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Bethel Lutheran Ministries places an extremely high value on full time Christian Education. A Christ-centered, Bible-based religion curriculum is combined with God-pleasing discipline to prepare students for citizenship on earth as well as in heaven. Our school counsels, teaches, and influences students. We consider Christian living here on earth as the beginning of an eternal life with Jesus.
Bethel Lutheran School (BLS) strives to achieve the above standards in addition to educating young minds from preschool through 8th grade to the highest possible level in the state-approved curriculum. All subjects are taught from a biblical perspective and its Christian application to life. BLS is accredited by both the state of Illinois and the National Lutheran Schools Association.
The school has a positive, loving atmosphere because we believe the school is an extension of the Christian home. Extra activities, assemblies, field trips and worship experiences are planned for Christian growth and fellowship.
BLS is dedicated to serving the whole life of each child and his family, for the sake of, and in the name of, Jesus Christ.
If you are considering partnering with us for the education of your child, we would welcome and encourage you to contact us at 309-266-6592.
Our Approach to the Common Core
As a Lutheran School, we are not bound by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
We currently are not actively teaching strictly to CCSS; however, we teach according to what we believe are best practices, which is, as we are coming to find out, already incorporating many of the Common Core concepts.
We have researched the standards and will address them to ensure that our students excel, and that they are prepared for what they will face coming out of our school. We feel that whatever standards are set before us will be exceeded by our teachers and curriculum.
Through our research, we feel that there are some concepts in the CCSS that are beneficial and will incorporate only that which we believe will be most advantageous to our students. Conversely, there may also be some concepts that we believe are contradictory to our values and beliefs as a Christian school and will not be incorporated. We will have to keep in mind, in both scenarios, that our students will need to be prepared to continue on with their education in schools beyond Bethel that may be incorporating the CCSS.