Admissions Criteria

All applicants enter the waiting pool.  The waiting pool is an unranked group of students in each grade.  As space becomes available in a grade, we will move through the admissions process with all candidates in the waiting pool for that grade.  Your waiting pool application can be reassigned one time to the next school year without reapplying or paying another application fee.

  • 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.
    • agree with and sign the Statement of Belief.
    • be actively participating and regularly (weekly) worshiping in-person in a local Christian church.
      • Church Recommendation from a local Christian church (requested in application).
    • not be participating in practices that would be considered 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.
    • have an understanding of and agreement with the purpose of BCS.
  • The student gives evidence of potential academic success in the school’s program.
    • The applicant has a “C” average, or a 2.0 GPA as indicated on a report card and/or transcript.
    • The applicant scores at or above current grade level/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.
  • The applicant has a satisfactory behavioral record.
    • minimum of one year in their current school with no suspensions, expulsions, or excessive referrals verified by a record of behavior and attendance.

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).