• In 2012, graduates were awarded over $11,000,000 in scholarships.
• 99% of all Briarcrest graduates matriculate to well-respected colleges and universities in the Southeast and across the U.S. including top- tier academic schools such as, Harvard, U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint, U.S. Naval Academy, Yale, Vanderbilt and Rhodes, as well as Christian colleges and universities like Baylor, Samford and Union.
• Briarcrest has outstanding programs for academically gifted students, including Plus, Passport, Honors and Advancement Placement courses.
• Briarcrest offers 12 Advanced Placement courses for possible college credit. We also are one of the only private schools in the Mid-South to offer Dual Enrollment programs with Union University and University of Memphis which allows 11th and 12th grade students to earn college credit while finishing their high school graduation requirements.
• In 2012, 71% of BCS students scored a 3 or above on AP examinations. Ninety to 100% passing rate has been achieved consistently in many AP classes at Briarcrest.
• In the Class of 2012, the top 25% have achieve approximately nine points higher than the national average on the ACT.
• The Briarcrest faculty averages 16 years of teaching experience. Fifty percent of our faculty members hold post-graduate degrees. Thirty-three faculty members are alumni.
• Our student to faculty ratio is 11:1 and class average size is about 18 students per classroom.
• We offer an on-campus tutorial program that is offered to any BCS student before, during or after school designed to meet each students’ individual needs and promote a successful learning experience at Briarcrest.
• Briarcrest Christian School is a non-denominational, co-education environment in which Christian values and biblical morals are taught and practiced in every aspect of school life. All students attend weekly chapel services, study the Bible and are encouraged to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
• In Middle School, students are assigned a Christian mentor who leads them in monthly Bible studies and serves as a Christian role model to this group of students throughout the school year. A mid-year spiritual emphasis week challenges students to become committed followers of Jesus Christ.
• In Middle School and High School, monthly off-campus Bible studies are planned and organized by a parent volunteer, along with a fun activity to have students participate in a fun activity together with a Christian emphasis.
• Our Christian faith is integrated throughout all of our programs and courses of study.
• As an outreach of our Christian mission and philosophy, we have great community service programs. We sponsor mission trips, both here and abroad that minister to people’s needs and provide opportunities to show God’s love.
• Our athletic program is among the most comprehensive and successful in the Mid-South region.
• Our state-of-the-art sports facilities on our expansive grounds are home to a full slate of TSSAA athletics.
• We participate in TSSAA Division II West AA for large schools.
• BCS competes with both private and public schools in the region, many of our teams advanced to competition and victory at the state level. Since 1998, Briarcrest has won nine state championships.
• We offer a wide range of athletic offerings: football, baseball, basketball, wrestling,cross country, golf, bowling, swimming, trap shooting, softball, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, track, tennis, pom and cheerleading.
• Some of the college and universities where members of the Class of 2011 are playing college athletics include: University of Mississippi, University of Tennessee, University of North Carolina, University of
Georgia, just to name a few.
• 18 of our student-athletes were recognized by The Commercial Appeal’s Best of Preps in football, volleyball, soccer, golf, boys and girls basketball and wrestling.
• The Briarcrest Christian School Fine Arts department provides instruction for students beginning in preschool and continuing through grade 12 in visual arts, choral music, instrumental music, general music, and theatre arts.
• The Vocal Music Department offers middle and high school students a medium for musical expression. High school students may audition for the Briarcrest Singers or the Concert Choir. They may also audition for the High School Spring Musical. High School vocal students also participate in events sanctioned by the West Tennessee Vocal Music Educators Association.
• The Briarcrest Singers is the high school’s premier vocal ensemble. They provide auditioned vocal students a medium for advanced musical expression. Concert Choir members will receive training in musical fundamentals preparing them for placement in the Briarcrest Singers or a life making music. Each year the choir performs for chapels, churches, and local festivals. In Elementary and Middle school, the Saintly Singers are the premier vocal ensemble.
• The primary goal of the Briarcrest Band program is to enhance the individual’s potential to understand music as an art form, to encourage the use of music as a form of expression, and to teach the value of music as an aesthetic experience. Our band program seeks to provide instruction which focuses on a sequential program of skills development, while allowing the student to grow intellectually and socially. The marching band usually competes in 6 marching contests during the Fall semester. We also have an award-winning color guard unit. The concert band competes at the state and national level. This group gives a concert at Christmas, as well as performing in up to five different concerts during the Spring semester.
• Our theatre arts program is designed to allow students who are interested in acting and staging to participate in plays and musicals. The high school curriculum includes an introduction to theatre arts, classes in acting and dance, and a production workshop class. The dramatic production during the Fall semester is a classical or modern selection. Some past fall plays include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Father of the Bride, The Taming of the Shrew, Our Town, Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 and Anything Goes.
• The high school play in the Spring semester is a musical that involves all areas of the fine arts department: drama, visual arts, choir, and the band. Some past musicals include Peter Pan, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oklahoma! and Beauty and the Beast. The annual middle school musical is presented in the spring semester. Productions have included Schoolhouse Rock, Jr., Aladdin Jr. and The Wizard of Oz, Seussical: the Musical and Annie, Jr., Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Willy Wonka, Jr.
• The Visual Arts department at Briarcrest is both vertical and horizontal in approach. Through the implementation of a cross-cultural and cross-curriculum based approach, each instructor intentionally connects art history and art making to math, science, history and writing. The visual arts are taught from a biblical perspective relating art production to art history, criticism and aesthetics.