Frequently Asked Questions

Fundamentals

 

Is the school accredited?

We are fully Accredited with AdvancED/SACS and a member of the Texas Private Schools Association.

 

Are your teachers certified?

All our teachers are highly qualified in their fields and have solid track records of degrees, certifications and years of experience.

 

What grade levels are offered?

We are currently Kindergarten through Middle School. In the upcoming years we are adding High School grades and will be full K-12.

 

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. 

Why is the BCA instructional year so short? 

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 skilled 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.  

 

Christian Foundation

 

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.

 

Logistics

 

When does the school day start and end?

Our 1st-6th 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. 

Do you offer Extended Care? 

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

 

Do you require uniforms?

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 The Simply Fresh Kitchen to offer an on-campus alternative to home-packed lunches.  Students attending Extended Care Kindergarten and 1st-4th grades 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.

 

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 sports are available through to the students?

BCA offers an optional "Run Club" that meets once a week from 3:00-3:30 on Thursdays. We also have offered Chess Club, Yearbook, Computer Coding Classes, Wrestling, and Spirit Club in recent years.

 

Do students have to take standardized tests?

All BCA students participate in one national skills-based assessment in the Spring. We use the IOWA Form E. test but our Berean philosophy is not to "teach to the test". 

 

What about textbooks?

All textbooks and literature are included in the book fees.  Summer readings are not.

 

Does the school have off-campus learning experiences?

Yes, classroom learning is enhanced by field trips, class projects, and special celebration days. Approximately two to three 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.

 
 

Finances

 

What is the cost of tuition and other fees?

The 2019-2020 tuition can be found here.  Our tuition is lower than almost all other private schools in the Katy region. 

 

Is tuition assistance available?

Please contact the board to discuss financial needs.  

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. 

BEREAN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

1407 West Grand Parkway South

Katy, TX 77494

Phone: 346-307-7491

SCHOOL HOURS

 

Monday-Thursday   8:25am-2:45pm

Friday                       8:25am-12:00pm

 

AdvancED Logo.jpg
Texas Private School Logo.png
Westside Christian Chamber.jpg

© 2019 by Berean Christian Academy