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K-8
Private
Long Beach, CA
Students enrolled: 173
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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5100 East Arbor Road
Long Beach, CA 90808

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(562) 420-7783
(562) 429-1693
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August 02, 2013
We visited 3 private schools in the area before deciding to place our 2 girls at Bethany. We made a great choice. There are many afterschool programs available, Bethany is a great school! I have 1 in Pre-school and another in Kinder. The Preschool is located in the back of the school, off Clark so it's very safe. No need to worry about your children playing off a main street. The teachers and parents are very involved. There is always something going on at the school. I love that! My girls are always coming home telling me what projects they are working on. In 2012/2013 all classrooms had an iPad to aid in teaching, but for the 2013/2014 school year all students in grades k-8th will have their own and the older children get to take theirs home! How great is that! Even my pre-schooler had computer lab. Now she knows my PC is not a toy and treats it with great care. Bethany offers before and after school care that is extremely affordable. Fee's are calculated by how many hours of care you require and not a flat fee, so it was perfect for us, as we don't need care every day. There's also study hall after school, where my kinder got help with her homework.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2011
My son attended Bethany from kindergarten through 8th grade. We loved the school and are very happy that we chose to send him there for his elementary and middle school education.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2011
My son began Bethany Lutheran School in his 6th grade year. He is currently in the 7th grade and flourishing! The teachers and staff are full of love and respect at this school. The principal is the BEST. I really enjoy watching my son, who has always "hated" school never want to miss a day! It is such a warm and loving environment. I enjoy seeing my child smile when he talks about his day... I could have never imagined what a blessing Bethany has been to our family. I highly recommend Bethany. I wish I would have enrolled him in Kindergarten!

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2011
I am a former student of Bethany now in the Long Beach Poly P.A.C.E. program. Although P.A.C.E. is a brand new challenge I feel I was well prepared by Bethany. The great teachers and even greater principal made sure that everything we did prepared us for the future. Now in P.A.C.E. in whatever we do I'm say "Wow, Bethany gave me a sneak peak to this before so now I know that I was prepared and ready for any academic as well as moral choices." Which brings me to a concern you may have about it being 'Lutheran'. They don't stress one specific sort of christianity.What they stress is the bible and what the bible says, then let's you determine what you think it means. All-in-all Bethany, the teachers, and the overall essence of the school is just wondeful.

- submitted by a community member
November 08, 2011
We are very happy with Bethany. We are not Lutheran and shopped schools when our child was going into kindergarten (too bad we didn't find them for preschool-it is excellent). When we meet the lead kdg teacher we knew our search was over, then met the principal and it sealed the deal. Now, four years later, we are happy, our child is happy and blossoming. It is a well rounded environment where everybody knows each other. The faculty are skilled and genuine. The sports, music, art, science, dance, chess options after school are wonderful as well as having a safe, friendly place to leave my kiddoe before or after school (extended day care 6:30 am-6pm) is a comfort. The optional hot lunch program could use some remodeling-but I hear that is in the works and it is only optional. It would be nice to have Spanish for all grade levels, but for now at least the older grades have Spanish built into their schedule and it has been an after school option for the younger kids in the past. Overall, our family loves Bethany and it has become a part of our family. Definitely worth checking out.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2011
We didn't intend to continue Bethany past Preschool-K, but my daughter loves each grade & class more than the next. The teachers are very experienced and have a real passion for education. The new Spanish program for Middle School is a huge plus. They worked very hard to get that right & they did. The principal is a skilled leader & is always exploring new programs that will enrich their diverse student body in music, arts, tech & team building skills.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
We have 2 graduates from Bethany so far. 1 is attending UCLA and the other UCSD Engineering School. Bethany did a great job of instilling a solid work ethic and foundation of study for our kids. The teachers work individually with every student to develop their strengths and prepare them for success in higher education. Well worth the investment in our children's future!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
Bethany Lutheran pre school is top notch. The staff is very nurturing and experienced. They deeply care about each child. The leadership (Nola Seaman, Director) is strong and the facilities are very clean and nice. I knew my daughter was in great hands here, Looked at several pre schools and this one "just felt right." It lived up to my expectations and then some. Mrs Padias and Teacher Karen are angels--they make each child feel special, If you are seeking a Christ centered pre school with stability of staff--this is the place, We have moved to another school and will deeply miss Bethany!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2010
Both of my children attended Bethany Lutheran School and went on to a top academic program in the local high school. I appreciated the strong academic, social and spiritual foundation Bethany provided for my children, who are experiencing great success in high school.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2010
I am a former student of Bethany and am not fully satisfied with the results i was given. After bethany i went to public school. The curricular at Bethany is not matched at all to that of public schools. In my opinion it is much too easy and should be looked over more carefully. I am also unsatisfied with the teachers. They definitely played favorites for all of the years that i attended(pre-8th). There are many more flaws to this school including cost of tuition.Its way over priced and in the end, isnt really worth the money at all.And prices have gone up since my class (class of 07) has graduated because of fall in population. All in all,i feel sorry for the school. but its not worth the money and i think people are starting to realize that. but thats just my opinion.. -dueces.

- submitted by a community member
March 16, 2010
We have been at Bethany Lutheran School for 6 years and we couldn't be happier with the quality of education and the Christian upbringing our children are receiving. It is a very professional and well run school with a caring and qualified teaching staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
close cohesive studentbody. well organized after school activities and great academic and moral training

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2009
Both of my girls have loved Bethany Lutheran Preschool! My oldest will be in the BLS Kindergarten this fall. These teachers love kids, communicate clearly with parents, and have gentle spirits.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2009
My son will be starting his 3rd year in the preschool and they are great. All the teachers and staff are wonderfull.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 13, 2009
Bethany Lutheran is the best place to send your child. I remember dropping my daughter off when she was 2 1/2 years old; I had more separation anxiety than she did. Just to watch the teachers and assistants nurture her made me cry even more. If I had to think of one thing to blame on the school, that would be caring too much and we all know that there is no such thing!

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2009
I'm a former student at Bethany. I am in 8th grade, class of 2009. Pro's: The teachers know every single student in his/her class. Great Principal The sports here are great. The school really cares about what your child recieves throughout their progress atttending the school. Before and After school No Uniforms, but there is a dress code Great school trips (Washington Dc Trip) Computer Lab offered Recess is also offered Children are well-behaved Christianity seriousness Weekly Progress reports Recycling program Clean Con's Acedemics are a little easy compared to other public schools. Testing is taken in October More Extra-Curricular Activities Not only is Extended Care expensive, but it seems as if the people working there don't really care for upper grade levels Tuition is a little expensive Excluding Algebra, Advanced class is not offered. Short lunch periods (20 minutes) Unhealthy food for school lunches (Frozen, Canned, and processed foods) Overall, I really enjoyed the school. Plus, This 8th grade year that Bethany had, everyone had earned a 'B' average or higher

- submitted by a student
September 25, 2007
This is our sixth year at Bethany Lutheran School and we're not even Lutheran! It is worth the tuition to send our child to a Christian environment that offers a challenging academic program. The faculty is wonderful, led by a very talented principal.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2007
Don't know why more people haven't reviewed the school recently, but here's ours. We enrolled our daughter last year in the preschool. So far, its great. We knew it was the school for us when we spoke with the Director. Teachers are great for the most part. Since it's a 'play-based' learning approach, its hard to tell where the kids are at compared to some of the other public pre-schools. Then again, in any pre-school, we want our kids to focus the foundation of sharing, developing social awareness, and other interpersonal dynamics. They'll have the rest of their lives to focus on the academics--although they are being taught the basics at Bethany too. its just not shoveled down their throats. That, coupled with the kids being introduced to a 'higher-level' of authority, was the icing on the cake to us. She's learned about morals and ethics echoed by the staff.

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May 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2006
Bethany Lutheran Long Beach is the best school environment I have ever experienced. My child as well as the whole family flourishes yearly as we move through each year. The staff makes sure the children get the best education as well as nuture their spiritual and cultural awareness. I highly recommend to all.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2006
This is an excellent pre-school. My daughter has learned so much. And the teachers are fabulous!

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March 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2005
Very good communication system in the upper grades-we receive a progress report every week! Music program is awesome, sports program is improving!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
This is a great school. I would recommend it to anyone interested in a caring and spiritual school. The quality of the academic is very good and there is a high level of parent involvement.

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May 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2005
Both my children attended Bethany Lutheran for middle school (grades 7 and 8) before going on to Valley Christian High School. I really liked the low class sizes (26 students) and the fact that both grades were served by the same team of teachers. I felt that the teachers knew and cared for my children, as opposed to public middle school, where teachers have no opportunity to know their students well. I also felt that my children were well prepared for Valley, which is very tough academically. The weakest academic point might be writing---I never felt that there was enough writing done. Private school is never cheap, and there always seemed to be this little charge or that little cost, on top of the tuition, but overall I'm glad I sent my daughter and son to Bethany Lutheran for middle school.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2005
My child has been going to Bethany Lutheran School for a year now, and I can honestly say that I am very pleased with the acedemic program at this school. The teachers make the work challenging enough for the students to exceed expectations. My child loves this school and his teacher. The parent/teacher involvement is excellent! I have never been so 'in the know' of what/how my child is doing on a daily basis than here at Bethany. The website is so informative for parents and students, and the teachers keep the parents well informed either via email or weekly updates that go home. The students do get a lot of work on a daily basis, but my son doesn't mind and neither do I. I would rather have my son challenged than do minimal work that doesn't make him think.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2005
Excellent program, education and staff. Basketball gym, computer science, and Spanish is offered as a secondary language. Safe environment.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2005
Really love the addition of off-site visits that the Principal and staff have added. My 3rd grader will now get to go to Sacramento in 4th grade, on a tall ship for a night in 5th, 3 day camp in 6th, Catalina Island biology camp in 7th and Astrocamp in 8th. Mrs. K, our child's 3rd grade teacher is incredible. Our worst experience with the school after school drive through to pick up kids and occassional after school mayhem in extended day care.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2005
My kids (8th grade & 4th grade) love the school. Many opportunities for growth academically and socially. The principal is new, but approachable and family oriented. Safe, updated campus and strong Christian influence. I wish they gad a high school to continue on to.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2004
Bethany Lutheran School brings out the best in my two children, who have attended since Kindergarten. The staff is both experienced and professional and the campus is warm, inviting and safe.

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November 27, 2004
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October 24, 2004
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September 23, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
April 08, 2004
My children have been enrolled at Bethany since preschool (10 years). This is a wonderful school with an awesome staff. My 2 kids are excelling in their education at Bethany with thanks to the teachers and the worship team. Thanks.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2004
Bethany was a decemt school when my children were younger. As they got older, they started to dislike the school. I wanted my children to go to a Christian school, but they disliked religion during their time at Bethany. They went to a Christian high school, and loved it there. The sports teams need to be more challenging. My daughter didnt feel as if she was on a team when she went there. I think Bethany needs help.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2003
I have 3 children attending this school - one in 8th grade, 6th , and 4th - and they all love the school. They people are very friendly and it is a beautiful campus.

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Bethany Lutheran Church and School is a family-friendly place to grow intellectually and spiritually. Generations of families have attended our school. We have been voted the BEST Private School in the Press Telegram Reader's Choice poll in both 2013 and 2014. We are the only local school with a 1:1 iPad program for all students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Our students consistently go on to achieve honors in high school, college and beyond. We teach the values most families teach.

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Bethany Lutheran School
5100 East Arbor Road, Long Beach, CA  90808
(562) 420-7783
Last modified Bethany Lutheran School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Bethany Lutheran School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top