Students are taught the 10 commandments. They are encouraged and expected to live them. They are encouraged not to gossip. They have chapel buddies where the 7th graders partner with a younger glass (kindergarten?) to be peer leaders. Sports teams are recognized for their excellent sportsmanship.
It is an intimate, collaborative atmosphere. I feel like all the teachers know my kids and truly care for them; for their academic success as well as their souls. Everyone watches out for each other.
The staff is all so dedicated and caring.
The art program is exemplary. The students learn so much and excel!
Athletes who choose to participate in sports learn not just the game but great sportsmanship, all while winning tournaments and races!
Academically, my children who have gone on to a Naperville public high school were very well prepared to take AP courses and earn college credit!
They learn about Jesus every day, both directly through religion time and pastor-led chapel weekly as well as through the ways that the teachers mentor them and serve as examples of how to treat one another in Christian love.
I actually am looking forward to school resuming in a month so I can return to the community of my parent friends.
Communication is inconsistent, discipline is also very inconsistent. Teachers seem hesitant to communicate negative news to parents. Staff constantly says everything is "awesome" all the time which makes it hard to take them seriously. Honest and direct conversations are difficult to initiate in the environment that has been created in the school. Questions are not welcomed and if you pursue answers you are perceived as being against the staff.
Our two sons graduated from Bethany and we can't say enough good things about the experience and staff. Academically, they were more than well prepared for honors and AP classes at Neuqua. Their sports experience landed them and many friends on the h.s. volleyball and basketball teams. Bethany's music, art, and drama programs were also great and everyone had a chance to participate and develop their talents. Finally, the family atmosphere gave them a sense of community and lasting friendships.
The teachers and staff are so dedicated here! The extracurriculars are wonderful too! There are sports, fine arts, bands, choirs, musicals. The boys won the volleyball state championship. The basketball team made the state tournament, and many boys and girls made the state track meet. The academics are superior to the Naperville public schools which are highly rated.
Bethany has wonderful, caring, Christ centered teachers. The class sizes are small and parent evolvement is a huge part of the school philosophy. I know my kids will get a solid foundation and be strong in their Faith when they go to high school and college. We love Bethany and plan to stay through 8th grade.