St. Bernard Parish
547 Elm Street
Rockport, IN 47635
St. Bernard Catholic Church in Rockport, Indiana

About St. Bernard Catholic School

Our Mission

Our mission is to educate the whole child to serve the world as a responsible Christian.

Our Vision

We believe that every child is unique and valuable because all life comes from God. Educating the whole child involves helping them grow spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically. The Saint Bernard Catholic School community provides a safe Christian environment in which students can become life-long learners who are prepared to cope with today’s changing world and be responsible, contributing members of a global society.

Our Students

For 2017-2018, the enrollment of Saint Bernard is 106 students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, with students from area communities including Rockport, Richland, Chrisney, Dale, Grandview, Santa Claus, Lamar and St. Meinrad, Indiana, and Lewisport, Kentucky.

Our Faculty and Staff

Saint Bernard Catholic School is led by principal Beth Strodel. The dedicated faculty is composed of nine full-time classroom teachers, a religion teacher, two teaching assistants, a Title I teacher, and a speech specialist. In addition, the school is sustained by two cafeteria workers, an administrative assistant, a bus driver, a maintenance person and a custodian. This highly qualified group of professionals is committed to your child’s academic success and overall personal wellness.

Our Facility

Saint Bernard Catholic School first opened its doors in 1877 as a boarding school operated by the Sisters of Saint Benedict from Ferdinand, Indiana. It was a one-room school with emphasis on English and German, with opportunities for instruction in needlework and music.

The majority of the current facility was constructed in 1960, with an addition in 1985 that houses additional classrooms, administrative offices and a teacher’s lounge. In 1999 the school added a two-room classroom to accommodate increased enrollment. Each classroom has ample space and is air-conditioned.

The school technology lab is equipped with desktop computers to accommodate classes at all grade levels. Our cafeteria and fully equipped kitchen offers a hot lunch each day. The gymnasium, fitted with a stage, provides a place for numerous student activities. A well-equipped playground offers multiple areas for recreation.

Our Demographics

  • Saint Bernard Catholic School is located in Rockport, Indiana.
  • We are the only Catholic school in Spencer County.
  • We are the only state accredited non-public school in Spencer County.
  • 70% of our students are Catholic; 30% are non-Catholic.
  • Our 2017-2018 enrollment is 106.
  • Our student-teacher ratio is 12:1.

Our School Board

The purpose of the School Board is to serve and support the Principal and Preschool Administrator for the overall good of the school, preschool, and the Parish. The School Board is an advisory body, established by the Pastor, to assist him, the Principal and the Administrator with governance and regulatory matters concerning the educational facilities at St. Bernard, subject to such regulations that might proceed from the Ordinary of the Diocese, and the Director of Schools. The School Board meets the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. Elected or appointed members serve three year terms with a term limit of two consecutive terms.

Faculty & Staff




  • Mrs. Shannon Kolley
    Cafeteria Manager
  • Mrs. Nancy Badger
    Cafeteria Assistant
  • Mrs. Lynne Morris
  • Mr. Terry Hanaway
  • Mr. Michael Ludlow
    Bus Driver
  • Kelsey Held
    Catholic Charities Counselor

St. Bernard School Board Members

  • Father Ron Kreilein, Pastor
  • Matt Steinkamp, President
  • Sara Durbin, Vice President
  • Sara Kleeman, Secretary
  • Randy Trone
    Finance Commission. Rep.
  • Eric Wink
  • Heather Emmick
    Parish Council Rep.
  • Beth Strodel, Principal
    ex officio
St. Bernard Parish • 547 Elm Street • Rockport, IN 47635 • 812-649-4811
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