I am a parent of a current middle school student at Bellevue Christian School. We originally started with Bellevue Christian School at the 3 Points Elementary campus when my son was in Kindergarten. He attend that school through 6th grade. Once he was in 6th grade, we began investigating what the Junior High at the Clyde Hill Campus would be like for my son. After talking to several seasoned parents who had students that had completed middle school/high school or were currently in middle school, we were convinced that BCS was a good fit.
BCS middle school has a wonderful balance of responsibility for the student and recognizing they are very young teenagers. We appreciate the many teachers who specifically chose to teach this age group. These teachers/coaches are not around waiting for Senior high jobs. They are dedicated to working with middle schoolers. And the Vice Principal and Administration work well with resolving issues and conflicts in this age group. The Vice Principal and staff have relationships with the students so when conflict/discipline issues come up they already know the student and can begin a dialog about boundaries and resolution.
Bellevue Christian School is about students having real relationships with teachers and administration and being appreciated for who they are as a creation of God. The students are encouraged to explore who they are and what talents they have been given. My son loved 7th grade! really! and continues to enjoy 8th grade. He has a close group of friends that support each other and have a great time. I highly recommend Bellevue Christian School to any one looking for a private Christian school.
Sending our daughter to BCS for high school was one of the best decisions we've ever made. She is a bright kid, but tended to stay under the radar at her large public school. We heard that BCS was not as academically rigorous as other schools, and found that to be completely inaccurate. The teachers at BCS have been fabulous, and incredibly supportive. They have taken the time to get to know our daughter as an individual and to challenge her as a student, and she has blossomed and become so much more confident in her abilities. She got 5's on all her AP tests and her ACT score was in the top 1%, which is a reflection of the academic environment. As important, when she needed college recommendations, it was hard to decide which teachers to ask because they all knew her well and had been so supportive. And I'm sure this varies from year to year, but the other students she's met are academically-focused, kind and inclusive. I'm not usually one to write reviews, but I remember visiting this site several years ago and poring over the reviews so we could make the right decision. Just wanted to share our experience.
The two extremes of ratings for Bellevue Christian speaks volumes. As a family that has been involved with this school for six years, we know that it all depends on whether your family (and child) is deemed important enough for the school and administration to care about or if your child is simply another tuition payment. I highly recommend this school if your child does not have academic or social challenges. However, if you are looking for a nurturing environment (for your child that possesses ANY social or academic challenges) that will help your child become the young man or woman that God has designed them to be, I would look elsewhere. There are some great teachers, along with many that are not effective. The administration is mostly all talk, with little action except in the most simple situations. Sports are riddled with favoritism and high turnover amongst coaches. Speak with both families that are currently attending Bellevue Christian as well as those who have left the school for reasons other than financial to get a full idea of what to expect. Do not attend the school based on the school's Christian rhetoric - it is preached much more than it is practiced.
It is important that our children become the individuals God wants them to be and to receive a rigorous, competitive education. At BCS, our children are challenged, nurtured, encouraged and supported to be the best whole person possible. The teachers and leaders of the school have a clear vision of the spiritual and academic paths our children are taking. We love the school community and can t say enough about the teaching excellence. Most importantly, our children are happy, thriving, learning and excited to go to school. We are blessed to be a part of BCS.
This is our sixth year at Bellevue Christian School, and we can't say enough positive things about it. We have two kids, and we've been very pleased with every teacher they've had--both in preschool and elementary school. The school "meets children where they are academically," so the more advanced students are given extra challenges while the less advanced are given extra high-quality attention. Teaching from a Christian world view is a top priority, and the hearts of the children are striking at BCS given that they are taught to love and encourage one another as God asks us to do. It truly is a supportive and loving environment. BCS commits to finding each child's gift in order to nurture that and help the children be who God intended them to be. This school is a special place with a tight community of solid supportive families, which even goes so far as to offer regular parenting classes and study groups. With the high quality of college preparatory courses taught from a Christian perspective, we have every intention of keeping our children at BCS all the way through high school.
I have nothing but positive things to say about our school. I love that the focus of their education is to encourage the growth of my children's character and help them discover and follow the purpose God has for them, even at a young age. Their teachers have been kind and loving, supporting them both in class and in outside activities. The leadership of the school knows my children by name and makes a concerted effort to know and understand them. They encourage my children to love one another, seek God, give back to their community and pursue education with enthusiasm. I would HIGHLY recommend this school to anyone seeking a Christian education.
My children attended the Woodinville campus. One teacher in particular was very rude, she said my son was not well liked and a parent asked to keep their child away from my son, I will never forget the pain I felt. I know she spoke the same way to my son. We left the school and started attending a 5 star public school in the area, it was the best decision ever! After the first week at his new school, my child said, "mom, they act more like christians at this school than they did at the christian school" Well, that says it all.
Stay way. It's an awful place run by incompetent administrators. They do nothing about bullying. They divulge private medical information illegally. They won't discipline bad faculty behavior. If you love your child, do not subject them to this place.
As a parent we had 3 students attend this school from 7-12th grade. They received a fantastic christian education. I highly recommend that you check out this school if you are in the market for a new classroom experience. the teachers, staff and students are amazing. The curriculum is diverse and they have many class options to pick from. All of my children we VERY well prepared for college graduating in 4 years. They are now in the work force and speak highly of the education they received. I can see their children attending some day and become leaders for Christ like their parents. Check out their website for more information.
I graduated in 2002. My experience was very positive. The teachers are wonderful, encouraging and supportive and the students I attended with were the same. The small class sizes allow for getting to know fellow students and the teachers. I've heard stories of getting "lost" in big high schools with hundreds and hundreds of students. I did not feel remotely this way at BCS. Many of my closest friends today attended with me.