What differentiates Bellarmine from other schools? The answer is the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person: intellectually, physically, and spiritually. Since 1851, Bellarmine–a private, non-profit, fully accredited, Catholic, all-boys high school–has been instrumental in the character development of “men for and with others,” men who go on to be difference-makers locally and globally. As students pursue a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and take part in our extensive co-curricular programs, they are also challenged to seek truth and justice. Our faith-based values are central to all endeavors at the school, and are evident in student achievements and in the respectful way in which success is accomplished. With the support of a caring and compassionate faculty and staff, and an actively-engaged parent community, the Bellarmine experience offers the opportunity to learn with passion and live with purpose.
Become a Bell
Bellarmine offers prospective students and their families a variety of opportunities to discover the incredible people and programs that make up the Bellarmine community.
Amazing things happen here and we're excited to meet you and share them with you. Through the Diocesan High School Information Nights, our Shadow Program, and Open House, we'll help you explore our programming and our community. Bring your curiosity! See yourself here.
Developing God-Given Talents
Our mission calls us to help students to develop the talents that God has given them, and to challenge them to use those gifts at the service of other people. By engaging students and inspiring academic excellence, students discover their passions. Whether in the physics lab, on the athletics field, or on the stage, students are always encouraged to give fully of themselves, to discover God's presence in their abilities, and to carry their gifts forward for the benefit of creating a more just and loving world.
Bellarmine on the Road
Each fall, during the month of September, the San Jose Diocese coordinates a series of High School Information Nights for 7th and 8th grade students and their parents. We send our Admissions team, along with current Bellarmine students, to these evenings so that attendees can get a feel for what Bellarmine has to offer and determine if we might be the right school for your family.
The info nights are scheduled at six different locations around the Diocese, and are formatted to allow families to attend up to three 25-minute sessions per evening. Registration is not required.
Shadow a Bell for a Day
Bellarmine’s Shadow Program is a terrific way for 8th-grade students to get an inside and accurate look of what it is really like to be a Bellarmine student. Shadowing is not a mandatory part of the application process, but it is a great opportunity to spend some time on our campus in the company of a Bellarmine student.
Current Bellarmine students guide their 8th-grade shadows throughout the morning (7:50 a.m. arrival; 12:10 p.m. dismissal with drop-off and pick-up at Liccardo Center). Admissions representatives are available to answer any questions, and the program concludes just before lunch. Students tell us year after year that this was a great way for them to get to know Bellarmine.
We offer shadow days from mid-September through early December. Online registration opens mid-September and is completed in Ravenna. Our shadow days do tend to fill quickly, so reserve your spot early. Ravenna is updated in real-time with each new registration, so it always accurately reflects the availability of our shadow dates.
All prospective students, along with their families, are invited to attend our annual Open House on Sunday, October 27, 2019. Feel free to stop by any time between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Registration is not required.
During Open House, you can:
- Take a tour—we begin tours at 10:00 a.m., with the final tour scheduled at 12:50 p.m.
- Explore the campus on your own
- Chat with current students
- Meet our faculty and staff
- Check out our athletic and co-curricular programs
- Learn about the application process
A Future Within Reach
Tuition for 2019-2020 is $22,230 per student, which includes a $1,600 non-refundable deposit. Each student is required to pay a limited loss and damage fee for his tablet device in addition to tuition. Additionally, each student is responsible for purchasing textbooks for his courses.
Bellarmine offers three tuition payment plans that are managed through Smart Tuition—one payment, two payments, or eleven monthly payments.
The process of applying for tuition assistance is completely separate from the admissions process. The Admissions Committee evaluation is based solely on a student’s qualifications, and tuition assistance is awarded purely on the basis of financial need. Bellarmine is committed to helping families via its tuition assistance program, and we offer financial support to the extent resources are available.
Bellarmine is pleased to have been able to increase its Tuition Assistance Endowment Fund year to year. The earnings from this fund, contributions to Direct Tuition Assistance, and substantial contributions from the Jesuit Community work together to make a Bellarmine education a possibility for many students.
The Outreach program offers first-generation college-bound, low-income students an opportunity to attend Bellarmine. The program was founded in 2001 and is based on the apostolic goals of Jesuits West: fostering partnership in our Ignatian mission, strengthening solidarity with the poor, and responding to the diversity of our province.
The program provides guidance, support, mentorship, and development opportunities to students and their families throughout their time at Bellarmine. This includes bilingual support—with the admissions process, tuition assistance application, and course enrollment; in clarifying the service component of our tuition assistance program, and Christian Service Program requirements; and in working with our college counselors.