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Bethel Christian Academy - Curriculum
Academic Excellence · Authentic Christianity · Advancing Community

Bethel Christian Academy offers a rigorous academic curriculum that focuses on proficiency of skills and mastery of knowledge as well as development of critical thinking skills. In addition to the academic curriculum, BCA offers a well-rounded program that includes music, art, physical education, computer, and Spanish. Field trips enhance student learning, and the Extended Care programs provide enrichment opportunities in the form of special classes, clubs, and workshops. An extracurricular sports program is available for both boys and girls in grades 5 -8.

This goal-oriented curriculum results in high academic achievement. In addition, it is designed to establish a foundation firmly anchored to Biblical truth.

Bethel Christian Academy is a member of:

  • Association of Christian Schools International
  • National Association of Assemblies of God Christian Schools
 
 

Instructional Program Core Curriculum Overview

Bible

In accordance with the BCA mission statement, the basic tenets of the Christian faith are taught using the Bible and published curriculum materials. Through daily prayer, Bible reading, memorization, and discussion each student is encouraged to make a personal decision for Christ and to grow in his/her relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ.

Gospel Publishing House Preschool
A Beka Kindergarten 
ACSI - Purposeful Design 1st-4th Grades
Christian Schools International 5th Grade
Positive Action 6th-8th Grade

Language Arts/English

A phonics-based approach to early reading instruction assures that students acquire the skills needed to decode unfamiliar words in text. In addition, students are taught to recognize a large number of words by sight to maximize their ability to read a wide variety of material early. Oral reading and comprehension skills are emphasized. Spelling, grammar, penmanship, and writing skills are integrated to ensure that students become effective in their use of the written word.

A Beka Phonics K4-2nd Grade
A Beka Reading and Spelling 1st-2nd Grade
ACSI Spelling 3rd-4th Grade
BJU Press Reading 3rd-5th Grade
A Beka Penmanship K4-1st Grade
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting
(cursive taught in 2nd grade)
2nd-4th Grade
Shurley Grammar 1st-8th Grade

Second through fifth grade students study literary novels in addition to their reading book. Middle school students study literature selections entirely. The objective in studying literature is for the students to develop critical thinking and literary analysis skills as well as to evaluate situations in the stories from a biblical perspective. Books that are studied vary; however possible middle school literature selections include:

6th Grade The Cay; A Wrinkle in Time; Maniac Magee; Bridge to Terabithia; Holes
7th Grade Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, The Hobbit, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Tom Sawyer, Tuck Everlasting
8th Grade Amos Fortune, Free Man, The Hiding Place, Romeo and Juliet, The Giver, Treasure Island

Students in 1st – 8th grade receive explicit instruction in grammar and writing using a variety of resources and objectives developed by BCA. Students begin writing paragraphs in 1st grade and each year progress to writing essays, stories, poems, and reports. All students 1st – 8th grade write book reports, and students in grades 5th – 8th write multi-page research papers.

Mathematics

The BCA mathematics program emphasizes understanding math concepts, computing quickly and accurately, and selecting and applying appropriate problem-solving strategies. Concepts are developed from the concrete, to the pictorial, to the abstract. The curriculum used for Preschool Kindergarten is A Beka. First through 8th grade uses Saxon Math.

History

The BCA history program is designed to help students recognize the presence and purposes of God throughout history and in society. Students learn the ideas and facts needed for intelligent decision-making by analyzing results of the events and decisions of the past. The program emphasizes essential reading, research and critical thinking skills. In the 5th - 8th grade, students engage in numerous experiential activities as well. The curriculum is:

A Beka Kindergarten 
BJU Press 1st-4th Grades
TCI - History Alive 5th-8th Grades

Science

The BCA science program encourages students to recognize and acknowledge the beauty and order of God's creation. The program provides for a large number of hands-on activities and laboratory experiences.

A Beka Kindergarten 
ACSI - Purposeful Design 1st-3rd Grades
BJU Press 4th-8th Grades

BCA provides students with hard-copy textbooks as well as some online textbooks for easy access at home. At the middle school level, students have daily access to netbook computers in many of their classes.  

Our Mission

To create an authentic Christian learning community to train students to know, love, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ, and to equip them spiritually and academically to be lights to the world.

Campus 1 | Preschool-4th Grade

campus18455 Savage-Guilford Road
Savage, Maryland 20763
Phone: (301) 725-HOPE (4673)
Fax: (301) 617-9277

Our Vision

To produce academically equipped young people who demonstrate their commitment to Christ by exhibiting love toward others, strong biblical convictions, and a desire to impact the world for Him.

Campus 2 | 5th-8th Grade

campus29001 Vollmerhausen Road
Jessup, Maryland 20794
Phone: (301) 490-7451
Fax: (301) 490-0153