This school has a very high turnover rate in teachers. Many of the teachers have limited skills and training to teach at their grade level. The curriculum is average. Grades are easy to obtain so don't think your A at BFCS (now called Mission Springs) will be an A at another private school like TMI, St George, Keystone, or St Luke's. The children are coddled. They are babied and have no skills for resolving problems on their own. The parents at this school are practically at war with one another because the parent's are allowed to resolve all the problems for their children. There are parents who sit every day and eat lunch with their children in order to micro manage every word and every action. If you are trying to raise a competent leader who understands autonomy with a solid set of skills for managing their own problems, then you will not benefit from this school. If you are one of those parents who needs to babysit your child's every move and you want total control, then this will be the perfect school. I rated the school as terrible because I personally felt my kids were crippled by some of their teaching styles. Your experience might be completely different. I thank God every night that we were led in a different direction. My children have blossomed into amazing leaders since we have left this school. They were little leaders shackled by this school.
Also be aware that tuition does not cover all cost so like many other private schools, donations are expected and necessary. This is no problem but I never saw any improvements in the school. The teachers are sub standard, Lunch meals are average, and the quality of education is average. The kids won't get text books until 5th grade. Homework goes home in a copied packet that is due at the end of the week. This is exactly what public school does. You don't need to pay the tuition for this kind of education. The after school activities and sports are very limited because they don't put their money back into the school. Coaches are substandard (or volunteers from parents). Many coaches, teachers, and staff leave the school because the school has allowed the parents total control. And that is a formula for disaster. But if you like that sort of thing, then you will love this school.
Great grade school level, middle school needs improvement. No true objective evaluation of instructors. Grades not returned timely manner. Weak math program 2 out 5 kids needing outside private tutoring. They mean well but no comparison to NEISD where my other kids have gone. Small class sizes did not make a difference.
BFCS is the school foryou if you want small classes, excellent curruculum that is constantly reviewed and tweaked, and outstanding caring teachers, as well as a Head of school that is one of the most experienced the school has ever had. I was a staff member there until I retired and continue to send a family member to be educated there. I choose to do that for the reasons I just listed but mostly because of the Bible based curriculum. Religion is not hammered into them like many schools. It is modeled on a daily basis by the adults in charge. There is no perfect school. But BFCS is perfect for me and i would encourage you to visit and see for yourself.
Excellent school. A parent should place their child(ren) here if they are looking for a well-balanced education, that includes character development in a caring environment. BFCS has a great principal, who is VERY experienced (was the principal at Hardy Oak Elem for many years), and she is very caring She is a great role model for students. The teachers are the best, too. My son was sick one day and I got a text, checking on him, from his teacher. This never happened in public school. This school has been a TRUE blessing for my family!
Great things are happening at Buckner Fanning Christian School! I am honored to work among dedicated Christians who put the needs of kids academically, emotionally and spiritually FIRST. The leadership has high expectations academically and works tirelessly with a servant's heart. Teachers, administrators, support staff and parents work endless hours to make BFCS a school that every student and family can be proud of. Without the testing emphasis of public education, teachers at Buckner can concentrate on true learning and knowledge, not test taking skills. Many exciting things have happened on this campus this year to include book clubs, science fair, field trips for middle school and elementary students, a Texas Celebration Night, music programs, and more! As a retired teacher from a large school district, I can honestly say that I am proud to work on such a hardworking, kid focused campus with wonderful coworkers and administration.
I love BFCS for my two children. Previously my children were enrolled in a local public school and another local private school. Those schools could not provide the academic rigor that my children needed. BFCS is dedicated to teaching children in a way that is meaningful and engaging with a foundation on Christ. No other school can compare with BFCS's academics and Biblical influence.