Saint Bernard Catholic Academy primarily serves Catholic students in Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, and other surrounding areas. Students from other geographic areas are admitted as space allows. Non-Catholic students are admitted as space allows.

Registration begins in late January for the following September. Please call 718-241-6040 to find out the exact date.

An open house and school tour is scheduled for the last Tuesday of January in each calendar year. To arrange a private tour, please call the academy principal, Mrs. Kathleen Buscemi, at 718-241-6040 or email her at

Age Requirements
– Jr. PreK / Nursery – child must be age 3 by December 31st
– PreK – child must be age 4 by December 31st
– Kindergarten – child must be age 5 by December 31st
– Grades 1 to 8 – child must have successfully completed the previous grade level

Admission Requirements
– Completion of the Admission Forms
– Submission of the Registration Fee Parental Agreement, tuition and fees
– Submission of the childs birth certificate
– Submission of the childs Baptismal certificate
– Submission of the childs record of immunizations
– Submission of the previous report card (Grades 1 to 8 only)

Saint Bernard Catholic Academy follows all NYS Common Core Curriculum Standards. In addition, we follow those set forth by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. In addition to the core subjects of Religion, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science, we offer many special content subjects. All students receive instruction in music and art on a weekly basis. Physical education class is held weekly. All students visit the technology lab, science lab, and library weekly. Instruction in Spanish is offered to all students.

Special Programs
Students in PreK receive training in Visual Arts, which helps them to develop into critical thinkers. Our 1st and 2nd graders participate in a Step Dance Program, which reinforces the patterns and number sense crucial to math development. The Artists in Residency Program works with Grades 4, 6, and 8 to develop the students’ talents in filmmaking and playwriting. All students participate in the Latin and Greek Root Word Program, which furthers their vocabulary development and reading comprehension. A dedicated writing program has been instituted in Grades 1 to 4. Accelerated students in Grades 5, 6, and 7 participate in a higher level humanities class. Regents classes in Earth Science and Math 9 are available for students in Grade 8.

Special Needs
Saint Bernard Catholic Academy insures that students who have an IESP or a 504 plan have all the necessary accommodations to be successful students.

Financial Aid

Partial tuition assistance for the 2018-19 school year is available through Futures in Education!

Financial aid is available for eligible students in grades K to 8 who attend a Catholic Academy or Parish School within the Diocese of Brooklyn. Families must meet financial eligibility requirements to be considered.

The deadline to apply is March 30, 2018, for families already receiving assistance and April 30, 2018, for new families.

Apply now and find more information about Futures in Education scholarship programs.

FACTS is a third-party vendor selected by Futures in Education to conduct fair and confidential financial need assessments. To learn more about Futures in Education, please visit