Posted January 11, 2012
Each one of our 2012 graduates have identified different goals for their future upon graduation. These goals range from a future in student ministries to biochemistry to business major. All are taking different paths to their future. Tentative, not so tentative, and firm plans for future education for our current fourteen seniors include the following: three heading for premed, music education, major in equine skills, engineering, art, biomedical engineering, nursing, lineman apprenticeship, business, and student ministries. If you read through the list a couple of times you should notice a few things. First, there is quite a variety. Next, out of the fourteen, six are math or science related. And out of our fourteen, thirteen are heading off to college - which really stands out in a state where only 67% of high school students graduate from high school as reported in the June 8, 2011 issue of Arizona Capitol Times and the US Department of Education. In addition, 53% of the Arizona graduates do not go on to college as reported in the Arizona Republic on December 9, 2010. In that same article, it was written that in a study done by the Arizona Regents, 52% of high school graduates in Arizona lacked the grades or courses to be admitted to a four-year college. Nine of those soon-to-be graduating Bios students are intending to go to a four-year university. Of those nine, six have all or most of their education paid for through scholarships. The other three have partial scholarships. Four of those students that will be attending a four-year university are attending Christian universities. Three of the 14 graduates will be attending Chandler Gilbert Community College and one graduate is undecided. Receiving full and partial scholarships and earning good grades are both the result of the hard work by graduates, parents, and teachers. We work diligently to challenge each student everyday. This shows up in the students hard earned grades and in their achievements in the college entrance exams they take - the SAT and ACT. In May 2012, Bios will graduate our third group of students from high school. Our three-year average of SAT and ACT scores is as follows with comparable Arizona and national scores. SAT Bios Reading: 555 Math: 586 Writing:575 Arizona Reading: 517 Math: 523 Writing:499 National Reading: 497 Math: 514 Writing:489 ACT Bios C:28.8 E:29 M:30.4 R:29 S:26 Arizona C: 19.7 E:18.6 M:20.3 R:19.9 S19.6 National C:21.1 E:18.6 M:21.1 R: 21.3 S: 20.9 C= Composite E=English M=Math R=Reading S=Science As you can see, our students excel in these standardized test scores as compared to national and Arizona college bound seniors. But that is not the best part. Our seniors also shine brightly in community service. As a group they have volunteered to serve monthly on the Alzheimer s floor at an adult living facility, made three trips to the San Carlos Reservation to build homes and serve their young children, plus hundreds of hours in additional recorded service in their community and churches. Even as reality of the future sets in, our seniors have each been prepared for their years after Bios. To finish, in a previous anonymous post on Great Schools, it doesn t sound like a parent who has had students attending Bios now or in the past who wrote the paragraph titled Bios has a proven curriculum. As explained above, the opportunities and expectations for our students are quite high. As far as our test scores not emphasized , they are a gift from God which we show on our website for all to see. Even our AIMS scores stand out when compared to the rest of the state, with over 60% of our students exceeding all three tests compared to 8% of the state. As a reflection of the learning provided at Bios, in our first two graduating classes of nine students total, five were offered opportunities to attend the honors colleges of ASU, Texas Christian, and NAU. The comment of no supplementation on enrichment for gifted students is interesting also. We have two former engineers and a former occupational therapist instructing math courses past calculus and science courses including advanced chemistry, physics, and advanced physics. We would welcome, as the writer suggests, anyone to come visit our unique Christian community that has been blessed so richly. Tim Ihms Principal
Bios Christian Academy is a wonderful school! We enrolled our son this year as a freshman. He is having great success, something he had not experienced at any other school and we have tried several trying to find the right fit for him. If you have a child that struggles academically or does not have an interest or desire to learn, I wholeheartedly recommend Bios. The principal understands how kids learn and has implemented a program that works! He hires intelligent people who are caring and have integrity! We have found a diamond of a school that has an incredible community within it because the principal, staff and teachers create it! I highly recommend this school!
All my children have been under the instruction of Tim Ihms educational program since kindergarten. Two have graduated with Bios and one currently a senior . As with most families you have children that are focused on furthering their education and some that are not. I have been able to experience both. One of my children graduated with honors and received a full ride scholarship to ASU, and Grand Canyon University. She chose the private sector of Grand Canyon University, where she is on her second year and is on their dean's list. The skill she has been taught at Bios has excelled her in her college academics. The study and writing skills she has acquired with the Bios educational program, has been a tremendous benefit to her. My other graduate chose not to go to college and entered the work field. He is excelling with his employer due to the ethical and hardworking communication skills he received while at Bios. My third child is on track to graduate with high honors and is on track to receive and qualify for several academic scholarships. THANK YOU BIOS FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE!
Bios Christian Academy is a wonderful school! We have four children attending this school in various grades. Bios truly cares for students and invests in each child for their moral and academic development. The entire staff is committed to the training of children for the glory of God. We have seen many positive changes in our children because of Bios. We thank the Lord for this school and their dedication to serving students and their families.
Finding Bios was truly an answer to my prayers! My young children had not been challenged enough at their prior christian school and thus were bored from the early age of 6! I was fortunate enough to get my children into Bios and they are both excelling in the individualized curriculum taught there. With that said, not only is the curriculum challenging and well rounded, it is God centered and thorough and I cannot say enough about the principal, teachers and staff! I am so thankful for their leadership, their dedication to our children and to their amazing teaching abilities. The entire staff will support you in preparing your children to be successful in life and our family is so blessed to have our children attend Bios!
Bios Christian Academy is a great High School choice. We had two children graduate from a former school, founded by Bios Principal which also employed the same teaching style. One child received partial scholarships to ASU and earned a BS in Nursing and is an RN. Another child received a full AIMS scholarship to ASU, earned a BS in Applied Biological Sciences and is now in Medical School. These children has told us they felt very well prepared for college. Our third child is enrolled at Bios High School, transferred from a different Christian School during 8th grade and we are happy we made that difficult decision. Our child was beginning to struggle with algebra and was not learning fundamentals. Now in High School, our child excels in math, writing, science and physics. PSAT scores were very high and we expect this child to receive a very good or full scholarship to college. Although in our opinion this school is not driven by athletics there is opportunity for all students to be involved in competitive sports and activities.The teachers and staff at Bios are mature Christians that take a personal interest in seeing that each student grows spiritually and succeeds academically
Our family was blessed with the opportunity of having our daughter attend and elementary school that stimulated her appetitite for learning. However, her seventh grade experience in a public school almost destroyed that desire to learn. Praise God for leading us to enroll our daughter at Bios Christian Academy for her eigth grade year. My daughter loves school again and she is no longer exposed to some of the lies that are propagated in the public school system. The depth and breadth of the education that she has already received after one semester at Bios has been amazing. More importantly, we enjoy the peace of knowing that my daughter is in an enviornment that is safe and promotes Truth. Christ is at the center of her education at Bios. The gratitude that I have for my daughter's attendance at Bios is difficult to express in words. I can only imagine where she would be today in terms of her education had she attended Bios as early as Kindergarten.
We currently have two children at BIOS with our third having recently graduated and now attending University with a full AIMS scholarship. We know that our two remaining students are on a great trajectory for academic excellence . Tim and Beth Ihms have taken great care to develop an great curriculum and to carefully select well qualified teachers who are also solid Christians. The faculty and staff care genuinely for each student and strive for excellence in all areas of instruction, encouragement and mentorship. The students also attend daily bible class. A real blessing for parents striving to bring up their children to love God and honor His Word. We fully reccomend BIOS and we are truly greatful for having found this school.
My son struggled in our local public school - he needed extra help and was getting left behind. The individualized instruction at Bios appealed to me for this reason. I enrolled my son and haven't looked back. They met him where he was and worked alongside him to move him forward. When it was time to enroll my daughter, who is a natural student, I wondered how such a method would work for her. It turns out that the Bios method is amazing for students of all ability levels. At Bios, the students learn about God and responsibility in addition to the academic subjects. Foreign language and music are offered from the primary grades on. Also, the family atmosphere and community are amazing. While my students are in the elementary grades, I have observed the high school classes as well. I have never in my life seen teenagers working so diligently and independently. It was truly a sight to behold. My family loves Bios and I am sure yours will, too.
Bios has proven curriculum and awesome teachers. That being said, make no mistake, my kids got "A"s without doing much work. There is no supplementation or enrichment for gifted students other then "working ahead" and getting to the next grade level. Extra time is spent with students who struggle and I believe that this is what Bios does best...working with kids who have different abilities. If I had a child who needed special attention, I would send them to Bios. If your child is a smart cookie, I believe that sending them to Bios limits their opportunities and ability to properly prepare for college and that you will not know this until they actually take the ACT and SAT, when it is too late. I recommend every parent sit in on a few classes before enrolling their child in the upper grades. Test scores are not emphasized for a good reason..... I would not send my particular kids through Bios again.
For the past 6 years our twin boys had been attending charter school. We were concerned with AZ public schooling and had hoped in the involvement and supervision of the charter school model. After 2 different schools from K~5th, our boys were still missing something and we felt they wanted more. We prayed as a family and led to BIOS. We attended an open house and the boys participated in a half day in the classroom. They raved about their experience! They sited the learning atmosphere, the mannerisms of the students, and most of all Bible study. They liked the fact that God is in it; God is allowed here! Time at home is meant to be spent with family. Every effort is made to give the students opportunities to complete their work in class whenever possible, cutting down the amount of time spent on homework; we like that! In our opinion, the individualized learning system is exactly what every classroom needs and with Christian principles and values a big part of the curriculum, we couldn't be any happier and we've seen a huge difference in our boys' aptitude and their attitude towards school.
Love it, love it, love it! Finally a Christian school that is academically focused! There is no flying under the radar here. Part of the teaching model is having the student explain his understanding of the material to the teacher. This "explaining back" improves their understanding/retention of the material. And what a concept: they TEACH the child how to write. They don't just give writing assignments and hope for the best. There are lots of deadlines that are strictly enforced (with loss of points for late assignments), so it keeps them on their toes. However, when your child learns to be efficient, they can get a lot of the work done within school hours. If you're looking for a sports career, this probably isn't your place, but the sports program is included with tuition (no extra fees), and the charter and/or private league they compete with is great. Can't say enough about Bios. It's been an answer to prayer for our family!
This school is amazing. I graduated from Bios (formerly Surrey Garden) in 2003. The education I received prepared me to tackle college. I'm now in med school and 2 years away from becoming a doctor. The challenging program at Bios definitely helped prepared me for this. My wife (also a Surrey Garden alumni and recent college graduate) and I also just put our four-month-old son on the waiting list because we love the school so much.
Our son has been attending Bios Christian Academy from the beginning. The model of teaching has been a great way for him to learn and achieve his own potential. I could not imagine him learning in a typical school setting of sitting in a class. His teachers have been great also. We feel they understand each child's needs to help them to succeed in all their efforts. The overall atmosphere at Bios is to create not just a place for our son to go to school but a family. We have opportunities to serve and be a part of our son's education and we could not have asked a better school to be a part of!
Bios Christian Academy has been a godsend for my family. My son and daughter have been under this educational model (differentiated or individualized instruction) for almost 10 years now. I have also had the privilege of teaching under this model for 8 years. I know that both of my children are seen and appreciated as individuals--not only in the realm of their education but also in their development into mature, Christ-loving adults. Very early on they were trained to work diligently and to be accountable for completing their assignments. This goal-oriented work ethic will serve them well in college and for the remainder of their lives. As a teacher at Bios, I am continually encouraged to strive toward excellence in teaching. Because of the way we instruct our students individually, I am able to, at any time, tell my parents how their child is doing and communicate our immediate goals are and what we are doing to achieve them. Because we can tailor expectations so specifically to each child, we are able to see results in both the short and long term. This is very encouraging to parents and very gratifying for me as a teacher--I cannot begin to express how much.
Bios has exceeded our expectations in so many ways. Not only is our son in a Christian environment, learning about God, surrounded by others who love God but the the teaching style at Bios is so unique. At Bios the class sizes are smaller so you can feel confident your child is not going to get lost. Due to the fact that Bios does not incorporate the normal "Lecture" style of teaching, if a child is able to move further in a certain subject they can and do not have to wait for the rest of the class at the same time if your child needs a bit more attention or practice with something, they will get it without holding anyone else up. This has given us such a sense of confidence that our son will be able to learn and be successful because of the assistance available to him. We feel that the staff is not just teaching our son academically but they are helping to develop who he is as an individual person, a young Christian man and overall how to act respectfully and kindly. We also love that the kids have PE every day and are learning the foundations of many different sports. When you visit Bios you will feel the warmth and uniqueness that makes it so special.
We transferred our children from the public schools to Bios. We have elementary, junior high and high school students. Our children range from students with straight A's to students who have difficulty in school. All of them are learning and being challenged. The individualized instruction provides each of them exactly what they need. The principal gives clear guidance and firm structure and runs the school superbly. The teachers are not only interested in our children's academic success but also in their character and their faith. When we speak to them they clearly know our children well and understand their strengths and weaknesses. We love Bios and recommend it highly to everyone.
Our two children have had a wonderful year at this amazing school. Both of our children needed a challenging academic program and we found it at Bios. Daily, they are expected to work hard and move forward at a pace that works for each of them. We love the individual teaching and our children excel under the guidance of their hard working and dedicated teachers. Both of our children are in the upper grades and are honor students, but all children are welcome at Bios. The school does an equally impressive job of training and teaching both academically challenged students, and those who are gifted. You will find a range of abilities in the students in each classroom. I love this, because the students encourage each other (in the junior high and high school!) and the older students are excellent examples to the younger students. Our children have also enjoyed the opportunity to play sports and be treated as a valuable part of the team. Our stands are always full of parents cheering the kids on even parents who don t have a child on the team. Bios also takes college prep seriously by helping the upperclassman prepare for SAT and ACT testing. The Bios students had incredibly high scores this year in the PSAT and SAT. We moved one child in the middle of high school to this new school and this child is so happy in the new environment! We are so thankful we brought our children to Bios. Go by the school, they have an open door policy and you will be able to see for yourself what a blessed place this is for children.
Bios is a great school, we have 3 children this year and 4 next year. From elementary to highschool, and would not place our children anywhere else. They have been taught under this administrator for the last 7 years. Strong biblical knowledge and life application is key at Bios. My son, who had troubles in public school, has turned that into straight A's since. Our kids are self motivatied and enjoy learning. This small environment at Bios is great for life long academics and relationships.
My child graduated from Surrey Garden and was well prepared for college.
With 3 children currently excelling in grad school, their education and subsequent high school diplomas from this school prepared them fully for college, grad school, and life.
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