Bethesda is a private school and, as such, families are expected to pay tuition. It is important to note, however, that every student at Bethesda Academy receives financial aid support. Many of our Georgia based students qualify for and receive partial scholarships from the Georgia GOAL Scholarship program, which is funded through tax credits secured Bethesda Academy’s fundraising efforts.
The funds raised annually by Bethesda are secured for the purpose of making Bethesda a viable opportunity for the young men – and their families – who can benefit from our program. Upon receipt of a completed the financial aid package, our finance office works closely with each family to establish and customize a tuition agreement. This financial commitment is a necessary investment in the tremendous opportunity that their son is receiving at Bethesda. Tuition is billed monthly and parents must remain current with their tuition payments in order for their son to remain enrolled at Bethesda Academy.
Bethesda is a privately funded organization; therefore, revenues are generated through fundraising, special events, scholarships, grants, campus enterprises, and tuition. We also draw a rolling percentage from our endowment each year. We are extremely grateful for our financial supporters, as they are an integral part of ensuring Bethesda’s success. Bethesda does not receive federal, state, or local educational funds.
Bethesda’s Cottage Teachers are definitely full-time employees! Cottage Teachers are married couples who are professional staff members coming from a variety of child-related, educational professions. Every evening, Cottage Teachers are responsible for making sure homework and chores are completed, developing recreational activities, and ensuring that all of the students in the cottage are in bed on time. More often than not, the Cottage Teachers have children of their own who enjoy having a cottage full of big brothers!
More than 12,000 boys have been a part of Bethesda’s legacy since its founding in 1740. A Bethesda boy has fought in every war ever fought by this country. Bethesda alumni have gone on to make significant contributions in a number of fields including business, medicine and professional sports. Eighty-five percent of Bethesda’s endowment, came from men who spent time at Bethesda during their formative years. The endowment is a large component of Bethesda Academy’s uncommonly generous financial aid program.
No. The students who attend Bethesda Academy, including those who board on campus, come from actively involved families. Approximately half of Bethesda’s students participate in our Boarding program. Students whose families live within about a 100 mile radius are 5-day boarders, arriving on campus Sunday evening and going home on Friday after school. While Bethesda was originally founded as an orphanage in 1740, its mission and focus have evolved over the years and is now a boarding and day school for a variety of families.
“You learn ‘a love of God, a love of learning, and a strong work ethic’ and it all helps put you together into a person who finds himself.”
“Alumnus from 1987-1990, pre-Academy days. I can say without a doubt Bethesda made a huge difference in my life. I am happy to see how the organization has evolved and look forward to visiting the museum on my next trip to Savannah!”
“My son attended Bethesda for 3 years. He loved it and so did I. He’s a 2016 graduate with honors. Thank you for your dedication.”
“I found my ability to work hands-on – and find that I not only enjoy it, but do it better than most.”
“The learning is totally different. The teachers are a lot more attentive – even more respectful and have more patience.”
“Since I lived in the cottage, it definitely taught me how to take care of myself…and come out of my shell.”
“The key difference between public school and Bethesda is its ‘family’ here.”
“Given the opportunity, these boys will become leaders. To the extent that we can lift these young men above their circumstances, we are helping to equip leaders for our future.
“When people believe in you love you, and support you, you can go far in life. From Dr. Tribble to the dining hall staff, everyone at bethesda provided correction, direction, and guidance. They always cared about me as a person.”
“These people believed in me. They always have. Bethesda has never turned their back on me!”
“Thanks to Bethesda’s supporters I was able to attend a prestigious school like SCAD and now my future looks bright. Without people willing to financially support Bethesda, there would be many young people with a very uncertain future.”
“Bethesda gave me the opportunity to better myself in a solid learning environment.”
“Bethesda is like an extended family. We’re working as a team to give these boys what they need to be successful.”
“The team (2012 Blazers) played with dedication, they played unselfishly, and that’s the way you have to play to be champions.”
“Everyone who works here understands the value of family, and that is what we are at Bethesda, a family.”
“It’s special to have the opportunity to make a daily impact on a young man’s life.”
“I think that all of us who support Bethesda do so for the boys and the wonderful mission of Bethesda. How fortunate we are that the State of GA allows us a tax credit that we can take advantage of through our GOAL Scholarship Program. I write the check, the state reimburses me, and the boys benefit. Wow!”
“Of all my volunteer work, the service to the young men of Bethesda Academy has been the most engaging and meaningful.”
“When thinking about charities to donate to this year, I hope you will consider Bethesda. Your contribution could make such a difference in the life of a child.”
“Bethesda provided my son with a perfect blend of an academic and spiritual education.”
“The success I had at the University of Georgia is due to what I was taught at Bethesda.”
“Bethesda gave me the building blocks to become the person I am today.”
“The same work ethic that is taught in the classroom and in Work Experience is expected on the playing field. I know that if I can be successful in sports through hard work, I can be successful anywhere.”
“My houseparents gave me the freedom to make my own choices, but they held me accountable for those decisions.”
“My teacher tells us that men are judged by the way they work, by what they do, not what they say. I’ll take that philosophy with me when I enter the work world.”
“Bethesda prepared me for college life in both my study habits and my ability to balance school and work.”
“Before I came to Bethesda, I was sometimes embarrassed by my faith. Now I feel more free to practice my love for God.”