Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get a tour?
By all means, but it's best to call ahead. The best time, of course, is when school is in session. But, whatever the time, please come by and see us. We're friendly, well, at least our secretary is. 703-437-7400
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. The pricing is so affordable that we are frequently asked to clarify if our monthly fee is a MONTHLY fee. It is.
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. We admit it... we're 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. (Note: We are not a reform school.)
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.
Our school year begins (usually) the week before Labor Day and ends the weekend of Memorial Day.
Do students wear uniforms?
We sure do. Our uniform provider is Flynn and O'Hara. Under the links section, you can have access to their website. The uniforms vary per age group. 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.
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 your student on the list early.
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, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, and Cairo, Egypt.
[OK, that part about Cairo was just wishful thinking.]
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/soccer for boys. [See the Youth Pastor for details.] There is no charge for these programs; however, attendance at the mid-week service Teen Time is required. Although, believe us, no one has a problem with attending; it's the highlight of the week. 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. You can ask about a particular class. Compared to public schools, our class sizes are pretty small - which is a blessing for students.
Do you accept international students?
We exist to serve our church families and others in the Christian community who desire a Christian education. We're not opposed to students from other countries -- we are one of the most diversified schools around -- but we do not exist to provide an entry into American colleges; that is not our purpose. Would we accept an international student? Sure. But we would need to meet the student first.
What about security?
We are not telling you. (But we are very much for it.)
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 our new facility) is to have a sandwich style lunch program.
My child does not speak English. Is this OK?
Students must speak English and also be able to go to the restroom on their own. (It's a low standard, but you have to start somewhere.) 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.