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The Bethlehem Childrens School

Private | PK-8 | 15 students


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Posted October 20, 2013

the Bethlehem Children's School My children had a wonderful experience and love learning thanks to attending a place where students are given a voice and are nurtured and their innate curiosity is encouraged! The staff and teachers are terrific! i strongly recommend this school for everyone seeking an atmosphere of loving, hands on education!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 8, 2013

Just today, my son came home from school and exclaimed "I'm so lucky to go to the best school in the whole entire world!" If you've ever had a child who despised school, then you will know how much it means to hear how happy your child is at their school! Not only does he love going to this school, but he is thriving academically in ways he just didn't when he was at the public school. We feel so lucky to have found such a warm and caring environment that teaches the children a curriculum that is tailored to what they are ready to learn.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 24, 2013

A great little school that thinks outside the box! Teachers are creative and supportive. Kids learn in a stress free environment at a pace suited for them.
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Posted August 25, 2013

This school is a wonderful place that does not "teach to the test" as other schools in the district. It is a safe environment where children can explore, grow and be themselves.
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Posted December 29, 2011

This is a great school! Was great in past years, and is even better now this year (2011) with the most committed staff and families yet. It is directed and taught with kind, kind hearts and the families come together - like for our holiday show, Thanksgiving meal, and such - with such openness and warmth. There is room to be involved as a parent in continuing to shape the school into what is the best for our children. The kids work together and get to experience learning as fun AND productive. I am so grateful my child has these years at this school, that I am welcome to contribute to the school, and that we get to know other kind families in the process. Our child is part of the middle school that I feel confident will prepare the kids for going on to high school. For all grades, every week there is a great music teacher, spanish, a health and p.e. teacher I wish I had as a kid, drama, and a dedicated art teacher. More than I could have dreamed of in a small affordable private school. As the school grows I look forward to meeting more parents and children as dedicated to the best education for our next generation as we are.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 2, 2011

My child started at the school this year. It's true there has been a pretty big shift, but the school atmosphere and the learning and nurturing are wonderful. My child is getting a terrfific, individualized education -- and is happy!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 2, 2011

We had a child in BCS for a couple years...the reviews that are below were accurate at the time written...but NOT anymore!!! Do not send your kids here its like the Lord Of The Flies! The board has not a clue! And most of the teachers are not even there anymore..and a board member even took his kids out of the school... Honestly the school was full until the board (which no one has the know how to run a school) started getting rid of everyone..
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 19, 2010

A very nurturing envirornment
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Posted October 14, 2010

Treats each student as an individual...lets them learn in the way that best meets their needs.
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Posted October 12, 2010

They are child centered, they always encourage parent participation and encourage a hands on environment!
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Posted October 12, 2010

This school truly embodies the learning spirit, with "hands on" learning. The teachers are engaged with their students and the parents are a very eclectic but interested group of people. The classroom sizes are small, and each child gets individual attention. The atmosphere is friendly, relaxed, and very conducive to learning.
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Posted October 12, 2010

This is an amazing school! Hands on, individualized attention and small class sizes make for a wonderful learning environment. My kids love going to school and are sad when the weekend comes.
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Posted October 12, 2010

A wonderful, truly "alternative" nurturing and caring school! BCS ROCKS! :)
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Posted April 29, 2010

BCS has a top-notch faculty that really understands children. Drama, music, art, and foreign language for all the children and plenty of time to explore and play makes BCS is the ideal learning environment.
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Posted April 28, 2010

incredible environment. Fosters independent thinking, cooperation, environmental conscience and sustainable learning
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Posted April 28, 2010

Individualized learning, nurturing environment, strong academic program without the stress, small classes, and great teachers.
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Posted April 28, 2010

My wife and I have a strong background in schools. We agree that this is the single, best, place for dynamic, potential-rich children in the whole Capital District.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 23, 2009

I had the great fortune of getting to work as a teacher at this fantastic school. The students, the parents and the staff have always worked together to maintain a positive atmosphere where individuality is not only recognized but celebrated!

Posted September 23, 2009

Fabulous teachers, great sense of community, emphasis on learning not on piling on homework, fabulous focus on making the world a better place, & ensuring all students feel comfortable & safe so they can learn. Also let children through all grades take time to play!
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Posted September 18, 2009

BCS is a place where children learn cooperatively by working together and by setting individual goals. The outdoors and environment plays a huge part in the curriculum. Kids go outdoors at least four times a day. The learning is based on a child's individual 'genius' and interests, not on government testing. It's a wonderful, nurturing environment, and my son is thriving there.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 96% 52%
Black 4% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% N/A
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Hispanic 0% 21%
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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Slingerlands, NY 12159
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