Academics – Curriculum
Bethlehem Lutheran School provides a challenging academic curriculum that can best be described as traditional in approach yet innovative in presentation. Special emphasis and revamping of curriculum in line with the national Common Core State Standards is a high priority.Bethlehem has and will continue to meet and/or exceed the State of Michigan curriculum and regulation requirements. The entire educational program is fully accredited by the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools and the National Lutheran Schools Accreditation Commission.
Bethlehem’s state certified teachers strive to meet the needs of every individual child as they learn concepts, gain wisdom, develop critical thinking; and assimilate life-long skills to meet the demands of their future. Those children experiencing or diagnosed with special needs are provided services such as individualized tutoring, speech services, and behavior modification strategies to help them develop a sense of accomplishment and a positive self image.
Bethlehem’s students consistently achieve high marks on state tests (MEAP) and standardized assessments (Stanford). Stanford Achievement Test results indicate class averages for grade level equivalents range from 1.5 to 2 grades or more above national norms. In addition, State of Michigan MEAP percentages are consistently higher than state and local averages without any pretest preparation. Lower grade student literacy progress is also closely monitored by the DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) assessment process. All testing is done to monitor each child’s progress and to look for specific indicators where academic improvements need to be made.