Mission

To prepare young people to live faithfully for God in a rapidly changing world with the ability to understand, evaluate, and transform their world from the foundation of God’s unchanging values.

Vision

Preparing young people to live faithfully for God.

School Philosophy

Getting a handle on the educational philosophy of Bellevue Christian School can seem a formidable task. For those on the staff who lived through the years of its gradual development, it can be hard to explain. The situation is similar to that of a mature Christian who grew up in the faith, guiding a new believer in the path of discipleship. Where does one begin?

In developing this set of learning goals, we wanted to state a small number of essential points that could be a reference point for students, faculty and parents. We wanted to sharpen our focus and create a quick checklist of how we are doing, while avoiding lengthy documents. We began at the beginning, with the idea of the commitment of the heart of Jesus Christ, and what it means for learning.

“Above all else, guard your heart,” Scripture says, “for it is the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23) It is in our hearts that we rebelled against, God and it is in our hearts that the seed of the word of God is sown. If what we learn does not call forth a response of the heart to the living God, then it is worthless. Therefore, the most important learning goal of a Christian school must be the development of habits of the heart.

The deadliest way to read a poem is to start by taking it apart. In classrooms, this approach has soured for life many people’s view of poetry. But if we let the poem remain a poem, a whole artistic work, then analyzing the structure, the meter, the imagery, and other aspects of the author’s craft can deepen our understanding of both the poem and the poet.

So it is with the academic study of the creation. We are taking apart God’s handiwork in order to better understand it. We can see in greater detail how the creating word of God holds things together and makes them work. But the pieces are not self-sufficient. What we have mentally disassembled we must also mentally reassemble. We should be checking ourselves to make sure that our Christian schooling leads toward a unified understanding of the creation, not toward compartmentalization.

Paul in Romans 1 says that what humanity most needs to know about God can be read in the things he has made. But instead of glorifying God, people began to worship and serve created things rather than the Creator.

The study of the creation leads us to a deeper understanding of God, and calls us to respond from our hearts in lives of loving service to Him. Teachers need to ask how their lesson plans point toward a response to God. Students need to be challenged to ask how they can put their learning into practice in serving God. Parents need to be evaluating their children’s progress in terms of goals that reach beyond this life and connect with the coming of God’s kingdom.

The habit of asking the questions of worldview, wholeness, and worship, can help us keep our eyes on the goal of all human endeavors, which is that we may be part of the fulfillment of the prayer, “Thy kingdom come.”

With this as background, we can look next time at some of the positive reasons for having Christian schools.

“What you believe determines the kinds of questions you can ask,” said the American philosopher Suzanne Langer, “and the kinds of questions you ask determine the kinds of answers you can get.” Belief is more fundamental than opinion. Opinion, conclusion, interpretation, and evaluation are all built on a bedrock of belief about the nature of the world and of human life.

Paul urges us to be transformed by having our minds renewed in Christ (Romans 12:2). That must begin with our most fundamental views about the world and our place in it. We and our students need to be challenged to develop a Christian worldview. Therefore we ask the question behind all other questions. Whatever opinion or conclusion we may express, we must ask, “Was my thinking about this shaped by biblical concepts of the world and of human life?”

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.

Doctrine and Principles

Founded in 1950 by brothers Joe and Al Greene, BCS provides a comprehensive Preschool – 12th grade education serving the children of Christian families on the eastside of King County. Based on biblical principles and centered on Jesus Christ, we are first and foremost a faith community.

Doctrinal Statement

  1. We believe the Bible to be the only inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man regeneration sovereignly applied by the Holy Spirit and evidenced by a living faith in Christ is absolutely essential.
  5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Principles of Christian Education

In addition to the preceding doctrines, we adhere to the following principles of Christian education demanded by the Word of God. The list below is a summary of the BCS Educational Confession.

  1. God and Education: God is the one–of whom, through whom, and unto whom are all things (Romans 11:36).
  2. God and Man: God is the one in whose image and after whose likeness man is made. Accordingly man’s life must begin and end with being true to the image of God. Man–being created in the likeness of God–must think God’s thoughts after Him; he must ever will to do God’s will; and he must love God because God requires it.
  3. Man and Creation: God has made man to have dominion over His creation, and therefore holds him responsible for it. He must love it, sustain it, and use it for the glory of God. The highest self-revelation of God in creation is man, who is made in His own image–an image in which all men share. From this it follows that God requires that man must love his fellow men with a love comparable to his love for himself.
  4. A World in Sin: “With Adam’s fall we sinned all.” Because of sin, man (the pupil) by nature lives apart from God. For the image bearer of God to live apart from God is death-man is “dead in trespasses and sins”. Through the fall of man, creation (the objects of school study) is “groaning” under the curse of sin. (Eph. 2:1, Rom. 8:22).
  5. Believers in a Sinful World: Whosoever is in Christ is a “new creature”. But the pollution of sin clings to him as he travels the road of sanctification throughout life. In principle the old things of sin and the self-centered life have passed away. In practice they have not. This creates a moral monstrosity. This creates the necessity of Christian training.
  6. Children of Believers in a Sinful World: The fact that a child is born into a Christian home secures for him special privileges promised to believers and their seed (Acts 2:39). The children must therefore be regarded as entitled to all blessings that a benevolent Father has promised them. Implied among these blessings is an adequate knowledge of God secured from both the special and general revelation.
  7. Education in a Sinful World: In view of sin all is in a state of disintegration. Education fundamentally is an integrating process, making for a God-centered life. In and through this integrating process the pupil is being properly adjusted to his fellow men, to his environment, and to the times in which his lot is cast. Christian education is therefore, redemptive in character, it is bringing into conscious subjection to God what has been redeemed in and through Christ. As a child of believing parents enjoy special blessings because his home is Christian, we cannot but educate him in a Christian school.
  8. The Home and Education: God’s Word places upon Christian parents the responsibility for the type of education described above. But because in most instances parents have neither the time nor the training to do this, Christian schools are virtually their only means of fulfilling this responsibility. The Christian school is thus an extension of the Christian home, and necessitates the closest cooperation between the school and the home for the Christian education of the child.

Foundations of Education

At Bellevue Christian School, our vision for Christian schooling encompasses a worldview that answers the great questions of life. We believe this worldview is foundational to any educational program and addresses the following questions: “who are we?”, “where are we?”, “what is wrong?”, and “what is the remedy?”. BCS students are learning to think through life by answering these questions from a biblical worldview’s perspective of Creation, Fall, and Redemption.

This biblical worldview informs us that God talks to us and calls us to Himself through His Creation. It also helps us understand the origin and the extent of sin in its doctrine of the Fall. Finally, it teaches us that redemption not only brings individuals into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, it extends throughout the whole of creation.

Scripture teaches us that another aspect of our redemption entails the renewal of our minds to the end that we might have the mind of Christ. To have the mind of Christ is to have an alternative consciousness, a way of seeing life and the world that is radically different from the perspective of the modern, secular world. We recognize that this commits us to far more than mere intellectual ascent to a bare philosophy. The transformation of our minds is expressed in a lifestyle that actively and sacrificially mirrors Jesus.

Bellevue Christian School’s vision for Christian schooling acknowledges and embraces the following important commitments:

  • Discipleship and Shalom
  • Creation Reveals God
  • No Neutrality
  • Jesus is the Truth
  • Foundation of Love
  • Knowing is Doing
  • Importance of Community
  • Seeking First the Kingdom
  • Discipleship and Shalom

Our goal of Christian schooling is responsive discipleship, evidenced in eliciting students’ gifts, sharing our joys and sorrows, and seeking shalom. Each student’s individual giftedness is honored as a valuable contribution to the classroom and the Bellevue Christian School community. Shalom involves the outworking of Christ’s redemption in repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation in all of life.

Creation Reveals God

Creation is profoundly revelatory of God and provides the only curriculum any school offers. Formed and daily maintained by His powerful Word, creation is a channel through which God shows Himself to us and enables us to worship and commune with Him. The study of creation can become a way of connecting with God in the sense of knowing Him.

No Neutrality

Facts are not neutral, they are charged with the presence of God as channels through which God talks to us. As image bearers, we are both privileged and obligated to respond to Him with awe, love, praise, and service.

Jesus is the Truth

Truth is a Person: Jesus Christ. “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” John 14:16. There are not two kinds of truth: spiritual and ordinary or scientific. Ordinary things, such as mathematics, point beyond themselves to Him as the truth and as their Creator.

Since all areas of study point to God because He created and upholds them, truth is embodied solely in God.

Foundation of Love

Love is foundational to learning. God loves the world which He has spoken into being and which He upholds by His Word. He knows us in love, even in our sinful state. Our knowledge cannot be genuine unless it is rooted in love–love for God, for our neighbor, for ourselves and for the creation.

Knowing is Doing

The biblical concept of knowledge is totally different from the secular concept. It is active, not passive. We begin to understand creation by recognizing that God is talking to us in it and by responding to Him in connection with it. The fear or awe of God is the beginning of wisdom, Proverbs 1:7.

Importance of Community

The development of community is of primary importance at Bellevue Christian School. Community encompasses the relationships in the classroom, among the faculty, between the teachers and administration, and of parents to the school and to each other. Reflecting our relationship to God, Bellevue Christian School’s educational program is relational at its core. Community is basic to the Body of Christ and it is a responsibility of the Christian school to try to restore it.

Seeking First the Kingdom

Christians are to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, Matthew 6:33. We instruct students to seek His kingdom in the whole of their lives. Christ desires to be king of their study lives, their recreational lives, their family lives, all facets of their lives. When individuals do not strive to serve Christ in the whole of their lives, they are serving the kingdom of Satan. This conflict of the kingdoms is the primary quality of the present period of history for Christians.