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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Is the school accredited?

Yes, we are fully Accredited with AdvancED/SACS and a member of the Texas Private Schools Association. We are also members of the Association of Classical Christian Schools and the Society for Classical Learning. Please visit our Accreditation and Associations page for more information.  

When does the school day start and end?

Our 1st grade through 11th grade classes are held Monday through Thursday from 8:25am-2:45pm and Fridays from 8:25am-12pm. Our kindergarten is a half day program from 8:25am-12:00pm Monday through Friday.

What grade levels are offered?

We currently offer Kindergarten through 11th grade. Each year we will add a grade until we are full Kindergarten through 12th grade.

 

What is the student-teacher ratio?

Research has shown that a low teacher-student ratio contributes to academic success, particularly in the lower grades.  

BCA has a commitment to maintaining a low student-teacher ratio. We average around 12-14 students per class. 

Why is the BCA instructional year different? 

BCA is a full-time school, but we observe an academic year that begins after Labor Day and ends before Memorial Day.

We do not believe that education and life skills are only learned in the school setting. Each family chooses Extracurricular activities for their family that count towards the academic program of their child.  Experiences such as church, camping, volunteering, family worship, reading, family trips, reunions, sports all contribute to the development of a student. In an effort to capture the abundant educational experiences that our families initiate for BCA students, we developed an "Extracurricular Component" to our curriculum (known as the ECC) to measure the data and reflect it as a practice and part of our school culture. Please also note our unique alternative break calendar. There are two, one week breaks verses the traditional March spring break.

Please see our Instructional Calendar for more details. 

What is the cost of tuition and other fees?

Tuition and fees can be found under our Admissions tab.  Our goal is to keep tuition lower than almost all other private schools in the Katy region. 

 

Is tuition assistance available?

Yes, limited tuition assistance is available. BCA employs a third party assessment of all financial assistance applications. More information about tuition assistance can be found under the Admissions tab.  

Is Berean Christian Academy a 501(c)(3) organization?  Are donations to BCA tax deductible?

Yes!  We are a 501(c)(3) charity recognized by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.   Since BCA is exempt under IRC Section 501(c)(3), we are classified as a public charity and we are qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers, or gifts.  Please note that tuition, registration, and book fees are not tax deductible. 

What denomination is the school?

We are a non-denominational Christian school, though we share a common "Statement of Faith", which can be found in the

"About Berean" section of our website.

 

Is Berean Christian Academy associated with a church?

While we are not associated with a certain church we are very thankful and humbled to be housed within a community of faith.

Every family is responsible for joining and participating in a local church.

Does a student have to be a Christian to attend?

No.  Our mission is to serve the Katy community by providing a Christian-based education that is available to students of all religious backgrounds. Though, families must agree with our mission and vision, we do not assume children come to us as Christians.

 Do you offer Extended Care? 

Yes, for our kindergarten classes extended care is offered Monday through Thursday from 12:00 -2:45pm for a nominal fee. Extended care includes supervised time for play, rest and/or homework. Parents are required to provide a lunch and rest mat for their student.

 

Do you require uniforms?

Yes, Berean has elected to have a uniform dress code which provides some variety. As a result, our students and families realize a number of benefits of such a code:

 

  • It is a means of building character and distinction in the lives of our students and it allows them to make choices within guidelines.

  • It fosters a level of professionalism, respect for the school environment, and an atmosphere conducive to learning.

  • It encourages a sense of unity and camaraderie among the students.

  • It resolves fashion issues caused by the comparison of who’s wearing what brand of clothing.

  • It helps maintain a focus on learning rather than on fashion.

  • It results in a less expensive wardrobe.

  • It allows for quicker identification of our students, thus adding another level of security.

For more specifics about the Berean uniform dress code, please see the Uniform Dress Code section of our handbook or website.

Do you have a lunch program?

BCA partners with Roadrunner Foods to offer an on-campus alternative to home-packed lunches.  Students attending Extended Care Kindergarten and 1st grade and up are required to bring or purchase lunch Monday through Thursday.  Additionally, we offer several Chick-fil-A Spirit Day lunches throughout the year for purchase. It also should be noted that BCA is a peanut free campus.

 

Does the school have an emergency disaster and campus-safety plan?

Yes,  the safety of our students is of upmost importance. Appropriate safety measures are in place to protect our faculty, staff, and students.  However, for the protection and safety of our students, these plans are available on-site only and may be reviewed by request upon submission of proper identification.

 

What after school extracurriculars are available to the students?

Our extracurriculars vary year to year based on interest and availability. Some of the extracurriculars we have offered are Home Economics Cooking, Sewing Class, Lego Robotics, Ballet & Baton, Praise Dance, off campus Taekwondo, Chess Club, Spirit Club, Spanish and Run Club. 

Does BCA have an athletics Program?

Yes, we began building a competitive athletics program in 2022 for our 5th-11th grade students. Sports can vary upon interest but currently we offer volleyball, cross country, flag football and basketball with plans to offer soccer and other sports in the near future. 

 

Do students have to take standardized tests?

BCA students do not participate in standardized state testing. Grades 3rd and up participate in the CLT-5 or Classical Learning Test in the spring depending on their grade level. These tests helps compare content specific, curriculum-based performance to the more conceptual knowledge base found in reasoning tests. Our Berean philosophy is not to "teach to the test". 

 

What about textbooks and school supplies?

All textbooks, literature and some school supplies are included in the tuition cost. 

 

Does the school have off-campus learning experiences?

Yes, classroom learning is enhanced by field trips, class projects, and special celebration days. Approximately two field trips per year per grade are designed to reinforce the learning in the classroom with intentional opportunities outside the classroom focused on science, art and history. Starting in 6th grade annual overnight class trip are build into the curriculum and students are expected to attend. 

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