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!
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!
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!!!
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!
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
We came from another private school in the area and Bell Shoals far outweighs by far academically!!!!!! Our family loves it here.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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
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!
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.
We have just completed an amazing year full of HOPE at Bell Shoals Baptist Academy! Our excellent teachers and staff love the Lord, His children, and partnering with our wonderful, supportive parents. We have a rigorous academic curriculum and apply Biblical truths throughout every aspect of our program. Check us out at www.bsbacademy.com or better yet, come by to get to know us. You'll be glad you did!
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.
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.
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.
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
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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