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Bethesda Christian School

Private | K-12 | 400 students

We are best known for academics and character training.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $122,700. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $990.

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted April 18, 2014

If you are wanting a true return on investment for your child with a college scholarship, having your child be taught by an incredible highly-qualified staff in an environment that builds up students' character as well as their academic success and has a curriculum that is at least 2-3 years advanced than the "top rated" public school districts...look no further than Bethesda Christian School! My husband and I both hold our principal certification and have been employees in two of the largest school districts for over 10 years and keeping our children in Bethesda Christian School from K-12 is a NON-NEGOTIABLE commitment for our family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

BCS is a great school. This is our fifth year at BCS, we currently have two children attending with a third to attend soon. The teachers and staff genuinely care for the kids and families at BCS. We had our children in the public education system before attending BCS, and moved them due to lack of discipline and character reinforcement, however, our eyes were opened in a huge way to the lack of strong academics in the public school system. We want our children to be prepared for college, to know how to study, and most importantly to be compassionate, ethical, have moral values, and love The Lord. BCS teaches all of these things to their students. We love that our children are not just a number at BCS, and enjoy going to school each day. The only reason I did not give a five star rating is that would say that BCS is perfect, and if they are perfect that would mean they have nothing to learn, or improve upon. Schools should always strive to continue the learning process and improve as the world is always changing. If you are looking for a wonderful school with strong academics in an environment which the teachers, staff, and students love The Lord, BCS is the place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2013

There is no bullying program at Bethesda. Even though the "push you down and take your lunch money" kind of bullying is forbidden, my son was the victim of social bullying at Bethesda.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2013

My son has been at Bethesda for 3 years. He started kindergarten there and will be entering the 3rd grade this fall. We love it at BCS. The teachers and staff truly care about the kids and their education. Everything they do at BCS is centered around Jesus Christ and his teachings. The academics are rigorous and that is what we want for our son. The education system in America is one of the worst in the world and we wanted to make sure that our child received a strong education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2013

My grandson is a student at Bethesda and as a grandparent, I am very involved at the school. I love the education that my grandson is receiving. He is getting a strong academic and Christ based education. The teachers and staff really seem to enjoy their jobs and are great with the students. I love the fact that as a grandparent I am accepted by everyone at the school and encouraged to be a part of my grandson's school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2013

We have two children and 1 niece that have attended Bethesda for over 4 years, since Kindergarten and our experience has been exceptional. The environment is very nurturing and while the curriculum is very rigorous, the teacher and students are very supportive. The high school students are so good with the elementary kids, saying hello and helping them in the hallway. It's makes my kids feel so special ;) There is also a focus on highlighting each child's gifts from God so that each child feels good about their own strengths and has the support to work on their challenges. It's no surprise that Mrs Vaughn has been nationally recognized as a wonderful principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2013

At Bethesda Christian School I watched my ideas about education change before my eyes as the day progressed. I saw teachers enjoying their job and their students. I saw students motivated to learn. I never saw a teacher harshly reprimand a student or inflict negative discipline. Behavior issues were handled with a gentle reminder of expectations without humiliation to the child. Positive behavior was recognized and held as the example. Honorable Character taught me that the ideals I believed are possible were. Students can be educated in a positive environment that builds them as a whole person. Students are given tools that will not only assist them in their education, but as persons as well. Honorable Character is education for the whole child.


Posted April 5, 2013

We are finishing our first year at Bethesda, and we are beyond blessed with loving and Godly teachers, outstanding principal, and the quality of education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2013

This is the most amazing school. Very strong academics but most importantly the children have super role models in there principle, teachers and administrators. Children spend so much time at school that the influence of those around the is immense. The best school ever!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2012

Bethesda is an exceptional Christian school, very strong academically as well as in Christian character training. You do not have to wonder whether the "Christian" in the school's name reflects the atmosphere in the school. It most certainly does. Bethesda students tend to have a strong work ethic academically. As a whole, our students perform very high on standardized tests at all grades. The hard work seems to pay off when it comes time for college, as many of our students receive significant academic merit scholarships. It should be noted, however, that the pace and homework load (especially at the secondary level) may be too challenging for some children to handle. If your child's academic preparation at another school has been weak--or your child is not a good student or simply moves at a slower pace by nature--you need to prayerfully consider whether Bethesda would be a good fit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2012

It is a very good and prestigious school, and very Godly. They help prepare you for college at a very high level, and make time for God in all of their lesson plans. The teachers are all Godly men and women, and no matter what the schedule is, they always make time for God in their classrooms. The Honorable Character chart gives the school a backbone for raising good young men and women, which our society needs so greatly now.


Posted July 23, 2012

My children were blessed to attend and now my grandchildren do the same. Excellent academics. Excellent administration and staff. Excellent spirit and atmosphere. Excellent Christian values. Thanks Bethesda, Scott Pogue
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2011

We have three children attending Bethesda and we love it! Our oldest child is in her seventh year at Bethesda. Before choosing Bethesda, we visited several other schools in the area with a long list of questions in hand. For each question we had, Bethesda was the school that had the answer we were seeking. During our years at Bethesda we have been impressed not only with the challenging academics, but also with the teachers' genuine care and concern for the students. We feel that our children are receiving a quality education with a Biblical worldview which will greatly help prepare them for college and adulthood. If you are looking for a Christian school for your child, this one is definitely worth a visit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2011

Our daughter graduated from Bethesda Christian School. We feel that she recieved a wonderful education. The faculty and staff were caring and well qualified. She is now in college and many times her professors will ask where she attended high school. They often will compliment Bethesda Christian School for doing a fine job. We agree!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2011

My son attended BCS from 7th grade through graduation. Not only did he achieve a gold cord for his advanced academics, but he learned how to be a Christian ambassador. The teachers, administrators and all other staff were attentive and caring. My son had a very upsetting day in his senior year and his teacher (who was also the high school dean) took time out to have the class pray for him. He graduated in 2004 and stays in touch with many of his classmates. The graduation ceremony was unforgettable. We stay in touch with many of the faculty and principal and always recommend Bethesda to friends looking for a Christian school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2011

What is the cost for 6, 7, 8 grades for each year please. Single parent looking at the cost of private schools during these critical years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2011

I attended Bethesda Christian School from Kindergarten to 12th Grade. I enjoyed elementary school, but felt that middle and high school became too rigorous. Having now experienced college, I have realized that all the excessive homework I had at Bethesda did not really place me that far ahead of others. There are many students in my college honors classes that took advanced placement courses in high school and are on the same level or higher than I am. My suggestion would be that if your child plans to do any extracurricular activities in middle or high school, the homework load will be overbearing. Late nights and fast dinners were a common theme throughout my high school years. While I did not care for the academics, the character and small class size is a plus. However, if I were to do it over again, I would not have chosen Bethesda due to its suppression of extracurricular activities.


Posted March 11, 2011

My daughter is in second grade at BCS. She's been there since kindergarten. BCS is an amazing school and I have no complaints at all. The teachers are loving, kind and give their all to teaching the children. My daughter is reading a a 5-6 grade level and writes in beautiful cursive. The teacher/student ratio is small. They teach the kids using the Honorable Character system which rewards them when they show positive character traits. You will never regret having your child at BCS! It is truly a gift to my family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

I have been at Bethesda for 2 years and we are so happy with the leadership, academics, faith and direction of the school. My child resepcts and loves his teachers so much. After the first year at BCS my child could read, do simple math, and write in cursive. And thats after Kindergarten! His teachers are so loving and are building a great foundation for learning. I LOVE BCS!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

Bethesda Christian school is a wonderful school. The rigorous curriculum challenges students and their character program teaches and trains youngsters the importance of honesty, faithfulness, honor, courage, responsibility, and many other qualities. The educators truly care about their students and the welcoming environment is refreshing. I would highly recommend Bethesda Christian School to anyone who is looking for a wonderful place of education for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 31%
Hispanic 10% 51%
Asian or Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Black 6% 13%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 32% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 68% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of North Texas
Texas A & M
University of Texas Arlington
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • TAPPS 3A District 1 Academic Champion (2013)
  • TAPPS 3A District 1 Academic Champion (2012)
  • 4th Place Tapps 3A State Academic & Speech (2013)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Carter Blood Care (2010)
  • Carter Blood Care (2011)
  • Carter Blood Care (2012)

Special education / special needs

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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

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

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Vicki L. Vaughn
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Assembly of God
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (817) 581-5123

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Concurrent Courses
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • morning bus pick up
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Special olympics
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • 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
  • Bethesda Christian School is a K-12 college preparatory school founded in 1980. Bethesda’s Christ-centered program endeavors to equip students in achieving academic and spiritual excellence. Located in Fort Worth, Texas, BCS is an evangelical and interdenominational school with selective admissions. Bethesda’s challenging and enriching academic program is infused with biblical truths and character training.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$4000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
No

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Oklahoma University
Texas A & M
Texas Christian University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 32%
4 year college - 68%
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4700 N Beach St
Fort Worth, TX 76137
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Phone: (817) 281-6446

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