Bradford Christian Academy of Arlington was founded in the fall of 1997. We began homeschooling our oldest two children, that is all we had at the time. We later had two more. Our last of the four graduated from BCAA in May 2019. It has been a wonderful journey. We learned a lot about what curriculum we loved, liked somewhat and just plain didn't work for us. We have been teaching preschool for the past 25 years along with homeschooling our children through high school. We operated that preschool under the name MTKCP since 1999 because it included kid care. We decided to combine the two under a private school exemption with our homeschool name since we no longer associate with kid care and are a private school. Our first grandchild began kindergarten in the fall of 2020 so we decided to open our primary school up to families who wanted their children educated privately. We felt it would be beneficial to have other children to learn alongside while at the same time giving those parents who don't feel that they are able to homeschool but don't really want to send their children to a public school the chance to have them taught in a home setting with a homeschooling approach. We will be using the curriculum choices that we have found we LOVE. As always, if we find something isn't working for one or more children, we will explore other options. It is our desire to give the best possible education to every child who attends our school. We are always looking for new resources as they are made available. We do our best to attend the homeschool curriculum fair each year to get a hands on look, as well as attend as many conference sessions as we have time for.
Many of the photos on here with have our old name on them. Going forward, new photos will have BCAA stamped on them.
Our Educational Philosophy As a home preschool and early elementary program, our goal is to provide a safe and happy place for children where they can learn and grow physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially at their own pace. We believe children learn through play and benefit from a structured yet flexible schedule. Activities will be offered which stimulate sensory motor development, language development and social interaction. The development of a strong self-esteem is also a major goal. Children will be taught to respect each other, adults, and property. We follow a "whole child" philosophy where we partner with you to improve your child's Social, Emotional, Cognitive, Language and Physical skills.
BCAA consistently strives to:
Create a love of learning through developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities that are fun and hands-on.
Prepare preschoolers and kindergarteners to be more than ready for elementary education in their social, physical, emotional, language and cognitive development.
Exceed expectations by making improvements to our program yearly and continuing to exceed the state standards.
Strengthen families by supporting them in their parenting and educational goals and including them in fun family events.
Prepare school-age children to be ready to build upon their academic achievements from the previous school year.
Improve the Arlington community by offering a convenient, affordable, premier private school for their children's school experience.
Our school has a private school exemption from the state of Texas. It is not licensed by the state of Texas since we got the exemption. Our teachers get yearly training and improve our knowledge to teach and protect children. We are up to date on CPR/First Aid, background checks and all required training and any training that we deem beneficial to our job.
Meet the Teachers
Ms. Terri is the Lead Teacher and director. She started homeschooling in 1997 and began teaching preschool in 1999. She has a background in early childhood education - 6th grade from TCC and Phoenix University. She continues to update her knowledge with new classes and training yearly. She is the main teacher for kinder and elementary grades.
She has worked as a substitute teacher for the AISD for preschool through fourth grades. She has worked with preschool through elementary children in church programs since she was a teenager. Her love for children grows daily. The joy of watching them learn and have fun brings a smile to her face.
Terri has been married to her husband for almost 40 years. They have four grown children and six grandchildren. Terri enjoys photography, scrapbooking, quilting and reading. She is a member of several writer's groups and hopes to be a published author in the future. She loves to do book reviews to help people find great books. She loves to travel all over the United States and hopes one day to travel to other parts of the world. She understands how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle with our food, exercise and the products we use. She became a fitness and nutrition coach in 2015. She uses her knowledge to teach the children that movement is fun and eating healthy is important.
Samantha Harr Smith
Samantha is a mom of three, 3 and under! She has been a teacher, either subbing or part time, here for the past 18 years. This summer she started working here on a more full time basis. She is nutrition and fitness coach and helps parents learn how to get children on a better food journey. She helps plan our meals and our kids cooking projects. Having had three kids in three years, her desire to be more involved in our school and teach her own children, and their friends. She is great with the kids and they love her.
Jennifer is a 2019 graduate. She was home schooled through graduation and has been a teacher in our preschool since she was 15. She took dance for 8 years at Leap of Faith. She was in a mentor-ship at her dance school for 4 1/2 years with 3-5 year old dance classes. She transitioned to the lead teacher in that class for two years. She has also taught and assisted at her church in the preschool department. The kids adore "Miss Jenni" and have a lot of fun with her spontaneous ideas for crafts and games. She is one of the teachers for the preschool classes and leads or assists in the outside activities. She is the main photographer at our school. She started her baking business in 2021. She provides baked goods for all of our family and student parties. She also helps plan our meals and kids cooking projects.
John has been a part of BCAA from the start. He is Ms. Terri's husband, going on 40 years. He plays the bass guitar and has his own lawn business. He keeps our yards taken care of and does all the maintenance around the school. When needed, he subs and helps us with big projects. Before he started his lawn businesses, he worked at our school full time for five years as a preschool teacher. The kids love Mr. John. He makes them laugh. He has created some really cool crafts and activities over the years.
2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR 1st Semester: August 16 - December 17 (17 weeks excluding Thanksgiving Week Break) 2nd: Semester: January 3 - May 27 (20 weeks excluding Spring Break March 14-18) Summer School Camp (10 weeks) (10 weeks excluding the week of July 11-15) May 31-Ausgust 12 School Closures Monday, September 6 Labor Day Monday-Friday, November 22-26 Thanksgiving Break Monday-Friday, December 20-December 31 Christmas Break Monday-Friday, March 14-18 Spring Break Friday, April 15 Good Friday Monday, May 30 Memorial Day Monday, July 4 Independence Day Monday-Friday, July 11-15 Summer Break
Policies and Procedures
We are a Premier, Private School in Arlington, Texas that offers an exceptional education for preschool-3rd grade. Our goal is to provide a safe and happy place for children where they can learn and grow physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially at their own pace. We believe children learn through play and benefit from a structured yet flexible schedule. Activities will be offered which stimulate sensory motor development, language development and social interaction. Children will be taught to respect each other, adults, and property.
Enrollment Policy There are a few forms that must be completed and, in our possession, before we can assume the responsibility of teaching your child. There are no exceptions. You are required to keep us informed of any change in address, telephone numbers, and any other pertinent information on these forms as they arise, including notifying us of additional childhood immunizations. An immunization exemption form is required if you do not vaccinate.
Holding A Space If it is decided that your child(ren) will enroll in BCAA, and you will not be placing your child(ren) with me until a later date, you must pay the first two week’s tuition, supply/curriculum fee up front to hold your space. All fee rules apply. The deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE if you decide (for any reason) that you will not be enrolling your child(ren). All paperwork is due at that time, as well. If those are NOT paid the spot will NOT be considered yours.
Open Door Policy We maintain an open-door policy. This means you are always welcome to call or drop in to see your child(ren) at any time during regular hours. It does not mean my door will always be unlocked, for safety reasons. Please keep in mind that when visitors are here, the children tend to get distracted from the work they are doing.
Arrivals/Departures Please arrive and pick up ON TIME. We have a lot to do during class time. We are not able to have late pick-ups (unless it is an emergency) so make sure to arrive early or on time. Please be prompt at drop off and pick up. The hours on your contract determine your child’s drop off and pick up times. If that needs to change, please give us at least two weeks’ notice.
Please send your child(ren) clean, well-rested, dressed for the day and fed. They will be playing, painting, creating and getting dirty. Send appropriate clothes for those activities, including shoes for outside play and a swimsuit for water play.
We will only release your child(ren) to the parent/guardian or someone else you designate. If someone else is to pick up your child, please notify us ahead of time. Please inform emergency contacts, or people designated to pick up your child, that if we do not know them, we will need to see a photo ID. Please Note: If there is a court order keeping one parent away from the child(ren), we must have a copy to put in the child's file. Otherwise, we cannot prevent the parent from picking up the child(ren).
Tuition & Fees Your Tuition will be on your contract and you are responsible for paying for the entire semester, monthly or weekly, depending on what was agreed upon and on the contract. That must be decided at the time the contract is signed. If you need to change it, it must be done with at least two weeks’ notice. If paying monthly, payment must be made on or before the 1st of each month. If paying by semester, payment must be made on or before the first day of the semester. If paying weekly, payment is due Monday MORNING before drop off.
Payments can be made with Zelle, Cash App, PayPal or cash.
***Please do not put me in the uncomfortable position of having to ask for payment, and any other fees that may have been added in the week.
Transportation of Children At times we may schedule a field trip. Normally, those field trips with be “family field trips” and parents are required to attend if the child goes. We will be making walking field trips to the new library and the park right next to it. That will not have any transportation issues, since we are walking.
Communication with Parents Parents are responsible for keeping up with special dates and needed information. We have a quarterly newsletter; our online newsletter and a Telegram Messenger Group that ONLY current parents and family members can be in. I will post updates, need-to-know information, party info, sick notices, etc. on one or more of those. I will ONLY be sending texts when it concerns YOUR child; when we need something for them, when there is an issue with illness, injury or behavior. When we provide updates please record them in your Parent Handbook that is sent home the beginning of each school year.
Health and Safety Matters Hand washing – Hands will be washed before and after meals, after bathroom use, after nose blowing and wiping and after handling an ill child.
Toys and Equipment – Toys will be sterilized daily or as needed with the recommended cleaning solution. Fire/Tornado Drills – Practice drills will be conducted quarterly and recorded. SYMPTOMS REQUIRING REMOVAL OF CHILD FROM SCHOOL (no exceptions) Please do not bring your child if he/she is sick; the health and wellbeing of all of the children here are of the utmost importance to me. It is for the protection of the children that I must insist on a strict adherence to my illness policy.
Please read it carefully. Communicable Diseases: Not permitted by law in childcare. Some of these illnesses are, but not limited to: Infectious Conjunctivitis (pink eye), Impetigo, Hepatitis A, Scabies, Ringworm, Infectious Diarrhea, Chicken Pox, Scarlet Fever, Lice, Strep Throat. If your child is thought to have a communicable disease, you will be notified and asked to pick him/her up. Your child will be accepted back into care when no longer contagious and must have a doctor’s note saying so. All other parents will be notified of possibility of a communicable disease and what symptoms to watch for.
Fever: Not Permitted. A child needs to be fever free for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school; that means the child is fever free without the aid of any fever reducing substance. Administering Tylenol to reduce your child's fever so that you can bring him/her is grounds for termination. (A) Oral temperature above 101 degrees and accompanied by behavior changes or other signs or symptoms of illness; (B) Rectal temperature above 102 degrees and accompanied by behavior changes or other signs or symptoms of illness; (C) Armpit temperature above 100 degrees and accompanied by behavior changes or other signs or symptoms of illness; (D) Symptoms and signs of possible severe illness, such as lethargy, abnormal breathing, uncontrolled diarrhea, two or more vomiting episodes in 24 hours, rash with fever, mouth sores with drooling, wheezing, behavior changes, or other signs that the child may be severely ill; and (4) A health-care professional has diagnosed the child with a communicable disease, and the child does not have medical documentation to indicate that the child is no longer contagious.
Diarrhea: Not Permitted. Children may return to care 24 hours after beginning an antibiotic or needs to be diarrhea free for a minimum of 24 hours. Infants and toddlers with fevers and/or diarrhea pertaining to teething will only be accepted into care with a doctor’s note stating that these symptoms are due to teething.
VOMITING: Not Permitted. If your child vomits while at school, you will be expected to come within THE HOUR to pick your child up. The child must stay home until 24 hours have passed with NO VOMITING EPISODES.
Running Nose: Your child may be brought to school if he/she has a common cold (slight occasional cough, clear runny nose, occasional sneezing) Discharge of any color other than clear is not acceptable in school. A constant runny nose, which lasts longer than a week and you suspect it may be due to allergies, I will require you to bring a doctor’s note stating the same.
Rashes: Not Permitted. Any rash other than diaper rash must accompany the child to school with a note from the doctor stating it is not contagious.
Runny and/or Crusty Eyes: Not Permitted. Watery, matted, and/or red/pink eyes are not acceptable in school under any circumstances.
Excessive Crankiness: If your child is irritable, excessively whining or crying wants to be constantly held, or requires more attention than I can provide without jeopardizing the health, safety, or well-being of the other children at school, you must keep your child home regardless of the presence of other symptoms. If this occurs during school hours, you will be called to come pick up your child.
Lice: Not permitted back to school until after the second hair treatment.
24 Hour Rule: Your child must be free from any of the above symptoms for a minimum of 24 hours before you can return to school. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you arrive and tell me your Child's fever broke at noon the previous day, you will be asked to leave.
Please take the rules seriously. It is always best to call me and ask if you are unsure whether or not you may bring your child. Any infractions of the above rules and you will be called to come and pick up your child. Repeated calls to have you return here to pick up your child may result in termination (with all fees due and payable).
Behavior Management & Discipline The children are explained the school rules frequently, so that they know the guidelines. Once a child understands the rules and disobeys them, hurts others, or property, the following techniques will be used: 1.Positive Reinforcement: The child will be encouraged when he/she is demonstrating acceptable behavior. 2.Redirection: The child is redirected to another activity and given an opportunity to try again at another time. 3.Time In: The child is separated from the group for a regulated period of time and put in an area where they can positively think over their actions and how they can make better choices. This is used only when child is exhibiting a temper tantrum type behavior or hurting self, others, or property. When child shows that he/she is ready to demonstrate acceptable behavior, they are encouraged to join the rest of the group and try again. 4.Last Resort: When a child's behavior is continually upsetting or dangerous to others, themselves, or myself a call will be placed to the parents for the child to be picked up. If problems persist and cannot be resolved, this can be a cause for termination of care (with all fees due and payable).
Termination If we feel BCAA is not the right place for your child and we are not meeting their educational needs, or behavior or destruction of property is an issue that can’t be corrected, we may choose to terminate the contract. If parent wishes to terminate agreement, two weeks written notice must be given. No refunds will be made for time student in not in class due to termination. BCAA reserves the right to terminate for the following reasons (but not limited to): Lack of compliance with handbook policies Failure to pay or pay on time Failure to complete required forms Lack of parental cooperation Disrespect False information given by parent either verbally or in writing Consistent late pickups/early drop offs disrupting our routine Failure of child to adjust to school after a reasonable amount of time Physical or verbal; abuse of any person, animals, or property My inability to meet the child's educational needs
Serious illness of child or director I reserve the right to give written notice of immediate termination where there are extreme circumstances that affect the wellbeing of myself or other children in attendance (with all fees due and payable). Absences of more than one day without notification can result in an automatic withdrawal (with all fees due and payable). Re-admittance, if accepted, will include all back pay including late fees. If parent/guardian breaches the contract he/she will be liable for all collection, attorney, court, any/and all costs involved in the breech. I will also give 2 weeks’ notice if the child is to be terminated from class (with all fees due and payable).
Personal Belongings All personal items must be clearly marked with child’s name. I take no responsibility for lost, stolen, or broken toys/videos brought from home. Should the child deliberately destroy my toys or other property through misuse or willfulness, the parent will be required to replace it.
Clothing/Attire Children should arrive dressed for play! Having fun includes outdoor activities and can include messy activities, so please make sure your child is dressed appropriately. A backpack with a change of clothes is required in case it is needed.
Potty Training Children enrolled in our program must be potty trained. If they are close to being trained and the parents are working with them at home, we are willing to assist the child at school. Potty training is easiest when things are the same at home and at school. Do not send your child to school in cloth underwear until they have been going dry for at least a whole weekend, if not a whole week.
Meals The children will have a small snack during our outside adventures. If your child is here for full day classes, please pack them a lunch each day. If it needs to be refrigerated, let us know at drop off. If your child has a food allergy, please send something for snack times, as well.
Medicine If a child requires medicine on a regular basis, please give children the medicine at home. We have a very busy schedule and there is not time to stop and give children medication. If the child requires an inhaler for emergencies, please send it in their backpack daily with their name on it.
Pets We have two dogs. They very loving animals and the kids love them. They are kept in the kennel or in a separate area most of the time. Children may have contact with them at times and we will always wash our hands afterwards.
Emergency Plan In the event of an emergency, we have several plans to accommodate each event.
Tornado: We will move into the hall with all doors shut. There are no windows. We have a flashlight in case the lights go out. We will have toys to keep the kid’s attention occupied on something other than the storm. I will take my book with me that contains the children’s information and emergency numbers in them. I will contact the parents after we are in a safe place to let them know what we are doing. Once the warning is over, we will return to normal activities. Fire: (or other household emergency that requires us to leave the home) We will quietly form a line at the door and walk across the street to await the fire department and there ok to return to the home. I will contact the parents to pick up their children as soon as possible (if it appears that we will not be able to safely return to the home) and inform them of what is going on. If the situation requires, we leave the house and street we will walk down and around the corner to the recreation center. Hugh Smith Recreation Center 1815 New York Ave. (817) 275-1351.
Communicable disease outbreak or other medical emergency: In the event that we discover the outbreak of a communicable disease all parents will be informed, as soon as we know that is what it is. In case of a medical emergency, first 911 will be contacted. If there is an older child or another adult present then they will help contact the parents and help keep other children calm and playing quietly. We will do whatever instructed until help arrives. Intruder: If an intruder should enter our home, we will act in a way that is non-threatening so as not to put the children or ourselves in more danger. We will not act in any way aggressive or argumentative. Once that person leaves the authorities will be notified, as well as the parents. As this would be a traumatic experience the parents would be asked to pick up their children and talk to them about what happened to relieve the child’s stress and fear. In whatever emergency that should arise the proper authorities and the parents will always be informed as soon as possible. We want to take every precaution so that none of these things do happen but in the even they do it is always best to be prepared. A lot of our rules are in place to prevent many of these things from happening and/or getting out of control. Thank you for working with us to keep your kids safe.
Reporting Child Abuse I am required by law to report any signs of child abuse. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, call 1-800-252-5400 to make a report.
Private School Exemption Our school has a private school exemption from the state of Texas. It is not licensed by the state of Texas since we got the exemption.
Training Our teachers get yearly training and improve our knowledge to teach and protect children. We are up to date on CPR/First Aid, background checks and all required training and any training that we deem beneficial to our job.
Conclusion I take great pride in providing a safe, healthy, and loving environment for children to learn and grow in. Your child(ren)s growth and happiness are very important to me, so please always feel free to discuss any questions or concerns with me. Open communication between parents and teachers are so important for the needs of the children. We hope you and your child have a wonderful experience at BCAA and build lasting friendships with teachers and students. updated 8/1/2021
How To Enroll 1. CHOOSE A CLASS Please click HERE to find the class that best fits your family's needs: Morning or Full Day. **Due to high demand, our classes fill up super fast. Please call as soon as you even think about enrolling so we can see if we have an opening for you. 2. SCHEDULE A TOUR As soon as you know which class you want, please call us to see if we have a spot for you. Then we can schedule the tour and reserve your child's spot. That way you won't lose it before we get a chance to meet. 3. REGISTER YOUR CHILD During the 25 minute tour, we will tell you all about BCAA and make sure we are a great fit. At the end of that tour, we will ask if you would like your child to come to BCAA. If the answer is yes, we will have you fill out the enrollment form and collect the supply/curriculum fee. The fee will hold the spot for one week. If you need it held longer the first two week's tuition must be paid, as well.