Tomorrow, Bellevue Christian School begins its 70th academic year. BCS certainly has a long history. According to The Private School Review, the average starting date for private schools in Washington is 1976. Holy Names Academy is the oldest private school in the state, founded in 1880. So while BCS is by no means the oldest, we’ve been around longer than most. And while reaching another decade milestone is definitely worth noting, the year begins with far more essential matters on my mind.
Our theme for the year is “Telling God’s Story.” Its complementary Scripture reference is Psalm 107:2, “Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story.” Everyone who passes through the halls at BCS, whether student, parent, or visitor, should know that we care more for the soul than we do for the brain. A prepared life is one equipped to share the great things God has done in the lives of our students, their families, for our faculty and staff. God is a God who intervenes not only in the lives of 1st century Galileans but in 21st century Washingtonians as well.
This is a critical year for the future of BCS. Our Board will be working on a renewed strategic plan. Much of our faculty will be engaged in a self-study as part of our accreditation process. We will be doing a lot of listening. Surveys, focus groups, and individual conversations will help point us in the right direction. The plans and recommendations produced by those efforts will shape this school for years to come.
As our plans for the future unfold, we cannot neglect the present. We are working diligently to better communicate with our various constituencies. The BCS website has undergone significant editing to make it more user-friendly. We continue to look at ways the BCS App (in its current form or perhaps something new) can become the “go-to” place for the most essential and current information parents and students need.
Physical improvements to all three campuses are significant. While we face no specific threats, changes to make our schools more secure and our staff better trained are ongoing. Computer labs have been overhauled. Projects funded by last March’s “Raise the Paddle” initiative are nearly complete. They include interactive pathways on our elementary campuses, flexible and collaborative seating in classrooms and much more. Work to enhance the playfield at our Three Points Campus is also underway. The complete list of summer projects is much longer than space allows.
I am so grateful that so many outstanding people have answered the call to join our faculty and staff. I could go on and on about the quality of the teachers we have hired, but students in their classrooms will best tell those stories.
Over the next few days, I will be praying for every BCS student by name. I hope you will join me in praying for a successful school year for your kids, for their 900+ schoolmates, and the 100+ teachers who will work together to fulfill our mission and serve God by loving people.
In His Service,
Head of School