In 2021, Bethel Classical Academy was established to provide a classical and Christian education which adheres to a Protestant, biblical worldview as articulated in our Statement of Faith. The goals of this education are to use the great works and events of Western Civilization as fodder for developing in students an appreciation of that which is true, good, beautiful and noble; life-long habits of learning and critical thinking; and the desire and ability to respectfully, creatively and winsomely communicate.
The fundamental purpose of BCA, as a school, is to educate with excellence. We believe that truly outstanding education can never be accomplished apart from a central recognition of God as Truth and the source of all wisdom. “The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.” I Corinthians 3:19. For this reason, all subject matter at BCA must be taught from a Biblical worldview, explicitly recognizing the centrality of God in all learning and discourse. “Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.” Proverbs 2:13-15. In the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom, it is our desire to equip students not only with an excellent understanding of academic subjects but also with a mature understanding of the nature of God, our relationship and responsibility to God and others, our moral responsibility for the choices we make, and an appreciation of God’s creation.
“The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.”
- I Corinthians 3:19
Excellent education also requires that students be trained in diligence and perseverance. “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is short-sighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.” II Peter 1:5-9. We therefore purpose to give our students an appreciation of the value of hard work and self-discipline; a true self-esteem based upon effort and accomplishment; and a willingness to sacrifice the seeming pleasures of the moment for the rewards of the future. We seek to obey the Biblical mandate to be good stewards of all that God has given us. As a school, we teach our students to pursue diligence and good stewardship primarily through academic pursuits. However, we also recognize the value of activities such as athletics and fine arts when pursued with these goals in mind.
"...a true self-esteem based upon effort and accomplishment; and a willingness to sacrifice the seeming pleasures of the moment for the rewards of the future."
We perceive a dedication to God’s truth and a rich, vibrant atmosphere of outstanding academic achievement to be inextricably bonded. Neither the spiritual nor academic aspect of this school can be diminished without damaging the whole and departing from the original vision. We desire our graduates to be equipped intellectually, to have developed the habit of discipline, to have acquired a mind that loves learning and intellectual pursuits, and to dedicate this equipped, disciplined and sharpened mind to God’s purposes.