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Bannockburn Christian Academy

Private | PK-8 | 160 students

We are best known for godly teachers and staff.
 
 

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 4 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 11 ratings

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Posted August 22, 2011

BCA maintains small student-to-teacher ratios to enhance learning for every child. Individualized and guided instruction provides a student-centered focus in every classroom.

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Posted April 10, 2014

I have 2 children in BCA. They are both highly gifted and performing above grade level in all subjects. BCA has been willing to move my daughter up a grade for math even giving her one on one teaching to do this. The school is really strong in the basics of reading, writing and math! My children have scored at the top in standardized tests taken at BCA. All of this being said, we have loved BCA for the caring, attentive and gentle environment. I have never felt that the staff cared more about uniforms than academics. The uniform policy is simple: khakis and a polo. We buy ours at Target. On the contrary, I have had much love and support from the teachers and the new principal, Mr Cristensen. This man loves God and loves families. He has prayed with us and encouraged us as a partner in educating our children. Finally, one of my children has special needs that will categorize her as special ed in public school. BCA has been a wonderful and gentle place for her. The staff has gone above and beyond to accommodate our needs. We have been extremely blessed to have our children at BCA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2014

The best environment I have found for my child. The school is loving, academically challenging, character building, safe and nurturing. The leadership qualities my child has developed here will help her throughout her life. The new principal is amazing. He has inspired the students to embrace responsibility and leadership and acknowledge God in all that they do in life. The teachers continue to maintain constant contact with families so their child can develop into the best student and person they can become. This school is a true blessing to many wonderful families in Austin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2014

My experience with Bannockburn Christian Academy dates back to its inception. The comments below, which refer to the former principal as lacking in diplomacy & tact, are understandable, especially when one considers the fact that the prior principal was beyond wonderful. We elected to weather the storm knowing that God was in control. We never considered a public school where God is under attack. The slump we experienced at BCA forced us to become more active in supplementing what our child was learning and being more active in her education. God did have a plan and brought us Mr. Christensen. His love for God and people are evident. He is open to suggestion and seeks feedback from parents and the students. He has a servant's heart for God. His love and caring for the children is genuine and priceless. When my child tells me she likes his smile & his laugh & giving him high fives I know where his heart is. When she tells me that her teachers are happy all of the time and take time to pray with the class I've heard all I need to hear to know that it's the best place for my child. The slump forced me to be more engaged as a parent which is a blessing. I recommend BCA for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2014

Loving staff, great teachers, and wonderful curriculum. I have all 3 of my children at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2012

We attended this school and had to leave for the best interest of our children. The principal is too focused on growing the school instead of being focused on the students that currently attend. Decisions are made that benefit a few students (mainly teachers kids) vs. the good of the entire student body. Poor judgement is used when having guests with political agendas speak at chapel (topics that are not appropriate for elementary kids.) When addressing any issues with the principal she speaks to you in such a condescending manner that you feel like you're 5 again. The teachers are AMAZING but are not given enough resources to teach to kids who are either gifted or struggling. Too legalistic about dress code. The school (not teachers) care more about what my kids are wearing vs. whether or not they're reading at the appropriate level. It may be a convenient and cost-effective option for a private school in South Austin, but if you want to get what you pay for, try another school. This one is too much about growing the school, not growing the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2012

I have both my children enrolled at BCA and will continue to do so for a multitude of reasons. The main reason is that the Christian environment of love and forgiveness that we teach at home, is presented and actively used in the classroom and school environment. I am thrilled that my children recieve the exact same message for 7 hours a day, that we teach at home. In my experience the teachers have always used Christ as the example when kids are just being kids. And it is done in a loving way. My kids are more excited about Jesus each and every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2012

We are in our first year with an Elementary student. We previously were at another private school (not in this area) and an exemplary-rated public school. Thus far, we are very happy, and our child looks forward to going to school. If that changes, I'll post a follow up review. I'm not sure why the principal has been bashed ... we are very impressed with her credentials and knowledge. A school needs a strong principal who drives the curriculum as well as recruits new students. Our confidence in her leadership abilities and experience in the standard AISD curriculum was very important to us. My understanding is that this school does not accept special needs children. They do have children of differing abilities (and ours is "average" academically), but they do not accomodate learning disabilities that require special resources. We evaluated all of the other schools in the southwest Austin area before making our choice. Price was a factor (Bannockburn is at the lower end of cost), but we ended up choosing the school on our evaluation of its merits vs. the other schools independent of tuition. Note that we did not choose the school based on religious beliefs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2011

When someone asks our daughter, Reagan, where she goes to school, she proudly says, Bannockburn Christmas Academy. She s only five years old and I don t have the heart to correct her just yet. The other day, after hearing her say it for the hundredth time, I realized Reagan is actually quite right. She does attend an academy where it s always Christmas. Christmas is in the hallways covered in our students artwork. Christmas is in the way our teachers have chosen financial sacrifice to be here, to live out BCA s mission wholeheartedly. Christmas is in music class, it s discovering a new language and it s forming friendships founded on Christ s example to each of us. You know the kindness, the generosity of spirit and the anticipation felt this special time of year? That s found at BCA every time the doors are open because at our school, dedicated Christians lead out the lives Jesus has called them to lead and it shows.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2011

I would definitely not recommend BCA. Though many of the teachers seem exceptional, the myriad of problems seems to come from the leadership. The principal's white-knuckled grip of control over everything that goes on in and around the school allows no room for creative thought, innovation or even sharing God's will on the part of teachers or students. In trying to differentiate the school from its Hyde Park school roots, the administration seems to have thrown out everything that was good about the school along with everything that may not have worked. Different is not necessarily better. It's just different. I agree with other postings that state there seems to be a desire to make the school as much like public school as possible. Our child came to the school academically ahead of his peers. After a year at BCA, we were forced to move our child to another faith-based school. He then was struggling to catch up to his peers. Because of the kindness of his new principal and teachers, he is catching up. He (and we) are glad to have moved on from BCA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2011

I have been extremely happy with BCA! My children not only look forward to going to school every day but learn so much more than I could have imagined. BCA is a family. Everyone knows your name and cares about you. The teachers truly love on your child while teaching them the Gospel and all the academic subjects. You can't beat the 10-12 student ration per teacher. My kids are not only preparing for college but building character everyday. If you are looking for an affordable Christian school, BCA is the best in Austin!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2011

Bannockburn Christian Academy is an amazing school both academically and biblically. The staff is loving and helps the students achieve excellence. We are starting our second year at BCA and have three children enrolled. I highly recommend BCA for your child's academic and spiritual needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2011

We love Bannockburn Christian Academy. Our daughter came to BCA from public school last year. While her grades have always been good, her self-esteem and attitude was suffering. Her friends were not always a good influence. Within weeks of enrolling her faith and joy had returned; she enjoys being a kid again! I disagree with the comments posted on July 5, 2011; our experience of the school's faculty, leadership and resources are the exemplary. And the Bible-based teaching is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2011

Our child attended BCA this year which is the first academic year. Not sure what these comments prior to 2010 are for as 2010 was the first year of operation. Due to our experience, we are moving our child to another faith based private school. There are two main reasons: 1. We have real concerns regarding the leadership in the principal and administration. Decision were made that did not seem in the best interest of the students but rather for the school's growth. The principal did not return my phone calls to meeting requests in a timely manner, had difficulty communicating with me as a parent, and seemed unprepared and disorganized during meetings when they did occur. 2. Seemed lacking in a resource rich educational experience. No resource support for struggling students-the answer was to hold them back. There are no extra-curricular opportunities outside of daily music and art classess with most school activities focused on bringing new families to events as prospective students. Overall, there was too much focus on growing this school bigger rather than focusing on the paying students that were there-focused on building church fellowship rather than on academic excellence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2011

Our child has attended BCA since Kindergarten. I have been extremely happy with his teachers - whom I have found to be dedicated, gifted, and caring. I disagree with the statement that BCA is following the same curriculum as public schools. BCA has incorporated the Texas Essential Skills and Knowledge that is used by the State of Texas, but the classroom materials, objectives, teacher expectations, and pacing is very different. BCA students are working and performing consistently ahead of grade level. I have not been as satisfied with the choice of principal this year. I haven't agreed with several of her decisions, but I cchalk some of this up to "growing pains" as BCA forges an identify spearate from Hype Park.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2011

Our son, who is now finishing 5th grade, has attended school at this location since Kindergarten. Since the change from being part of Hyde Park Schools to being part of Bannockburn church, things have been rough. The Admin and Teachers have a lot of work to do in getting back on track with making learning fun and effective. It is hard to justify the cost. Our son will start Public school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2011

The teachers are great. The kids are great. The learning environment is great. The level of education, however, is the same as public school - they use the same curriculum as the state public schools. It makes it hard to justify the tuition.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2011

Excellent school with all the right intentions for learning and a Christian environment and longevity in its teachers. I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2011

I love working for BCA. The faculty is very friendly. The principal is a genuinely caring person. The parents are super supportive and the kids are all eager to learn!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 14, 2007

Can't say enough wonderful things about this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2006

This is a wonderful Christian school that allows children to excel at the highest level. The teachers and principal treat the children and parents as if they were family. There is a tremendous amount of parental participation and involvement. I highly recommend Bannockburn Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Two or more races 44% N/A
White 27% 37%
Hispanic 21% 47%
Black 6% 14%
Asian 3% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Security personnel
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Jim Christensen
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Baptist
Associations
  • ACBS
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (512) 899-1161

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Security personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Car
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag Football, Track and Field
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • BCA provides a loving, Christian environment for every child. Students are challenged academically, engaged socially and expanded emotionally. BCA recognizes every parent's role as primary eudcators of children. The Academy partners with families to lay a foundation of love for life-long learning.
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Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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7100 Brodie Ln
Austin, TX 78745
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Phone: (512) 892-2706

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