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K-10
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Marietta, GA
Students enrolled: 570
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4385 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068

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(770) 971-0245
(770) 971-3770
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October 10, 2014
Best education, best families - best kept secret. My daughter is in 6th grade and little to no girl drama, they truly love each other. Perfect fit!

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2014
The bullying is intense among the girls and in our case was encouraged by the teacher who negatively singled out our child in front of the class frequently, even holding her work up to the rest of the class to see a "bad example". The year our daughter attended in Mt. Bethel, she was an emotional mess, crying when she got home, nightmares, low self esteem. It was recommended by my daughters PEDIATRICIAN that we remove her from the source of the stress as the child was experiencing extreme anxiety. Our child had straight A's at her previous private school, no behavioral issues, tested fine & was happy. Now we have moved away from Mt. Bethel, she is is back to straight A's, all is well again, no issue. This never should have happened. Worse... being it's a private school..we PAID them to do this to our daughter. Horrible. The year our daughter attended in Mt. Bethel, she was an emotional mess, crying when she got home, nightmares, low self esteem. It was recommended by my daughters PEDIATRICIAN that we remove her from the source of the stress as the child was experiencing extreme anxiety.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2014
I do agree bullying does start in 4th grade. I remember always getting made fun of because I was a different race. It kind of dies a little down when you reach middle school. I moved to a public school last year and I feel this is a better environment anyway. Also I am also very unhappy with the lunches. Not that they are bad but the quantity! They only let you have 2 cheese sticks and no seconds! Sometimes I say to myself I payed $12,000 for this? Why just save your money and go to a public school. This school is not very religious either. So I dont understand.

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2013
LOVE this school! I have spoken with many graduates going to both public and private high schools and they have all thought they were very prepared for high school from MBCA. Our family has been there for 6 years. Incredible faculty who really care about your student. Two teachers per grade until middle school, top class size is 22, so 11/1 ratio. Incredible academics, great athletics, spanish and latin. 5th graders and up have their own laptops. in art, the children learn about famous artists, in music, they learn about composers. I get a chill every time I leave thinking about the positive environment my kids are in. No girl drama yet and I have one in 5th....the children love each other and support each other. Amazing!!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2013
We chose this school over our excellent local public school because we wanted smaller class sizes in a Christian setting. After now being at MBCA for 8 years (currently have a 7th and a 5th grader), we have been overwhemingly pleased. Our children are academically-challenged, growing Christians. There are certainly situations where things have not been ideal for some families (however I have never heard of or experience some of the extreme situations mentioned here). The school has not been traditionally equipped to teach children with learning disabilities - but we now do have a specialist on-board. The communication has not always been wonderful but has improved. We have always had excellent, caring teachers and we love having a parapro in every classroom. The new Headmaster (this is his 2nd year) has been terrific for the school. We plan to probably go to public high school and feel that MBCA has prepared and grounded our children so that they can meet the challenges of high school, college, and beyond. Overall, I highly recommend MBCA and would not change our decision.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2013
Our family was at Mt. Bethel for two years. Lack of communication was frustrating. As a family we found ourselves "out of the loop" frequently. Parents are responsible for reading teachers blog each day. Our teachers never posted at the same time each day, which added to the confusion. Other times teachers never got to it.. There is also a school blog that is different from the teacher blog that you must keep up with too. Several occasions the school closed early for inclement weather, in those cases an email went out. If you were not at a computer or have an electronic devise to alert you on incoming emails...you were left out of loop and received disgruntled call from staff to pick your child after the fact. [Sigh.] The children, myself and my spouse were relieved to move to a school district that still sends home notes and does not assume the whole world has iphones attached to their heads.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
My association with Mt. Bethel Christian Academy dates back to 1998, before our first student crossed the threshhold. From that day forward, my passion for the mission and philosophy that formed the foundation of the Academy has not waivered. God has truly blessed me by allowing me the opportunity to grow both professionally and spiritually through my position with MBCA. My position as Director of Admission and Marketing has given me the opportunity to promote the growth of this extraordinary school. It has been a joyous ride and I am truly inspired by the level of professionalism and integrity that is reflected everyday by staff, faculty, and families.

- submitted by a teacher
July 31, 2013
Our child attended only a year. Very disappointed. The schools emphasis is on THEIR RATING, NOT YOUR CHILD. If your child scores a D in the same subject two semesters in a row, or scores two D's in one semester, they are asked to leave. If your child is discovered to have any kind of dyslexia or ADD, no matter how slight, they are asked to leave. If your child does not leave, the faculty make your childs stay unhappy, singling them out, saying negative things to and about them in front of the class. They are held to a higher standard than the other children and, at least in our case, snap under the pressure. We have had feedback from several other families who either left or are leaving based on this same situation. We were also informed point blank that Mt. Bethel pretest (for admission process), is to screen out students with potential disabilities, and told, regarding our child, "We don't take his kind." By the time we left I was unsure whether to call Family & Child Services to report emotional abuse, or call the American with Disabilities organization. NO other school has this kind of policy... but at least it keeps Mt. Bethel high on the rating system.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2013
Now that my children attend another school, I can look back and say that, for us, this school lacked a communicative sense of teamwork between parents, students, and school. It was a culture issue for us, but basically, unless something was wrong, I found communication between administration/teachers and parents to be skimpy and mostly one way. As a parent, I found it challenging to independently follow what my child was doing (just to have a starting point for conversation) as there were no teacher websites -- at least not when we were there -- and few parent volunteer/interactive activities, etc. As for the kids, we found it to be cliquey here. Sports is VERY competitive. Some of the teachers play favorites. The sense of teamwork and fun was just not there for my children. To add to this, I felt intimidated if I spoke up about any concerns. I did not get a sense that my input was respected or welcome. Academically, I would say that the smaller class sizes were nice. The facilities -- very clean.

- submitted by a community member
October 04, 2012
I have a 5th grader and an 8th grader who have both been at Mt. Bethel since Kindergarten and we couldn't be happier! I read some of the previous posts about bullying and would like to comment that, yes, there may have been a problem with it IN THE PAST under prior leadership, but I can assure you the problem has been taken care of with our new Head of School. Bullying is a thing of the past and will not be tolerated at Mt. Bethel. As far as the curriculum not being challenging enough - I have to disagree with this, too. With our school only going to 8th grade, there are obviously MANY high schools that our 8th graders apply to. Our students have no problem gettng accepted into any of the private or public schools to which they apply. In the majority of cases, they are placed in honors/AP classes. The class sizes at Mt. Bethel are small, so it is easier to get individual attention. The lower school classes actually have a lead teacher and a parapro in each classroom. I whole-heartedly recommend MBCA - I am going to be sad to see my 8th grader leave.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2012
My opinion, just one - this school has difficulty getting the best out of a variety of students -- really bright kids don't get pushed enough and help is limited for kids that struggle. It's a narrow fit. The culture is repressive. More disappointing is the response you get as a parent when issues arise or you want to give feedback. Instead of listening to ideas, they act as if they can do no wrong here.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2012
I am a parent with children in both the lower and middle school divisions. Recent posts which question the curriculum and academic program do not reflect my experience at all. Quite the contrary, my oldest, an 8th grader, has been exceptionally well-prepared and, in fact, and has been accepted into Westminster and Holy Innocents for high school next year. The school underwent a (much needed) change in leadership this past year and the new Headmaster has made excellent progress in addressing concerns around bullying and returning the school to the founding principles that attracted us to it in the beginning. We couldn't be happier with Mt. Bethel and recommend it often.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2012
We have had a great experience in the Lower School. However, I have also seen the bullying start in the 4th grade. We have had no direct contact with it, but it is easy to see, and seems to be ignored by the school. The Middle School has not been a good experience at all. A large number of students are competitive, mean-spirited, and unwelcoming. The curriculum is inconsistent. So much attention is given to technology, that curriculum and learning is secondary. Bullying is either ignored, accepted, or given lip-service.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2011
I am in 8th grade at MBCA, and i can easily say that it is the best school I have ever attended. Amazing teachers. Killer Athletics. (Back-to-Back NAML Cup Champs!) Great kids. Caring principal. I could go on and on. My teachers could not be more supportive. I am extremely involved in extra-curricular activities at Mt. Bethel, and my teachers still help me stay on top of my grades. MBCA is the best private school in Cobb County, GO EAGLES! :)

- submitted by a community member
July 18, 2011
Best decision I've ever made for my children's education...and we came from a large private school in Buckhead. r

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2011
MBCA is an incredible school. Over the last 5 years, we have been so impressed with both our amazing teachers and the other parents and families that attend. It has been a huge blessing, and our kids have thrived in it's value oriented, character building environment. It's worth every penny and then some.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2011
Bullying starts in 4th grade. Look out next year. As for him leaving for a better school - nice spin, but there were LOTS of complaints about that. Problem is that with the closed hierarchy there such things are NEVER discussed or revealed. Basically if you do not know the "founder" of the school you are an outsider. Genuinely hope the new head of school does a great job fixing things!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2011
I have to respond to the most recent review of our school. I have not heard of any bullying at this point and my child is a rising 4th grader. I have been so pleased with the school, the staff and the enviornment. My child feels truly treasured by his teachers and is flourishing. He has met many wonderful friends. From my understanding, the old head of school quit to go to another school that has a highschool. I am looking forward to our new head of school and what he has to offer. I was truly upset when the old head of school left, I thought he was doing a great job, but I understand he was leaving for a "promotion" . It is a wonderful place to send your kids. My younger son starts kindergarten next year.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2011
My opinions, your mileage may vary. The school looks great, good neighborhood, beautiful buildings, and clean, well-dressed kids. The Art program is absolutely fantastic! There are some truly great teachers in the lower school, but there are also some who.....well, should have retired a while ago. The biggest problem is that the leadership acts as if they and their staff can NEVER do anything wrong. There is a problem with bullying in the 4th-5th and up grades. The School Board is a closed group whose meeting schedule isn't even posted anywhere. They just fired one head of school and did a hurried hire at the end of the year for a new one. Good luck to him and to the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2010
We were surprised to find such an excellent alternative in private education that emphasizes both the academic excellence and Christian world-view. MBCA is doing a great job partnering with us to raise our kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2010
I am very impressed with the way Mt. Bethel's administration supports the teachers and parents and keeps us as parents involved and in touch with our child's progress.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2010
My son spent five years at Mount Bethel and we had to pull him during the first semester due to bullying that took place in the 5th grade. My husband and I met with his teachers, grade level principle and head master a total of six times between the months of August and November and no one would help my son. The school has no rules in place about bullying and the administration is totally useless about taking any action. My husband and I pulled our son last november after getting no were with the teachers and faculty. I felt my son was in danger and pulling him was the best choice for us. We needed help with a very scary situation and the teachers and faculty turned their backs and let us down.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 14, 2010
The new administration has brought a breath of fresh air to our school. We love the lower school staff and are having a wonderful experience with our 6th grader in the middle school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 14, 2010
We love the middle school at MBCA! Our oldest graduated from the Academy and was very prepared for the public high school environment and curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
The staff and students are amazing! It is a fantastic place to have a child learn!

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2009
I have one child in Kindergarten and absolutely love Mt. Bethel Christian Academy. Highly academic, while teaching the children how to be kind and loving. No discipline problems leaves all class time for teaching. Christian atmosphere with great examples of loving Christian teachers is an added bonus. I can see just this year the Huge change in my child from going to such a great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 12, 2008
Our child has attended Mt. Bethel for 4 years. We have been consistently impressed with the staff, curriculum and level of personal attention. I like the smaller class sizes with two teachers in every Lower School classroom.

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February 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2007
I have 2 students at MBCA and we have been there for 7 years.The Lower School has done a very good job of hiring loving teachers and providing a quality, Christian education. However, the Middle School has a lot to be desired. There has been too much teacher turn-over, inconsistent / below average curriculum and they just don't have it figured out yet. It may improve, but it appears it's going to take a while. The value of the Middle School (not just monitarily, but the value) is disproportionate to the education received. For now I would suggest looking elsewhere for Middle school, but the Lower School offers a great foundation.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2006
Excellent program and dedication from teachers. Good non-denominational Christian foundation.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2005
My child has been with the school for 6+ years now and I am generally pleased with the program. The school environment is a very loving and caring environment with the potential for high academic success due to the interest of the administration, the teachers and the parents. However I believe the program could improve with more communication between the teachers for continuity between the grades, more focus on interactive / interrogative teaching techniques which could increase the child's learning and lessen the amount of required homework, and more forward teacher planning. This requires leadership and should develop as the school matures and teachers are retained for a few years.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2005
I looked at 8-10 private schools in the area from Norcross, Alpharettta, Buckhead and Marietta and was most impressed with MBCA. My daughter is in her third year at the school and it is has lived up to our high expectation offering a wonderful, loving yet challenging enviroment. My only complaint is that schools teaches Latin but fails to offer Spanish, which I believe all schools in the US need to offer given current demographic trends. That said, I believe the quality of education is on par or above that offered at the 'elite' private schools in Metropolitan Atlanta.

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October 07, 2004
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Founded in 1998, Mt. Bethel Christian Academy is an independent, Christian preparatory school located in East Cobb County, Georgia. The school currently serves students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade at 4395 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA and grades 9 and 10 at the upper school campus at 2509 Post Oak Tritt Road, Marietta, GA. Expansion through 12th grade will be complete in 2017.

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Mt. Bethel Christian Academy
4385 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA  30068
(770) 971-0245
Last modified Mt. Bethel Christian Academy is a Private school that serves grades K-10
Mt. Bethel Christian Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top