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Bell Shoals Baptist Academy

Private | PK-8 | 450 students

Our school is best known for our outstanding team of teachers and staff.

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $110,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,040.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 9 ratings
2013:
Based on 7 ratings
2012:
Based on 5 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted March 20, 2014

I can't say enough wonderful things about this school. My daughter has been going here since she was 3, in their Early Learning Center. She's in Kindergarten now in Mrs. Groom's class- the BEST teacher we've had yet!!! This school makes us feel like family. The teachers and staff truly love the kids, and vice versa. Even the teachers that have never had my daughter in their class, all know her and take care of her as well. The teacher/parent communication has always been excellent- I have texted and emailed with her teachers over the years, and I always get a quick response. This is re-assuring when your child has been sick recently, and you just want to check in to see how they're doing. Or for matters involving homework, or any other concerns. Bottom line, we are keeping our daughter here for as long as we possibly can!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2014

It has been such an answer to prayer to have my kids at BSBA. Knowing they are receiving not only top-notch education, but also care, concern, and guidance that mirrors our own home values is so important to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2014

I am so pleased with the experience my family has had at BSBA! We have been in the ELC preschool for the past 3yrs & now my daughter is in Kindergarten. My younger daughter (age 2) has also started preschool, due to the great options of classes BSBA offers. The quality of the teachers has exceeded my expectations. I knew they were loving & were pointing my daughters toward Christ, but they have also challenged both of my daughters to grow, learn & stretch themselves where they are excelling, while devoting extra time in areas of concern. I have found the administration to be very approachable & kind. The principal has welcomed any conversation I've approached her with & I admire her compassion & leadership. This is an excellent school! I also love that the moment you step on campus, you can feel God's presence in this school. I feel that the staff have servant's hearts & desire to honor God in their work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2014

My daughter has attended Bell Shoals since she was in 3-year old preschool, and is now nearing the end of 7th grade. Every year she has had experienced, caring, and knowledgeable teachers, who have challenged her to excel, and who have developed long-term, familial relationships with us. She is a high-achieving student and I feel confident that she has been adequately challenged and prepared in her academics. Bell Shoals strives to offer cutting edge, above-standard instruction, curriculum, and technology. She has participated in several different sports through BSBA and her coaches have always been knowledgeable and encouraging. She has been involved in many opportunities to serve the community and world through mission projects. My daughter has developed encouraging and supportive friendships that I believe will last a lifetime and so has our family. The staff at Bell Shoals recognizes and embraces the importance of a godly and moral education and I am so very blessed by my daughter s spiritual growth throughout the years. Her only regret is that she can t stay at Bell Shoals forever :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2014

We had 2 children that attended this wonderful academy. The staff really loves the children, their families and above all else they lived God. It shows in their commitment to academic excellence. Our children went on to be on all honors classes and they spiritual character is grounded on a firm foundation. Love love love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2014

My son has attended Bell Shoals Baptist Academy for almost two years now (K-1st). We have been very pleased with the Christian environment which feels right -- loving, fair, and genuine. The teachers we have encountered have been fantastic in making learning fun while covering a lot of material...which seems to be on par and sometimes ahead of what i've heard our friends say their kids are learning. It has great value in terms of education, environment, size and cost. There also seems to be a real commitment to providing an excellent education in a Christian environment. In the short time our son has been there they have added iPads to the classrooms. There seems to be an eye on making sure the education provided is not lacking and utitlizes tools and technology available. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2014

I have had children at this school for 6 years ranging from preschool through middle school. It has been a FABULOUS environment for my children and family! The Teachers are absolutely wonderful & truly care about the children. You are not just a number. They are patient, kind & caring. One of my children has now left BSBA & is in all AP courses so I feel academically the school is strong also. The God centered education & environment are wonderful & the parents & their commitment to the school are amazing. We have made lifelong friendships through the school. Based on my experience I would easily give the school 5 stars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2014

Nothing else compares! Both of my children have attended BSBA since preschool (3's). They have been loved and cared for by their teachers and treated as part of each family. The education they are receiving goes above and beyond any other school in the area. The sports program has been an encouragement and blessing as well. It truly has shown them how to work together as a team. Would not have them go anywhere else!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2014

I never even took a tour of this school (although you definately can if you want!). But when my family and I were moving to the area, I looked at information available on their website at https://www.bellshoals.com/academy just knew that this was where God would have us to put our children. Having taught in both public and private schools myself, now that we have both of our children who have been through the early learning center and are now starting at the Academy, I am more than satisfied with this school. Who would not want their child to have loving, supportive, Christian, teachers who have the best interest in mind of each of the students that they teach? When you walk on campus and interact with the teachers, staff, and students, you can defiantley feel that this is a warm, safe, inviting, learning- focused and appealing environment for your student go to school. The curriculm has been well-suited for my children's needs and I have been thankfull that my children's teachers have helped improve areas of growth and brought out areas of strenght in their academic, emotional, spiritual, and social development, My son says he loves his teacher (and snacks!)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2013

BSBA was a wonderful experience for my girls. They actually graduated and went on to take honors and AP classes in high school. They both still have very amazing relationships with their teachers. I would highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2013

DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL. We were warned there was unhealthy behaviors and we interviewed the schools and did not see initial concerns we heard about. They reveal themselves over time. For example, Class bullies are the children of very active Parents. Thus children are seen differently if the parents are Buddies of the school and therefore bad behaviors are pardoned". Teachers are warm and loving but probably not enough coverage to supervise this type of behavior. My child was ostrasized after I discussed my concerns with school leadership. Since the school is uninterested in rectifying this issue, we have to move on sadly. Parents are way involved - be careful because they
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

We came from another private school in the area and Bell Shoals far outweighs by far academically!!!!!! Our family loves it here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

My son was severely bullied at this school while attending middle school there. The bullying was verbal and physical. My child was and still is extremely affected by the bullying. The administration's main concern was to keep it swept under the rug. The ones involved in the bullying were very lightly disciplined. Teachers were not notified of the bullying. Bullying is a big problem at this school that does not get addressed properly. I do not and would not ever recommend the school to anyone. I am giving a good rating on the teachers as several of my child's teachers were good even though the Principal and administration rates very low in my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2013

Our son went to BSBA up through 1st grade. We had wonderful experiences until this year. Horrible first grade teacher, played favorites, negative behavior towards our son. We complained and feel as if we had to leave the school or our son would suffer repercussions. If not for this teacher we would still be there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2013

The school is great and filed with loving teachers who do truly care about the students, has been a very positive influence in my chid's life! Had a horrible experience in a public school kindergarten class and did not want to go back to any school, here attitude about school changed, the class size has been no more than 15 or 16 students in a class, which is great - compared to public schools is upper grades that have 23 to 24 per class and some with combined classes with 32+, even with 2 teachers - can't be effective! One draw back is science, only taught half the year, no labs or extra's to really grab students interest in a very important subject - really needs to be entire year with labs at least 3rd grade and up, all public schools science is year round and many of the better schools in area have labs as well! Otherwise great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2013

My children have attended this school from the time they were three. Two have graduated from the 8th and are in high school. I am so impressed with how both were prepared for High School. They both went into Honors, AP classes, and duel enrollment with HCC. Truly the staff love GOD and the children. One of my children has a different learning style and the teachers and school accommodated him so that he could excel in his academics. Truly a school with the children at heart!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2012

I have worked on staff at BSBA for eleven years, and I can honestly say that I have never worked with a more dynamic, hard-working, loving and creative group of teachers and staff. They all truly love their students and have a commitment to teach and grow them in a godly way. Our students and parents are also top notch! We have great academic programs in each grade, as well as an extensive extra-curricular program list, including sports, choir and the morning show. If you want your child to be loved in a godly way and to learn and grow in a wonderful environment, BSBA is the school for you!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 11, 2012

My grandchildren attended Bell Shoals and are now wonderful Godly teenagers. The oldest who just graduated from high school with high honors will tell you that being at Bell Shoals was a great good influence in her life. A blessedf and grateful grandparent
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 11, 2012

We are a military family that had to relocate last year right in the middle of our kids' school year. This is very tough as you can imagine. ALL the staff and kidsat BSBA made our 2 boys feel so welcome--the transition was amazingly smooth. They felt genuinely cared for and loved. Then in the middle of this school year, my oldest son began having some chronic health problems which made him unable to be in the classroom. The principals arranged for a tutor to come to our house to help our son. Wow--The staff at BSBA TRULY know what compassion means! they lifted a huge burden in a stressful situation for our family and we are so thankful for this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2012

I have 2 children who attend BSBA and I couldn't imagine them going anywhere else. The atmosphere is welcoming and you know that your child is loved by every teacher/staff member they come in contact with. My children have been in BSBA since K3 and the things they learn at such a early age from their teachers warms my heart. Not only are they getting a wonderful education but they are getting an amazing lesson in our LORD!! My children will tell you that Christmas and Easter are not about Santa and the Easter Bunny, its all about JESUS. (But they still enjoy those guys too) one of them had a Seder, it was amazing that my 3 yr old and myself took home so much more than just an Easter Party. WOW! Amazing teachers, amazing cirriculumn. Wish they went all the way thru 12th grade. We love, love love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 44%
Hispanic 10% 24%
Black 5% 29%
Asian 3% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • ACSI accredited (2014)
  • VPK Certified (2014)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Sandra Carnley
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Baptist
Associations
  • ACSI

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • Renzulli
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Academic Enhancement Program
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Chick Fil A
  • Dance Quest
  • Suzy's Sweet Treats
  • You Say When Yogurt
  • Logo ASAP
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Bible Study
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Game club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • National Honor Society
  • Outdoor Games
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Prayer Walking
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • Bell Shoals Baptist Academy has a 21st Century Technology program! We have 2 computer labs, an iPad cart, apple tv's, elmos, projectors, and smart boards. Sudents in our upper grades can "bring their own device" to school. We also offer Renzulli, Reflex Math, I Station, Accelerated Reader, and Lymboo Math online support programs for acceleration, differentiation, and practice.
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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
450
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
460

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$3000 - $5000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Hillsborough County Schools
IB Program at Strawberry Crest
Jesuit
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2102 Bell Shoals Rd
Brandon, FL 33511
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Phone: (813) 689-9183

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