It continues to happen at BCA. Constant Flip Flopping of policies, rules, and educating standards. I would think after years in the education business that you would have set policies, set curriculum, set standards, set procedures, and set standards. But not at BCA, it seems like every year drastic changes that are going make a difference always seem to change as soon as someone usually a volunteer come by with a new idea. I found out this week after talking to my child s teacher they are changing the curriculum again. It seems that it is changed yearly but this year they are getting another curriculum since a volunteer homeschool parent has a better idea. I thought that administration sets the curriculum and policies. I guess if you have administration that does not even have an education degree or a degree in education administration you probably would turn to anyone to help you do the job you are getting paid for. I think it is time for a change.
When I think about Bethlehem Christian Academy, I think of a place that is everything I would ever want a school to be for my children. As an experienced teacher, I'm so impressed by what my children have learned since they've been at the school. A business leader from Atlanta recently said, after talking with my children, that "they're academically on par with the best prep schools in Atlanta." The SACS and ACSI accreditation, of course, reflect this- One of the most important pieces to me is how open the administration and staff are to partnering with us in educating our children. Our kids aren't perfect, and while I don't mean to imply that the school is perfect, they are clearly committed to each child, and to finding the best solution in different situations that come up. That, combined with excellence, the many opportunities for growth and exploration, and a warm, inclusive family environment makes this school a rare place indeed. As well, the admin and staff have the highest integrity and are wonderful to work with- We will forever be thankful that we found BCA- Also, I would definitely recommend a site visit- that's the best way, I think, to see firsthand!
My kids have attended BCA since 2004 and I can't imagine there being a better school for them. I am so blessed that my kids have teachers who, not only love and care for them, but reinforce the disciplines and morals we teach at home. My 8th grader is thriving academically, spiritually and socially in an incredible middle school program. BCA's middle school staff is second to none! I've been so impressed by his Bible teacher who has made Scripture come alive and is teaching our kids that God's Word IS relevant to our culture today. The coaches reinforce discipline and sportsmanship on and off the field. Our elementary teachers mix academic responsibility with just the right amount of nurturing our young ones need. My 1st and 5th graders are excelling academically and really do love going to school! The teacher retention rate is very high, which, I believe, speaks highly of the administration and the program. BCA is like a second home to my kids and we love our BCA family!
Love this school! As someone who has experience at other schools as an educator, I can honestly say I wouldn't want my children any other place. I see them thriving here like never before. I know, without a doubt, they are getting a great education while also learning the Christian standards by which we should all live. From day one, my family has felt welcomed to be a special part of this family from administration down to the student body. I have witnessed several changes and know the administration has my family's best interest at heart. I expect the best for my children, and at BCA, I am getting that. What a blessing BCA is to my family.
This is my first year at BCA, we transferred from another small private school that closed. During our tour and conservations with different administration at BCA we were very impressed with what they had to say. Great sales pitch but the problem that I have found is most of what I was told was not correct information. It seems like my questions were answered with what they thought I wanted to hear. I have also been amazed at the number of teachers I have talked to that have little to no respect for administration. Telling me to always double check what they say because most of the time they do not follow thru with anything. Last but not least, the total confusion and lack of organization is just beyond me. It is like the entire school is being managed as a small preschool not a reputable private school.
Overrated institution. Teaching quality in some of the grades is very poor. Arrogant and not receptive to constructive criticism.
I moved my kids into that school when my son was in 10th grade and my daughter was in 7th. My son has now graduated from this school and my daughter is in 10th grade. When we first came there my son did not want to move schools but we felt like this was the best thing for our children. The staff of BCA embraced him and loved on him and was very patient with him as he got used to this new school for him. My daughter new she was a the right place as soon as she stepped foot on that campus. She has loved it ever since. Both of my children have had opportunities in this school that they would not have had at other schools. If you have any questions I will personally talk to you about how awesome this school is. They love the Lord and they love those children and are willing to go ABOVE and BEYOND to meet the kids goals and expectations. I HIGHLY recommend this school.
My family has been a part of BCA for the past 7 years. I am a parent who is truly blessed to be a part of this school. In any situation in life you have the good and the bad. When you are growing in any part of life, you have growing pains. I have the greatest respect for the way the school has grown and the steps it takes each year to become a better school. I feel that the education that my children are getting will continue to carry them through college and life as needed. I have experienced the school from kindergarten thru the 12 grade and I truly feel that this school is growing into a wonderful place. Each year it is amazing to see and hear about the learning the staff has gone through to continue to keep up with requirements the state gives. The headmaster has put so much work into the growth of our school and works very hard to make our school a great place. I truly recommend BCA a place for kids to learn and become a part of a family that will make a difference of a lifetime. I know it has for my family.
Love BCA!! It is truly like an extended family! Teachers are awesome and care about the students. BCA is growing which is allowing for more club and sports opportunities. I thank God for bringing us here.
There are many inconsistencies from year to year. With a major lack of teacher / staff accountability the teachers do whatever they want. We decided to take our straight A student out of the school for financial reasons and put him in public school. The public school is now talking about holding my son back one year to catch up. I have not enrolled in summer school. I always wondered why my son was a B - C student in public school and when he went to BCA thinking he was going to get a better education he became an A student with little to no homework. It seems that he did not get an education at BCA and now we have to pay for summer school to catch up to public school standards.
BCA has been a God-send for our family. My four children have absolutely thrived in this Christian environment. The academic program is far ahead of the public school where my children previously attended. My kids are not only academically thriving, but the faculty truly cares for them as a whole person. They are genuine Christians who pour spiritual truth into my kids every day. I know from comparing BCA to the previous school that the peer group is so much better for them, as well. I can not say enough great things about BCA. I am thankful for a school where my children get great academics, but also people who care about their hearts!!!
I can not imagine my two children attending any other school. They truly feel like BCA is their home. They are loved, challenged, and nurtured by the wonderful teachers there in fact, every staff-member our family has ever dealt with has been professional, kind, and obviously called to teach, care for, and minister to kids and their families. We have attended BCA for six years and all my kids, although very different learners, have found success. I thank God daily for our school-BCA!!
My son is graduating this year and I can not say enough about the BCA teachers, administration, and families. They have really helped my son grow and mature. They care about all the students more than any other school we have been to. He has also learned more in the past two years than he did in many other years combined. I know they are growing. I am proud we made the choice to come to Bethlehem. It has been amazing.
Most fabulous school EVER! Teachers are genuinely concerned about our children. They are the most loving, caring, genuine and Christ-like people in the world!! My child is thriving in every way: spiritually, emotionally, academically and socially! They truly care about the students and want each and every one of them succeed. They will go to any length to see our children succeed!
I made the choice to enroll our son in BCA because we wanted a stellar education for him and in part due to the large enrollment numbers in his neighborhood school. He's beginning his fourth year as a student. While we have been satisfied with the coursework, the lack of effort on the part of many of the staff to build relationships with families and their children is appalling. As a parent and 14 year educator I am taken aback by the rudeness demonstrated by some on the campus. I tell myself, that my son is getting an education, however as a parent and educator I know that building relationships is key to growing our children into well-adjusted, productive, and independent, caring citizens. I noticed that administration does not have administrative education degree or experience other that at BCA this explains why the teachers have no accountability or respect for their career or others. You have to be in their click in order to get any type of response from who I thought was role models for children. When students go from failing to passing the last week of a semester I make you wonder if they are real grades or just grades to make the teacher look like they are teaching.
Always remember you get what you pay for. We attended BCA because of the low tuition. After leaving for financial reasons we learned how behind my child was. Always wondered how my child was an B and C student in public school but at BCA was all A's. Is was not because of the great teaching just the opposite. I now have my child in another school where he is having to attend additional classes and tutoring in order to catch up with the grade level.
My children have been attending BCA for over 5 years and we ALL still grow excited every year about attending such a wonderful school! There is a true since of community at BCA and something for every child (sports, drama, music, band)! It is not like other local private schools...BCA HAS A BIG HEART and truly cares for the students and their success as a whole!
They have the best teachers and staff! They love our kids like their own!!! I'm so thankful for a school that works on the whole child.
We just completed our 2nd year at BCA and couldn't be happier! Our son struggled at the beginning of the year academically but the teachers caught it quickly and got him the extra help he needed and brought him up to the level he needed to be at. I honestly believe that he would have slipped through the cracks any where else. We are so lucky to be a part of BCA and I take so much comfort knowing I am dropping my child off at a place where he is truly LOVED!
We have loved BCA , We are thrilled with the academics there as well as the being in a loving Christian environment. Great School!
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