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Bayshore Christian School

Private | PK-12 | 220 students

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Posted May 27, 2014

Poor academic curriculum. Administration is very closed minded and intolerant. They should be ashamed to call themselves Christians!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2014

Bayshore Christian School was a horrible experience for my family. My daughter was an honor roll student each of her 5 years there. She also had great behavior marks. Bayshore expelled her because they did not like her parents believing in evolution. I was called in the middle of the week and told my daughter was never allowed back because of my personal beliefs on evolution and the age of the Earth (which they teach is only 4,000 years old). My daughter suffered emotionally being torn away from her friends in such drastic circumstances - a week before Christmas holiday began. The new administration has purged other children from the school. I only hope this latest inquisition does not continue. There is nothing Christian about psychological damage they are doing to innocent children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2014

Love this school!! The best deal in Tampa. My three kids call it their "home away from home."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2014

Bayshore is an unfortunate waste of time and money. The bottom line is, the school's curriculum is severely lacking, especially in areas like science and technology, which are core areas of proficiency needed to excel in college. Couple that with incredibly close-minded, ignorant leadership and there is no reason parents should send their children here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2013

Bayshore Christian School has gone through 5 heads of school in the past 6 years. The academic curriculum uses A Beka books which teaches Christian Dominionism and Young Earth Creationism. There seems to have been an exodus of sorts of faculty and students in recent years. We were very dissatisfied with the quality of education our child was receiving. When we brought this up to the teachers and administration there were no positive developments. Our child no longer attends and is receiving a much better education at a free public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

My son was was being bullied in the public schools and nothing being done. At bayshore my son feels safe and loved. It's nice hat he does not have to run home from the bullies and to be excited about going to school. This kid skipped school now he does not. My child's grades went from the 50's to A's and B's. he is proud and feels better about himself. Staff is caring and seem to have thier act together. Thank you bayshore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2013

I highly recommend Bayshore for students in all grades. I have three children who were graduated from BCS, and they all received an excellent education. The combination of academic rigor (including dual enrollment classes) spiritual education, sports and service requirements helped to develop well-rounded young people of whom I am very proud. I often reflect on their time at Bayshore where the sense of family and a supportive environment was so strong - that is something I can't put a price on. The current administration is highly qualified and they are committed to a bright future for the school. When I have grandchildren, I will do what I can to ensure they attend Bayshore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2013

I deeply regret attending Bayshore. It is a school that teaches you nothing about real life. I graduated there without any critical thinking skills, because Bayshore teaches that you must accept what they tell you, as if they are infallible. They preach zealous Christianity but do not practice love and compassion to anyone outside their small box of acceptance, aka, those who don t think the way they do. I feel sorry for the students there.


Posted May 31, 2013

Complete nightmare! Run away! I have 2 children, one in elementary and one in middle school. My children came to Bayshore from a public school, where my son (6th) was an honor roll student, in gifted classes and so smart he was part of the Duke Tip program. They took a child who was excited about math and science and made him dread those classes and by the end of the year was receiving C's.The Math and science teacher lacks passion and barley speaks proper english. The entire school lacks leadership and parent communication is dreadful at best. Facilities are poor, there is no science lab and technology is severely lacking. The parent involvement is sad and the staff is need of proper leadership. If you are in the South Tampa area I urge you to stay away, there are MUCH better options, including public schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

Weak academics and poor ethics is the way I would sum up Bayshore "Christian" School, after many years of experience there. Since the last rater mentioned Bayshore's Head of School by name while admonishing the experiences of the two previous raters, I feel compelled to give my experience with Bayshore as well. In my unfortunate interactions with their Head if School, I have witnessed her callous decisions and disingenuous attitude on a regular basis. Breaking free from that school has been a breath of fresh air for my children. On an academic note, Bayshore's first senior class graduated in 1977, and the school has not had a single graduate attend an Ivy League school. Many of their graduates attend Hillsborough Community College. I truly believe this school does a disservice to students and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2013

If you drive up in a porsche they will bend over backwards to accommodate you. If you don't.. don't bother taking your children here
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2013

This school should be ashamed to call themselves Christians. They recently refused admittance to an A/B honor roll student!, not because they didn't have an opening but because she has Dyslexia. They said she is a set up for failure. That doesnt sound very compassiaonate nor very Christian. Even though she works extremely hard to overcome her learning disability I guess they feel she may require extra effort in the future and they are not willing to do that,. Their only interest is in collecting money as effortlessly as possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2012

Wonderful School! My daughter moved here from a well regarded public high school which was unfortunately not meeting our families expectations... So, we decided to move her to BCS and she is doing phenomenal! She loves the personalized instruction and caring environment. This school has been a blessing for our daughters future and our family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2011

My daughters, ages 5 and 9 attend BCS. What a blessing this school has been to our entire family! The teachers are outstanding, the administration wonderful to work with and the atmosphere is like no other school I've seen. We moved here from the midwest and had several private Christian schools to choose from. We chose BCS because of strong academics, Christ-centered teaching and a warm family atmosphere. My girls are excited to go to school each day and I leave them feeling so thankful that they are in a safe, nurturing environment. They are happy when I pick them up each day, which is music to this mom's ears! This is a very special school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2011

Academic rigor, though much better than the public schools, is still weak in my opinion. Text books are horrible but I am told that they have to use the same as public schools. The teachers, for the most part, are competent and caring. They take an interest in the students and do well with what they have in the way of teaching materials. The administration is very weak and has, in my opinion, significant ethics problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2010

Bayshore is an outstanding school. Teachers are excellent and the leadership is strong. The student body is diverse and all students, no matter what their ethnic or economic background are accepted and encouraged as part of the Bayshore family. High school students are challenged and successful in their college careers. Bayshore has been a blessing to my family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2010

I've know bayshore my entire life and i still can't describe it. I went there in pre-K, elementary, middle school, and high school.. I loved the fact that it's small. It allows every kid to get attention, no one is left out. It's almost like an extended family. On the flip-side however, it's true about the the favoritism shown towards the 'rich kids'. Bayshore is very ego driven and likes to take credit for things that certain families, ones with longstanding history at the school, do for the school. I know this firsthand. My time at Bayshore is something I will remember forever, but nowadays it's a joke. Every year there's a new principal, the good teachers are getting fired, and the school is too strict on the kids. the teachers care, half the administration doesn't. Don't be fooled, especially if you're not religious. but overall its good
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 22, 2009

As a parent of two students who graduated from Bayshore, I can highly recommend this school. It has excellent academic standards and curriculum through every grade, K3 - 12, and there is a strong 'family' focus on every grade level. Thanks to the dual enrollment and AP classes on campus, my children were fully prepared to be successful in college and one even completed his degree in three and a half years. My family loves Bayshore, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a caring, challenging Christian education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2009

My son attended high school and loved the baseball program. He had a hard time adjusting like any one changing schools but made friends and had two great years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2009

A year ago, I could not of ever imagined sending my kids anywhere else. BCS was like an extended part of the family. Fast forward a year and I can't get my son out of there fast enough. He learned to read in K4. The K5 teacher brought out the best of every child. He loved going everyday in 1st and wrote the best little stories. 2nd has been a joke! Fill in the blank worksheets and tests. He has never strung together more than two sentences. He is going to need tutoring just to attend public school next year. The kids are allowed to yell and push each other. BCS has earned a reputation of sacrificing the good kids in the attempt to rehabilitate the bad. Well, they earned it! Many 'affluent ' families have left because of this. Big finanical problems. Sorry BCS, You dissapointed me.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 72% 42%
Hispanic 11% 29%
Black 8% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Herman J. Valdes
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • SACS; ACSI; FCIS; FKC
Fax number
  • (813) 835-1404

Programs

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  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Virtual school
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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

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Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Remediation
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  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • bowling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • bowling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
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  • Dance
  • Drama

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  • Yearbook
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  • We are a small school with great academics, athletics and spiritual enrichment. Our 2010 graduating class of 27 students was offered almost $2mm in college scholarships. We've had graduates at West Point, Annapolis, and the Air Force Academy. We offer 20% discounts to military families, as well as multi-child families, and pastor's families.
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3909 South MacDill Avenue
Tampa, FL 33611
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Phone: (813) 839-4297

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