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Bethany Christian School

Private | K-6 | 143 students


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Posted April 15, 2014

This is our first year at Bethany Christian School in Thousand Oaks, CA. It's more than exceeded our expectations, & we are very picky with our daughter since she's intelligent and needs to be challenged academically & creatively in order to be engaged. Even though it is her teacher's first year at this school she has been amazing in teaching not only the necessary Pre-K prep work (pre-reading, love of books; alphabet, colors, shapes, etc) they've covered the orchestra, piano, basic music theory, Bible stories, learned classic hymns & contemporary worship music, studied fish, insects, rocks/geology, geography-memorized all the Continents of the World, & so much more. The class ratio is 16 students to 2 loving, kind and passionate teachers. More than the academics has been the daily encouragement of loving God and loving others and showing it to 4 & 5 year-olds in a way that they grasp, and even embrace. My daughter's awareness of love, joy, kindness, gentleness, truthfulness and above all GRACE & forgiveness has grown immensely in her own heart as she's seen it modeled to her every day in class. Though there's excellent public schools in the area she'll stay at BCS.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 11, 2012

Teachers are great and so is the place and its location. My only suggestion would be to have more study and play time for kids and less chapel time.
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Posted January 31, 2012

This school is the worst i went K-6 and just remeber coming home sobbing cause of how RUDE the teachers were. One of them called me UGLY. One called me fat. This school has a numerous amount of acohole bottles sorounding the school. Their are SNAKES AND RATS. I also found ALOT of COACHROACHES in restroom. I got FOOD POISIONING from hot lunch an uncontable amout of time. 6th grade graduation you dont talk about your experience no you talk about how great the teachers are. The teachers spend a large amount of time on FACEBOOK. They had rules that made no sense from any point of view. The teachers Literaly had a favorites list and if you werent on it you were treated AWFUL. I beg you from a former student point of veiw without any exaggerations at all infact im holding back on what i should sy about this awful school. they say their christian but i severly doubt that know.

Posted January 7, 2012

I have had three kids at this school. The preschool does an amazing job academically without overkill. The elementary school is far superior to any public school we have attended and we attended two other public schools, one with a 9 rating and the other with a 10 rating. My children were far more challenged at Bethany. Every aspect of their development is attended to and they know they are loved by their school family.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 27, 2011

Great school, great staff....when my wife and I have a child, our dream is to send that child to school at Bethany.

Posted July 4, 2010

Our child entered this school for her final year of Elementary and was warmly welcomed by students who had been there since preschool. Before choosing BCS, she "sat in" at two other reputable private schools, both of which were considerably more expensive, and she said BCS was the most academically challenging. Being new anywhere is hard, especially if you have built a great reputation at your last school and enter a new one as an unknown, but, if you have to come in new at the end of a school's program, BCS is an excellent choice, socially and academically. Though it ends at 6th, we heard from several private middle schools that the BCS students are well-prepared to move onward and upward.
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Posted June 15, 2010

Best deal you can get! Totally devoted, loving teachers! Strongest academics! Fantastic parent involvement! Beautiful location. The only difficulty is finding where to send your kids when they graduate 6th grade!
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Posted July 27, 2009

This school has been great for all my 4 children, one of witch was inspired by the 5th grade teacher to get baptised
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Posted June 3, 2009

What a wonderful experience my kids had at Bethany. The staff are loving but academic. My kids thrived while attending.
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Posted November 15, 2007

Considerably above average private Christian elementary school. Administration and teachers are accessible and responsive to parents. I've had four children go from pre-K through 6th here, and all of them had a positive experience. It prepared them very well for junior high and high school academically, spiritually and socially.
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Posted November 20, 2006

one month into his final year of pre-school our son transferred to BCS from another christian school. we did this to get him ready for K, as the other school ran an unstructured pre-school program. the change in the past 30 days has been remarkable. during that month his teacher and the principal of the pre-school have taken great time to get to know him, conducted a home visit, and developed a tremendous understanding of what makes him tick. this is because the faculty and staff seem to care deeply about the children. we are very pleased, and making plans to transfer our 8 and 3 year olds.
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Posted September 11, 2006

My daughter is in preschool and she loves Bethany! My husband and I do also. The preschool director genuinely cares for each child and parent. The academic program is challenging which is great, although, it's not good if a child is struggling. The kids have to keep up. Discipline and respect are important to the school and to us too. The teachers and staff live out the Christian values and set an example for the kids. Uniforms are for K-6 which is another plus. I agree that Bethany should go higher than 6th grade. We really love Bethany!
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Posted February 9, 2006

This is a great school academically. The music, art and PE programs are all part of the day and no extra activities are offered at this time. Their is a high level of parental involvement in the early years and less as the children are in 4-6 grade. How ever parents are asked to volunteer for field trips and certain special events and are always welcome to be in the classroom. We love Bethany.s
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Posted September 18, 2003

My son has been at BCS for 2nd and 3rd grade and we love it! High expectations, good academics, excellent bible curriculum, great 'small' family feeling for parents and students, and a great place to be!
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Posted September 9, 2003

This school has always shown high test scores. My daughter was reading in Kindergarten and the cirriculum has been above average ever since. She is now in 6th grade and I am truely sorry the school does not continue into Jr. High.
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Posted August 26, 2003

Bethany has been a great school for my 3 boys. All are excelling. Academically strong, enforced loving discipline, and strong Judea Christian principals are role modeled and encouraged.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 26%
Black 3% 6%
Hispanic 3% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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200 Bethany Court
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Phone: (805) 497-7072


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