Bellevue Christian School

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Coordinates: 47°37′32″N 122°12′39″W / 47.6256°N 122.2107°W / 47.6256; -122.2107

Bellevue Christian School
Established 1950
Type 1A
Students 1,301
Grades Pre-school-12
Location 1601 98th Avenue Northeast, Washington,
United States
Campus Suburban
Colors Blue and White
Mascot Vikings
Website bellevuechristian.org
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Bellevue Christian School (BCS) is a 1A school[clarification needed] located in Clyde Hill, Washington, in the United States. BCS is a part of the Emerald City League, a high school athletic conference located in the greater Seattle Area. The school was founded in 1950 [1] by brothers Dr. Albert and Joseph Greene. Since its inception enrollment of Bellevue Christian School has grown from nine students to 1,301 students.[2]

Philosophy and Mission Statement[edit]

Philosophy:

The philosophy of BCS follows the opinions of its founder, Dr. Al Greene. Greene believes that Christians today should have what he calls "an alternative consciousness." They should recognize that the Christian worldview is distinctly different from the prevailing secular-humanist worldview which he believes is prevalent in today's culture and public schools.[3]

Mission Statement:

BCS states that its mission is to prepare young people to live fully for God in a rapidly-changing world, with the ability to understand, evaluate, and transform their world from the foundation of God's unchanging values.[4]

Affiliation[edit]

Bellevue Christian School is a private, interdenominational school.[citation needed] The school body represents more than 160 congregations.[citation needed] BCS emphasizes strong academics and service within a Christ-centered education.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Founded by brothers, Albert and Joseph Greene in 1950, BCS has grown to serve approximately 1,300 students on four campuses.[citation needed]

Locations[edit]

Academics[edit]

Bellevue Christian School is approved by the State of Washington and accredited by Christian Schools International and the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS).[citation needed]

BCS believes the mission is effectively expressed by the following 4 R's:

  • Redemptive : Preparing students to respond to God and human need.[citation needed]
  • Rigorous : Challenging students through academically demanding programs that develop critical thinking and compel action.[citation needed]
  • Relational : Giving and receiving loving support through a community of families.[citation needed]
  • Relevant : Developing lifelong learners to become Christian leaders wherever God calls them to serve.[citation needed]

BCS focuses on serving the whole child and the entire family.[citation needed] All children are encouraged to discover, grow, excel and apply their gifts in service.[citation needed]The academic program is rigorous and includes AP classes in English, U.S. history, calculus (AB and BC), physics, Spanish and art.[citation needed] BCS is noted for its music program, which includes three choirs and three bands[citation needed], including a symphonic wind ensemble[citation needed]. Students conduct research at the University of Washington Libraries twice per year for U.S. History and academic writing projects[citation needed]. Alumni attend a variety of universities including Ivy League Schools, Military Academies, State Schools, Christian schools, and Community Colleges[citation needed].

Co-Curricular Activities[edit]

BCS is a member of the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA)[citation needed] and participates in the Emerald City 1A League.[citation needed] BCS offers sixteen different high school varsity sports (9 boys, 7 girls) including baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, track, volleyball, and wrestling.[citation needed] A number of JV sports teams are available as well.[citation needed] In addition, high school students can participate in a fall or spring play.[citation needed]

Faculty[edit]

All faculty members are professing Christians[citation needed] and hold a valid Washington State teaching certificate[citation needed]. Many teachers have advanced degrees and three current teachers are Ph.D. candidates[citation needed] who are preparing to defend their dissertations.

Distinctives[edit]

Students, teachers, parents and administrators are encouraged to practice servant leadership according to Jesus’ teachings. Conflict resolution follows the model found in Matthew 18 where community members are encouraged to seek personal reconciliation rather than simply appealing to school administrators as a first step. Having owned the junior-senior high campus for several decades, BCS is able to keep tuition relatively low by local standards so that it can serve whole families. Students are not screened academically, since the school philosophy stresses the giftedness of all students, not just those who achieve high test scores. BCS offers Special Academic Services (SAS) to students who need help in strengthening their learning skills and equipping them with processing tools. The department is widely respected for its work with students who struggle with traditional educational models. SAS is affiliated with the National Institute of Learning Development and is based on neurological therapy. BCS is one of the few private, religious or secular schools to offer SAS therapy.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bellevue Christian Opens Branch -- Woodinville Expansion Reflects Growing Support http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=2313911&date=19960213
  2. ^ District Overview http://www.bellevuechristian.org/content-en/overview/index.php retrieved April 14, 2008
  3. ^ An Alternative Consciousness by Dr. Al Greene http://www.bellevuechristian.org/content-en/overview/publications/drgreene/articles/3.php Retrieved April 14, 2008
  4. ^ Mission Statement on Website

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