Frequently Asked Questions
Have Questions About Enrollment / Admissions To Bearspaw Christian School? Check out the Admissions Frequently Asked Questions page.
Is BCS an "Alternative" Christian School?
No, Bearspaw Christian School is a Private School and is not part of the Palliser Regional School District. As a result, our Board of Trustees are able to make our own decisions, under the Private School Act, in line with our overall vision and mission.
Do you need to be a Christian to come to BCS?
Yes, we ask that at least one parent has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The reason why is because BCS is intentional about partnering with the family to disciple this generation. In order to fully partner with families we need to be on the same page spiritually.
How many students are at the school?
Bearspaw Christian School currently has 722 Students1 from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.
1 Data as of January 2015.
Are BCS' Teachers Christians?
Teaching at a private school is a choice our teachers make. As part of that choice, all BCS Staff (not just teachers) demonstrate a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and must subscribe to the Statement of Faith of the Bearspaw Christian School Society while they are employees of the school.
Does BCS use Alberta Education Curriculum?
Yes, Bearspaw Christian School teaches the essential concepts and skills required by Alberta Education. We are recognized by Alberta Education as an Accredited Private School. Our graduating students receive an Alberta Education Diploma.
How does BCS integrate Christian faith into the curriculum?
Bearspaw Christian School is implementing a Discipleship-Based Education Model that's so much more than just curriculum, it's totally changing the way we function as a Christian School. This goes way beyond just "bolting-on" a bible class, and asking our teachers to try to "teach from a Christian perspective." We're answering the deepest questions students are asking today, through a systematic age-appropriate approach. Our Discipleship Team, led by Dr. Marv Penner (who has over 40 years' experience in the field) is training our teachers how to disciple students effectively.
This isn't your typical Christian School... we're changing the way we "do" Christian Education, raising the bar to a whole new level.
Can I visit the school?
To ensure the safety of Students / Staff, Bearspaw Christian School operates a "closed campus" during regular school hours (7:00AM - 6:00PM). During this time all parents / visitors must sign-in at the Front Office.
Are you a prospective family?
Our Admissions Team would love to meet you! The first step of our Admissions Process is a tour, to learn more about tours / book your tour today please click the link below.
Visiting A Friend / Stopping By To Say Hi?
Make sure you swing by the Front Office and sign-in, our friendly staff would be more than happy to help you. Remember schools are busy places, to avoid delays please give us a call before you visit so we can find a time that would work well for both you and our staff / students.
Does BCS offer child care outside of standard school hours?
Before & After School Care Program (BASC)
Yes, Bearspaw Christian School has a licensed, pre-accredited Before & After School Care (BASC) Program with after-school workshop options. The BASC Program is open from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM on weekdays. Learn more about Bearspaw Christian School's BASC Program from the "Before & After School Care" webpages.
Summer Camps Program
Yes, every year Bearspaw Christian School offers families a Summer Camp program with Before and After Care options to help with summer child car needs. Enrollment and pricing information will be available on our website when registration opens. Learn more about Bearspaw Christian School's Summer Camps Program by contacting email@example.com.
What are BCS' expectations around volunteering?
Learn more about Bearspaw Christian School's Volunteering Expectations by visting the "Volunteering Information & Expectations" webpages.