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Brethren Christian Junior/Senior High School

Private | 6-12

We are best known for excellent academics and arts.

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $430,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,070.

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Posted April 10, 2012

I'm a student at Brethren. I attended a few other schools before I switched to Brethren and I can honestly say it is the best school I have attended. It's a small school, but it's classes are on the same level, if not higher, than the majority of the bigger and more expensive schools. The teachers are amazing, always making sure that the students understand. They don't just teach, they make sure the students learn. The students are extremely friendly and encouraging. On my first day I knew no one, yet had at least five invitations to eat lunch with different people. There aren't alot of cliques, either. Everyone hangs out with everyone. And the people in the different offices are extremely nice and are always there to help. The sports programs are a really great experience. The coaches are encouraging and always pushing you to do better than your best. The fine arts programs are amazing, as well. Although Brethren is on the smaller size, I have found that the environment is incredible. It is a place that I feel comfortable, where I can actually learn. Everything about Brethren makes it a wonderful school.


Posted May 29, 2011

There are other Christian schools out there but Brethren truly provides the Christian environment we have been searching for. We have been so disappointed by other schools who give lip service to their Christian beliefs but then make excuses for why they allow problem students and even problem teachers to create a negative environment. Our children are attending both the high school and junior high school at Brethren , and both are thriving academically, spiritually, and emotionally in the Brethren atmosphere. The Options program is perfect for my child who struggles with mild learning disorders. There is something for everyone at BC, and all are supported, appreciated and respected by all...sports, music, drama, art, academics...not one group is considered better than the other. The students seem truly committed to living their lives "set apart" from the world. Yeah, we know of a few exceptions. Unfortunately, you find that anywhere. But we're pleased to know that the majority of the families and students are truly Christian in character and behavior, and you can just feel it when you visit the campus. We are so very happy with Brethen Christian!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2011

Our family has loved our time at Brethren Christian! First and foremost has been the spiritual environment...the staff and teachers here all love the Lord Jesus. Biblical principles infuse every activity. The academics have been excellent as well. All 3 of our children have gone onto excellent universities. Our son will graduate this June and our daughters have found themselves to be very well prepared to compete at the next level. Our children have been able to participate in areas of interest to each of them, to learn new skills and to develop into well-rounded delightful young adults. We have experienced firsthand the choir, band and drama program. They have played varsity football, soccer, tennis and golf. They have been able to take a wide variety of Advanced Placement courses, which has earned them college credits. They have served as Student Body Officers and as ministry leaders. The teachers here take a personal interest in the success of your child. You make friends with whole families - siblings, grandparents, aunt and uncles. I would heartily reccomend BCHS to any Christian family looking for a solid Christian school that embraces Biblical values.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2011

Brethren Christian has just had the third student in 4 years, named the outstanding graduate of the year at CSU Long Beach! David Rudd, a 2007 BCHS graduate is the Outstanding Graduate from the School of Engineering for 2011. Janelle Lim was Outstanding Graduate from the School of Business in 2010 and Christopher Bodziak, also Engineering, in 2008. All were part of the prestigious President's Scholar program. Proof positive that students from BCHS are well-prepared to not only compete, but excel at the university level. Way to go Warriors!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 16, 2011

BCHS has been nothing short of Amazing for my two children. The enviroment of the school is so gentle and welcoming. As a parent you can be as involved as you want, this is nice since as your kids get older sometimes parent involvment is not encouraged....not at BC. If you are looking for a school who loves your children, encourages parent involvment and is teaching your students to become great role models as young adults, then I encourage you to check out BCHS. I am proud to be a member of the BC family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2011

This is an excellent school because of the football program, the parents, the principal, school board, administration, and the children. When you think about it, it comes down to one question, What will my child s friends be like? Who will my kid be in contact with daily? Well the kids at this school are great and you can be assured that your child will have descent friends because of the Christian education that is offered, the great faculty who care about the kids they teach, and the very, very good football program. Football is one of the only sports that can turn a young child into a young man. And this school has the coaching staff to accomplish that goal with one of the best football coaches in Southern California. The other sports programs such as basketball and baseball are excellent as well. All the coaches are mature Christian men with good values and Biblical standards. This is one of the best schools period in Southern California. I send my kid there and would do it again if I had more children to send. Send your child here and it will be a blessing to you and your family as it has been to mine. My family and I highly recommend Brethren Christian School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2011

Brethren is an amazing school with amazing people. The academics are superior, the Christian education is excellent, and the children are kind and respectful to each other and the staff. The staff, beginning with the principal, practice exemplary behavoir and expect the same of the students.The band and drama departments are terrific. Our family is so excited to be apart of this awesome school. We highly recommend it to everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2011

BC has an amazing principal who leads a team of teachers who show up every day because they love the children and want to be there to make a difference in EVERY child s life. Since we are not a musically inclined family AT ALL, we were hesitant about entering a school that might be more geared to those highly interested in band, drama and the arts not the case at all! Not only can the kids try out any of those programs as a complete beginner if they want to, but they also enjoy going to the performances to hang out and watch their friends. Our child is excelling academically actually LEARNING the information in a calm, organized and supportive environment. (No silly homework assigned just for the sake of having homework). We came from a school that offered more of a religion-based curriculum, so we were a bit nervous about a stronger biblical based program. It s been a blessing. Not only does our middle school child LOVE bible class, but is learning that it is more important to walk the walk as opposed to just talking the talk and learning rote memorization from teachers who don t practice what they preach. This school is the best-kept secret in Huntington Beach!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2011

Great School - Changed my sons life - He loves going to school every day and thats not said of all Juniors in High School -
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2011

Brethren has been such a blessing to my 6th grader! The atmosphere on campus is one of acceptance and cooperation. I love the Christ centered approach that is evident in the attitudes of the administration and teachers, trickling down to the behaviors of the students on campus. Caring teachers, kind kids and great academics make for a happy mom who has a happy boy at Brethren Christian.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2011

Great principal creates great culture ... For ALL students. Excellent variety of student options (Woodwork, Theatre, Band, Sports, etc) creates very well rounded learning environment. Love It.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2011

For me, it is hard to put into words how great this school is. The academics are superior, the Christian education is excellent, and I have found a wonderful surprise. The social environment is like none I've ever seen. The kids are very kind to each other, and the staff, all the way on up to the principal, expect courteous and respectful behavior between the students and communicate this respect themselves. It is an excellent school for the arts, a top-notch recognized jazz band (often taking first prize in local competitions with larger public schools), wind symphony, award winning drama program, and so on...The sport teams are highly spirited and competitive and usually place high in their league standings. I really love this school and would recommend it to anyone without reservation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2010

I am a sophomore at Brethren and I have had a lot of fun for the 4 years that I have gone here so far. The band program is my favorite, where I can play and find interest in new styles of music. The teachers are all very welcoming and they seem to take you under their wing. I have made many friends, all of which are like family to me now. I have cherished the years I have had and look forward for the years to come.


Posted November 17, 2010

Brethren Christian Junior and Senior High School is an awesome school. My daughter is a Sophomore and my son is in 7th grade and was a student in the first 6th grade class last year. Brethren provides a solid Christian education while also providing challenging academic courses. Not only are my children receiving a top education, they can also participate in any of Brethren's Award winning band programs, including their traditional Wind Symphony and Jazz Bands. Additionally my kids are very active in sports and are typically able to participate in any sport they choose. Our principal is totally committed to Brethren. He is very approachable and knows most students by name. He attends most activities at our school including at least one game of every sport (girls, boys, Junior High, JV and Varsity) and most band performances. The staff at Brethren is exceptional too. Their top priority is giving our children a strong spiritual base and education which will help them make good choices the rest of their lives. I strongly recommend Brethren Christian Junior and Senior High School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2010

We came to BCHS this year as a sophmore. My son is happier than I have seen him in probably five school years. The band program is amazing. What an awesome school. We are so glad to be part of the Brethren family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2010

When looking for a school for my 3 children I wanted not only a Christian environment but also a school with a strong academic program. I found both in Brethren Christian. I have been very pleased with all aspects of the school. My children have been involved in many of the extra-curricular activities including sports, band, student council, school clubs and choir.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2010

Wendy Piantedosi. I love BCHS! I am a Christian Homeschool Mom and very particular where my son was to attend high school. Brethren Christian is a safe and Godly place for my son to learn. The students are encouraging to each other and participate in school and activities without the presure of social clicks. The teachers are outstanding. They always show Gods love to the students. They try anyway they can to help the kids succeed in their classes, at the same time holding them to higher standards in life and learning. This truely is a College Prep School with the added bonas of being Blessed by God. The size of the school is just right for class sizes not being too large. Most sports are accessable to all. It's great to have your child be able to play on a team sport, unlike larger schools where there are too many student to try out for each team. The families are all involved on their kids lives and are a wonderful bunch to be around. I can not say enough about this school. It is great! Next year I'll will be sending my 2nd son there. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2010

I have been delighted with Brethren Christian Jr/Sr High school! Four of my children attended and loved it. Great education. Great teachers who truly care about students academically, socially, and spiritually. The Arts at Brethren (Choral, Bands, Drama, Art classes) are among the best in So. California. Very high academic standards recognized by colleges like CSULB, Cal State Irvine, UCLA, Cal Poly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2010

We were looking for an incredible school experience for our sons. This is exactly what we have found at Brethren Christian! Our oldest son graduated from Brethren and is now a sophomore at Pepperdine University taking a heavy science load. He says he was very well prepared at Brethren to compete academically for his future. Our other 2 sons are currently enrolled at Brethren and taking advantage of all Brethren has to offer academically, spiritually as well as through their sports and drama programs. When asked what they appreciate most about Brethren they say the way the teachers push you academically and truly seem to care about your success in their class as well as your future. Our family is truly blessed to have found Brethren Christian and the Warrior family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2010

Brethren is one of those rare schools where the teachers and staff really love your student, pray for them and want them to excel. Students can be in the band, in sports and acheive academically. The school is small but offers class options only found in larger schools. Class size is small too. The kids make friends quickly and parents do too.
—Submitted by a parent


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  • Arts (all)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
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  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
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  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

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  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Rick Niswonger
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  • Coed
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Affiliation
  • Brethren
Associations
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  • Religious
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  • Remediation
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  • Basketball
  • Cross country
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  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
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  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
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  • Choir / Chorus
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21141 Strathmoor Lane
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
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