Frequently Asked Questions
Why have a Christian School?
Training children in the ways of the Lord is a scriptural imperative (Deut. 6:6-7, Prov. 22:6). A school is an extension of the home and as such should be an environment in which young people are trained for life in this world and into eternity. Bethel's purpose is to instruct students in principles of Christian leadership, self-discipline, individual responsibility, personal integrity and good citizenship.
What church or denomination operates Bethel?
Bethel is a non-denominational, independent Christian school and does not operate under the auspices of any particular church or denomination. Students who meet minimum admission requirements are welcome to apply regardless of denominational affiliation.
What if we don't attend church?
Church attendance is not a prerequisite for admission, but is encouraged. It is required however, that parents/guardians review and sign the non-negotiable statement of faith since teaching, curriculum and business within the school will be handled in accordance with that document. Bethel is firm upon its statement of faith and staff teach accordingly.
DO YOU HAVE HALF-DAY KINDERGARTEN?
Yes, Bethel offers both full and half-day Kindergarten.
Is Bethel "Accredited"?
The State of Kansas defines accreditation primarily through uniform education for all children in public schools, meeting minimum facility standards set by state agencies and teaching approved curriculum developed by the state educational board. Bethel uses curriculum of its own choosing and our building cannot compare to public school campuses and therefore would not qualify for state accreditation.
Will my child be able to go to college if Bethel is not accredited?
State accreditation status of a private Christian school will not hinder graduates enrolling in a college or university, state or private. Registrars select students by academic merit and entrance exams (ACT and SAT). Bethel prepares students to make a qualified decision regarding post-high school education upon graduation. In most cases, students from private and home schools have become a sought after commodity by many institutes of higher education due to high scores on entrance exams, as evidenced by our graduates.
When inclement weather strikes, how do we find out if school is open?
Classes may be cancelled due to bad weather and parents/guardians will be notified either via the school GroupMe App or instructed to tune to specific radio (KOFO AM 1220), television stations (WDAF Fox 4, KSHB 41, or KMBC 9) or our Facebook Page. Student safety is of the utmost importance. If parents/guardians feel that it is ill advised for them to come to school they may notify the school for an excused absence.
ARE THERE UNSCHEDULED RELEASES?
There may be times when students will be dismissed early due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Parents/guardians will be contacted to pick up their children; however, a staff member will remain on site until all students are collected.
DOES BETHEL HAVE A UNIFORM?
Yes, Bethel does have a simple uniform to maintain standards of decency and decorum. It consists primarily of blue jeans, with collared shirts/blouses. Once per week, a nicer uniform of navy slacks/skirts and white collared shirts/blouse is worn. A detailed dress code is contained within the Student Handbook provided at enrollment.