St Bernard's College is a Catholic Secondary School in the Edmund Rice tradition offering a wide range of formal classes, and also a comprehensive informal curriculum, to approximately 1400 young men from Year 7 through to Year 12. The students are expected to be personally enthusiastic about involving themselves in the broad educational spectrum offered by the school. This applies especially to their growth in an informed appreciation of their Faith as an integral and essential part of that broad education.
Set in extensive grounds on the side of Steele Creek Valley in West Essendon, the College is administered as two separate campuses—Years 7 to 9 and Years 10 to 12—who share the same site. This fosters a closer sense of community on each campus..
The College proudly maintains a 'non selective' entry policy and there is no entrance exam. Most students attend Catholic primary schools in the Priority Parishes as defined by the Catholic Education Office Melbourne. Families who have been actively supportive of their sons' ongoing education in the Catholic faith through consistent involvement in their parish communities receive priority in enrolment.