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St. Bernard School Welcomes Ukrainian Students

Posted on August 29, 2022 in: School News

St. Bernard School Welcomes Ukrainian Students

Saint Bernard School will open its doors to seven Ukrainian students for the 2022-23 school year, which begins Sept. 6.

Apex International Partners (AIEP) partnered with the school in Uncasville to assist the high school students in continuing their studies in the United States as their home country continues to fight off a Russian invasion.

“Saint Bernard has long engaged in the mission of helping the less fortunate. While the war in Ukraine is one of many crises in the world today, the opportunity to help children who have escaped from war continue their education could not be ignored,” Donald Macrino, Head of School at Saint Bernard School, said.

Saint Bernard School has waived all tuition and fees for all seven students. AIEP will be housing the students in their Derby, Connecticut-based dormitory over the summer until they are matched with a host family from the Saint Bernard School community.

“Our history of working with Saint Bernard School, homestay support staff and our long record of giving back - both to the local and international communities - gives us pleasure to announce our support for this program,” David Guerrera, president at AIEP, said.

Both AIEP and Saint Bernard School share a commitment to students’ education and well-being. Given the ongoing situation in Ukraine, this partnership was a natural fit. 

“When we heard of the need, we opened our doors immediately,” Macrino said. “It’s the fundamental message of our school.”


If you are interested in hosting a Ukrainian student, please email

By Shari Marderness

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