Bethany Christian Schools integrates faith development with academic excellence, urging students to seek a faith they can own. Grounded in Anabaptist-Mennonite values, Bethany weaves Christian teachings into the entire curriculum and nurtures faith development seamlessly throughout the Bethany experience.
What sets Bethany apart?
- Teachers and coaches who serve as mentors, modeling Christ’s love and incorporating Christ’s teachings into the classroom, athletics, and daily work. Teaching is not just their job: It’s their calling.
- Practicing what we teach. Our award-winning Environmental Science program teaches students to become good stewards of what God has given us and see that at work at Bethany in initiatives to be more energy-efficient, including a geothermal heating/cooling system and solar panels/wind turbine that harvest energy from the sun and wind. (View dashboard of solar energy generated.)
- Chapels and systematic biblical instruction in Bible courses required at each grade level.
Grades 4 and 5: Students recognize themselves as agents of God’s reconciliation and peace. Through service to others, 4th and 5th graders encounter God at work with those in need.
Grade 6: Students acquire biblical knowledge through an introductory survey of the Bible and become a community as they share and pray together.
Grade 7: Students increase their familiarity with the Bible and its descriptions of God. Through study of Luke and Acts, they learn the stories and purposes of Jesus, the disciples, and the Holy Spirit. In times of devotional reflection, students consider faith in their own life situations.
Grade 8: Students reflect on how faith in God affects different parts of their lives as they study models of decision-making in Psalms and Proverbs, listen to the prophets’ calls for taking care of the poor and broken, encounter the greatness and mystery of God in the vivid images and metaphors of the Bible, and discover the importance of putting their faith into action in the practicality of James. Key Project: Students reflect on their learning by writing a paper which asks, “Who is Jesus and how should I respond to Him?”
Grade 9, Old Testament: Students examine six important Old Testament themes—creation, call, exodus, possession, loss, renewal—and seek to apply them to their lives. Students learn the Old Testament story, develop Bible study skills, and explore their relationship with God.
Grade 10, New Testament: Students examine the life and teachings of Jesus as recorded in the four gospels. They look particularly at Jesus’ nonresistance, his identification with the poor, and his extension of grace to all people. As they work with Paul’s letters, students experience the life of the early church through a simulation activity. Students apply lessons of the New Testament to personal faith and to ministry in the church and world.
Grade 11, Church History: Students examine Christian church history, with emphasis on the spread of the church and the Anabaptist-Mennonite story. Students also explore their own religious traditions or other Christian leaders and movements of particular interest to them.
Grade 12, Christian Faith Journey: Students describe their faith experiences and gifts, reflect on the beliefs of the Christian church, and explore spiritual disciplines and a Christian lifestyle. Key Project: In a public setting, students give an oral presentation, describing their own response to the teachings of the Christian church at this point in their faith journey.