These are the fine print guidelines we needed to layout to operate as a non-profit. As a school, we do our best to let God's word be our guide in making big decisions and treating everyone with love and compassion.
Building Foundations through His Love.
To incorporate Christ and Community into Education. These 3 factors will be the focus of BCS: Christ, Community, Education.
One of the greatest gifts that we can give our children is a Christ-centered education. We simply need to allow God to be a part of our lives and He will. BCS will focus on the importance of building a relationship with God to help our children through and enjoy their lives to the fullest. Bradley Christian School will be completely interdenominational in nature. The religious classes taught will consist of the basic principles of Christianity with no preference given to any denomination.
BCS also sees value in Community. The importance of children growing together in a Community and helping that Community grow and flourish along with taking care of their surroundings and knowing about their roots and where they live.
Education. A child’s education should not be taken lightly. BCS will strive to provide an outstanding educational foundation. The smaller classes and dedicated teachers and volunteers provides BCS the opportunity to have a relationship with EVERY student.
BCS currently covers K through 12th grade and is classified by the State of South Dakota as an alternative education system (Homeschool). We are subject to the requirements established for such education systems and fully follow them. BCS has set a high standard for the school in it’s conduct and curriculum.
Curriculum: All In One Home School - http://allinonehomeschool.com, Genesis Curriculum, The Bible, Piano Lessons (music, guitar), Interactive Art and Problem Solving Projects, What's In The Bible with Buck Denver, Is Genesis History
Testing: State testing takes place in grades 4, 8, and 11.
School Lunches: School lunches will not be provided unless notified otherwise.
Application for Admission
BCS will follow this procedure in considering the enrollment process:
1. Applications for enrollment including BCS Application (per family), state exempt form and school records from previous school, and other pertinent information should be given to the executive director by the registration date of August 1st.
2. Students are required to participate in all required classes, including but not limited to religion classes.
3. No student will be allowed to promote non-Christian religious views.
4. The status of every student may be subject to review by the School Board.
5. The School Board reserves the right to suspend or terminate a student’s enrollment if it is deemed by the School Board to in the best interest of the student, teachers, school, or the other students.
Immunization Requirements- As and alternative-education system/homeschool, we do not require proof of immunization. We feel it is up to the parent(s)/guardian(s) to decide whether or not they immunize their children.
Since the origination of BCS, our mission has drawn us down a slightly different path as more of a mission than a business. Tuition is not required. God has and continues to provide for BCS in so many ways and if you feel BCS is a good fit for your family, please contact us.
Some families do want to pay tuition, if that is the case, here is a guideline or you can simply make a donation - but please don't feel obligated. Tuition: $1125/year or $140/month for 8 months. Many families also like to contribute to the school by providing meals or donating time - which is welcomed.
Age/Date Cutoffs Students must be 5 years old for Kindergarten by June 1st of the upcoming school year to enroll at BCS and completed the required steps to begin Kindergarten, see the info page to learn more. (Please contact us directly if you have a concern about the cutoff or would like to be considered for an exemption.)
5. When a student is absent or late a note, phone call, or personal visit form a parent is required.
6. Each student will be expected to do his or her part in daily cleaning duties in the classroom.
7. Children should come to school well groomed and properly dressed. This includes seasonal considerations as well... ie- winter boots, stocking cap, gloves/mittens in winter. Immodest dress is not appropriate. Likewise, no child will be allowed to promote other religious views. Faculty and Board retains the right to request corrective action.
8. Visitors are welcome to attend during the school day. 9. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be scheduled through out the year. Either parents or teachers may schedule additional conferences at any time.
10. Progress or report cards will be communicated with parents.
11. Parents are expected to pick up their children at the end of the school day, which is 12:30, unless other arrangements have been made between both the parents and teachers.
God’s word teaches that children are to honor and obey those whom he has placed over them. We believe whenever a child is disobedient, rebellious or disrespectful he should be rebuked and in some instances punished. -We believe, above all, about treating people with love and compassion and will do our best to stand by Jesus’ example of love, in every circumstance.
If a child’s conduct is such that his continued attendance would do harm to the general welfare of the school, the school board may expel that child.
Attendance- General Statement of Policy POLICY FOR PRE-K through 12th grade Students are required to homeschool with their families on days they are absent.
Grade advancement will be largely based on effort, attitude, and obedience. We understand that we all have different strengths and weaknesses, these differences do not make us better or worse than anyone else. At BCS, we hope to grow a strong foundation of communication (reading, writing, multiple languages), problem solving (math & science), and individual thinking (history, facts, art, music). Letter grades are not easily applied to any of these as we all grow and learn differently. With our low student-teacher ratio and frequent communication with parents on students progress this shouldn’t be an issue. The School Board reserves the right to review each student’s status in cooperation with the faculty to determine if special action is needed.
The unit credit at BCS is based on a student’s achieving a certain level of understanding of the subject matter. While our curriculum and class schedule are specific, our main concern is that our students learn what is being taught. Our definition of unit credit varies from the standard definition used by the public school systems where the unit credit is specifically based on a set number of class hours (120 per year per subject equals 1 credit). Our policy can result in our students spending more or fewer class hours than what is experienced in the public school system. Again, our focus is on learning and making sure our students are gaining knowledge. Our students are assessed based on their attained knowledge of each subject matter. We are confident that any students entering the public school system after attending BCS would have a knowledge base required to successfully move to the corresponding grade level.
A Note for Parents
God has given to parents the responsibility of teaching children all the truths of His Holy Word, the Bible. Most important to our children is that they be taught of their Savior Jesus Christ.
At BCS we teach your children about Jesus their Savior and about His will for their lives. We teach these things as they are taught in the Bible. As we teach your children, we pray that God’s Word will take hold in their hearts and become an active force in their lives.
Parents are teachers. By your words and your actions, you teach your children what is important to you. We pray that you, the parents of our school children, will give Christ and his Word a central place in everyday family life. A commitment to BCS encompasses both student and parent(s).
Bradley Christian School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. BCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration, in its educational policies, admissions policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
We recognize that BCS is not equipped to meet the needs of every child with learning or behavioral needs. Therefore, not all students who apply for admission will be accepted. The final decision in this matter will rest with the leadership team of Bradley Christian School.
The board will be made up of 5-7 members who feel strongly about the success and mission of BCS: President, Secretary/Treasurer, and 3-5 General Board Members. To Conduct Business the board must have a majority vote of 3 out of 5. The job of the board is to listen to the needs and concerns of the executive director and teachers to make sure BCS is operating as smoothly as possible and meeting the needs of the students and faculty.
Terms: 5 year terms on all positions except the executive director. Any person can leave their position with 3 months notice to the board. Executive Director is for life or until they step down or they can be voted off by a unanimous decision of all other board members. All board members subject to removal by unanimous vote.
We had a BCS board meeting on Friday morning and added a few more serving opportunities to the events. Please mark your calendars.
Feb 14 : Share His Love Valentines Supper. BCS will be putting on a free V-Day supper @ the Bradley Community Center (location may change) from 5-7pm. The kids will be helping serve, wash dishes, and wait tables.
April 2 : Serving at the Webster Pantry. 3:30 to 6:00pm. Dismiss @ 2.
April 26 : This was already marked as the last day with garbage pick up, BBQ, and Recital. We will also be having a short group PT conference to discuss summer goals.
Dear God. Thank you for blessing BCS. Please bless our out-reach efforts as we share your love with those in our community. Thank you for your love. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
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