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 annual operating budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year is approximately $6.5 million.
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 more than 400 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 grade 7 to 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 School - The Bethany Community School (BCS)
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 400 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 Reading, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science, students are provided with instruction in Art, Health/Guidance, Music, Physical Education, Information Technology, Spanish, and an extensive school-wide Enrichment and Talented & Gifted programs. There are many after-school student activities including student leadership opportunities, sports and performing arts such as band, drama, track, robotics and color guard.
Recently, the certified faculty has embarked on the transition of curriculum to alignment with the Common Core. The mathematics curriculum is nearing completion, including a new Math Program - Math Expressions. Likewise, the Language Arts curriculum has been realigned with the Common Core. We utilize the Columbia Teachers College Readers/Writers Workshop model. We look forward to the implementation of a new standards based report card and writing of science and social studies curriculum.
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.