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Bethany Christian School

Private | PK-8


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Posted August 12, 2014

I worked at Bethany as a staff member.. With our new principal last year, the qualify of education went way down. Teachers argued among themselves, parents were no longer welcome in the school, tuition went way up, and enrollment went way down. This past year alone, six staff members have quit. They've combined classes in several grades and cut staff. Now teachers have large classes and small rooms. Technology has replaced teaching. And it's also eliminated how parents can communicate with teachers, pay bills, or participate in the school. Students use I-Pads to play Angry Birds and to look up things on Safari that they shouldn't. The principal is often on his cell phone. Teachers don't work together. It's not a happy place. The dress code has gone the other way. In allowing freedom, they've allowed students to wear clothing that is banned in public schools such as girls wearing just leggings without skirts and boys having long hair. They say they're Christian, but it's not evident in the way they act or portray themselves. There are many other solid Christian schools in this area. I would pray long and hard before sending your child to Bethany.
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Posted July 28, 2014

Do NOT send your child here. This school is not what it used to be. The previous principal was caring, understanding, compassionate, and was an advocate for your child. The new headmaster has NONE of these qualities. This man thinks he is the master of everyone and has a very controlling attitude. Six employees quit this year and I don't find it a coincidence. One got into a screaming match with the headmaster in the hall. No Christian values. Test scores are low. The teachers are teaching subjects and not children. There is no help for kids who need it. Grammar is non-existant. Parents are made to feel unwelcome by teachers, office staff, and the headmaster and are followed like criminals. Very expensive & extensive projects. History is pushed more than anything in certain grades and kids fall behind because they aren't taught how to pull facts out and write essays, yet are expected to write 5 essays and have them memorized for a test 2 days later. Homework is so extensive that children who are falling behind have no time to do extracurricular activities. Please spare your children's education and send them elsewhere. If I could give it less than 1 star, I would.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 28, 2014

We have decided not to return to Bethany this coming year. The values are not the same as they used to be. Administration is unapproachable and not friendly at all. Some of the teachers do not care if your children don't understand a concept or learns a different way than the others. We used to love this school and it was very hard to pull our children away from their friends and start fresh in a new school. However, we feel as though their education was at risk if we kept them at Bethany. Basic concepts are being missed and with the new principal, we felt as though it was time to move on.
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Posted July 22, 2014

Our daughter has been at Bethany since kindergarten and we would've given the school 5 up until this year when we had new headmaster come in. The school has not been the same. The school had alot of long term employees quit this year and even had some students pulled out in the middle of the year due to the controlling attitude of the headmaster and 1/4 of the students (including our daughter) will not be coming back in the fall. The administration is not supportive of the students or parents. If your child needs enrichment in any area, do NOT attend this school because you will not receive any support or help. Also, tuition costs are being raised for the next 3 years.
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Posted July 22, 2014

My wife and I spent 3-6 hours a night helping our child with homework that was not age appropriate. We sent her to this school so that she could be academically challenged, but not stressed out over the amount of work that was required of her. My wife had numerous meetings with teachers and the administration trying to get our daughter the help she needed. Instead she was pushed away and offered nothing. Pulling our daughter out of this school was the best decision we made. She was testing almost 2 years behind her grade level when we moved her. Other parents who have pulled their children out of this school have stated the same thing.
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Posted April 27, 2014

BCS is a wonderful private school that provides a strong academic education. The teachers are nurturing and maintain consistent high standards. I love the fact that the students are able to focus on learning with no distractions and come home excited about what they are doing. I don t need to worry about having to get on youtube to understand the new math methods because BCS sticks to the traditional ways which have worked over time. Often, my kids are outside teaching friends from other schools how to complete the problems and sharing the enrichment information they have experienced. I credit the teachers creative approaches with developing my girls love of science and math. They would be ready for any STEM program at the high schools. Additionally, the art program is quite impressive. The teacher starts the kids early and focuses on true technique. The quality of work is quite impressive in their annual art show. I highly recommend looking into the school if you want your kids prepared for the modern world. BCS is continuing to evolve with new techniques and now has summer opportunities.
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Posted February 21, 2012

I can not say enough about how wonderful this school is! Each and every staff member and teacher truly care about the students! Bethany is impressive because they continue to use new technologies in the classroom! They have Promethean boards and iPads! INNOVATIVE! They truly provide a great education with the best tools available, while helping our children realize their potential and how to use this to impact the world for Christ! Great education and great value!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 20, 2010

The teachers and Administration are the best! They have compassion, love, and willingness to go above and beyond their jobs in order to help the children become better students and young adults. They teach regular subjects along with the Bible.
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Posted September 29, 2009

The most caring school. All the teachers and staff are so nice and would do anything for their students.
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Posted January 24, 2009

I know the school well. I know the teachers, the staff and many students who go/went to BCS. The school is nurturing and the education is exceptional.

Posted February 21, 2008

Its really hard relocating to a new school and area. I like that my second grader is in a small school, but I am still anxious when I hear her describe some 'rigid' rules and intense references to the bible. I think each family has its own values. That said, I want my daughter's focus to be on education, its critical that she perform academically. so I hope she is gaining everything she needs to grow academically. We are still on the fence.
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Posted February 7, 2008

We have a 1st grader and a preschooler at Bethany and really love it. The teachers are wonderful and honestly care about the education and the nurturing of each child. The school is a modest size,(but wonderfully growing), so that most all children are known by all teachers and office staff. The reading program for kindergardners if fantastic! The tuition is sometimes tough, but when I see the wonderful life virtues and great education my children are being taught, it is worth it.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 71%
Black 5% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Hispanic 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
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1137 Shadyside Road
Oxford, PA 19363
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