Applications for the 2024-2025 school year are now open!

Admissions Criteria

  • Bradenton Christian School (BCS) is a covenantal Christian school. At least one parent/guardian must:
    • have a clear testimony of personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
    • support BCS' doctrinal position and Statement of Belief.
    • have regular in-person attendance at a local Christian church.
    • not be participating in practices that are illegal or considered by the school as immoral or inconsistent with a positive Christian lifestyle.
    • abide by the Westminster Confession of Faith's definition of marriage. 
  • Church recommendation from a local church  (Note: if new to the area, the church recommendation can come from your previous church.  An updated recommendation will be required within 6 months if enrolled.)
  • The applicant has a desire to attend BCS and adhere to the standards in the student handbook.
  • The following areas are indicators for enrollment: 
    • The applicant has a “C” average or a 2.0 GPA as indicated on a report card and/or transcript.
    • The applicant is in good behavioral standing for a minimum of one year in their current school with no suspensions, expulsions, or excessive referrals, verified by a record of behavior and attendance.
    • The applicant demonstrates a pattern of achievement on standardized testing and that he/she is prepared to succeed in the grade level for which they are applying.  * Note: a $25 fee will be assessed if testing must be expedited or scheduled on a date other than testing dates set by BCS.
      • Applicants score at or above current grade level on the entrance exam.
      • Kindergarten and 1st grade applicants score at or above current norms on the entrance exam. Students entering kindergarten must be five years old by September 1 of the school year for which they are applying.

BCS is able to accept students who receive FES-UA scholarship (formerly Gardiner and McKay scholarships).

  • Students and parents who are eligible to receive the FES-UA Scholarship will be required to provide a copy of the student’s service plan at time of application.
  • BCS can accept students whose educational needs can be met by the school.
  • BCS does not receive federal funding, therefore students seeking a private school education that are recipients of the Unique Abilities (FES-UA) Scholarship are considered “parentally placed private school children” and do not have the same individual rights to special education and the related services that students are entitled to receive if enrolled in a public school under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).