The Academy actively seeks to promote academic excellence. Curriculum includes A Beka and Bob Jones materials, and the academic program is designed to meet and/or exceed Illinois state teaching standards and graduation requirements. Secondary classes are college preparatory in nature, and include opportunities for honors courses. It is our expectation that all graduates will go on to higher education. Small class sizes and qualified teachers on all levels create an environment conducive to learning.
Brentwood Baptist Christian Academy is a ministry of Brentwood Baptist Church. In 1979 the Lord allowed the church to purchase a public school that the school district no longer needed. That same year the church launched the school program for Kindergarten through grade 6. Within a short time the school added the Junior High and Senior High programs. A Wee Care program for infants and toddlers was also added. Many modifications and improvements have been made on the building over the years as well, including the additions of a science lab, computer lab, lunch room, and other amenities. The school is a member of the Illinois Association of Christian Schools and the American Association of Christian Schools. Graduates of the school have been accepted by colleges and universities across the country, including the University of Illinois, UIC, University of Chicago, Purdue, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Bob Jones University, and more.
Music is an integral part of the Academy program. Students involved in the music program benefit from a wide variety of musical experiences, leading to a more rounded educational experience. The academy has highly qualified music teachers, and students can take private lessons in strings, piano, brass and woodwind instruments, as well as voice. All ages receive group music instruction and participate in the school choirs. Beginning in 4th grade, all elementary students participate in the band program as well. In addition to the band and string group, secondary students also have the opportunity to participate in the tone chime choir. Programs and recitals throughout the year allow the students to demonstrate their musical abilities. State and national competitions on all levels give them the opportunity to test their skills against students from other schools. Students also have the opportunity to be involved in the school's drama program through participation in the school play, as well as competing in several drama categories in the state fine arts competition.
The Academy has a full time cook that provides a variety of appetizing, nutritious meals for the students on a daily basis. A menu is published each month, with each Friday being Pizza Day. Elementary and secondary students can choose to buy a lunch on any given day, or bring a lunch from home. Kindergarten and Wee Care students automatically receive the hot lunch at no additional charge, while the elementary and secondary students pay $3.00 each day for their lunch. Lunch cards are also available for purchase.
The Academy teaches the Bible as God's inspired Word, showing the way of salvation and giving guidance for daily living. Biblical truth provides the foundation for all learning and establishes a definite standard for the evaluation of all knowledge. All students receive Bible lessons or participate in chapel on a daily basis. The King James Version of the Bible is used in all school classes to maintain consistency. While students of other faiths may be admitted to the Academy, they will be required to take the same Bible classes that other students take.