My children attended BLS for many years (for six years) though we moved them to a public school for personal reasons two years ago. I can honestly say now in comparing public vs BlS curriculum, BLS BLOWS AWAY any curriculum in the public schools. BLS curriculum is very thorough, accelerated and has excellent textbooks assigned to each student for every subject (most public schools only have few textbooks assigned). The tuition is well spent there. The teachers at BLS are amazing, highly skilled and caring.people. My kids still say certain teachers there are the best they've ever had. Sure there might be a troubled student here or there, all schools have them. All in all, BLS is one great school. Your kid will be ahead in life if they attend this school.
So much Turnover! So much Bullying! It feels like a public school. The new principal is trying his best to turn the school around. However, you can't change the parents. You can expect your child to learn things in this school that is learned in Public schools. They have some very troubled kids attending this school who are constantly in trouble and some in serious trouble with mental issues. If you don't remove the cancer, the cancer spreads!
I've had three children at Bethlehem now for the past 9 years. At first, they promised a ratio of 15:1, sign language in the pre-school, Spanish in grades K-8, band and orchestra, a bell choir, and a variety of competitions on the state and national level, and they fulfilled their promise. However, that didn't last. Last year the kindergarten had 28 children with one teacher and a part-time aide. There hasn't been Spanish for six years now. There is Latin for grades 7 & 8, but the teacher is not proficient and has to look up how to pronounce words. There is only choir - no band, orchestra or bell choir. Sometimes the students do some signs to songs. The 7th grade class is so badly behaved, the administration combined them with the 8th grade class so that the 8th graders could "police" the 7th graders. Two years ago, we were told half-way through the year that we had to purchase $700 Ipads for our kids. The server, however, was not able to support the Ipads, the teachers have never been trained on how to use Ipads in the classroom (they still don't know how to utilize the Ipads). They are used as glorified word processors. When my daughter was in 8th grade 9 years ago, she read The Crucible. Now my 8th grade son read Rikki Tikki Tavi and The Mouse and the Elephant from Asops fables. He has not learned how to write a research paper. There are no standards in the Language or Literature classes that I'm aware of, I'm not even sure the teachers know what books are on the 8th grade reading list. They fired two middle school teachers first semester and it's been chaos ever since. Now the IT guy is the gym teacher. There is supposedly a new teacher starting soon to teach Literature and Language, but the parents have not met him, and have no confidence that he will be able to get the students ready for high school. The only saving grace is the pre-school through 3rd grade teachers - but still, the class sizes are huge. In nine years, my children went from growing, learning, thinking human beings, to simply numbers. It's sad and I cannot reccommend Bethlehem Lutheran to anyone.
We found this school when my daughter was starting preschool. She was very shy and had a hard time adjusting to a different routine. Her teachers we excellent helping her grow. She is now in 3rd grade and thriving. Every teacher she had had has been amazing, and the leadership around the school is suportive and active in all aspects of the school.
Thankful for the amazing school we were blessed to find. There is such a strong sense of community and the teachers truly take pride in what they do and care about our kids. Education as well as core virtues and values are top priority. And I treasure the wonderful friendships I have made as well. I am so glad this school is part of our lives.