School Details

St Bernard Of Clairvaux School

1420 Old Gate Lane, Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 321-2897

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 & ungraded 185 students 16 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

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About this school

St Bernard Of Clairvaux School is a private middle school in Dallas. The principal of St Bernard Of Clairvaux School is Tommie Balcom, who can be contacted at 185 students attend St Bernard Of Clairvaux School and identify primarily as Asian; Asian/Pacific Islander; and White, non-Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at St Bernard Of Clairvaux School is 16:1. W High Gaston Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 7% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% %
White, non-Hispanic 44% %
Hispanic 42% %
Black, non-Hispanic 4% %
Multiracial 4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Eh....this school is tit for tat as far as the education and curriculum you would get at a public school. There are some very lazy teachers here as well just collecting a paycheck just like at public schools and could care less if your child is learning anything. This school doesn't have the resources that you expect from a private school either. Tutoring is 30 minutes a week! Seriously folks how much can be accomplished in 30 minute sessions once a week??? What if your child needs tutoring in more than one subject?? Well your child is screwed. Very alarming when a new SBS teacher tells you that the whole class is behind academically compared to the public school she was teaching at. A fellow parent also mentioned to me that when she pulled out her oldest child and sent him to public school he was tested and told he was behind academically. This school puts all their focus and attention to raising money for gala and all the other fundraisers throughout the year and totally disregard the curriculum and the education students are getting and what teachers are teaching and lack of teaching. They need a whole new strategic plan and put education first and foremost.

  • (1 year ago)

    So saddened to hear that our wonderful principal is leaving. What great advances she has made in the last five years. Gone are the negative staff and parents that destroy a school's morale. I pray that the new principal will have the backbone to stand firm and continue the progress made.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have been part of SBS for about five years and overall we have loved the school staff students and families; however the principal has run off so many families and staff members over the last four years and this has caused great discord in the school. I am thrilled that the school will be getting a new school leader next year. Hopefully the new principal will be a great leader with vision to improve SBS so that prospective families and staff members will be drawn to the school instead of being run off.

  • (1 year ago)

    This little school is wonderful and a hidden gem in the East Dallas. The staff is outstanding and challenge the children everyday. It offers great academics and community. Going on our 4th year we highly recommend you visit this school to learn more about what makes it so special.

  • (1 year ago)

    Very good school with intelligent and caring teachers. Great option if you are going the private don't have to be Catholic.

  • (1 year ago)

    We are happy here. It has exceeded our expectations. We found out though the principal (very well informed) that 95% of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux graduates are accepted to Honors Level Programs at public schools or Catholic High Schools. Great environment for learning. Outstanding teachers and curriculum.

  • (1 year ago)

    Just left the New Parent Orientation! Helpful staff and warm welcome from principal. Can't wait to be a part of this growing community and school. Very Impressed!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school will nickel and dime you broke! The tuition you pay nor the fundraising is enough for this school. They want you to donate items for them to profit from volunteer with all kinds of projects so they won't have to hire someone to do. Even carpet was a donation and so was the installation! They even had the audacity to ask for parents to donate dishes to use in the cafeteria. Ridiculous! Who is making money here? Where is the money going? The catholic diocese? The pope? It certainly isn't going back to the school and the students.

  • (1 year ago)

    I was expecting this Catholic school to be passionate about religion. However all prayers were demonstrated in a very meaningless way with no feeling or expression behind them. I like children to learn to focus and acknowledge what they are praying for not just repeating words. On another note materials are so outdated yet they want you to teach state standards but fail to provide adequate resources. The principal is extremely unprofessional hostile and knows how to talk a big game but when asked to actually perform becomes defensive. She passes the buck to her sidekick vice-principal that is equally disrespectful and unprofessional. They lack communication skills and are definitely not role models nor examples of "Christians" that I would ever allow my children to look up to.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child has attended SBS for 2 years now and it is an amazing school. The principal and leadership of the school insures all the children are being challenged academically no matter their skill level. The teachers staff and parents are very involved in all aspects of the school which creates an unparalleled community. If you are looking for a small unquie school where you are accountable for your actions. Then SBS is the place for your family!

  • (2 years ago)

    I know my child is receiving a better education in our local public elementary school.The curriculum at St. Bernard's was so lacking that my child had to have tutoring to catch up. My child had a 97 average when we left St. Bernard's.

  • (2 years ago)

    St. Bernard is a terrific school filled with caring teachers who strive to make a difference in the lives of its students. Tucked back in the cozy Little Forest Hills and Casa Linda Estates neighborhoods SBS is on the forefront of academic excellence and student achievement. I have taught at St. Bernard since 2010 and have witnessed first-hand the attention to detail and strong leadership on the part of the Principal. Students are challenged through differentiated instruction and dynamic engaging curriculums. I am proud to be part of a teaching staff that is always encouraged to nurture the heart and spirit of our students as well as inspire engage and challenge their minds.

  • (2 years ago)

    St. Bernard's is a gem! This is my second year teaching here and I love the community students and fellow teachers. I've taught for many years I have never worked with better teachers. My students are happy and enthusiastic and we have a great time learning together. It is my pleasure to recommend our school.

  • (2 years ago)

    My children have attended St. Bernard's since 2007 and it's a great school! A very close knit family oriented atmosphere with a Christ-centered education background. The Principal offers strong leadership and under her tenure the school has improved each year. Any comments to the contrary are just factually untrue. This is a great school with great teachers and strong Christian leadership. If you are looking for a school for your kids please give St. Bernard's a visit I promise you will not be disappointed!

  • (2 years ago)

    This will be our 6th year at St Bernard and we love it here. I love that the classes are small the teachers are enthusiastic and the school does a great job communicating homework assignments school happenings achievements etc. The use of technology has vastly improved over the years. I wish they had a bigger play area/fieldhouse but overall it is a great little school. There is a strong parent/teacher volunteer base but it can def be improved upon.

  • (2 years ago)

    My kids have been going to St Bernards for about 15 years. Ihave aways enjoyed the tenured teachers as well as the families whose children attend ST B. Funny how things change though. Especially under poor leadership. Since the newest principal has been there the entire culture of the school has changed. Several families as well as employees have left the school because of the principal. The principal is not open to parent suggestions makes biased accusations towards students evidently pressures teachers because they do the same. I can't believe that we will be leaving the school on bad terms and it just breaks my heart. If you think that Iam the one that has a problem try attending one of their carnivals. They used to be SOOO much bigger.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am doubtful about having my children for more than this year. I understand how schools proceed with communication and rules. Nonetheless my main concern is curriculum. Innovation and community must be the most important pillars of any school as our children are going to be responsible for this country's future and generations no matter what government is leading. I see that the school is very old fashioned in the way that is instructing children with zero options for discovery and inquiring minds.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son just finished his first year at SBS. We are very please with the progress he made in kindergarten. We will be attending the 2012-2013 school year. I love the staff and the teachers. My son loves the staff and the teachers. I always know what is going on with daily emails and announcements on Renweb. I love the small classes and the "Raise The Bar" attitude the principal expects from the teachers students and parents. I have read negative reviews about the current principal. My experiences with her have been nothing but pleasant. I have watched my son's educational and spiritual growth really blossom since attending SBS. This school has been a true blessing for my family.

  • (3 years ago)

    We Love our Wonderful St. Bernard School. We demand academic excellence and traditional Catholic values. My daughter has been attending SBS for years and loves the school and our caring and professional teachers. I wanted a smaller school as I felt she would have a greater opportunity for education - she does! In 2009 a new principal was hired. She is a highly educated individual very motivated energetic and dedicated to seeing that our students receive an outstanding education and continues to improve school programs. Changes were made. New teachers were hired. My daughter's grades shot up to A-B level because of this. We have online Renweb and can now see grades homework and send questions to teachers which are always answered. I love this! We have Teacher Conferences and monthly Home and School Meetings. Principal's door is always open to students parents faculty and staff members. Being the Principal of a school is not an easy job. You just can't seem to satisfy all parents but keep doing your very best. Just want to say This is a Great School. Take a minute and stop by for a tour and meet the principal and teachers. You'll love it.

  • (3 years ago)

    I love this school! So many good things to say. It is a small community so everyone gets along so well and the communication is excellent. I get something from the principal at least weekly if not more! I would reccomend this school to anyone who wants their child to have a great education and long lasting friendships.

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