Being the principal of an all boys school is certainly an honor and it also brings its challenges. I am never bored at school! At the end of everyday when I reflect on the day that has passed I cannot help but always remember that I am helping teach and guide someone’s future father and husband. This is not a task I take lightly.
The faculty and staff at Bethesda Academy work tirelessly to ensure our school is a place of inspiration, comfort, challenge, joyfulness, discovery, and accomplishment. Creating a Love of Learning is one of the three guiding principles of Bethesda. Our faculty make academic teaching and learning a priority. The academic plan, curriculum, and rigor of study is an important foundation for a young man to find success in the world beyond the arches of the Bethesda campus. There are many ways we ensure this success:
•All teachers are certified in their area of instruction. Many have graduate degrees and AP certification.
•Our Learning Specialist supports students and teachers in the classroom.
•Small class sizes. We have a 1:8 teacher-student ratio.
•Our Houghton-Mifflin Curriculum is researched-based and proven effective.
•We are data driven. We use the latest assessments and data to revise individual plans for your student’s success.
•Classes are also provided in the areas of character education, work study/business, and leadership.
•We offer dual enrollment classes to students in grades 11 and 12 in coordination with Point University.
•We offer personal 1-on-1 parent meetings for college and financial aid applications.
•Teachers are available before and after school for personalized tutorials.
•To help build the well-rounded student, we offer exploratory classes and clubs.
Tom Schulman described an educator’s legacy so well when he wrote the book/movie Dead Poets Society. He inspired so many teachers when he wrote,
“They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you. Their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen. You hear it? Carpe—hear it? Carpe, carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”
Yours in the Journey,
Mrs. Megan Kicklighter, Ed.S.
“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.”