I am thrilled that you are interested in finding out more about Benedict Day School. I would like to start by telling you how and why BDS was formed. BDS was founded in 2008 by a group of parents that wanted to create a safe environment that fostered a love for learning. We decided to establish a private school in West Hattiesburg that provided small class sizes. The first year of formation we had 7 students enrolled in kindergarten and first grade.
BDS has high expectations for its students. The curriculum is constructed by a task force of educators, parents, and grandparents. We work together to create experiential learning, organized around conceptual units with above average levels of student success in mind. The units are cross curricular extending into all subject areas, which provides learning that is meaningful, interesting, and challenging. The units rely heavily on literature rather than a basal reader to foster an enjoyment and appreciation for reading for its own sake. This academic rigor, along with values such as respect and cooperation, allows students to experience autonomy in their learning while at the same time nurturing strong relationships between the students, peers, and educators. BDS continues to evolve based on our perception of the type of education all children deserve.
Today at BDS, we have over 160 students enrolled kindergarten through eighth grade and are accredited with the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools and SACS/AdvancED. Our class size is no larger than 16 in any of our rooms. We believe that education should be a hands-on experience that prepares the child to exit the classroom equipped with the necessary skills to apply and expound upon what they have learned in school.
BDS is the place where students grow together in an environment that promotes self-confidence, love of learning, and appreciation for God and others. Thank you for taking the time to read this introduction. Please feel free to call us and set up an appointment for your guided tour of Benedict Day School.
Kelly T. Oliver
Benedict Day School (BDS) is a Christian student-centered program that provides a dynamic learning environment to stimulate creative thinking, encourage academic excellence, and infuse a lifelong desire to learn. BDS promotes positive self-esteem and teaches respect for God, self, and others. The small class sizes enable our faculty to apply an individualized, integrated approach that inspires students to realize their talents, strengths, capabilities, and dreams.
Our philosophy of education revolves around hands-on, interdisciplinary units. BDS is dedicated to providing a supportive educational atmosphere in which teachers challenge the intellectual, creative, and physical abilities of our students and foster strength of character, love of God, and concern for others. Each student gains the ability to be a thinker, a problem solver, and a provider of knowledge.
At BDS we encourage enthusiastic parental involvement in the child's home life as well as at school. We are committed to establishing and maintaining partnerships between the school, home, and community at large. We extend learning beyond the classroom walls by exposing students to the rich cultural, historical, and scientific resources within our own community and the world. Students leave BDS with the ability to explore and celebrate their individual differences and contributions, as well as those of their fellow classmates.