For the Next 50 Years
For more than 50 years, Berean Christian High School has stood in the gap for the benefit of students who aspire to live their lives as Christ’s men and women no matter what challenges the world may bring. To do that for the next 50 years, we need:
Friends whose help begins with us and for us in prayer;
Course offerings in the best of Christian Civilization including literature, history, science, industry, music, sports and the arts;
Teachers who can afford to spend their entire careers at Berean;
Scholarships for students who could not otherwise afford a Christian education; and,
Facilities to support a larger and more educationally diverse student body.
While our operations are regularly and comfortably well-supported by tuition, we need substantial additional funds for broader course offerings, scholarships and additional locations. It is for the future that we are launching our Next Fifty Years campaign. Read more about the funding specifics and opportunities to help.
Become a Friend of the Eagles
For most of its 55-year history, Berean has been primarily supported by tuition. That remains the case today. While we have done a great job utilizing those dollars effectively, most of our parents are already doing all that they can. Consequently, there are things that cannot be funded by parents alone unless we want to become an exclusive school for the very wealthy. (Which we don’t!)
Consequently, there are many areas today where additional funding from our friends can make an enormous difference. Those include:
An improved campus for Fine Arts, Technology Labs and Athletics; and,
Expanded programs in STEM and other advanced studies.
For each of these areas we have both current and long-range goals as described on this Vision page. Please watch this page of our website from time to time for current information on our development plans.
Become a Friend of the Eagles
All it takes to become a Friend of the Eagles is to let us know that you plan to support the school in some way, shape or form. Join Friends of the Eagles today:
As a Friend, we will let you know:
When we have updated the Vision page with new giving opportunities; and,
When there are events on or off campus that you might enjoy.
We also hope to have an occasional event where we can share our plans and get your suggestions.
Please feel free to contact either Simone Smith or Bob Fry in our development department at 925-945-6464 x255 or by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to talk to you and to answer any questions you may have.
Our scholarship goal is to raise annual scholarship giving from $100,000 to $250,000 annually. Such donations would fully fund the scholarships we currently provide. That then makes it easier for us to continue admitting Christian students who could not otherwise be able to attend Berean.
Updating Our Campus
Our teachers, coaching and fine arts instructors have done an amazing job with limited facilities. Our current fund-raising goal is to raise just under $1 million for the following immediate improvements:
Art Classroom Refresh $120,000
This classroom is tired, outdated and neglected. A remodel with new flooring, cabinets, furniture, plumbing, and lighting would make it a showcase that would accentuate and facilitate the great art created by our Berean students. The current teacher also recommends adding 2-4 high-end workstations and digital drawing art software options to integrate with an Advanced Placement curriculum.
Replace the Workstations in the Graphic Design/Computer Lab - $43,000
The most popular elective at Berean, Graphic Design, merits having the latest and most powerful computers to aid students’ digital media skill development. New computers would also promote a new course offering in the Computer Science Department that sees students developing, marketing, and selling applications for Apple and Android devices.
Science Lab Remodel (Phase 2) - $350,000
Phase I of the project ($122,000) saw the installation of a fume hood in classroom B-1. The addition allowed the school to improve its pedagogical function in the physical sciences and offer students AP Chemistry. Phase I also saw the addition of science lab cabinetry and sinks in room B-2. This Improved lab offerings in AP Biology. Phase II of the project would fully modernize the physical science classroom (B-1) with new gas lines, an efficient layout, modernized plumbing, and new cabinetry.
Athletic Field Turf Full Replacement - $480,000
The current field has between 0.5 and 1.5 years remaining in its lifespan. It’s employed almost every day of the week and must be replaced when it no longer supports G-shock ratings at established norms.
These fund-raising goals are dynamic and are adjusted from time to time as our needs change. Please check this page periodically for the latest information.
If you are interested in supporting a project not listed here, please contact us as we would love to hear your thoughts. You can reach either Simone Smith or Bob Fry in our development department at 925-945-6464 x255 or by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Endowment and Legacy Giving
One of Berean’s long-term goals, as reflected in its Vision Statement, is to build an endowment that is capable of funding all of the scholarships that the school would like to provide. By doing that we will be able to admit all the students we would like to have at our school including those whose families simply could not afford full tuition. At the same time, if scholarship funding is not coming from the operating budget, we then ease the pressure on all parents . . . including those who are paying full tuition . . . by keeping those costs as low as possible.
Late in 2020, the Berean Board of Directors formed an affiliated Foundation for the sake of operating an endowment. Once formed, the Endowment raised just over $200,000 which Is the approximate balance today. In forming the Endowment, the Board adopted a Purpose Statement, Gift Acceptance Policy and Spending Policy. All of those documents are available for review upon request.
Our Endowment is a wonderful place where Alumni and other Friends of the Eagles can leave Legacy Gifts to Berean. It is a very simple thing to do by adding a specific bequest to Berean in your will or living trust. If you are interested in making such a gift, we are happy to discuss options and can also share some suggested language for you and your estate planning attorney. Learn more about how you can help.
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