Edward Bernot, Building a College Readiness Culture

The Path to Higher Ed is a SchooLinks hosted podcast community that explores trending topics and issues in the area of college and career readiness. Our featured guests are pushing education forward by constantly learning from, innovating and applying their college and career readiness practices. Listen to gain their insights and apply them to your own college and career readiness practices.

Today, we’re speaking with Edward Bernot, Principal at Saint John Paul II Academy. With a college counseling program that begins in 9th grade, the school has engrained college readiness into the fabric of its culture. At Saint John Paul II Academy, 1:1 relationships matter and teachers take a genuine interest in helping its students uncover their true passions. Listen in as Edward describes his strategy for creating partnerships with parents in the college planning process.

About Edward Bernot

Before coming to St. John Paul II Academy in June of 2016, Edward spent two years as Principal of Vincentian Academy, an International Baccalaureate World School in Pittsburgh, PA. Working with the IB World program provided him with valuable experience in better understanding the landscape of college readiness. Prior to my Vincentian Academy, he was Assistant Principal for Student Life at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, an all boys college preparatory school in Pittsburgh for 6 years. Edward also spent 9 years there on the teaching faculty in the English department, where he often assisted students in composing college essays and other parts of the college application process.

About St. John Paul II Academy

Saint John Paul II Academy is founded and operated under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Palm Beach and is formed by the charism of Saint John Baptist De La Salle, the founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The school is staffed by dedicated teachers who are committed to the education of young people in a Catholic, Christian setting guided by the traditions of Saint La Salle and the Brothers. Recipients of a Lasallian education learn to witness to their Catholic Christian identity, stand in solidarity with those who are marginalized by injustice, foster a community of faith, and celebrate the value and dignity of each person.

Saint John Paul II Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and offers a strong college preparatory curriculum at a variety of levels including Honors and Advanced Placement. Our teachers are a group of committed individuals, all of whom are certified and many of whom possess advanced degrees. They demonstrate a passion for their profession and subject areas.

We emphasize that as a Catholic school, we are here to assist parents or guardians, who are the primary educators of their children. We do this by providing an environment rich in faith, strong in morals and discipline, and totally committed to excellence in academic achievement and the total development of the student.

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