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As an educator, a pastor, and a dad, my driving passion in life is to train up young people to reach their greatest potential in all areas of life for the glory of God! That lies at the core of Bethany’s mission!
— Sam Kastensmidt - Head of School


Bethany Christian School is the largest outreach ministry of Rio Vista Community Church. We offer excellent academics in an intimate setting in the downtown Fort Lauderdale area. As a Christian school, we provide a nurturing environment that will help your child to reach his or her full potential in every area of life — academically, socially, physically, and spiritually. This approach begins with our youngest students in our preschool program and continues all the way through our elementary and middle school grades.

In the academic sphere, Bethany's students routinely outperform the national averages at every grade level. The results of last year's Iowa Test of Basic Skills speak for themselves. Our first grade class ranked in the top 3% of the nation. More than half of our fifth and eighth grade students were recipients of the Presidential Award for Educational Excellence. The graduating class of 2017 ranked in the top 5% nationally, demonstrating a grade equivalency on par with the nation's average collegiate student. As a whole, Bethany Christian School has ranked in the top 10% of schools nationwide in each of the past ten years. Our graduates are accepted into the county's most competitive private high schools and public school magnet programs, where they continue to excel. 

Bethany is a small school that offers an impressive range of enrichment opportunities and after school activities. Our preschool level students are able to take advantage of the same specials as upper school students; such as Art, Computer, Library, Music, Physical Education and Spanish. After school, our facilities are buzzing with everything from violin and piano lessons to our team sports' practices and games. 

Bethany is truly like a second home to our students, faculty, staff and parents. We offer a very welcoming environment, and you will feel like you are part of a family. Ask around and you will find Bethany Christian School has an excellent reputation! After you have had a chance to review our website, I encourage you to call our Admissions Office and arrange a personal tour. Please come and see firsthand the many ways your child's life will benefit from a Bethany education. We hope to see you soon! 


Sam Kastensmidt
Head of School