"Anchored in Faith, Belief, and Tradition"

student presents science fair project to judge
student competes in national history day
7th grade prays the rosary in the prayer garden
students celebrate eucharist
5th grade partner work
kindergarten enjoys lunch
7th grade saying the plege of allegence
Fr blessing students and faculty for the beginning of the year
5th grade partner work
4th grade works on what brings them joy
Welcome to SBS - "Different by Design"

St. Brendan School is truly “Different by Design.” We utilize a Classical Catholic curriculum, based on the Trivium, which provides a strong foundation of intellect, virtue, and faith and weaves the teachings of Jesus Christ and Truth of the Gospel throughout all areas of study.

In the lower grades, the grammar stage, we focus on developing a love of learning and mastery of the basics of reading, writing, and math through chants and rhymes, memorization, and the study of phonics and phonemic awareness aligned with the Science of Reading.

In the upper grades, the logic stage, students focus on higher-order critical thinking and learn to construct and defend arguments through research, writing, Socratic discussions, speech and debate. Students in the upper grades are not just prepared for high school, they are prepared to navigate the challenges of our culture with wisdom, grace, and courage.

At all grade levels, students are introduced to the great books, the great thinkers, the great saints, and the great artists and musicians. Students in the grammar stage also study etymology, the origin of words, while students in the logic stage study Latin.

Our unique Classical Catholic Educational model teaches students to read well, write well, speak well, think well, and live well, in accordance with the lessons taught by the greatest teacher, Jesus Christ. 

Anchored in faith, belief, and tradition, St. Brendan Catholic School is committed to providing a Christ-centered environment that serves our spiritual, academic, and social needs as we navigate our faith journey together.

Belief Statements
  • We believe that a Catholic atmosphere and opportunities to pray as a school are a priority.

  • We believe that an environment of respect is facilitated through the application of Gospel values.

  • We believe that, as educators, it is our role to model, teach, and foster the image and likeness of Christ in our daily teaching.

  • We believe that parents are the primary educators and support and instill the mission of the school.

  • We believe that students should be enabled to reach their full potential and become life-long learners through opportunities for collaboration, critical thinking, communications, and creativity.

View the presentation slide deck by clicking below

The Classical Model
Dr. Christopher Perrin speaks about Classical Education

A Message from Fr. Tom
St. Brendan Catholic School has been “Anchored in Faith, Hope, and Tradition” in the North Olmsted community for the past 60 years. We remain true to that, and we remain true to all those who have built up and benefitted from their academic and faith formation provided here. Over the years, we have fearlessly climbed into the boat of faith with our patron, St. Brendan the Navigator, and now, we set course on a new adventure for our future. 

On our new journey, we look to be “Different by Design.” St. Brendan School, through a three-year consultative process with college through grade school educators, parishioners, parents, faculty and staff, as well as the diocesan Office of Catholic Education, and in conjunction with the diocesan Keeping the Faith strategic planning initiative, is charting the course for a new direction by integrating a Classical Catholic Education approach into our curriculum. We are excited to announce that St. Brendan School is the first diocesan elementary school to adopt this unique educational model for our families and the children entrusted to our care.

What is the Classical Catholic Education approach? Through on-fire-for-the-faith administration, faculty, and staff, we strive to integrate in every aspect of our teachings the beauty, truth, and goodness of Jesus Christ as found most fully in His Catholic Church. Teaching this on all levels of every subject, not just in religion class, will inspire our students to see how God has created them, male and female, in the beauty of who they are as human persons. Our teaching will help them encounter and know the truth as revealed by Jesus, who is not just a truth, but the Truth. Our teaching will create an environment that establishes what is good and holy through virtues, friendship, and play, as well as through adventures in the traditional liberal arts and study of history, science, math, English, Latin, etymology, music, art, philosophy, and much more. With faith and reason working hand-in-hand, our students and their families, along with our teaching staff of dedicated, lifelong learners, will grow not only as good citizens, but as faithful, missionary disciples. We believe that a St. Brendan graduate will not only be prepared for high school but will also be prepared to navigate the challenges of our culture with wisdom and grace.

With this at heart, we are also excited to announce that, after an extensive process of review, Mr. Vincent De Luca will be joining us as full-time Head of School for the 2024-25 school year to help facilitate our migration to a Classical Catholic Educational model. Mr. De Luca has had extensive training and experience in this area, especially in his most recent positions in administration and teaching in a Catholic school system located in California. Along with our principal, Miss Julie Onacila, I look forward to working with Mr. De Luca to chart this new course for St. Brendan School.

It is in the mystery of the Incarnation – our Divine God, taking on our humanness – that we can no longer underestimate who we are called to be, we are truly “Different by Design.” We are human who now share in the Divine nature of God through Baptism and all the Sacraments of the Church. May God, the Divine One, bless our school endeavors, imbue our classrooms with that Divine presence, and help us even more so encounter the Divine in our lives. As we pray in the Mass, “formed by Divine teaching,” from our Catholic teaching there is no greater beauty, truth, or goodness that we can pass on to the next generation.

I live for Jesus Christ,
Fr. Thomas G. Woost

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Classical Catholic education curriculum will make St. Brendan 'Different by Design'

photo courtesy of Catholic Diocese of Cleveland
National History Day
St. Brendan students concluded their first National History Day competition. All of the 7th and 8th graders, along with three 6th graders, presented their history projects, in the form of exhibits, documentaries or performances, to a group of experienced history day judges. All of the student participants had impressive displays and demonstrated knowledge and passion for their topics. It was truly an impressive sight that was made possible by the hard work and guidance of junior high History teacher Mr. Frank O’Grady. The day served as a preparation for the regional competition on March 2nd at the Cleveland History Center. Congratulations to all for their efforts, with a special shout out to the winning projects. 

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