School Details

Bethany Christian School

1137 Shadyside Road, Oxford, PA 19363
(610) 998-0877
NR

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 302 students 15 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

Bethany Christian School is a private middle school in East Nottingham Township. The principal of Bethany Christian School is Mrs Linda Lewis. 302 children attend Bethany Christian School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The ratio of students to teachers at Bethany Christian School is 15:1. Hopewell El School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 91% %
Black, non-Hispanic 5% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% %
Asian 3% %
Hispanic 0.8% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% %
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Bethany Christian is centered on the whole child. The leadership has taken on the task of driving instruction using state standards and beyond. Each day my child enters BCS I know that everyone in the building is looking out for my child's best interests. The small school environment provides safety individual attention and structure that a public school can not. The school has adopted a new reading series that will replace the antiquated A Bekka reading series. My child can decode infer and comprehend reading above his or her grade level. Finding the best school setting for your child is never an easy task. I am glad that we were guided to Bethany and are eager to see what the next few years bring. I do feel that parental involvement can be improved. The school offers a parent league and I have attended meetings. The school has many familar faces that seem to handle most of the fundraising. Since the new leadership the building does seem a bit unfriendly. In the past a parent could drop in and see the principal and now scheduling an appointment through the office is protocol. This is how you would run a business and not necessarily a school.

  • (10 months ago)

    Bethany cares deeply for my children's academic and spiritual growth. The new leadership is refreshing and I have seen amazing positive changes already. If you are looking for a caring community that will help provide your child with a firm foundation then Bethany is the place.

  • (10 months ago)

    My children started at Bethany Christian School last year and the other students just wrapped their arms around them and pulled them in as if they had always gone there. Academics are great and I love that the Bible is part of all subjects and that teachers and students pray for one another. Very supportive and encouraging environment. I have even made some friends there as the parents were welcoming as well. Love BCS. So thankful to have Bethany in our community where kids can get an excellent AND Biblically based education. - submitted by a parent

  • (10 months ago)

    Bethany has been such a blessing to our family! As an attorney and mother of two girls education Christian values and hard work are high priorities in our household. We were unfamiliar with the schools in the area and visited many before making a decision for our children. We had heard the rave reviews of Bethany from many families in the area and ultimately chose this school because of it's focus on a high quality education while incorporating a firm Christian foundation. The best part about Bethany is that the administration teachers and staff continually strive to improve the facilities activities and to equip the students and teachers with the tools they need to succeed! The new headmaster and staff have set clear goals for the future and encourage the parents to participate and provide feedback on the quality of the education of their children and the direction and future of the school. Bethany provides an affordable warm friendly environment for you and your children and I bet that you will fall in love the first time that you visit this school. If you are looking for a better option for your children go ahead and give Bethany a try you will not be disappointed!

  • (10 months ago)

    As a father of three students for five years at Bethany five years need I say more. Changes do cause disruption and are often a welcome change. We have a new head of school so we obviously some new ideas and not everyone embraces change but in my mind new blood is always good. The kids are learning quite a bit and get straight A's all the time. The teachers and staff are all very caring and almost like family. I personally am very comfortable at Bethany and I'm sure you and your family would be also.

  • (10 months ago)

    Bethany is a terrific school. Clearly there are reviews below slamming the school from some people that don't like change. The school was and is terrific. Most of the changes that are being made are to grow and improve the school to enable it to have programs on par with larger schools in the area. The class sizes are under 30 and most cases under 25. The programs and tools given to parents help them stay on top of their children s' education. The new principle has a strong education leadership background and has created a plan to improve the school and grow. The education is great! My daughter gradated and has moved on to Lancaster Mennonite High School. She was fully prepared and in some areas ahead and had no trouble transitioning to this highly regarded school. Please visit and talk to the staff and make your own judgment and don't dismiss this school based on biased reviews below. It's a great Christian school. As for the school being rigid or strict? That is part of Christian education and is lacking from most public schools. If you don't want the bible or Christian values to be taught to your children then public school is for you.

  • (10 months ago)

    We continue to support Bethany Christian School it continues to implement new initiatives. It is understandable that some families and even faculty members struggle during a transition between administrators. We are happy with the leadership of both. The current principal brings experience and new ideas which do challenge the status quo. This will only improve the instructional quality delivered in the classroom and allow Bethany to compete with a more global society. Technology is appropriately incorporated within the classroom setting.This is an initiative instituted by the previous administration which has continued to evolve appropriately. Teachers do provide quality instruction and it is a disservice to generalize their heartfelt professionalism. Has tuition increased? Yes. It costs money to run a school. I ll pay more to compensate teachers buy new curriculum and improve the classrooms. We adamantly support the administration as he make the hard choices to create an educational environment promoting accountability and Christian values. We wish the families well that have chosen to leave and continue to pray that they find the proper fit for their families.

  • (11 months ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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!

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    The most caring school. All the teachers and staff are so nice and would do anything for their students.

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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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