Berean Christian Academy (TX)

http://bereanchristianacademy.org

Contact Information

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: (346) 307-7491

Address: 1407 W Grand Pkwy S, Katy, TX

About Our School Program

We are currently a Jr. Kinder- 8th grade school and we are adding a grade each year until we are a full Jr.K-12th grade school. Our Approach to Classical Education is not a subject, and it does not deal in subjects. It is instead the transfer of a way of life. -G.K. Chesterton The Garden School Junior Kindergarten & Kindergarten Cura Personalis - Care For The Entire Person The “Garden years” are a beautiful season in the life of a child where a sense of wonder, amazement, curiosity, and an eagerness to learn are innate. We have this short time to prepare the soil for the seeds that will be planted and grown throughout the Trivium stages. The main objective is to develop an excitement for the learning process through games, songs, chants, beautiful literature, rhymes, poetry, classical music, art, and imaginative play. Skillfully created lessons develop motor skills, memorization skills, number sense, phonetic awareness and reading. A love of nature and exploration are built into the day while Bible and Virtue studies begin to shape the student’s character. The Grammar School 1st-6th Grade Ad Meliora - Toward Better Things The Grammar stage is also known as the “Knowledge Stage.” During these foundational years, the child’s brain is like a sponge, just soaking in the knowledge of the world around him. At this young age, students learn best through repetition, songs, chants, and memorization. Students will have a large focus on memorization of the helpful information that they will need to be able to access throughout the rest of their lives. It is aptly called the “Grammar” stage because students are learning the grammar of the world around them. Not just English grammar, but science terminology, historical events, biblical characters and stories, math facts, timeline events, and Latin vocabulary are all a part of the grammar stage. History is studies from Creation to Modern day, chronologically while incorporating all other subjects into the timeline of events. To put it in simpler terms, students learn the “Who, What, When, and Where” of the subjects presented. A continuation of Virtue studies and Bible knowledge run through each day’s lessons. The Logic School 7th-9th Grade Deus Nosce, Temet Nosce - Know God, Know Thyself The Logic Stage is also known as the “Understanding Stage.” Anyone who has raised a preteen (or ever was one) knows that this is the “argumentative” stage. Children begin to question the world around them, including subject matter and their authorities. They are developmentally ready to explore independent thinking and reasoning. Therefore, our aim is to teach them how to seek out truth and to argue well, with respect and right thinking. Wise mentors facilitate conversation and probe the student for sound, true argument and application of what they are learning. That is why the formal study of Logic is implemented in this stage. Students learn how to discern between truth and fallacy and begin to practice the art of argument through formal debate and open conversation, testing the integrity of ideas and their alignment with scripture. Once again, the students will work their way chronologically through history, from Creation to Modern day, but now with a deeper understanding. All the knowledge acquired in the Grammar stage is now thoroughly investigated for the “Why’s and How’s” of the subject and students begin to form their own opinions on the matter. Latin grammar and translation are studied all 3 years in the School of Logic, while Virtue studies and Biblical themes are taught and examined on a personal level and applied to daily activities. The Rhetoric School 10th-12th Grades Docendo Discimus - By Teaching We Learn While BCA does not currently have a school of Rhetoric, the below is a picture of where we plan to go as we move move forward through the Trivium. The Rhetoric Stage is also known as the “Wisdom Stage.” The Rhetoric student takes the knowledge and understanding that he has developed over the past 9-11 years and begins to impart that wisdom through eloquent, articulate, and beautiful conversations and writings, focused on highlighting truth. This is a stage of self-teaching and examination. With deeper study into the “great books,” original ancient texts, theology, philosophy, and the masters of oratory the student becomes the teacher and can persuasively defend his thoughts and ideas. The capstone of this stage is modeled through a 12th grade thesis that the student then presents to a panel of peers, authorities, and critics alike. The goal is to have produced an independent thinker, grounded in the Word of God, ready to face the lost world with the truth of Christ, while walking in virtuous character.

About Our Community & Mission

BCA Mission Statement: Berean Christian Academy's mission is to educate students in a Christ-centered worldview, equipped to recognize Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in God's Creation. Berean operates as a partnership between faculty and parents preparing students to live their lives for the glory of Christ and benefit of others. Vision Statement We believe that the ultimate aim of a Christian education is to reproduce disciples – men and women who walk in wisdom, obey His word, and live out their faith. We strive to guide our students toward a meaningful relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ, to emulate His compassion toward others, and to foster servant leadership qualities while providing a comprehensive academic program presented from a biblical perspective. The founders and board members of Berean Christian Academy believe that we can best fulfill this by emulating the Bereans of Acts 17 from which the school namesake was derived. Our Philosophy The ultimate purpose of Berean Christian Academy is to glorify God. Quality education- academically, spiritually, socially, physically, culturally, and emotionally-is provided from a Biblical point of view to help parents raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. As a school, our goal is to assist our students in developing a Biblical worldview. ​Because we are concerned with the development of the whole person, we stress the following: 1. SPIRITUAL GROWTH - Our emphasis is to teach the Word of God, to exalt Jesus Christ as Savior, Lord, and friend, and to assist our students to mature spiritually by placing God as the center of their lives. 2. INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT - A carefully planned and well balanced academic program strives to meet the needs of young people. 3. PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT - A combination of programs and activities are designed to meet the various motor development skill levels of each age group with physical education classes and after school sport opportunities. 4. EMOTIONAL/SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT - Students are exposed to a wholesome atmosphere where they will be positively influenced in the areas of self esteem, social development and moral values. 5. CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT - Through a combination of literature, culture and languages, students are prepared for diversity in society. The Christian philosophy of education is based on the authority, authenticity, and reliability of the Bible as the complete and final revelation of God concerning all matters of faith, truth, and practice. We believe that the ultimate responsibility for a child's education has been given to the parents. At school, the teacher assumes that responsibility in order for the school to complement and supplement the training at home. In that way, the Christian school helps parents. "Train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6. One of the major advantages of a Christian school education is that each student may receive an education from Christian teachers and staff. The faculty and staff at Berean Christian Academy have a strong Christian commitment to provide the best education for our students.

What We Are Known For In The Community

While academics are obviously an import aspect of every school, we believe that the most important aspects of childhood development are found in knowing Biblical truths, service to our neighbors, and celebrating each persons' unique and special gifts for the glorification of our Lord. We openly practice the Great Commission to Love the Lord and Love Others within and without our school walls. With this in mind, we make an effort to have service projects and missions opportunities that reach our community and beyond. Our reputation as a small school is one of a close knit family. All our teachers know all the students and we operate in a spirit of grace and love, seeking to use every subject, event, and activity as an opportunity to grow in our understanding of the Lord.

About The Area We Serve

From the Cityof Katy.com The City of Katy is the hub of three counties - Harris, Waller and Fort Bend - and is located 30 miles west of Houston. The City was founded on rice farming in the late 1800s and was formally incorporated in 1945. The City provides the highest quality of life for its residents. Beautiful neighborhoods, master-planned communities and abundant green space for parks and recreation. Many large, mid-size and small businesses call Katy home, and the City of Katy is proactive in economic development to create a business-friendly environment. Katy offers the best of both worlds - the charm of a small town, but all the conveniences of a large city. It is rich in traditions and heritage and boasts a community pride that is unmatched.

School Information

  • Contact Name
    Jessica Birkmire
  • ACCS Accredited
    No
  • Office Phone
    (346) 307-7491
  • Date Accredited
    N/A
  • Office Email
  • Year Founded
    2016
  • Grades Offered
    K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
  • Membership Date
    11/25/2019
  • Number of students k-6
    N/A
  • Number of students k-6 Non-Traditional
    N/A
  • Classroom Format
    5-day Traditional
  • Number of students 7-12
    N/A
  • Number of students 7-12 Non-Traditional
    N/A
  • Number of Teachers
    N/A
  • Student Teacher Ratio
    8:1
  • International Student Program
    No
  • Tuition Range
    $-$
  • Headmaster’s name
    Bethany Elston
  • Church Affiliation
    No
  • Chairman Name
    N/A
  • Accredited Other
    Cognia