Meet the Newbury family, who has been a part of the BCS family for 9 years! Hear about their experience, and their oldest son's transition into middleschool.
Hello! My name is Rachael and I am writing to share our story and how BCS has been a blessing to my husband Peter and our children Isaiah, Noah and Esa. God first led us to BCS through preschool. I was working as an Occupational Therapist with District 51 in their early education preschool program and one of the teacher’s recommended BCS. Isaiah was struggling at the preschool he was attending, and the close attention, structure and love he received at BCS was just what he needed. Fast forward and Isaiah continued at BCS through 5th grade, and now is attending his first year of middle school.
We’ve had a lot of parents ask about his transition, going from a small private school to public school. It has gone extremely well. There was a transition period, as I think takes place with all kids going from elementary to middle, but as most transitions go, we settled in. Our first real feedback on how Isaiah was adjusting was during our parent teacher conference. His teachers shared what made Isaiah stand out from his peers, which we believe are values that were instilled while at BCS. His English teacher remarked that he takes his education seriously and that he recognizes that he is there to learn. His math teacher spoke to his willingness to participate and be a leader in class, and his advisor said he is always kind to others, and had adjusted well. Academically speaking, while at BCS, Isaiah was average compared to his peers. After standardized testing in the district, he was found to be at, or above expected 6th grade skills compared to statewide testing expectations. All this is not to brag on his accomplishments, but to point out what we value and believe Isaiah brought with him through his experience at BCS. Isaiah does miss BCS, but we find ways to stay connected with his old classmates through Bookcliff youth, organized get-togethers, and visiting during Noah and Esa’s BCS events.
We have always appreciated the many benefits that BCS has brought our children. Currently, Noah is in 3rd grade and our youngest, Esa, is in first. Some of the many reasons we chose BCS include the staff, curriculum, academic standards, Biblical principles and especially character building skills that are all intrinsically part of day to day life at BCS. Our new music teacher, Mrs. Moore, has truly brought our music program to a whole new level and has made the education at BCS a well-rounded package. We believe these are the reasons that Isaiah has been so successful in his first year of middle school and we look forward to watching Noah and Esa continue to grow and be nurtured at BCS!