"BSBA is known for its Christ-centered program and caring, devoted staff."
Students enrolled 430
Hours 8:15 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Mrs. Sandra Carnley
Transportation options None
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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2102 Bell Shoals Rd
Brandon, FL 33511

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(813) 689-9183
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4 stars
Based on 40 ratings

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November 04, 2014
We LOVE BSBA! We have twin 3rd grader's at BSBA who we just transitioned from public school. Talk about "walking the walk and talking the talk". This school delivers on it's promise to nurture, educate and bring out the best in our children. Every teacher is so engaging and genuine! Every teacher treats my children as though they were their own and it is all the little things that count. My children feel loved, appreciated and equipped. The balance between academics, specials (technology, art, music, sports, etc.) and a Christ-centered environment will help my children achieve overall success out in the world!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2014
We have been at BSBA for 4 years. We have had nothing but a great experience! My boys love their teachers and we love the school! I highly recommend this school to anyone who is looking.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2014
All four of my children have attended Bell Shoals from the time they were 3 years old. Two have graduated from Bell Shoals and both are in AP and Honors classes in public school and they have both done outstanding on SAT testing and they are beginning to receive letters indicating they have received college scholarships. We have found the school to excel in their strive for excellence. We found the academic program exceeds that of public schools. The teachers are caring, encouraging, and loving. They teach of Gods love and compassion daily throughout the day in all their subjects. They have recently added a mobile IPAD lab to the school in the last two years. We love that the school has an amazing safety policy in place, We know that our children are safe. I will not say that their are never problems, but when their are the administration and staff are more than willing to listen and work out any problem or situation. I can not say that about other places. Many I have run into will not even listen. My husband, children, and I love BSBA.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2014
I love serving as a teacher's aid in the ELC. I have such great,friendly,caring co-workers. I love that we have prayer time as a staff over our school and students. Love all of our sweet children and their parents. I feel so blessed to be a part of this wonderful school.

- submitted by a teacher
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
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
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
March 08, 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
March 08, 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
March 06, 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
March 06, 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
March 06, 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
March 06, 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
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
November 05, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
November 09, 2011
We love the school. Our daughter is in kindergarten and she is just thriving there. Everyone on the staff is positive and looking out the her best interest.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2011
Sending my daughter to Bell Shoals for middle school was the best decision we ever made. My sons had gone to public middle schools where the atmosphere is often negative and came home every day with bad attitudes. At BSBA the teachers are loving and pray for each child, the Principals are attentive and deeply care about parent input. The students are great and the learning environment is positive and very hands on. Not sure what Principal that other parent was talking about, but I have found each of the Principals there extremely approachable at any time about any thing.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2011
Most teachers at Bell Shoals are kind and caring, especially lower grade teachers. Academic wise, average to little above average. Principle doesn't seem very friendly and approachable. Overall, you are better off saving several thousands dollars a year if you can find a nice neighborhood school to put your kids in, and there are quite few you can find in the area.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2009
I have gone to bell shoals for four years and I love it. We have uniforms so you aren't judged by your appearance, so you have to really get to know people. For the most part, everyone is pretty accepting, and that is very important in middle school. Also, you are surrounded by people who love Jesus, and they teach you strong moral values. I only have one more year left, and I wish that they would have a highschool. The curriculum is challenging, but it puts us ahead in the public school system which is great! You should send your kid to BSBA

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The teachers are mostly dedicated and kind. The teachers do have high expectations for behavior. I do feel, however, the academic environment is creatively stiffling. There are no areas in which kids are allowed to grow creatively. The teachers mostly teach to one type of child. There are a lot of workbook pages, not so much hands on learning. Teachers are not trained in learning styles. No gifted or LD classes available. If your child fits into the box, you will love this school. If you are looking to have individual needs met, look elsewhere.

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December 11, 2007
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January 11, 2007
We could not be any happier with BSBA. My daughter is in the pre k 4 year old program and is reading, writing and loving the lord. The staff is wonderful and educated. We plan on sending her there throughout 8th grade and soon my son will follow. They have many field trips and went to see the manatees just today. Susan Powell

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March 09, 2006
My children have been as BSBA since 3 year old preschool. Overall I am very happy with the school. the teachers at the school, for the most part, have been exceptional.

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January 03, 2006
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July 07, 2005
I have been pleased with BSBA. My kids have had grat teachers who love the Lord. They offer music, spanish, computer. The student to teacher ratio is too high in the upper grades.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2005
Large class size, 24 kids in my son's second grade class. From my two years experience, what I felt and observed, the school has very cliquish staff and church member parents. My opinion, it is probably best to be a member of the church, and very involved with church activities for your child to not be treated like second class. My over all experience with this school was very disappointing, and am searching for a new school.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2004
The classroom ratio is outstanding as well as the overall atmosophere! The teachers go above and beyond for their students. The school offers programs during the holidays, field trips to fun and educational places, and a sports program that my children absolutely love. All that with prayer and religious education in the school!

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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 Reflex Math, I Station, Accelerated Reader, and Lymboo Math online support programs for acceleration, differentiation, and practice. Our school has many opportunities for middle school students: Algebra I, Spanish I and IPS (all high school credits)

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Bell Shoals Baptist Academy
2102 Bell Shoals Rd, Brandon, FL  33511
(813) 689-9183
Last modified Bell Shoals Baptist Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Bell Shoals Baptist Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top