Bethany Christian School, established in 1980, is a ministry of Rio Vista Community Church that offers PK2-Grade 8. The school is located in the Rio Vista neighborhood of downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida and currently has approximately 310 students. Bethany is well known for offering academic excellence in a nurturing, Christ-centered environment. Small class sizes coupled with individualized attention ensure that our students experience maximum success on the academic, emotional, and spiritual fronts.

Year after year, our students achieve scores well above the national average on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. For the 2013-2014 school year, Bethany placed in the top 10% of participating schools; our school-wide average performance was one year and one month above grade level. In addition, over the last 2 years 18 BCS students have been selected for Duke University Talent Identification Program on the basis of their superior ITBS scores.

Bethany's middle school graduates routinely matriculate into the high schools of their choice. In the past, our eighth-graders have been accepted to St. Thomas Aquinas, Cardinal Gibbons, Westminster Academy, University School, and American Heritage. We are fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Council for Private School Accreditation, and Christian Schools of Florida. Bethany is also a member of the Association of Christian Schools International.

Bethany Christian School is located on US1 (South Federal Highway between Broward Boulevard and Davie Boulevard) in Ft. Lauderdale. From I-95, exit Broward Boulevard (east). Turn right (south) on US-1 and proceed through the Kinney Tunnel. The school office is on the corner of US1 and SE 8th Street.


Because I live, you also will live. - John 14:19 -- Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014

This Easter, rejoice in the promise of new life in our Lord, Jesus Christ. Rejoice! He who endured the cross and grave has conquered death for us to save! Allelujah!

8th GRADER, RAQUEL GERHART, QUALIFIES FOR STATE! -- Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014

Congratulations Raquel Gerhart for your outstanding accomplishment in qualifying for the State Championships in Track and Field!!! Raquel has qualified for the 200m hurdles with a time of 34.37 seconds! Way to go! States will be held in Bradenton, FL on May 10th.

2013-2014 School Theme - "TRUSTING IN THE LORD" -- Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013

Proverbs 3:5-6.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

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Our Annual Spring Musical gives our middle school students a chance to participate in a Broadway-style production every year.

Bethany's small size ensures that students interested in the performing arts have an opportunity to shine on stage and gain valuable experience prior to moving on to high school theater.

This year's production of "The Wizard of Oz" is sure to be a show-stopper! Please click on the ruby slippers below to purchase tickets now! Ticket prices will go up by $5 after May 6th, so buy yours today!

Click The Ruby Slippers!


Summersational is here and you can take part in the excitement! This summer camp is sponsored by Rio Vista Community Church and is open to campers 3 years old up to 5th graders. The kids will have plenty of innovative crafts, energy-burning recreation, super music, creative drama, captivating stories and eye-opening lessons about God’s amazing creation! The Sports Camp Rookies will train in a variety of sports and games. Our campers will receive lots of encouragement along the way and find great role models in their coaches. All kiddos will have fun during our daily PraiseTime, weekly Special Events, and Friday Pizza Feasts as we celebrate our theme: WILD WORLD! Please click here for more information and to get registered!


Every student looks forward to Casual Day! Casual Day is a fun way to raise money for our school! Proceeds are applied toward the 4th-8th grade class trips and it costs just $1.00 to wear something uniquely your own. The 5th Grade class is responsible for collections at each entrance to both buildings at the beginning of the Casual School Day. School dress codes regarding modesty and proper shoes still apply. Casual days are listed on the online school calendar or you may click here to download a PDF of the guidelines and schedule for the 2013-2014 school year.

1953 - 2014
Dr. Dave Ingram, revered pastor, cherished teacher, beloved husband, esteemed father, and faithful friend entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Dave was the longest tenured pastor in the history of Rio Vista Community Church, having begun his service here among us on January 1, 1995. In his over nineteen years with us, Dave served in many different capacities at both our church and school. Most recently, Dave served as the Dean of Students and Middle School Bible teacher. And, oh, how he loved all of those who he taught and who his life touched.

Please leave your favorite "Dave" story at drdaveingram.wordpress.com, or visit the site and read about all the amazing ways God has used Dave's life.


Dear BCS Families and Friends,

As you prayerfully consider your year-end gifts, please consider a donation to Bethany Christian. Your gift will make a significant impact in the lives of our students and the potential ones who would like to attend BCS. Every gift, no matter the amount, makes a tremendous difference.

All donations to BCS are tax deductible.

Thank you in advance for your kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity. We are truly blessed to be surrounded by the love and support from families and friends just like you. Blessings and Grace to you and your family during the Christmas Season and throughout the year.

Our online giving is handled through PayPal. You may either use your PayPal account, if you have one, or enter a credit card.

Sponsor a Student (please select an amount)

Annual Sponsorship for $4,200

Semester Sponsorship for $2,100

Quarter Sponsorship for $1,050

Month Sponsorship for $450

Make a one-time donation of any amount


School lunches may be ordered up to several months in advance. Orders must be placed one week prior to the desired lunch date. Click here to order lunches. The school password is Bethany7.


Click here to enroll in or access your FACTS Tuition Payment Plan for the 2013-2014 school year.


We invite you to join the BCS mailing list. You'll then receive our periodic email messages about all that's happening here at Bethany. We look forward to keeping in touch with you throughout the school year.

615 Southeast 9th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316 |954-522-2554 | info@bcsftl.org