BRACKEN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL OF BULVERDE

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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Student Scholarships

Our families have made a commitment to Christian education for their children. Whether a family has multiple children or other circumstances, they may not able to fund or fully fund the tuition costs of attending our school. Therefore, Bracken Christian School offers scholarship aid for families seeking tuition assistance. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, with priority given to returning students. A third party organization, named FACTS completes the vetting process to determine need and the amount of the financial scholarship offered based on that need.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Bracken Christian School (BCS) Fine Arts Program includes art, choir, dramatic interpretation, and praise team. BCS Elementary Art is for grades K4-5th Grade. 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.
The BCS Elementary Choir allows elementary students to plug in through song, dance, and drama. Choir is available for 2nd through 5th grade students. Weekly, during rehearsal time, students enjoy a snack, learn vocal warm-up songs, and prepare programs for various events throughout the year. Each fall the students perform in the Veteran’s Day and Christmas Chapel/Programs. In the spring they perform in the Easter Program. The use of drama is incorporated into these special programs. 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 Elementary Chapel. Choir members participate in 2 field trips each year. The Elementary Choir has visited the Henry House Assisted Living Center in Blanco, TX to share songs, and participate in crafts with residents. This is an encouraging time for students and residents. The second field trip is usually more focused as an end of year celebration for students and culminating activity.
The BCS MS Praise Team is for students in 6th - 8th grades. These students go through an audition and interview process. During the audition students prepare a song to sing or play on the instrument in which they are already mostly proficient. Students use their musical skills to prepare worship music for various events throughout the year. The MS Praise Team leads worship at MS camp and at various chapels throughout the year. They also have visited local nursing homes such as the Live Oak Medical Center in Blanco, Texas to encourage and cheer up residents through music.
The BCS High School Praise Team is offered as an elective class for students in the 9th - 12th grades and meets every day during 7th period. Students also help set up sound equipment and prepare for chapel, this further develops their technology awareness. Students enrolled in this class have an opportunity to receive ½ Fine Arts credit per semester as well as an opportunity to letter in Fine Arts. This class is a group of vocalists and instrumentalists with a desire to use their God-given talents to lead worship. In addition to music preparation, students participate in online or live workshops. The workshops cover a variety of topics addressed in the performance aspect of worship. This includes, but is not limited to, warm-up exercises, blending of voices and instruments, song mapping, stage presence, and microphone technique. The HS Praise Team leads worship at the HS camp, weekly chapels, and school wide S.A.L.T. partner chapels. They have also led worship at local nursing homes and churches.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Bracken Serves is the volunteer service program at Bracken Christian School. Students in 6th through 12th grade volunteer with Bracken staff during 3 service days throughout the school year. These service days include serving businesses and organizations throughout the community and surrounding areas. 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. The type of services students provide vary from 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 are organized as well as diaper collection days and then delivered to organizations as part of the Bracken Serves program and in conjunction with National Junior Honor Society and National Honor Society. These service opportunities promote good citizenship in our students. Also, students demonstrate acts of kindness and love in serving others, which is the heart of Christian service. Older students are role models serving alongside younger students as they demonstrate their leadership and guidance. Service days are 4 hours each adding up to a total of 12 service hours per year through these designated service days.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
Health
Christians
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 grades are paired up with the Elementary grades (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 can participate in supplemental labs, arts, and electives on campus, or families can choose to take the day off for themselves.

Population(s) Served

Accredited by ACSI and SACS, Bracken Christian School (BCS) offers a strong education program where we strive for academic excellence. As a Christian private school, we offer daily Bible Class, daily devotions and weekly chapel. 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 goal; an excellent education within the context of a biblical worldview. These options differentiate us from other public and private schools. They are briefly outlined here below:

BCS TRADITIONAL 5 DAY PROGRAM, K4 - 12TH
Students enrolled in BCS Traditional receive professional teacher instruction on campus 5 days a week. All extra-curriculars, service opportunities and athletic programs are available for these students to participate in.

BCS STREAM PROGRAM, K5 - 8th Grade (Is described as a separate program in greater detail)
Students enrolled in BCS STREAM receive professional instruction on campus two to three days a week and study at home under the tutelage of their parents the remaining days. Our STREAM Program schedule allows for flexibility and responsiveness to the unique needs of families. Students take ownership of their education and develop skills in problem solving and time management at an early age. Supplemental Labs, Arts and Athletics are available as electives at the published rate.

BCS FLEX PROGRAM, 9TH -12TH:
Students enrolled in BCS Flex receive instruction from our professional teachers through an a la carte system. We view the a la carte classes as an opportunity for Bracken and homeschooling parents to partner in the education of their children. Bracken encourages part time students to be a part of the school culture and find their important role in building a strong school. Core Classes, Advanced Classes, Dual Credit Classes, Electives, and Athletics are offered through BCS Flex. Students participating in at least 4 academic classes each semester are eligible to participate in TAPPS activities. TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools), offers Fine Arts, Academic, and Athletic Competitions.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Children and youth

In August 2020, BCS began offering a new program through the National Institute of Learning Development (NILD). SHIELD is a program that supplements all of our BCS academic programs. It 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. The goal of the program is to equip students with learning differences to succeed academically and in life as independent learners. 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

The Athletics Program at Bracken Christian School (BCS), 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. Many circumstances arise in preparation for and during athletic competition that offer opportunities for God’s principles to be applied in the lives of the athletes. A goal of our athletic program is to seize these opportunities. 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 the following: 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

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 4/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Gary Grinstead

HEB

Term: 2019 - 2022


Board co-chair

Michele Woodman

Riverside Community Church

Term: 2019 - 2022

Gary Grinstead

HEB

Michele Woodman

Riverside Community Church

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 04/15/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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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Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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