Welcome to Bethlehem Academy:

An Authentically Catholic Dominican Prep School

Bethlehem Academy is a community of faith serving students in grade 6-12. Founded in 1865 in the tradition of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, we focus on the Dominican pillars of prayer, study, community and service. Our Catholic, Dominican educational environment will challenge you to achieve personal, spiritual and academic excellence while recognizing and encouraging your unique abilities and God-given talents. We invite you to follow in the footsteps of our successful graduates and come be a Cardinal!

***2024-2025 Applications Now Open!***
Great things are happening at BA and we are excited to welcome new applicants for the 2024-2025 school year. Online applications are now open! Click below to create an account to fill out our application and start your Cardinal journey! 



Cardinal Visit Days
Join us on campus for a Cardinal Visit Day! Offering full and half (middle school only) day options Tuesday-Friday, students will spend the day with a BA scholar sharing similar interests. Come see what it's like to be Cardinal! Sign up HERE to join us. 

Looking for Tuition Assistance Information? Learn more HERE.

- Why Bethlehem Academy? -
We invite you to watch the student-produced video below to learn more about Bethlehem Academy:

Complete a Future Cardinal Inquiry Form to get on our email list and receive more information. 

- Visit -

Cardinal Visit Days
Join us on campus for a Cardinal Visit Day! Offering full and half (middle school only) day options Tuesday-Friday, students will spend the day with a BA scholar sharing similar interests. Come see what it's like to be Cardinal! Sign up HERE to join us. 

On-Campus Family Tours
Ready to visit campus and see firsthand how our focus on the Dominican pillars of prayer, study, community, and service can make a difference in your education? Contact us to set up a family tour. Offered Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, please sign up here for your personal campus visit. 

Virtual Tour

Can't visit in person? Join us for a virtual tour! Click here, and spend a few minutes walking the halls of Bethlehem Academy with us.  

- Apply -
Our Admissions Process:
  1. Ready to become a Cardinal? Click here to apply online and start your Cardinal journey! 
  2. Complete a records request form and submit to Bethlehem Academy.
  3. Please note that applications cannot be reviewed until school records and the math teacher recommendation (form found in the online application) is received.
  4. If you wish to be considered for tuition assistance, click on the Tuition and Financial Aid link to find out more.
  5. Once accepted, click on the link in the welcome email to complete the enrollment process.
  6. An email will be sent with information on on your tuition contract - this will include any tuition assistance, as applicable. 
  7. Complete your class registration form and sign up to meet with our school counselor.
Contact Kris Sauer at ksauer@bacards.org or at 507-334-3948, x206 with questions or to set up a meeting.

Admissions Policy
Admission to Bethlehem Academy (BA) is based on several factors that reflect our school’s mission to empower our students to achieve high standards of personal, spiritual, and academic excellence. We offer rolling admission based on availability. An application is considered complete when the applicant’s math teacher recommendation is received and their school releases grades from the current and previous school year, most recent standardized test results, and behavior and attendance records. We reserve the right to reverse an admissions decision if final transcripts for the school year indicates failing grades or evidence of behavior issues. Bethlehem Academy does not offer special needs programs, except where we are able to collaborate on a limited basis with Faribault Public Schools. Bethlehem Academy does not discriminate against students or their families on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, disability, ethnic origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, source of income, gender identity, housing status or military discharge status.

Bethlehem Academy is a Catholic school in the Sinsinawa Dominican tradition. BA is, therefore, a religious middle and high school, and spiritual development is regarded as a primary educational goal. All students, Catholic and non-Catholic, are required to take our Religion classes and attend school worship services.

International Student Admissions

Bethlehem Academy accepts international students on a case-by-case basis after a thorough review of transcripts, including demonstrated English language ability. There are no minimum test scores required, but please note that students must be capable of managing spoken and written English at the middle or high school level. Bethlehem Academy does not offer an ESL program. 



Contact: admissions@bacards.org
Our Mission
Bethlehem Academy, a Catholic school in the Sinsinawa Dominican tradition, strives to empower its students and staff to achieve personal, spiritual and academic excellence. We challenge ourselves to love as Jesus Christ loved, to lead, to serve, to inspire and to seek the truth: Veritas.
105 3rd Ave. SW
Faribault, MN  55021
Phone:  507-334-3948
Fax:  507-334-3949