Students of all grades are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities that tap a broad range of gifts and interest. Opportunities, which increase as students grow older, include intramural and interscholastic athletics, chess, performing arts, and speech and debate.
Athletics: Doing things together is an integral aspect of Bethany, and pervades athletics. The community and close relationships that develop on Bethany teams can last a lifetime. Bethany offers 12 interscholastic high school sports and 7 middle school sports, plus a few clubs sports. While many Bethany teams are competitive and successful (9 sectional championships since 2005), what sets Bethany athletics apart is being able to openly talk about faith and promoting balance and opportunity.
- Balance: A significant Bethany distinctive is that coaches not only do not insist on their athletes specializing in a single sport, but encourage them to play other sports. Bethany expects athletes to be dedicated to practice and participation in athletics—and also to academic success and participation in other activities at school and church.
- Opportunity: With a strong emphasis on participation, Bethany seeks to provide opportunities for anyone desiring to participate in sports, regardless of skill level, while maintaining a competitive balance. Students who wouldn’t play athletics at other schools, often do so at Bethany—in fact, over three-fourths of our students choose to play at least one sport!
Art: Students have opportunity to explore artistic gifts inside and outside of class, with selected pieces used by the school. Every year Bethany selects a piece of art created by a student for purchase and display. The winning works are on display throughout the school. See Art Purchase Award.
Chess: Students in grades 4-12 can participate on the chess team, coached by Dennis Monokroussos, a USCF master ranked no. 1 in Indiana. Students meet weekly for instruction and compete in weekend tournaments with some individuals and teams advancing on to state tournaments.
Debate and Speech: Participating in debate and speech can help middle and high school students become more effective communicators, ethical individuals, critical thinkers, and leaders. Under the leadership of Michael Yeakey, who is one of about 300 coaches to receive the Distinguished Service Key from the National Forensic League since 1925, Bethany students have advanced to state and national qualifying tournaments.
Performing Arts: Bethany has an extensive music and theater curriculum (required for grades 4-9) that includes upper level Band, Orchestra, Choir, and a performing arts troupe (Emmaus) that also require some outside of class commitment. Our choirs receive first-place ratings at district contests and have earned some of the highest sight-reading marks in the state. Students can further explore their gifts and interests with other outside the classroom opportunities. Middle school students can participate in a handbell choir, ensembles, and drama; high school students can participate in drama or musical theater.