Going Beyond Top Test Scores & High School Placement

Written by Frank English, Principal and published February 4, 2020

Fifty seven years ago the parishioners of our newly established parish recognized a need to provide a Catholic education for their children and those in the surrounding neighborhood.


Catholic schools in America began because parents and Church leaders wanted to ensure that children receive the best in human and religious formation. Since then, Catholic schools have educated millions of children and inspired what is best in our society. As we reflect on society today, one can readily see the need and relevance of Catholic education more than ever. It is a gift and an opportunity you have here and now.


Over the course of my 30 years as a Catholic school educator and more recently 3 years as principal of St. Bartholomew School, I have witnessed the impact Catholic education has on every child and family that attends our school. Catholic Education is more than religious formation with academics on the side. It is a unique way to teach children to be curious about the world around them, challenge them to grow and discover their gifts, and nurture their faith. At the most fundamental level, this is the idea of taking care of the whole child.


Here at St. Bartholomew School our teachers are true partners in education, and parents know that when they drop off their child in the morning, their child’s mind will be challenged, their spirit will be nourished, and that child will be loved as a child of God regardless of race, creed, color, or faith.


One day these children will grow up to be authors, bankers, doctors, police officers, lawyers, lobbyists, presidents, priests, mothers and fathers-- decision makers for the next generation. Let us help you build the foundation they need.


While the "look" of Catholic education has changed over time, with teachers holding masters degrees and doctorates replacing nuns, collaborative working environments with Smartboards replacing rows of desks and rote worksheets, and more program offerings such as STEM and Minecraft, instrumental music, and social-emotional learning, the mission remains the same. We encourage children to strive for their maximum academic potential and spiritual growth. That mission is alive and well at St. Bartholomew School and we are looking forward to serving this community for another 57 years. 

#CSW20 Highlights​

Family BINGO night

300+ sandwiches & snacks for Martha's Table

Student Government led surprise movie day

Special Guest Speakers Commander Everett Alvarez, Jr., U.S. Navy & Dr. Francois Bates, Army Veterinary Corps

Annual Religion Bee

Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

A Night in Monte Carlo

40 Reasons to Love St. Bart's

Posted November 20, 2019, updated Dec. 19

Follow us on social media (Facebook,Twitter & Instagram @stbarts_school) to stay updated on our 40 Reasons to Love St. Bart's campaign!  Click the links below  to access the archives.

Reason # 40 - Recess

Reason #39- Minecraft: Education Edition

Reason #38- Our Music Teacher

Reason #37- Individualized Learning

Reason #36- Turkey Bowl

Reason #35- All Saints Day

Reason #34- Art Instruction 

Reason #33- Hands-On Science

Reason #32- Cursive

Reason #31- Field Trips

Reason #30- Pre-K 3

Reason #29- Outdoor Classroom

Reason #28- Outstanding Teachers with Enriched Backgrounds

Reason #27- Safety Patrol Leadership

Reason #26- Morning Meetings

Reason #25- Service Work

Reason #24- Our Parents (Thanksgiving Special)

Reason #23- CYO Sports

Reason #22- Our Beautiful Campus

Reason #21- Self-Discipline

Reason #20- Academic Excellence

Reason #19- Instrumental Music

Reason #18- Healthy Hot Lunches

Reason #17- Fun & Safe Afterschool Activities

Reason #16- Trunk or Treat

Reason #15- Experts in Multisensory Learning

Reason #14- D.E.A.R. Time

Reason #13- Upper School & Lower School Buddies

Reason #12- Our New Church Hall

Reason #11- Extraordinary Visitors

Reason #10- Our Students Give Back

Reason #9- STEM Education

Reason #8- Wonder Day

Reason #7- Spring Musicals

Reason #6- Extraordinary Opportunities

Reason #5- Creative & Empowered Student Council Leadership

Reason #4- Before and Aftercare

Reason #3- Religious Experience

Reason #2- Bobcat Buddies

Trailblazers in Education: CCSE Recognizes St. Bart's

Posted October 14, 2018;  updated August 19, 2019


This fall of 2017, the Catholic Coalition for Special Education (CCSE) awarded St. Bart's with a generous grant to support our efforts to offer an inclusive education to all children.  Our mission is to provide a top-notch Catholic education to any child who seeks it, and this grant has made it possible to add additional resource staff to support all of our learners, including those with Down Syndrome, ADHD, and dyscalcula among others.


Our Resource Team consists of department chair, Mrs. Barbara Brown (Zoey '20), Reading Specialist Laura Digges, Certified Special Educator Amanda McMurtrie Herndon, and assistant Jennifer Slater.  ​

On March 16, 2019 St. Bartholomew School was recognized as a Trailblazer in Education at the  CCSE Believe in Me! Spring Benefit and in August 2019 CCSE has committed to awarding St. Bart's a second grant award.

We are also fortunate to have been awarded support by Tribute 21, another wonderful organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds to support those with Down Syndrome.

Learn more about CCSE and their incredible work in the community. 



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