Aquinas High School is a co-educational institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Western Catholic Education Association. The Aquinas student experiences a traditional liberal arts curriculum that requires the pursuit of the college preparatory disciplines. The school works energetically to keep tuition affordable in the face of increasing costs each year. The school is deeply concerned that Catholic education is available to all students who could benefit and fulfill entrance requirements, without regard to the financial status of their household.
On June 15, 1954, Bishop Charles F. Buddy of the Diocese of San Diego (of which San Bernardino was then a part) announced Aquinas Hall would open the following academic year as a boys' Catholic high school. The school opened in 1955 with forty-nine freshmen. Bishop Buddy blessed the new facility on November 11, 1955. St. Bernadine's High School was an all-girl school, which closed its doors on its 50th anniversary in 1971. Its student body merged with Aquinas Hall, forming the co-educational Aquinas High School.
Aquinas High School is dedicated and committed to helping our students strive to do their best. Our Catholic tradition enables the entire community to develop and share a common vision.
"Christian education is intended to make men's faith become living, conscious and active through the light of instruction." (The Bishop's Office in the Church, 14)
"A Catholic Education is an advantage for life"
The 27-acre campus in located in a residential neighborhood north of State Hwy 210 between the Del Rosa and Highland Avenue exits. There are 12 buildings, consisting of 28 classrooms, 3 science labs, 1 computer lab, 1 engineering lab, ceramics room, art room, student center, chapel, school store, snack bar and counselors' offices, administrative and student support spaces. Athletic facilities include a gymnasium, 350 seat performing arts center, football stadium with synthetic track, sand volleyball stadium w/3 courts, golf practice facility, 2 locker rooms, tennis courts, and softball, baseball and soccer fields.