FAQ

If you still have questions there weren’t covered in our FAQ, please contact us! We’re always happy to explain, answer questions and help!

Contact us at – (865) 521-6054, ext. 100 or email Cheryll Longnecker at clongnecker@bereanchristian.org

Q: What year was Berean Christian School founded?

A: The school was founded in 1980 and since then, we’ve grown to include two campuses that house grades kindergarten through 12.

Q: Is Berean Christian School accredited?

A: Berean is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and AdvancED (formally known as SACS). We are also a member of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA).

Q: What qualifications are required of Berean teachers?

A: We want every student to receive a world-class education and this is why our teachers are held to the highest standards. Each teacher at Berean Christian School is required to maintain his or her certification with the Association of Christian Schools International. This certification requires a four-year degree with educational coursework plus additional credits in Philosophy of Christian Education and the Bible.

We also want Berean parents to feel confident in the spiritual guidance their children receive, which is why another qualification of our teachers and support staff is that they be born again believers who are committed to the philosophy of Christian education.

Q: Does Berean Christian School have Chapel as well as Bible classes?

A: We believe this is an important part of a Christian education and that is why both campuses have a chapel session once a week. The lower campus has chapel in the auditorium on Wednesday mornings for grades K-5. In addition to chapels, the lower campus classroom experience includes studying the Bible in daily curriculum as well as Biblical integration into each academic subject. The upper campus (grades 6 through 12) has chapel every week on Fridays and small “Breakout Groups” on some Fridays as well. The upper level students are also enrolled in Bible classes and learn subject matter that has been Biblically integrated.

Q: How does Berean encourage students to strive for excellence?

A: We challenge each of our students to do his or her best both academically and spiritually. We help make this possible through a partnership between the school, the parents, and the church. We want to make sure all of our students focus on the Word of God as their compass in all aspects of study and extracurricular activities. It is our goal to give students the skills they need to achieve their spiritual and academic goals. We also want to prepare every student for college, beginning in kindergarten and continuing through grade 12.

Q: Will my child’s security be priority at Berean Christian School?

A: Yes. Both our school’s campuses are closed, meaning all doors are locked with only one way into the main school area. The lower campus has security cameras and all visitors must enter the school through the main office. We welcome families and individuals who wish to see our facilities or learn more about our school, but we recommend making an appointment prior to visiting.

Q: What is Sycamore?

A: Sycamore is a school web based system with a web interface where parents and students can keep up with individual class assignments and grades via the computer. Berean Christian School has a Sycamore specialist available to help parents navigate this process throughout the year. For more information about Sycamore, contact the school office.

Q: What are the school hours?

A: At the lower campus (K-5), parents can drop students off starting at 7:30 a.m. and they are supervised until time to report to classrooms at 8:00 a.m. Students are considered tardy at 8:02 a.m. School is dismissed each day at 3:00 p.m. We ask that all students be picked up no later than 3:45 p.m.

The hours of operation at the upper campus (6-12) begin at 7:30 a.m. Students are considered tardy after 8:00 a.m. and should report to the front office for a tardy slip. Dismissal time is 3:00 p.m.

Berean has an After School Program, for an additional fee, that is available for students who might need to stay after school. This program provides students with supervised care until 5:30 p.m.
The school office is open until 4:00 p.m.

Q: Where can I find more information about procedures and policies at Berean Christian School?

A: The Parent Student Handbook is available on our website, along with school calendars, and contact information for teachers. You can always contact either the main office at 521-6054 ext. 100 or the upper campus office at 521-6054 ext. 200 with any questions or concerns that you might have.

Q: Do you offer a hot lunch program?

A: Three days a week (MWF), we offer “hot meals” that students may pre-order. These meals are provided from restaurants with which we have made delivery arrangements.

Many students bring their own lunches and we have microwaves in 4th – 12th grade rooms. Milk is available to purchase or a student can bring his or her own drink.

Q: Do your students receive scholarships for college and what are the names of some of the colleges where graduates typically attend?

A: Yes. It’s our goal to see each student not only fully prepared for higher education, but also to successfully accepted in their “first choice” college. Our guidance department works closely with every high school student to make sure he or she takes advantage of the opportunities that are available. Guidance staff also assists students with learning more about career options and exploring possible career goals.

In any given year, Berean Christian School graduates receive more than a million dollars in academic scholarships. Some of the colleges our graduates have gone on to attend are: Belmont University, Bryan College, Cedarville University, Columbia, Georgetown, Lee University, Liberty University, Moody Bible Institute, University of Tennessee, Taylor, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee Tech University, Wheaton, and West Point Academy.

Q: Does Berean provide standardized testing for students?

A: Our students in grades K-8 take the Terra Nova Achievement Tests each spring. This is only one of several tools used to measure academic achievement. Students in 10th and 11th grades take the PSAT each fall. The test is required for juniors and is strongly recommended for sophomores. We recommend ACT and SAT test-taking beginning in the spring of the junior year. Berean guidance counselors provide students and parents with information about registration and preparation for these tests.

Q: Does Berean Christian School offer training in technology?

A: Technology is a priority at our school. On the lower campus every classroom is equipped with at least one computer station for individual use (as determined by the teacher). We also have internet-connected projectors for multi-media instruction. The upper campus has state-of-the-art Smart technology and filtered-Internet capabilities in the computer lab. We offer computer classes with instruction in keyboarding, Microsoft applications, graphic design and computer programming.

Q: Does Berean Christian School offer an athletic program?

A: Yes, our Eagle Athletic Department, which is very popular in this region. At the upper campus level, students may participate in volleyball, cross-country, golf, basketball, swimming and soccer. As part of the TSSAA Division 1, we are able to co-op with Gibbs High School to offer football, baseball, softball and track and field. We are proud of our teams and support them as much as possible during their playing seasons.

Q: Does Berean offer a Fine Arts Program?

A: We have an extensive Fine Arts Program at both campuses. Students in grades 1-12 have the options of drama, speech, art, and choral activities. Our lower campus offers art and music instruction for all grade levels. The high school students perform a full-scale theatre production each year.

Q: Does Berean Christian School have a scholarship program or offer financial aid?

A: We have a financial aid program available on a limited basis. To find more information about financial aid, check out the Tuition and Financial Aid section under the Admissions tab on the school website.

Q: Is Berean sponsored by a church or denomination?

A: Berean Christian School is sponsored by Berean Bible Church, a nondenominational church in Knoxville, Tennessee. Many different denominations are represented by students who attend the school.

Q: What are the steps to enroll a child at Berean Christian School?

A: To apply for enrollment, parents or families must submit an application packet and registration fee. We require a personal interview is required for students and parents entering Berean in grades K-12. You can learn more about admissions details under the Admissions tab on our website.

Q: What is the age requirement to enter kindergarten?

A: To enter kindergarten at Berean Christian School, children must be five years of age before October 1.

Q: Does Berean Christian School offer after-school care?

A: Yes, there is an after-school program on campus offered through Garden of Eden Day Care, a ministry of Berean Bible Church. After school hours of operation are 3-6 p.m. daily. The after-school program is open on teacher and staff in-service days, but closed on major holidays. You may contact the church office at 522-2374 for more specific information.

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