Bethany Christian Schools Adds Two New Grades

Press Release from Bethany Christian Schools, October 15, 2021:

We are excited to announce the addition of 1st and 2nd grades for fall 2022 at Bethany!  These additions continue to move us closer to our goal of offering a complete Bethany education– from kindergarten through high school graduation.

While adding classes for younger children, we will increase our emphasis on outdoor, artistic and hands-on educational experiences. Screen time and test prep can get in the way of these opportunities, so we like to keep them to a minimum for our young students.

“We are proud to have a long history providing excellent education to youth in Elkhart County” said Head of School Tim Lehman. “We are excited that this strong foundation can now start in first grade. ”

This year we added a third grade for the first time, hiring a teacher with an impressive background in Waldorf education, Karin Fast. Ms. Fast brings valuable artistic and active learning expertise from her 7 years of experience as a Waldorf teacher of elementary grades. 

“We hire teachers whose teaching philosophies reflect Bethany’s values, who partner with parents to help students thrive in the educational setting, and create learning environments in which students are excited to attend school each day”  said Mr. Lehman. “We believe that students flourish when teachers have the freedom to plan lessons creatively and are given time to address students’ social and academic needs.”

Mr. Friesen and Mrs. Hochstetler have already built a strong reputation among young families over the past decade, often causing their grades to be fully enrolled.  

“It’s never fun to turn families away due to lack of space in a grade,” said Admissions Director Vanessa Adcock.  “I’m hopeful that adding younger grades will mean families find us even sooner, and we can eventually provide two sections of our elementary grades. I am excited to welcome new families, schedule tours and help families learn how to reserve a seat in grades one to five!”

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At Bethany we have always prioritized learning that transcends testable measures, and a newly updated vision statement reflects this emphasis. Our vision calls for developing faith through Christian discipleship, growing learning through holistic education and practicing community by building relationships.

Bethany Christian Schools accepts students of all faiths and welcomes students of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. School Choice Scholarships and generous financial aid make Bethany accessible to more students than ever before. Tuition costs are based on a sliding scale, tailored to each family’s circumstance. Bethany is currently enrolling in all grades 1-12. Contact the admissions office to learn more and schedule a visit at,, or 574-534-2567.

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