In the end, we will measure Bethesda’s excellence as a learning institution by the scholarly and vocational excellence of our students, the professional development of our faculty, and the devotion of our graduates to lifelong learning and continued personal growth in every dimension of their lives. The investment being made in facilities and the matching investments in faculty and program development are all aimed at producing a self-confident young man of high character who is skilled in leading others and takes personal responsibility for his own learning.
Toward this end, we have recommitted ourselves to the establishment of an organization that fosters a community of trust and respect among all members. In this way, we are shaping a true “learning community,” one that encourages and supports the personal, intellectual, moral, spiritual, and physical development of students, faculty, staff, and all members of the extended Bethesda family.
Staying true to the vision of our founder, Reverend George Whitefield, Bethesda empowers the lives of young men through a focus on teaching them a love of God, a love of learning, and a strong work ethic. Since 1740, Bethesda has proudly taught boys the power of spiritual development and learning, to seek and love God, and to harness the power of God’s blessings in their lives. Whitefield dreamed of Bethesda providing a transformative academic experience as he understood the power of education to uplift the human spirit and one’s standing in life. Thus, Bethesda focuses on teaching boys how to study and to become lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and to combine academic skills with a searing intellectual curiosity.
Bethesda understands the unique learning styles of boys and utilizes active learning, hands-on strategies, experiential learning exercises, and project-based learning opportunities to provide an enhanced academic experience for each boy.
Finally, we recognize the blessing of Bethesda’s beautiful location and setting. To visit our grounds is to be inspired; to serve and learn on this magnificent campus is truly priceless. Historic, stunning, and life-changing, Bethesda is poised to build servant leaders of strong character to serve our community and nation through a lifetime of service. We are excited to develop our Leadership Academy approach combined with the Bethesda Character Development program on behalf of our Blazers.
“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.”