When students study phonics, they are studying the rules for the different sounds individual letters and groups of letters make in words. Only when they understand the principles of phonics will they be able to associate written language with spoken language and be effective readers. An effective reader will be more likely to nurture a love for reading than an ineffective reader.
Scores from standardized tests given to our first- through eighth-grade students, as well as the success of our students when they enter high school, indicate that our students are very well prepared academically. Over 75% of our students earn honor roll each trimester.
The tuition charged by the school reflects the yearly operation costs of the school. Funds for tuition assistance is provided by the fundraising efforts of the BCS Foundation. Families with two or more children receive discounts, and there is limited assistance through our Tuition Assistance Program, Pastor Discounts and Introductory Rate Scholarships. Please see the enrollment page for further details.
Yes and yes! Since Bellingham Christian School is a parent-owned school, we have a tremendous appreciation for parents and we welcome their involvement in our school, as long as it does not interfere with an effective classroom environment. Parents should ask the teacher how they can be involved in individual classrooms. Parents are also encouraged to be active in Parent Teacher Fellowship.
Students are to pack a lunch most days. Microwaves are available in some classrooms
Parent volunteers offer a pizza hot lunch day and bake sale most Wednesdays. Students place their order for pizza on Tuesdays using pre-purchased coupons. Students who forget to place their order in advance should pack a lunch on Wednesday as the number of slices ordered is close to exact. Bake sale items cost $.25 each.
Milk is available daily and is purchased via a punch card.
Pizza and Milk are available for purchase on Tuesday morning through PTF.
Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth grade students may arrive on campus as early as 8:30 a.m. Students will report to the recess supervisor on the playground (or the gym if the weather is poor) and remain outside the building until 8:50 a.m. Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth grade classes begin at 9:00 a.m.
Dismissal: Students are dismissed in the pick-up/drop-off areas outside the main building and the gymnasium. Pre-Kindergarten students are dismissed at 11:50 a.m. After 11:55 a.m. students not yet picked up will wait for their ride in the preschool classroom. Kindergarten through Fifth grade students are dismissed at 3:15 p.m.
Middle School (Sixth through Eighth grade):
Arrival: Middle School students may arrive on campus as early as 8:15 a.m. and are permitted to come directly into the building. Middle School classes begin at 8:45 a.m. Students will be marked tardy after attendance is taken at 8:45 a.m..
Dismissal: Students are dismissed at 3:20 p.m. in the area by the main doors.