BETHEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (BCA)

The Bethel Christian Academy (BCA) is a ministry of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. As one component of the "the vision" which was conceived by the pastor Reverend Dr. R.B. Holmes, and embraced by the church's officers and congregation. BCA opened it doors for instruction and welcomed its first class of 34 boys and girls on September 8 1992. These children were enrolled in pre-kindergarten through third grade. Prior to the opening ceremony on Saturday, August 1992, twelve committees, under the leadership of the pastor, worked diligently to develop Christian academy that would provide an academically and morally sound learning environment for boys and girls of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

Mission Statement We still provide an environment that is conducive to learning; a staff that is sensitive to the needs of the children; and a well-balanced program that is child-centered, is academically challenging, and is based upon Christian principle. Additionally, our aim is to provide a strong support system that will help develop God-fearing, law-abiding well-mannered and highly motivated learners. Goal The Primary goal of the school is to satisfy the spiritual, intellectual, physical, and social needs of each student. The result will be the development of the whole person.
School Objectives
•To instill moral values self-esteem, self-worth, self-respect, and respect for other.
•To encourage academic appreciation and excellence
•To build and maintain positive attitude.
•To develop good and decent law-abiding citizens

Faculty The faculty is composed of teachers whose minimum training include a bachelor's degree and certification in the State of Florida and whose expertise in the field of education is enhanced by their ongoing training. History The Bethel Christian Academy (BCA) is a ministry of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. As one component of the "the vision" which was conceived by the pastor Reverend Dr. R.B. Holmes, and embraced by the church's officers and congregation. BCA opened it doors for instruction and welcomed its first class of 34 boys and girls on September 8 1992. These children were enrolled in pre-kindergarten through third grade. Prior to the opening ceremony on Saturday, August 1992, twelve committees, under the leadership of the pastor, worked diligently to develop Christian academy that would provide an academically and morally sound learning environment for boys and girls of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin. The late Ida Adams chaired the
planning committee with the late Dr. Doris Clack as co-chairman. Mrs. Lucille Williams led the curriculum planning and Mrs. Juanita Johnson chaired student services. To provide instruction for these thirty-four students, three teachers, whose minimum training included a bachelor's degree and certification by the State of Florid, were employed. One of the teachers, Mrs. Sheila Littlejohn-Blake, served in a dual role as teacher/director. The Reverend Dr. R.B. Holmes served as Chancellor, providing God-inspired leadership. Other staff members included a receptionist, an instructional assistant, and food service coordinator. The school was housed in property, former Western Sizzling restaurant, purchased and renovated by the Church and located directly across the street. Supported a strong parents, Teachers, and Friends Organization (PTFO), under the leadership of Mrs. Beatrice Spencer, the first president, BCA thrived. At the end of the first year, BCA received high marks of evaluation from the students, parents, and instructors as well as commendations from a peer reviews team. After evaluation and careful consideration, it was determined that the fourth and fifth grades be added for the second year. During the 1993-94 academic school year, BCA enrolled forty-seven students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grades. Since that time, the enrollment has grown and the number of staff members increased. We are thankful that God allowed us to celebrate 10 of existence in 2001-2002. However, the mission remains the same. The school is now housed in the Bethel Family Life Center, a state of-the-art facility, providing a beautiful and spacious earning environment. The primary goal of the school remains child-centered resulting in the development of students who possess competence, creativity, and character. General Information School starts August 18, 2003
Curriculum The curriculum of the Bethel Christian Academy is comprehensive and based upon what is known about how children develop and learn. The Academy:

•Requires students to master basic course encompassing reading, math, science, social studies and languages arts, Bible, music and physical education.
•Includes goals objective, skill, and activities that address spiritual, intellectually, physical, emotional, cultural, and social needs of children.
•Uses an integrated approach in which subject matter divisions are presented through thematic units of study and learning experience, allowing for rich, conceptual development.
•Integrates assessment with ongoing classroom activities.
•Provides a child-centered academically challenging experience.
•Encourages experimental learning that promotes critical and creative thinking in a warm, accepting, rich, and aesthetic environment.
•Uses appropriate instruction material and practices to meet developmental needs and interest of children.
•Is success oriented and promotes continuous and sequential learning.



Cheryl Bouyer, Principal, Bethel Christian Academy
850-222-6605
Vernell Goss, Administrative Assistant, Bethel Christian Academy
850-222-6605