Commitment to the Whole Child
All students are encouraged to discover, grow, excel and apply their gifts in service. For nearly six decades, BCS has consistently maintained its focus and commitment to the whole child. Our school’s legacy reflects an educational approach that thoughtfully offers the academic preparation, character formation, stewardship of gifts abilities, and talents needed to bring Christian thought, biblical discernment and critical thinking to the challenges faced by students. BCS students consistently score above the state and national averages. For the past 15 years, BCS high school students have placed first in the Washington State Math Competition, unprecedented in Washington State. Since 2000, BCS students have been recognized for the following exceptional academic promise: 8 National Merit Scholars; 5 National Merit finalists and 25 commended scholars. Our athletic teams have qualified for multiple state competitions.
While test scores, awards and grades are significant, they fall short in telling the whole story. As BCS endeavors to create an environment that instills enthusiasm, curiosity and imagination for learning, our school is cautious about portraying information that may lead to inaccurate and inappropriate conclusions commonly drawn from standardized measurements. At BCS, we use statistics as a means, not an end. They provide clues to progress, but have inherent limitations. Statistics alone are not the measure for which we are striving. These numbers are representative of benchmarks, offering direction for program focus, student learning, professional development, and curricular changes, but ultimately, our work is about transformation, which cannot be bound by statistics.
BCS teachers are committed to prepare students to effectively reach a world desperate for God’s solution to its brokenness. This distinctly Christian education strives to equip students to bring intellectual depth, acts of mercy and redemption to all people and places-during their time at BCS and continuing after graduation.
BCS does not test students for admission to the school. Therefore, it is not relevant to compare scores among schools who accept only students who perform well on tests. BCS serves the entire family of students with varying gifts and abilities. Our distinctly Christian education is a partnership between families and churches in the development of the whole child-academically, spiritually, socially and emotionally. BCS programs include quality academics and in addition to core curriculum, a range of co-curricular activities in the fine and performing arts and athletics. Curriculum for all classes involves teaching children how to think with the goal of developing independent, self directed learners capable of asking questions essential to the development of higher levels of thought processing. Central to all learning is the development of a Christian perspective that encourages each student to pursue a distinctive life path. Creative and critical thinking skills are developed not simply for the purpose of gaining knowledge but to challenge students to apply their gifts and abilities for a lifetime of learning and service to Jesus Christ.