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Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
We are at 1011 Ulatis Drive in Vacaville, CA.For those of you who are familiar to Vacaville, itís rather simple.We are across the street from the Vacaville Cultural Center at the corner of Ulatis and Harbison Drives.For those not familiar with Vacaville, we are minutes off of I-80 taking either the Allison Drive (EB I-80) exit or Nut Tree Drive (WB I-80) exit to Allison. [East bound travelers may turn right onto Allison Drive; whereas, west bound travelers will want to turn left onto Allison Drive, going over the freeway.Proceed to Ulatis to then turn left at the light.Continue past the school to the next light after Harbison Drive and make a u-turn to allow access to the front parking lot.(Itís actually much simpler than it reads.)]
What does it mean to be ďLutheranĒ?
Lutheran Christians believe in the inerrancy and authority of Scripture and that salvation comes as a free gift by Godís grace through His Son, made possible by the Holy Spirit nurturing in our hearts the faith God has given us.Faith is the confessed sinnerís acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and a trust in all of Godís promises.Forgiveness is the believerís daily need, for total holiness is possible only after entering eternal life.
Do I have to be Christian/Lutheran to attend Bethany Lutheran School?
No.It is our desire that our actions as an overall ministry are a reflection of Godís love for us.If you desire to know more about what it means to be a redeemed child of God, you are welcome to ask any member of the church or school staffs.Know that your family will be in our prayers as a Christian community, regardless of your religious affiliation.
What is a ďChrist-centered educationĒ?
A Christ-centered education is an education that, quite simply, makes Godís love for all of us through His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, the reason why we do what we do.Having that freedom allows us the freedom to look at multiple viewpoints when addressing classroom topics.Being Christ-centered also allows us to use any opportunity that comes along as a moment where we can reflect to everyone in our midst the same love we understand as Godís redeemed people.In other words the understanding of Christ as Lord is not limited to just Bible class or Chapel.
What is your school's curriculum? We offer a curriculum structured to equip students to master core skills and knowledge, while promoting the Christian faith, academic, emotional, physical, social and cultural development of each child. We use the national and California Standards and Core Knowledge as the basis of our curriculum and utilize textbooks, printed materials, and web-based opportunities to deliver that curriculum. Implementing our curriculum in such a way allows us to use the most appropriate materials available and not solely focus on one publisher. All core subject areas (i.e. language arts, mathematics, social studies and science) are offered on a daily basis, with regularly scheduled opportunities for students of various grade levels in Spanish, the arts, technology and physical education.
Is there a school uniform?
Yes.Chapel day (Wednesday) requires a specific uniform, and there is standard school attire for the remainder of the days.All acceptable clothing is outlined in the handbook and available through Dennis Uniform Company.We also operate a used uniform closet for the drop-off and purchase of previously used uniform clothing.
Are you accredited?What does it mean to be accredited?
We are dually accreditd through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accreditation Commission for Schools, 533 Airport Blvd., Suite 200, Burlingame, CA, 94010, 650-696-1060), and National Lutheran Schools Accreditation through 2018.Being accredited means that we have given a strenuous look into everything that makes us who we are, where we want to be, and how we are going to get there.Private schools are not required to be accredited; it is a voluntary process that allows introspection for the purpose of developing and implementing a process for school improvement that involves the whole school community.
What is the average class size?
While numbers fluctuate from one year to the next, it is expected that enrollment in any one class will not exceed twenty-five students.At this time the average class size is just over twenty students.
What co-curricular opportunities are available for students?
The schoolís Parent Teacher Organization facilitates after-achool opportunities that cover a wide range of interests. Visual arts (grades K - 4), band (grades 5 - 8) and music (grades K - 8) are contained within the scheduled school day.
Is there a requirement for parent involvement?
Parents are required to give hours of service to the school as part of the Partnership Program. Parents of Bethany students are not required to purchase SCRIP to lessen their cost of tuition. More information and forms for completion of required hours can be found through the Parent Teacher Organization section of this website where you can also be updated on ways to get involved.
Is there Extended Care available?
Yes.There is before and after school Extended Care available for a cost specified in the registration materials.For further information on the program, please feel free to contact the schoolís office at 707-451-6683.
Is there Financial Aid?
Yes. There are several discounts available and include church member, sibling, active military, full-time clergy and prepaid tuition, to name a few. Information on formal Financial Aid is available through the office of the Business Manager calling 707-451-6681.
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