Frequently Asked Questions

You may have questions, and we have the answers! Here are the most frequently asked questions we receive from families interested in attending Bethany Christian School. If you have additional questions, please contact us at (480) 752-8993 or info@bethanychrisianschool.org, or schedule a tour so we can personally show you have Bethany Christian School stands out among the rest.

Is Bethany Christian School accredited?

Yes, Bethany Christian School is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). This accreditation was renewed in 2013.

Are your teachers certified?

Our faculty and staff have a minimum of a four-year college degree, while some also hold an advanced degree. Our faculty also holds a state teaching certificate or a certificate of accreditation.

Is Bethany Christian School associated with a church?

Our school began in a church in 1995, but we quickly outgrew the space. We were able to purchase a building adjacent to the church and become an incorporated private school. We are currently not associated with a specific church. In fact, our families represent over 40 churches in the local area.

Are there any scholarships or financial aid programs available?

Over 90% of our families utilize the Arizona Tuition Tax Credit Program to pay for most or all of their students’ tuition. For more information, please visit Affording Bethany with Tax Credits.

What are the hours of your school day?

Our elementary school (K-5th) hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., and on Fridays from 8:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Our middle school (6th-8th) begins at 8:10 a.m. each day and ends at the same time as our elementary school.

Do you have before or after school care available?

Yes. Our extended care program is available in the each school day morning from 7 – 8 a.m. In the afternoons, it is available from 3:25 – 6 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, and from 1:25 – 6 p.m. on Fridays. Extended care is $4.00 an hour, but is prorated by the minute. Students may attend any days that are needed with no advance notice, and the family is billed at the end of each month.

How much is the tuition and fees?

Tuition and fees vary based on grade and the number of students in your family. Please visit our Tuition page for more information.

When is the first day of school?

Bethany Christian School generally begins the first week of August. Visit our current school calendar for more important date.

What curriculum do you use?

We utilize a variety of curriculum programs to offer the highest quality of education while keeping Christian values at the heart of our school. For a detailed curriculum map, please visit our Curriculum page.

Do you have a uniform?

Our elementary school students wear a specific P.E. shirt two days a week, while our middle school students dress out for P.E. On Fridays, all of our students wear a school polo for Chapel. On the other days, we ask that our students follow a dress code.

Can international students attend your school and do you provide housing?

Yes, we welcome students from around the world to apply as students at Bethany Christian School. We do not provide housing, but there are many local resources for families to consider. For more information, visit our International Student Program page.

How is the Christian faith incorporated throughout the school day?

The Christian faith is incorporated through daily Bible classes, weekly chapels, classroom instruction, and day-to-day interaction with one another. Each subject is taught from a biblical perspective, from math to history to science.

What is the average class size?

The average class size is 18. The maximum size for kindergarten is 20; elementary school is 24; middle school is 28.

What is the school’s philosophy teaching?

Our philosophy of teaching involves direct instruction. We believe that quality, child-focused instruction is the most effective way that children learn. However, students are also given opportunities to explore and discover information, as well as work with partners to reinforce learning. At Bethany Christian School, students are assessed in reading and math and are placed in skill-based groups. These learning groups involve students of different ages and grades in one group and the same skill level. This allows teachers to maximize instructional time while meeting the academic needs of all students.

What kind of test scores do students from BCS achieve and how does that compare statewide/nationally?

Students in 2nd through 8th grade take a nationally standardized test each year, TerraNova 3. Our students consistently score 20 – 40% above the national average. Click here to see our latest test results.

What is the method of communication used to keep me informed of what my child is learning, how they are progressing, etc.?

We use various methods to keep parents informed. Parents and teachers have frequent interaction through email, personal conversations, and/or formal parent-teacher conferences. Additionally, we use the school site management software called RenWeb. Teachers enter grades weekly, so parents are informed regularly of their child’s progress. In addition, teachers send email updates and newsletters to keep parents informed.

What is the benefit of a private, Christian education over a public education?

We provide Christian discipleship – students study a Bible curriculum every day and have weekly chapels. Additionally, they are taught from a biblical perspective throughout each subject. We also have high academic standards and provide skill-based grouping in reading and math so students can excel according to their ability. Bethany Christian School is a small community and there are more opportunities for students to participate in activities. Overall, you will be at a school with supportive, like-minded families and staff.