Bethany Academy

K - 12 Interdenominational Christian School


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  • Bethany Graduate

    Graduate Story

     The teachers make an extra effort to not only instill knowledge in students, but also attempt to know students on a deeper level and establish a genuine relationship with them.   Mark Mikhail

  • Bethany Teacher

    Teacher Story

    "I love that we strive for academic excellence but not at the cost of our Christian convictions." - Genelle Clark 

  • Bethany Academy Student

    Parent Story

    "I knew when I walked in the door that this was the school my boys were meant to be at. Although there is no perfect place, this is as close as you can get."


  • Kindergarten Graduation

    Celebrate the end of the first year of school with the Kindergarteners. 11:30 in the sanctuary with a cookie fellowhip to follow.  There will be no lunch service for Kindergarteners. Read More
  • High School Graduation

  • Band Concert-4-12th Grade

    May 9, 6:30-8; fellowship to follow Read More
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The Importance of Christian Education

I read an article in which author David Scott was quoted as saying, "Education must be looked at as an investment, not a cost. The cost of not doing so is a price too dear to pay." I would add that Christian education is an even more important investment and am glad so many parents send their children to Bethany Academy - which seems to show their agreement with this.

Also, preliminary information from a Youth Specialties and YouthWorks report was released supporting the data that nearly 60% of youth leave the church after high school.  The report identifies the "ubiquity and onslaught of information and competing worldviews, as well as a greater resistance to the gospel among their peers make it harder for young people to find meaning in a complex culture."

The report states the "fact that teens lack commitment [in their youth ministries] due to general busyness, and the broad scarcity of student leaders, suggests that relationships and engagement in church are not reaching sufficient depth. Youth leaders are right to prioritize discipleship and relationship building."

Christian schools are in a unique position to support youth ministries as we are able to help grow disciples through strong relationships - which takes time to develop.  Time we have that youth ministries do not.

As we help grow our students in their faith, let's also encourage them to exercise their leadership skills in their youth programs, not shy away from them because they have already gone to chapel or have gotten enough "Bible" or "religion" through their classes, and see what God will do through them - even helping grow other disciples!

Jesus came and told his disciples, "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age." - Matthew 28:18-20

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  • 2017-05-22 Register today for our Summer Camps! Acting, Creative Writing, Chinese, Soccer and Girls Basketball camps are offered. Check out the Trout Day Camps, too! Visit
  • 2017-05-18 Congratulations to our graduating Senior Class of 2017!
  • 2017-05-18 Thank you, Mark Arneson, for leading our band students and presenting an entertaining evening of music! Here's a peek at one of our bands, the 4th graders.
  • 2017-05-18 Grateful to Jane Allison, our amazing music director, and our incredible students for their beautiful performances! To God be the glory!
  • 2017-05-18 You're invited! Share this post with your Facebook peeps, family and friends. Proceeds support our school~ Thank you!
  • 2017-05-18 "I would love to thank the students and the parents for the awesome spring Band concert ... the students really rose the the occasion and performed amazingly ... it's an honor to be at Bethany Academy and work with such great teachers and wonderful students.... here's a video I love, it explains alot about the element of playing music and how it helps students in all phases of life... God bless..." ~Mark Arneson
  • 2017-05-10 We love our teachers! Take a moment to pray for them and tell them how much you appreciate them. #thankateacher
  • 2017-05-09 Cheer on our Boys' and Girls' JV teams as they both have games at Dred Scott this Thursday at 4:00 p.m. GO EAGLES!
  • 2017-05-09 Put your company in front of the Bethany Academy community by sponsoring our 2017 Golf Classic! Deadline is June 5th. Sign up today!
  • 2017-05-09 Last Saturday, Bethany Academy and Hillside partnered with PULSE and World Vision to pack school supplies for at-risk children in third world countries, as well as for students in our own community through VEAP. Three groups packed 8,000 backpacks to go to Cambodia and Zambia! Praising God for His provision of help and supplies!
  • 2017-05-08 Congratulations to our dedicated Math teacher, Gene Poole, who received a grant from MISF for our school to purchase a 3-D printer! It will help our students take math concepts and apply them to real-world experiences. Thank you, Mr. Poole, for your hard work and diligence with the grant application process. We appreciate you!
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  • 2017-05-04 Excited to hear the beautiful voices of our secondary students! Share this post with your family and friends!
  • 2017-05-04 Join us for this amazing evening with our outstanding band students and special guests, Larry McCabe and Larry Foyen. Share this post with your family and friends!
  • 2017-05-02 It's tee time! Register today for our 2017 Golf Classic! Sponsorship opportunities are available, too; Deadline is June 5th.
  • 2017-04-28 Excited to hear the beautiful voices of our K-6 students! Share this post with your family and friends!
  • 2017-04-27 We appreciate your prayers! Our 9th graders are back safe and sound. Here are some pics of the group that traveled to DC last weekend...
  • 2017-04-21 Let's pray for our 9th grade students who are heading to Washington DC today! May God bless them, keep them safe and strengthen their bonds of friendship... We pray this in your precious name, Jesus Christ!
  • 2017-04-20 This will be an evening to make “Memories Under the Moonlight” with friends! 5:00 p.m. Guests arrive 5:15 p.m. Grand March
  • 2017-04-20 Mr. Peters' 10th grade World History class finished up their ‘Warrior Rumble’ tournament in which students battled it out in a March Madness style format to decide which civilization in history (before gunpowder) produced the greatest warriors. This year the Medieval Knights (represented by Alec Brausen) defeated the Persian Immortals (represented by Ben Lechtenberg) to win the championship.
  • 2017-04-19 STEM Fest 2017! Our grades 5-8 students showcased their work and discoveries. They explained what they discovered about the scientific world our awesome God created.
  • 2017-04-19 For Service Day, our 9th & 11th graders processed $6,541 of merchandise through their various activities which made for a productive morning! Arc's Value Village was grateful for our help and we were grateful for the opportunity to serve! Here are more pics:
  • 2017-04-19 May 9th All School Band Concert Our 4th graders are ready to go! They will perform one classical song. Then a medley of film scores followed by Stravinsky's Fire Bird Finale. They are sounding amazing and definitely don’t sound like a 4th grade band. The actual charts they are playing are quite complex. 5th and 6th - Another band playing music that the pros play. They are also doing a couple of film scores and one classical song. They will be featuring solos from the band members and some ensemble pieces featuring some of the very talented musicians in the band. Our Guest Artists: Larry McCabe and Larry Foyen Larry McCabe played with us last year. He’s one of the finest trombone players in the country playing with many big bands in New York, including Maynard Ferguson and also now Christian songwriter performer Jonny Lang among many others. Larry Foyen is one of the most well-known trumpet players in the country having played with Maynard Ferguson, Ray Charles, and Harry Connick Jr. Larry Foyen and I played together with Franky Avalon, Fabian, Christian songwriter and singer Denver and the Mile High orchestra among other bands and acts in the Minneapolis music scene. Both of these fine musicians and I have played together extensively and they are great role models for our students. Our Senior and Junior high bands are playing professional charts and are respected in the music community in Minneapolis which is an outstanding feat in itself. That’s why we get professional musicians like Ricky Peterson, Larry McCabe and Larry Foyen wanting to play with our outstanding students. Join us for this fun, energetic concert! Mark Arneson
  • 2017-04-13 Today, Bethany Academy Secondary students are embodying the Kingdom of God through service and self-sacrificial love - a day of service in which we put our needs and wants aside and focus on the needs of others. We're allowing God to reshape our hearts and help us create a daily habit of reflecting the image of God through self-sacrificial love!
  • 2017-04-13 And the results are in for Mr. Peters' 9th grade U.S. history activity. Students participated in a March Madness style tournament to decide who was the Greatest American. This year, Teddy Roosevelt was victorious (represented by Everett Peters) and was met in the finals with Abraham Lincoln (represented by Chase Bixel). Congratulations, Boys!