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Tom McGunnigal
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The choice of where to spend your high school days is an important decision.  At Saint Bede Academy we will give you the tools and help to see why we are the right choice for you.  We want to make the transition from grade school to high school an easy one and to that end we have an admissions department, an administration, and a faculty ready to serve you and answer all of the questions you may have about our curriculum, our student activities, our school social activities, and just about anything else you can think of!  We want you to feel comfortable from the very moment you step on our campus as a prospective family because we want you to become a part of our family.                 

We typically have 20-plus grade schools coming into each freshman class from about 26 different towns in our surrounding areas.  The best way that we know of to get everyone to know each other like family is for our students to get involved!  Knowing so many people not only makes each day easier but it sets you up for a lifetime of memories and friendships that you can share at each and every Homecoming reunion you return for.  We offer athletic opportunities in all 3 high school season in a highly competitive conference while also having students explore opportunities in the fine arts, in adventure, in scholastic endeavors, and in just having fun being a part of something of their own interest.

And while we are a catholic school under the guide of Saint Benedict and the order of Benedictine monks given the task of leading our institution, we are welcoming of people of all faiths to join us for their secondary education.  The make-up of our student population currently stands at 75% catholic.  Our student spiritual life is meant to enhance your understanding of your own beliefs and deepen your personal faith in the person you intend to become.

Completing an application is the first step in the process.  Then, check out our timeline to see what events we have coming up for you to learn more about the Academy.  Everything that you need to apply to Saint Bede is found on this website.  And if there is something you want to know that you don’t see here, just ask, we are more than happy to help!  Remember, the most important part of this whole process is helping you feel comfortable with the right decision.  The decision that Saint Bede Academy is….. Where You Belong!!

Please direct any additional questions or inquiries for more information to Admissions Director, Tom McGunnigal.  


  • Aug 30

    Junior High Tailgate Party 5p – 7p

    August 30, 2020

    The Annual Tailgate party returns to the west end zone of the football field as our mighty Bruins take on the Fulton Steamers in high school football action! Q103.3 and Sami Setch is going to be in the house for games, food and music! All 5th-8th grade junior high students are welcome to come out and enjoy the fun music.

  • Oct 2019

    Grade school visits with the Ambassadors

    October, 2019

    To Dalzell, Dimmick, Holy Cross, Holy Family, JFK, LaSalle Lincoln, Ladd, Oglesby Washington, Peru Catholic, Peru Parkside, Tonica, Trinity Catholic, Wallace, and Waltham.

  • Nov 7

    Annual 8th Grade Open House at Saint Bede Academy

    November 6, 2019

    We will offer tours of the Perino Science Center beginning at 6:00 p.m. this evening. The formal presentation begins at 6:30 pm in the Abbey Church. Information, tours, classroom demonstrations, activity and sport displays in the gym, and meet & greet faculty, students, and administrators.

  • Nov 16

    8th Grade Placement Test/Entrance Exam

    November 16, 2019

    Beginning at 8:30 am in the Academy building. Standardized test for academic proficiency and tracking for class schedule purposes. We will also host a breakfast meeting for all parents who may have addtional questions. Administrators, faculty, students and alumni parents will be on hand to answer all questions.

  • De 4

    Second test date for 8th Grade Placement Test/Entrance Exam

    December 4th, 2019

    Begins at 5:30 pm in the Academy building

  • Dec-July

    All Forms Being Accepted

    Dec, 2019 – July, 2020

    Applications, Recommendation forms, transcripts, and all records for admission are being accepted for the Class of 2024.

  • Jan


    End of January 2020

    Class schedule meetings will take place for those who have completed the Placement Test/Entrance Exam at Saint Bede Academy or through another local high school.

  • Mar-Apr

    8th Grade Shadow Days

    March - April 2020

    8th graders will be paired up with a current Bruin freshman and spend a school day attending classes, having lunch, and experiencing a day in high school.

  • Mar-July


    March - July, 2020

    Class schedules continue to be created. New applications and transfer students are being accepted into the Saint Bede family.