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WELCOME TO BETHANY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
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.


EXCELLENCE IN ACADEMICS
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.



OUR LOCATION IN FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
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.

BCS NEWS

"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. 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.”

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

We missed you over the summer! 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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BOOSTERTHON IS HERE!

Log-on, Get Pledges and Come to the Boosterthon Fun Run on September 12th! Or, support Bethany Christian School by making a donation to Billy Bobcat at http://bit.ly/bcsfunrun.



The Boosterthon Fun Run program involves all students in a fun, team building, fitness event while helping our school raise much-needed funds. The central focus of this year's character program is COMMUNITY. Digital devices in homes across America can keep students inside and isolated. A theme about getting them out into the community is more important than ever. A portion of the proceeds raised will also go towards "Our Military Kids": for every $5.00 per lap pledged, Boosterthon will make a donation to provide a kid fitness grant for a military family through "Our Military Kids". When a military parent is deployed, it can be a very challenging and scary time for the child. Sports help keep these students plugged into their communities while a parent is away or injured.

Our entire school is raising support to go towards CAMPUS UPGRADES. Bethany Christian has been blessed with record enrollment over the past couple of years. Now, we need a place to put everyone so we can keep growing! Our Boosterthon goals for this year are:

* Raise money for Campus Upgrades
* Have at least 125 BCS students reach the Military Kids donation goal of $5 per lap
* Reach $50,000 in pledges overall


Here's how you can help:

1) LOG-ON to "BILLY BOBCAT's" website at FunRun.com by going to http://bit.ly/bcsfunrun

2) MAKE A PLEDGE by donating a dollar amount per lap (cap is 35 laps) to sponsor a student who may not have been able to get any pledges themselves OR by making a flat donation. You will be able to make donations with a credit or debit card using the convenient ONLINE PLEDGE PAY system.

3) COME TO THE BOOSTERTHON FUN RUN NEXT WEEK! The Fun Run will take place on Friday, September 12th starting at 8:30am. Students will be running 30-35 laps and we would love to have lots of support for our team! To watch our video message on YouTube, please click here or watch it in the window below.



Thank you for supporting our school! If you would also like to volunteer with the PTF for this event, please email Carrie Staley (carrie.staley@hotmail.com) or Nicole Scalisi (flchic413@aol.com). We would love to have you join us at the pick-up or drop-off lines as a Boosterthon cheerleader or we need help at the water table the day of the event! A special thank you to our generous Boosterthon sponsors who are helping us put on the Fun Run this year: East Coast Windows, Dr. Benedetti Orthodontics, New River Pizza, and Dr. Short Orthodontics.

Come join the fun! We'll see you at the Boosterthon Fun Run on Friday, September 12th!

NEW FACES, NEW PLACES!

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!

CASUAL DAYS AT BETHANY CHRISTIAN!

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.

PLEASE BE OUR ANGEL!

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 LUNCH MENU AND ORDERS

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.

FACTS PAYMENT PLAN

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

BCS MAILING LIST

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.



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