Bethel Baptist School (BBS), founded in 1967 by Pastor Ray Chappell, is located at 901 S. Euclid Street in Santa Ana, California on the premises of Bethel Baptist Church. Over the past 46 years, BBS has built a solid reputation of high academic achievement and outstanding character development. The school is situated in the middle of Orange County in the northwest corner of Santa Ana, which is a neighbor to the cities of Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Westminster, Tustin, and Costa Mesa. The vicinity around the school is primarily residential, interspersed with small businesses.

Bethel Baptist School is unique in that we encourage the growth of the “whole” student through a focus not only on academic, social, and physical growth but also spiritual growth. It is our desire for students to be able to integrate biblical principles into the choices they make as they respond to daily circumstances in life. The students of Bethel Baptist School benefit from the close relationship with Bethel Baptist Church. They profit from the relationships created with staff members and from the homelike atmosphere. Staff members become acquainted with the students’ families on a more intimate basis enabling them to meet the needs of the students and their families more specifically and effectively. Communication is enhanced because of the relationships that are formed. The school is a ministry of the church. Staff members are active members of the church. We have an open enrollment policy. All decisions made by the school administration and staff are to be made within the guidelines of church policy.

Instructional and support programs

Bethel Baptist High School provides each student with college preparatory classes that fulfill the requirements for UC and Cal State admission. BBS offers elective classes in the areas of speech, journalism, drama, home economics, computer lab, yearbook, and SAT preparation. Students are given the opportunity to attend class trips to Sacramento, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. throughout their last six years at the school’s junior high and high school program.

Bethel Baptist School accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and is a member of the Golden State Association of Christian Schools (GSACS), a division of the American Association of Christian School (AACS). Through this membership, our teachers and administrators receive the opportunity to attend seminars and workshops; our students also benefit from this membership by being able to participate in yearly academic and fine arts competitions such as speech, photography, painting, and music.

Bethel Baptist School activities are planned and directed by Associated Student Body (ASB). Representatives from each class meet each week to plan fundraisers, discuss school activities, and give feedback on classroom needs and concerns. The council plans several events during the year in order to celebrate our diverse ethnic population and to create an exciting environment for each student. These include Red Ribbon Week, Christmas Celebration, Culture Day, Homecoming, Spring Festival, and Spring Bash.