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3909 South MacDill Avenue
Tampa, FL 33611

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(813) 839-4297
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Develops grit: Strongly disagree
June 25, 2015
Many students who graduate Bayshore attend community college, if they go to college at all.

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Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
June 25, 2015
Bayshore promotes a fundamentalist, zionist view that teaches children to divide people into those who believe as they do and "others." Differing beliefs are not welcome there.

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June 25, 2015
The commenter who stated that this school's terrible ratings should be ignored is a perfect example of the Bayshore administration mentality, which seems to believe that they are above reproach, and any issue with the school is the parent or student's problem, not theirs. It is coldhearted and sad. They will never learn or grow that way; they will only continue down a closed-minded, destructive path. Good luck if you ever disagree with anything they say. You and your child may be shunned.

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June 08, 2015
BCS offers an exceptional educational experience. My son is challenged academically and nourished spiritually. The teachers have high expectations and put forth a tremendous amount of effort in their teaching each day. Chapel is positive, and the Christian principles are exemplified.

- submitted by a community member

April 02, 2015
All of my children graduated from Bayshore Christian. They were well prepared for college after graduating. We have recommended the school to several other families that have enrolled their children. Bayshore Christian sports program Is very competitive and does very well for a school its size. Leadership does very well trying to build the school. Just like any Christian school, there are a few bad apples that need to adjust to the Christian atmosphere. This takes time. Bayshore gives students an opportunity to find themselves spiritually. Realizing that children will make mistakes and are not perfect, I think Bayshore Christian does a very good job preparing them for the future. There are some parents that feel Bayshore does not do a good job because staff does not allow them or their children to control the school. Some of these families and students have been dismissed. Obviously if a family or student has been dismissed, they are naturally going to be upset and give the school terrible ratings. Ignore those ratings. Bayshore Christian is doing everything to maintain there Christian standards and striving to improve day by day. This is an excellent school.

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2015
My children attended BCS last year and we were very, very happy with the school. Both of our children grew academically and spiritually. I have recommended BCS to other parents, especially military families, as the school is very welcoming. I found the teachers and administration to be very courteous, professional and excellent in education. My only recommendations to the school would be 1) the school needs to be fenced in for security purposes (although all doors do remain locked during the day... it's just an old Florida feel with an "open to the elements" campus like so many Florida schools have). 2) I wish the school had a better fine arts program, like an after school band, orchestra or choir. Other than that, we were so, so, so happy there. My kids loved the chapels and their teachers! If we ever move back to Tampa, I will be re-enrolling my children at BCS! As a side note, BCS now offers program for kids with special needs in partnership with another local school. This other school rents space on the BCS campus, so if you have a typical child and a child with special needs, they could all go to school together! How wonderful is that!

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February 20, 2015
Be warned! Ever since their current Head of School started, this school has been burning bridges left and right. That is why this school keeps shrinking. If you want a family atmosphere, there are plenty of much better private school options in the Tampa area, including Christian ones. This school was the worst ordeal of my child's life.

- submitted by a parent

February 05, 2015
I am a parent of a pre-schooler as well as a teacher who has a public school background of 10 years. I am impressed by the level of caring the teachers and administration demonstrate for the students' overall well-being at this school. Academically, I'm witnessing my child flourish and learn at an incredible rate. As an educator, I see the curriculum as well-rounded and rigorous. It is a school that will certainly prepare your child for college. Most importantly, however, is the environment BCS offers its students. It's a place that truly feels like family. I believe that how a student feels at school is an integral part of their academic success. Combine an excellent curriculum with a loving and caring staff and you've got a recipe for success. You will not find that combo in the public school system. Yes, public schools have excellent teachers. I'm proud to have called many of them colleagues. But when a school has 2000 students in it, it's hard to feel the sense of connection and community that BCS offers. Can't put a price on that.

- submitted by a parent

September 12, 2014
If you do not return they may lock your records and not send them to another school. Be careful before you chose this school.

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August 22, 2014
Our entire family, children included, love this school and we look forward to many years to come. Both the teachers and the administration of the school are amazing. The head of the school is passionate about the welfare and comfort of every student and any issues that have come up have been handled efficiently and professionally. The number one focus here is our children s education. All the teachers we have encountered have gone above and beyond for their students. Communication is a priority for this school, not only for the parents, but they keep the students informed as well. One of the things that makes us feel so comfortable with this school is the longevity of the teachers and knowing that this is a legacy school. Many of the teachers that are here have been here as students and their children are here ,and or, came here and now their children are here as well.

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May 27, 2014
Poor academic curriculum. Administration is very closed minded and intolerant. They should be ashamed to call themselves Christians!

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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.

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January 23, 2014
Love this school!! The best deal in Tampa. My three kids call it their "home away from home."

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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

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.

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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

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.

- submitted by a community member

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

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

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

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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.

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October 01, 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!

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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.

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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

September 08, 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

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

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

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.

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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
no rating
October 24, 2008
My child has attended BCS for the past 5 years. We have seen a a change in the way the school has been run, as well as a drastic shift in the overall system. It has been somewhat disappointing. With several headmaster changes, it has affected the overall school performance and attitude. The current administration is not teacher friendly and placates parents. Per several other comments, there is favoritism displayed blantantly towards certain families with a higher income level. They do lack extracurricular activities, with pre/post school care programs not at the level they should be. The lunches still need improvement. Yes, you donate or participate in fundraisers (1 per quarter) but most schools execute these same types of activities. There are some excellent teachers that provide education. The K4, K5 and 2nd grade teachers are incredible. We will not enroll our child next year at BCS.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2008
I have been a teacher in both public and private schools for the last 20 years. I taught at Bayshore School for 5 years while my own children were attending. Never have I worked with such loving, caring and committed teachers and personnel! My hat goes off to all of you who continue to touch the lives of those you serve and for serving such an AWESOME God!

- submitted by a teacher

April 28, 2008
I have a 6 year old and a 4 year old attending Bayshore currently. Compared to Providence Christian School in Brandon, this school is fantastic! The teachers are awesome and my children LOVE to go to school. Yes, they do ask for money a lot, and do lots of fund raisers, but what school doesn't do that....

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 08, 2008
this school is deplorable the facilities are disgusting and all of the teachers are favoritist to the kids with money. the school food is disgusting and it is un nutritional

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March 02, 2008
I've gone to Bayshore since pre-school. I am about to graduate high school now. I left during middle school, but eventually came back. Why did I come back? Simply because BCS has a good, family environment, great teachers that genuinely care, amazing sports and school spirit, and yes, you also get a good education. Many students, like myself, have taken part in Dual Enrollment and AP courses. I would never want to graduate from anywhere else. except college. :)

- submitted by a student
no rating
February 25, 2008
Bayshore Christian School is the best place to send your child for preschool. Two of my children have gone to the preschool and all read at age 4. My two year old will begin the preschool program next year.

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November 19, 2007
I did not like this school at all. I went here for the eighth grade and trust me, this school is not for kids who want to do anything extra-curricular. 'New Kids' are alienated and picked on. Favoritism among teachers, terrible lunch program, lack of money, and terrible social environment are just a few of the problems this school has.

- submitted by a student

May 03, 2006
This is a fantastic school in every area: Pre school, Elementary, Middle schol and High school. The curriculum is challenging throughout. The leadership is excellent, warm, exciting, compassionate, encouraging and academic expectations are high. My children all experienced wonderful learning situations with their teachers. There is good parent-teacher communication. I'm allowed to participate if I have time in my schedule. The school is safety oriented. Christian values are both taught and caught. Bible knowledge is applied to young lives. 5 stars!

- submitted by a parent

April 13, 2006
Great academics and disclipine with inclusion of christian values. My daughter was 4 when she began, I am so very pleased.

- submitted by a parent

February 01, 2005
Good quality of enducation with emphasis on christian values. High parent involvement and average availability of extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a student

December 05, 2004
My daughter has attended Bayshore for 3 years. Academically, they are have a great curriculum and she is way ahead in nearly every category. The staff is very friendly and they have a long heritage in Tampa. Some issues are lack of activities due to school size, favoritism shown to students of families with influence.

- submitted by a parent

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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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Bayshore Christian School
3909 South MacDill Avenue, Tampa, FL  33611
(813) 839-4297
Last modified Bayshore Christian School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Bayshore Christian School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top