The Bethany Public School District is governed by an elected nine member Board of Education. The leadership and operations of the district is conducted by the Superintendent of Schools. The faculty and staff consist of nearly eighty-five employees.
The Town of Bethany is served by two school districts. At the elementary level in grades PK to 6, the Bethany Public School District operates one school of approximately 360 students. The Bethany Public School District has strong community support and involvement. There is an active Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) as well as the daily involvement of many parents and community volunteers. Educational, recreational, and related programs are offered throughout the school year and during the summer months.
At the secondary level, the Amity Regional School District #5 operates two grades 7 & 8 Middle Schools, in Bethany and Orange, and a 9 to 12 grade award winning Comprehensive High School in Woodbridge. These schools serve secondary grade level students from the three towns of Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge.
Bethany is a small town of approximately 5,000 residents with a scenic and rural character and suburban location in New Haven County. It is conveniently located approximately mid-way between the cities of New Haven and Waterbury in South Central Connecticut. The town, with its rolling hills, extensive open spaces, and quiet roads, has nearby access to the Merritt Parkway and I-95 to the south, Route 8 to the west, and Route 84 to the north. The Metro North Commuter Railroad station is in neighboring Seymour, with Amtrak service and a regional airport available in New Haven.
Originally an agricultural community, Bethany continues to be the home to farms and equestrian interests. Bethany is primarily a residential community with minimal commercial development. While most of the residents now commute to locations out of town for employment, the town maintains its rural charm and small town ambiance. Residents enjoy the town’s parks and recreational facilities which provide opportunities for hiking, swimming, and a broad range of sports and leisure activities.
The Bethany Community School is located in central Bethany on an extensive campus including the school district and other town offices and facilities. The school currently has an enrollment of approximately 360 students in grades PK through 6. A comprehensive program of studies with contemporary curricula is in place with continuing refinements across all subject areas. A Prekindergarten program serves children with special needs in an inclusive setting with typical peers. A full day Kindergarten program is also provided. In addition to the basic elementary academic curricula in English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science, students are provided with instruction in Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, STEM and a Talented & Gifted program. There are many before and after-school student activities including student leadership, intramural sports, music, science programs, and robotics.
At the center of any educational system lies the relationship between the student, the teacher and the curriculum. Bethany Public School District engages in ongoing curriculum development, evaluation and renewal to ensure that instruction remains focused on what he students are expected to learn at every grade level. Students at BCS, have access to an engaging and differentiated instructional program that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Our faculty works to ensure that all children can successfully meet the expectations of the curriculum so that they can achieve to their fullest potential. All aspects of teaching and learning are developed, supported and evaluated by the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. More information on the major aspects of the curriculum can be found on the District's Curriculum webpage.
A broad range of contemporary and sophisticated educational and administrative technology is available throughout the school. This includes wireless internet access, a local area network, classroom and laboratory based technology, computerized library/media center, closed circuit television system and studio, assistive technology, mobile carts of iPads/Chromebooks and SMARTBoards in all classrooms.
The school facilities are utilized by members of the community nearly every evening of the week for educational, social, and recreational activities sponsored by the school and other town agencies.