Read the frequently asked questions below to answer any general questions you might have about BCS. If the answers provided do not give you the information you need please call the Bethany office.
Question and Answer
Yes. Bethany is owned and operated by the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. Although a majority of the faculty, staff, and students come from a Mennonite background, a variety of religious backgrounds are represented. All students are welcome regardless of religious affiliation. Our students come from roughly 50 congregations representing about 20 different faith groups. Though Bethany is grounded in Mennonite values, diversity is welcome and all students are encouraged to seek a faith they can own.
Q: What are the enrollment procedures?
To enroll in a private school, students must apply and be accepted. To initiate the application process, parents and students must complete and sign an application form, which can be obtained by contacting the school admissions office at 574 534-2567 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or filled out online.
Along with your application, Bethany requires:
1) A copy of your most recent achievement test results (ISTEP+ or other)
2) A copy of your most recent report card
3) Two personal references
4) A non-refundable $35 application fee($135 for international students)
For more detail see our application process
Q:Is tuition assistance available?
Yes. Tuition assistance is available for qualified students. The tuition assistance formula takes into account family income and family size. Families needing financial assistance should request an application form from the admissions office. Applications for tuition assistance are due by March 15. Applications received after this date will be considered, as funds are available.
Q: What is the deadline for applying?
March 15 Early Enrollment: To qualify for lowest tuition, applications must be received by this date. Applications are welcome after March
15, as long as space permits.
Q: What time does the school day start and end?
Starts at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.
Athletic practices after school.
Q: Does Bethany arrange carpooling or provide a bus/van service?
Most students/families provide their own transportation to school or find rides with other students. Bethany can assist in providing contact information of other students/families in your vicinity for those looking for a possible carpool.
Bethany offers a daily transportation service with selected pick-up points in Elkhart (with the possibility of extending west to Granger and Mishawaka) and beginning in fall 2013 will offer a second route northeast of Goshen to Middlebury. For more information, contact Rachel Roth Sawatzky at 534-2567 or email@example.com.
Q: Does Bethany have a dress code?
Yes. All students are expected to dress with modesty. Student dress should be conducive to educational excellence and a Christian environment.
The following are some items not permitted: tank tops, hats/bandanas during school hours, bare feet, skin-tight clothing, shorts above finger tip length, clothes with holes or rips, cut-offs, clothing that advertises alcohol, tobacco, drugs, violence, or has a questionable message, cloths that expose the midriff, underclothes, or cleavage, skirts/dresses that are above five inches off the floor when kneeling.
Q: Is Bethany accredited with the state of Indiana?
Yes, and all teachers are licensed to teach in their areas. In fact Bethany consistently ranks in the top 10% of accredited schools in Indiana in terms of academic performance.
Q: What extracurriculars does Bethany offer?
|Girls Sports||Boys Sports||For All Students|
|HS||Soccer, Basketball, Cross Country, Tennis, Volleyball, Softball, Track, Cheerleading||Soccer, Basketball, Cross Country, Tennis, Track, Baseball||Academic Superbowl, Drama, Musical, Chess, Speech and Debate|
|MS||Soccer, Basketball, Cross Country, Track, Tennis, Volleyball||Soccer, Basketball, Cross Country, Track, Tennis, Baseball||Drama, Chess|
Q: Is Bethany's calendar similar to the public school system?
Yes. Because some families have students in both systems, and some parents work in the public school system, we try to keep our calendar similar for family vacation planning.
Q: Are services available for students with special learning needs?
Yes, special services are available, but each individual case is carefully reviewed to ensure we can adequately meet the student's needs.