What makes your school different from other schools?
When you walk through the halls of B.C.S., you will see, hear, and feel the heart of God. Our staff invest in a strong academic program, the development of leaders through the Leader in Me and the nurturing of the spirit within each student. We are committed to providing an education that nurtures the whole child to serve the Lord in all things.
How does the Bible fit into your programs?
We have a formal Bible curriculum taught in Bible class. More importantly we integrate the Bible’s teaching into all curriculum areas. Our math is not Christian because there is a Bible text at the top of the math sheet. Math is Christian when students understand that the world was created with order, pattern and inter-relatedness. Humanity did not create math, we unfold it according to God’s created norms.
What curriculum materials do you use?
Our curriculum resources come from a variety of sources. Approximately 80% of our materials comes form the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools or one of its sister organizations.
How does your curriculum compare with that of Ontario public or separate schools?
The goals and expectations of the B.C.S. curriculum meet or surpass those of the Ministry of Education and Training (OMET).
Is the school involved in any kinds of skills testing?
We us Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). MAP creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level—precisely measuring student progress and growth for each individual. MAP testing is administered twice a year to measure student progress in mathematics, reading and language usage.
Measures of Academic Progress® are assessments that measure growth, project proficiency on high-stakes tests, and inform how educators differentiate instruction, evaluate programs, and structure curriculum.
Computer adaptive MAP assessments reveal precisely which academic skills and concepts the student has acquired and what they’re ready to learn. MAP assessments are grade independent and adapt to each student’s instructional level.
MAP scores serve as an essential data point in a student’s learning plan; educators can see their precise learning level and respond accordingly. At B.C.S. we believe that God created each child with their own special set of gifts and talents. As educators we also understand that children develop at different rates. It is our goal to move each student forward in their learning. MAP testing allows us to do just that. MAP results give teachers the tools they need to ensure student success.
Do you offer Special Education?
B.C.S. is committed to meeting and responding to the needs of all students. Our special education support and interventions begin in kindergarten if necessary. Our experienced and qualified staff in both the resource room and the classrooms ensures students are equipped and supported to experience success on a daily basis. Our Homework Club is for students in grades 5 through 8 who require the organizational and study skills necessary to be prepared for class each day.
Are your teachers qualified?
BCS employs professional Christian teachers who are qualified to teach in public and private schools in Ontario, but who chose to serve the Lord and their Christian community in the education, training, and discipleship of its children.
Who operates your school?
BCS is operated by the Belleville Christian School Society (BCSS). BCS is a community based, privately funded, parentally supported independent Christian School. Its daily affairs are managed by an administrative team made up of the Principal and Vice-Principal. A Board of Directors sets policy and supervises the activities of the administrative team. A number of standing committees serve the Board. The Board and committees are elected or appointed from the members of the BCSS. Membership in the society is open to parents and all those interested in the promotion of Christian education. The membership has no less than two official meetings per year.
Is transportation an additional expense?
No. Bussing is included in the tuition. However, once the bus routes are set in mid-summer, routes cannot be altered to accommodate late registrants.
Does your school receive any government funding?
How long has your school been in operation?
BCS has been in operation since 1964.
What are the school hours?
Our school hours are 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Monday – Friday. Students have 2 recess each day, 10:45-11:00 and 12:30 to 1:00.
How old do children have to be to start Junior Kindergarten?
Children must be four years old on or before December 31 of the school year in order to start Junior Kindergarten.
Do you serve hot lunch?
Students bring bag lunches from home. Students can participate in a daily milk program. We enjoy one or two hot lunches per month.
Do you have a tuition assistance program?
Yes. Parents may contact the school for more information about this program.
Are you associated with a particular church or denomination?
No, B.C.S. is an independent, non-denominational Christian school with students from a variety of churches enrolled.