In the high school, students and teachers are on a first-name basis with each other. At Bethany, people take an interest in each other and build lasting friendships that provide a sense of belonging. Here, students receive encouragement to pursue excellence in the arts, sports, and academics within the context of finding deeper meaning in life through faith.
Bible: Bethany integrates faith development with academic excellence, urging students to seek a faith they can own. Grounded in Anabaptist-Mennonite values, Bethany weaves Christian teachings into the entire curriculum and nurtures faith development seamlessly throughout the Bethany experience—in class, on the court or stage, through one-to-one mentoring, and in chapels. Systematic biblical instruction takes place in Bible courses required at each grade level.
- Grade 9, Old Testament: Students examine six important Old Testament themes—creation, call, exodus, possession, loss, renewal—and seek to apply them to their lives. Students learn the Old Testament story, develop Bible study skills, and explore their relationship with God.
- Grade 10, New Testament: Students examine the life and teachings of Jesus as recorded in the four gospels. They look particularly at Jesus’ nonresistance, his identification with the poor, and his extension of grace to all people. As they work with Paul’s letters, students experience the life of the early church through a simulation activity. Students apply lessons of the New Testament to personal faith and to ministry in the church and world.
- Grade 11, Church History: Students examine Christian church history, with emphasis on the spread of the church and the Anabaptist-Mennonite story. Students also explore their own religious traditions or other Christian leaders and movements of particular interest to them.
- Grade 12, Christian Faith Journey: Students describe their faith experiences and gifts, reflect on the beliefs of the Christian church, and explore spiritual disciplines and a Christian lifestyle. Key Project: In a public setting, students give an oral presentation, describing their own response to the teachings of the Christian church at this point in their faith journey.
Interterm: During this one-week term in March, students in grades 3-11 participate in hands-on, experiential-learning focused courses (seniors participate in a class trip). High school students take one class and receive .5 credits.
International Study: Bethany participates in two international study programs that provide Bethany Spanish language students with both shorter and longer-term opportunities to improve their language skills and learn about another culture firsthand.