I switched over to BCS in Aug 2014. It was the best decision I made for our son. I was in a quest to find a school that's was not financially bound to Common Core. Even though all school have found themselves in the obligation to introduce it's student to Common Core. The first semester he attended BCS I asked him if he liked it and he said "I miss my friends" I told him but what about what you are learning and he said "ohhhh here I feel like I'm learning a lot more, the teachers explain alot better" I knew then it was the right choice. His previous school was so focused on standardized testing and school grade average there was no focus on the student. We went from endless nights of homework, to on our worst night we might do 2 hrs. The struggle in math is over and his reading comprehension has improve tremendously. - Monica
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.