BRACKEN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL OF BULVERDE

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aka Bracken Christian School   |   Bulverde, TX   |  www.brackenchristian.com

Mission

Bracken Christian School will partner with Christian families through the leadership and guidance of the Holy Spirit to provide an excellent education within the context of a biblical worldview, equipping students to impact their culture for Christ.

Ruling year info

1985

Head of School

Jeff Coleman

Assistant Head of School

Jamie King

Main address

670 Old Boerne Rd

Bulverde, TX 78163 USA

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EIN

74-2331114

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Christian (X20)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Fine Arts

The Bracken Christian School (BCS) Fine Arts Program includes art, choir, dramatic interpretation, and praise team. We believe that teaching and encouraging students at a young age to use the gift of creativity that God gives us is paramount in academia. Our students learn about the many men and women in history that have created masterpieces and their technique. BCS Elementary Art students get the opportunity to have their artwork chosen to compete in the annual ACSI Art Festival in the Spring.
Each fall students in the choir or praise team perform in the Veteran’s Day and Christmas Chapel/Programs. In the spring they perform in the Easter Program. The choir also helps lead worship throughout the year, such as in our school wide S.A.L.T. Partner Chapels, National Day of Prayer Chapel, and periodically in the weekly chapel meetings.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Bracken Serves is the volunteer service program at Bracken Christian School. Students in 6th-12th grade volunteer along with Bracken staff during three designated service days throughout the school year. Bracken partners with the local community by serving organizations, businesses, and non-profits. Students have served organizations such as: Wildlife Rescue Rehabilitation, The Loft Coffee House, Mamman Family Public Library, Guadalupe River State Park, Hill Country Daily Bread, SB/B Pregnancy Care Center and many more. Services provided include cleaning debris and tree limbs in the state park to serving in food pantries, and cheering up residents in retirement and nursing home facilities. Canned food drives and diaper collections for local non-profits are also part of Bracken Serves. These service opportunities teach students good citizenship, and allow older students to be role models for younger students, as they demonstrate leadership and guidance.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
Health
Work status and occupations

S.A.L.T. (Servants And Leaders Together) is a mentoring opportunity for Middle and High School students to share their lives, experiences, and love with BCS Elementary students. Middle and High School students are paired up with the Elementary students (for example: 12th and 5th, 11th and 4th, and so on...)

Throughout the year S.A.L.T. partners exchange gifts, notes of encouragement, and enjoy special school events together. These events include: S.A.L.T. partner chapels, field day, See You At The Pole, etc. These experiences allow students to form a bond of friendship throughout the school year and develop a mutual respect for one another. Older students mentor younger ones and serve as a role model. Younger students gain from the leadership and perspective of older students to help them stay on track in their studies, and pursue excellence in their endeavors.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

While many students thrive in a traditional 5-day school model, not all do. At Bracken Christian School (BCS), we understand that each student is unique, which is why we offer multiple enrollment options to meet the needs of every student, and the families we serve. STREAM is one of the enrollment programs we offer at BCS. Students spend two days on campus receiving professional classroom instruction, and two days at home homeschooled by their parents. The same curriculum is used both on and off campus, with parents providing an environment that supports the learning that occurred. On Fridays, STREAM students have the option to participate in supplemental labs, arts, and electives on campus, or families can choose to use that day as an additional day of instruction at home.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Accredited by ACSI and SACS, Bracken Christian School (BCS) offers a strong education program where we strive for academic excellence. Our students benefit from small classes led by highly proficient and talented teachers.
Preparation for college is a primary objective at Bracken. We follow the TEA graduation requirements and offer Recommended and Distinguished programs for high school students. At Bracken Christian School we score above average on the ACT/SAT tests. The Spring 2020 PSAT scores for 8th and 9th grade students exceeded national averages as well.
In the 2020-2021 school year, we began offering three distinctly different educational programs designed to allow parents flexibility while achieving the same educational goals. These options differentiate us from other public and private schools:

Traditional 5 day K4 - 12th
STREAM- Homeschool partnership 2-3 day program K5 - 8th
FLEX- A la carte, 9th -12th
Advantage- Trade and Career Program for high school students

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

In August 2020, BCS began offering a new program through the National Institute of Learning Development (NILD). SHIELD is dedicated to students with average to above-average intelligence who struggle with skills such as math facts, spelling, difficulty organizing personal space and time, or spend an unreasonable amount of time on schoolwork. The goal of the program is to equip students with learning differences to succeed academically and in life as independent learners. Our dedicated SHIELD instructor is NILD Certified and committed to providing our students developmentally appropriate resources, tools, and strategies for learning success. Most private schools do not offer additional support for students with learning differences, and therefore many students are turned away, or parents have to choose a different option for their children, this greatly differentiates our school from other private schools.

Population(s) Served
Health
Children and youth

The Athletics Program at Bracken Christian School, exists to guide the young people involved to a better understanding of their God given talents and abilities in athletics and how to pair that successfully with good sportsmanship, teamwork, leadership and healthy competition. A goal of our athletic program is to seize opportunities to develop leadership in our students. Dedicated coaches help young people relate the victories and defeats, the hard work and teamwork to their personal and spiritual growth. Bracken offers a variety of athletic programs including: Girls Athletics - Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Golf, Tennis, Track, and Field Volleyball
Boys Athletics - Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Tennis, Track and Field

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth

The Advantage Program focuses on teaching students in high school about a variety of trades and careers. Advantage is a highly experiential program for students who are given a variety of opportunities to learn from experts in a variety of trades and career paths including architecture, plumbing and HVAC, mechanical and electrical engineering, woodworking, metalsmithing, agriculture, financial and banking, sewing and alterations, sports medicine, first aid, and more. Students are instructed on campus, or off at local shops/businesses to have a full immersion experience in classes that require special tools and equipment, or working environments.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Association of Christian Schools International 2021

Awards

School of Excellence Award 2021

Jill White Consulting Thrivability for Schools

Affiliations & memberships

Texas Private Schools Association 2021

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How we listen

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Financials

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BRACKEN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL OF BULVERDE

Board of directors
as of 04/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kevin Berry

Kevin Barry

Chris Peters

Wilson Davis Produce Company

Sean McGarity

Stewart Builders dba Keystone Concrete

Monica Isgro

Homemaker

Levi Montgomery

Ram Tool Construction Supply Company

David Parham

Joshua Management

Andrew Sedlacek

HEB

Paula Stakes

Bulverde Spring Branch Area Chamber of Commerce

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/11/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

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