St. Bernadette, a parish school founded in 1947, is committed to the formation of a mature Catholic faith and academic excellence for all students. As life-long learners, the St. Bernadette community attains its full potential by exercising moral strength to live as faithful stewards.


Guiding Principles


  • We believe our Christ-centered community strives for a deeper understanding and practice of the Catholic faith.
  • We believe every member of our community is respected and encouraged to participate fully in the life of our school.
  • We believe in serving others.
  • We believe prayer is an integral part of our daily lives.
  • We believe our Catholic school provides a secure and positive atmosphere where learning is cultivated.
  • We believe our students are capable of excellence and are nurtured to develop their full academic potential.
  • We are a dynamic and vibrant community because of the unique gifts and talents of our students, faculty, and parents.




The Silver Spring Post on September 21, 1946, carried an architect’s perspective of a proposed group of parish buildings, consisting of school, convent, church and rectory. It was estimated that the whole plant would cost two hundred thousand dollars.  Just precisely when construction began on the school and convent is not clearly revealed in the existing records.

The parishioners supported the construction of the parish buildings  from the inception of the enterprise.  This is evidenced by an apology being made from the pulpit on Sunday, October 5, 1946, for not providing enough collection envelopes.  On Sunday, September 7, 1947, the parishioners of St. Bernadette Church were invited to inspect the new school. The next day, St. Bernadette School opened its doors to receive 238 pupils.  Four sisters from the Third Order of St. Francis at Glen Riddle, Pennsylvania, began teaching students from kindergarten through the third grade.  Grades were added each year with the first class of 47 students graduating from the eighth grade in June 1959.  The first principal was Sister Mary Emma.

The student body of the school reflects the varied ethnic backgrounds of our community.  The wealth of diversity enriches the lives of all our students.  St. Bernadette students continue to excel academically; many students are awarded scholarships each year to Catholic high schools, and many students participate in various honors programs.

(Information taken from the 1983 Directory and History of St. Bernadette, and from the 50th Anniversary booklet printed in 1994.)



On October 31, 2003, Saint Bernadette School was awarded the 2003 No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education.  Previously, St. Bernadette was recognized in 2001 for its educational excellence with a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education.