Bethany Christian School, established in 1980, is a ministry of Rio Vista Community Church that offers PK2-Grade 8. The school is located in the Rio Vista neighborhood of downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida and currently has approximately 310 students. Bethany is well known for offering academic excellence in a nurturing, Christ-centered environment. Small class sizes coupled with individualized attention ensure that our students experience maximum success on the academic, emotional, and spiritual fronts.

Year after year, our students achieve scores well above the national average on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. For the 2014-2015 school year, every single one of Bethany’s classes — without exception — ranked in the top 10% of classes nationwide.

For the second consecutive year, our Kindergarten program ranked in the top 1% in the nation — highlighting the effectiveness of both our Preschool and our Kindergarten programs. At the other end of the elementary spectrum, our fifth-grade class ranked in the top 2% of classes nationwide. For the second consecutive year, Bethany’s elementary program (K-5) ranked in the top 4% of elementary schools. Not to be outdone, our Middle School students also performed exceptionally well. Both our seventh-grade and eighth-grade classes demonstrated a grade equivalency on par with the nation’s average high school senior.

Overall, Bethany students are ranked top 4% in the nation. In addition, BCS students are routinely selected for the Duke University Talent Identification Program on the basis of their superior ITBS scores.

Bethany's middle school graduates routinely matriculate into the high schools of their choice. In the past, our eighth-graders have been accepted to St. Thomas Aquinas, Cardinal Gibbons, Westminster Academy, University School, and American Heritage.

We are fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Council for Private School Accreditation, and Christian Schools of Florida. Bethany is also a member of the Association of Christian Schools International.

Bethany Christian School is located on US1 (South Federal Highway between Broward Boulevard and Davie Boulevard) in Ft. Lauderdale. From I-95, exit Broward Boulevard (east). Turn right (south) on US-1 and proceed through the Kinney Tunnel. The school office is on the corner of US1 and SE 8th Street.


"Rest In The Lord" Matthew 11:28-29 -- Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."

Get Involved Bobcats! -- Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014

Parents, there are so many ways to get involved this school year. Join us for a coffee social on the first Wednesday each month and have fun with the PTF. Or, come to our M.O.M.S meetings on the first Friday of each month. Dads, we have a breakfast on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, just for you! Here at Bethany, we strive to promote communication and fellowship between BCS families, the faculty and staff of BCS, and Rio Vista Community Church. We want to keep parents and teachers connected and informed!

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Bethany Christian School's Annual Pumpkin Patch is officially open for business! Proceeds will go towards the middle school students' 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip. The patch is open for business October 15th-31st (or while supplies last) Mon-Fri from 3:00pm - 7:30pm, Saturday from 9:00am - 7:30pm and Sunday from 12:00pm - 7:30pm. If you would like to help volunteer, please click here to sign up for a shift. It is so easy and it’s a fun way to spend time with your kiddos among the pumpkins. You'll be creating memories for a lifetime!


8:30am-9:30am: "The Great Pumpkin Workout"
Join us for the Great Pumpkin Workout! Bring your own pumpkin or pumpkins are available for sale at our Pumpkin Patch! You choose the size of your pumpkin according to your fitness level! No need to register; however, please bring $10 and turn in the workout form when you arrive. Click here to download the workout form. Anyone 10 and over and any fitness level can do it! All you need to do is show up for a fat burning, muscle toning workout and a special Healthy Eating menu to take home! All proceeds benefit Bethany Middle School’s Washington D.C. trip.

9:00am-3:00pm: "The Great Pumpkin Fun"
Come and enjoy a traditional Pumpkin Patch! An old family favorite, "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" will be playing in the gym. Hay rides, feeding small farm animals, carnival games, face painters, cake walk and a photo-op help set off this tribute to fall! There will be a traditional Turkey-in-the-straw violin hoedown at 10:30am. Grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and other treats will be available for purchase. Come and join us for this fun fall day!

1:00pm: "The Great Pumpkin Decorating Challenge"
Your challenge is to carve or decorate a pumpkin or pumpkins. Team pumpkins are allowed (work with your friends or family if you like). Entries will be judged according to the following criteria: originality, ingenious use of inexpensive and recycled materials, quality of the work, suitability of the title and quality of the work by participant's age. There will be four (4) categories: Ages 3-5, Ages 6-8, Ages 9-12 and Ages 13+.

The main part of each entry must be a pumpkin or a member of the Cucurbitaceae family. You may purchase your pumpkin at the Patch and decorate it onsite. Objects, paper and materials of any kind may be pinned or glued to pumpkins. Participants may draw or paint on their entries, cut designs into their surfaces or dress them up. Each entry must have a title. Participants have until 12:30pm on October 25th to submit their entries in the Gym. Any entries submitted after the contest deadline will not be eligible. Judging will begin promptly at 1:00pm.


Come see first-hand what's happening here at Bethany! Join us on November 4th!


Lots of exciting things have been happening here at Bethany over the summer! We are thrilled to announce that we are growing AGAIN. We have created a few new positions and have added an additional 2nd grade class. Please read the full report here to find out the latest!


Every student looks forward to Casual Day! Casual Day is a fun way to raise money for our school! Proceeds are applied toward the 4th-8th grade class trips and it costs just $1.00 to wear something uniquely your own. The 5th Grade class is responsible for collections at each entrance to both buildings at the beginning of the Casual School Day. School dress codes regarding modesty and proper shoes still apply.

Casual days are listed on the online school calendar or you may click here to download a PDF of the guidelines and schedule for the 2014-2015 school year.


Dear BCS Families and Friends,

As you prayerfully consider your year-end gifts, please consider a donation to Bethany Christian. Your gift will make a significant impact in the lives of our students and the potential ones who would like to attend BCS. Every gift, no matter the amount, makes a tremendous difference.

All donations to BCS are tax deductible.

Thank you in advance for your kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity. We are truly blessed to be surrounded by the love and support from families and friends just like you. Blessings and Grace to you and your family during the Christmas Season and throughout the year.

Our online giving is handled through PayPal. You may either use your PayPal account, if you have one, or enter a credit card.

Sponsor a Student (please select an amount)

Annual Sponsorship for $4,200

Semester Sponsorship for $2,100

Quarter Sponsorship for $1,050

Month Sponsorship for $450

Make a one-time donation of any amount


School lunches may be ordered up to several months in advance. Orders must be placed one week prior to the desired lunch date. Click here to order lunches. The school password is Bethany7.


Click here to enroll in or access your FACTS Tuition Payment Plan for the 2014-2015 school year.


We invite you to join the BCS mailing list. You'll then receive our periodic email messages about all that's happening here at Bethany. We look forward to keeping in touch with you throughout the school year.

615 Southeast 9th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316 |954-522-2554 | info@bcsftl.org