Can I get a tour?
Yes! It's best to call ahead. The best time, of course, is when school is in session. But please come by and see us. We're friendly, well, at least our secretary is. [703-437-7400] We are discouraging tours during the pandemic.
What about your extended child care hours?
- We have staff available from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. for early morning care.
- For K3 and K4, afternoon daycare is from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
- For K5, elementary, and high school, afternoon daycare begins at 3:30 p.m and ends at 6:00 p.m.
Is daycare affordable?
Very much so. The pricing is so affordable that we are frequently asked to clarify if our monthly fee is a MONTHLY fee.
What is your admissions philosophy?
Our school is open to church families and as room permits, other families who ascribe to our Statement of Cooperation (It's on the application). A high school student must be a Christian, that is, a student who has accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and who wants to be educated from a biblical perspective. TBS is not for everyone. But if your family is committed to Christ and you're looking for a loving school with solid academics, we might be just the place for your children.
What curriculum do you use?
We primarily use ABeka curriculum, in grades K-3 through 6th. ABeka does a great job in emphasizing basics. In grades 7-12, we use a variety of sources with the idea of emphasizing critical thinking skills. It is our belief that the teacher is the key to learning, not the curriculum. We also use BJ Press and Saxon Math. Actually, we evaluate our curriculum and adjust accordingly if we feel there is something that might better meet student needs.
What are your normal school hours?
Kindergarten: 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
First through Sixth: 8:15 a.m. to 3:10 pm
Seventh through twelfth: 8:00 a.m. through 3:26 p.m.
Do students wear uniforms?
Yes, our uniform provider is Flynn and O'Hara. Although you may see ties in photos for fine arts competition, our young men wear polo shirts. Uniforms remove the whole socio-economic thing and put everyone on the same level.
Is TBS accredited?
Yes, we are accredited through a VCPE (Virginia Council on Private Education) recognized accrediting agency: NACSAA. That's the North American Christian School Accrediting Association. In fact, we have been through the accreditation process three times. Our last go around earned the school an "accredited with distinction" tag. We thought that was pretty cool.
Do you have a fine arts program?
Music lessons are offered at a very reasonable cost at the school. We also compete in the Old Dominion Association of Church School (ODACS) academic, Bible, and fine arts competition. We could be wrong here, but it appears over half of our school is engaged in music lessons, so if you are interested, get on the list! Lessons are in piano, strings, and voice.
Do you have field trips?
Each class goes on at least two field trips throughout the year to places like Ft. McHenry, Gettysburg, Harper's Ferry, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and Paris, France. Our smallest students take a few more local trips, like the pumpkin patch and the farm. We love field trips. Are you serious???? Paris. No. We are not. But we might go to Paris, Virginia.
What about your sports program?
Although we have PE, we do not have a formal sports program - but we do have sports. That's really confusing, so let us explain. High school athletics at Temple are run through the auspices of the Temple Baptist Youth Group. There is volleyball for girls and basketball and soccer for boys. [See the Youth Pastor Scott DeVane for details.] There is no charge for these programs. So athletics are available, but they are run through the church so our public school and home school families can participate. We stick to academic and fine arts as a school - but most of our high schoolers participate in TBC's athletic program.
What is your student-to-teacher ratio?
It varies. The goal is to have small class sizes, remembering that student tuition income goes directly to the faculty salaries, so it's an interesting balancing act.
What about lunch?
The real question is: Do you have a hot lunch program? We don't. Students and teachers bring their lunch. The plan (when we move to Ashburn) is to have a sandwich ship style lunch program. Short term: no. Long term: yes.
Any K3 Requirements?
Students must speak English and also be able to go to the restroom on their own. We have many non-native families at TBS, but we need to be able to give instructions and the student must be able to understand and follow instructions.