deborah C. O'Neil M.Ed., Principal at time of Nomination

Diocese of Worcester

School Website

Mission

Committed to providing a high-quality education that develops the intellect, inspires the spirit, and guides students to do what is right and just.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 70%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Asian: 19%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
Kindergarten and Middle School students in Prayer and Service.

Kindergarten and Middle School students in Prayer and Service.

St. Bernadette School is a Catholic elementary/middle school, established in 1997. In its 16 year history, the School enrollment has grown from 41 to 501 students, representing an increase of more than 1,100%.

The School serves students in PreK-Grade 8 and offers a rigorous academic program to a diverse student body. The Most Reverend Robert J. McManus, Bishop of Worcester, has referred to the school as the "Flagship of the Diocese" because of its growth, stability, viability, high student retention rate, rigorous, innovative curriculum, and strong commitment to faith and mission.

Limited class sizes and a talented, dedicated faculty enable the school to maintain high standards while ensuring individual attention. Consistently high standardized test scores are a strong indicator of the strength of curriculum and high expectations for all students. The School’s curriculum includes elements adapted from Common Core while maintaining a strong Catholic identity. The curriculum remains rigorous through annual evaluation, review, and updating. The learning experience is enhanced by world language at every level, whole language with a strong phonics component, project-based learning experiences, and a challenging math program enabling students to complete Algebra 1 by graduation. The curriculum is supported by a Computer Lab, Mobile Macintosh, and iPad Labs, along with interactive technology in every classroom. A 1:1 iPad program in the 7th and 8th grades has expanded learning experiences.

A local and global Outreach effort exemplifies Christian values, supported by students, parents, faculty, and administration, sharing a commitment to advancing the Mission of St. Bernadette School.