Children must be five years old by September 30. Prospective kindergarten students are screened in February to determine their readiness for school. Students who do not meet the September 30 date but are successful in a Kindergarten program elsewhere, may be considered for first grade at Bethany.
These public school districts provide bus service: Fairfield, Lakota, Princeton, Winton Woods.
Bethany School begins each day at 8:00 am, and students are dismissed at 2:50 pm.
Our morning extended day program runs from 7:00 to 7:30 am daily. No breakfast is provided, but students may bring in their own breakfast items. Our afternoon extended day program is staffed by Bethany teachers, who work with students on homework assignments, provide healthy snacks, and supervise games appropriate to the age level of the children. The program runs from 2:50 to 6:00 pm each day. For more information, go to our Parents tab and select the Extended Day option.
Bethany School provides a variety of healthy lunch options including some hot items. Students may choose to purchase lunch or they may bring their own lunch. For more information, go to our Parents tab and select the Lunch option.
There are two classes at each grade level. Kindergarten and first grade classes are self-contained. Team teaching is in place in second through sixth grades. Bethany students in seventh and eighth grades change classes each period, like a junior high school.
Bethany does not offer scholarships. However, financial aid is available and is based on need. Funds are limited so it is important to apply early.
The Iowa Standardized Test is administered each spring. Results are mailed to parents during the summer months. Bethany chooses to not administer the Ohio Proficiency tests.
Incoming kindergarten through 8th grade tests are administered in February. Our entrance requirements state that students should score between the fourth and ninth stanines in order to be successful at Bethany School.
Our students are eagerly sought by many area high schools. Badin, Cincinnati Country Day, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, LaSalle, McAuley, Moeller, Mount Notre Dame, Roger Bacon, St. Ursula, St. Xavier, Seven Hills, Summit Country Day, Ursuline and many other schools offer Bethany graduates a terrific and fulfilling high school experience. A high school fair is held in the Bethany Activity Center each October for high schools to showcase their many offerings.
In the sports area, Bethany has teams beginning in third grade for track, volleyball, and basketball.
Students who are musically inclined may sign up for Bethany Singers, private instrumental music lessons (piano, cello, violin, ukulele, guitar), or our handbell choir.
We also offer Chess Club, Design Lab, I.S.S.E. (an International Exchange Program), Math Counts, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Robotics, Power of the Pen, and WEBBY Dance.
Bethany caps all classes at 15 students. *Studies on class size suggest that elementary school pupils tend to learn more in classes of 20 or less. Teachers spend more time talking with individual students in smaller classes, and students are more likely to ask for help outside of class. Researchers found that adding 5 students to a class decreases the odds of students being on task by nearly one-quarter. The study found that students were twice as likely to be disengaged in classes of 30 as they were in classes of 15.
*from Education Week, March 2008.
Yes! All students travel on field trips —- between five and ten per year, depending on the grade level. Many grades include an overnight experience which many parents attend. In addition, teachers schedule speakers, presentations, zoo outreach, and concerts — all of which visit campus.