From the Principal

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.