Briarcrest has Dual Accreditation from the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Briarcrest is also a member of the Association of Christian Schools International, Tennessee Association of Independent Schools, Memphis Association of Independent Schools, and the College Board, Cognia, Memphis Association of Independent Schools (MAIS),Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, West Tennessee Vocal Music Educators Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, National Council for the Social Studies, Memphis-Shelby County Teachers of English, and Tennessee Council of Teacher of English, Tennessee Association Independent Schools, (TACA) Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association
All of our classes are college preparatory. In addition to core courses, advanced courses, and electives, Briarcrest offers a multitude of Advanced Placement courses. Briarcrest students taking Advanced Placement (AP) are often eligible to receive possible college credit.
We will also offer a Dual Enrollment programs with The University of Memphis allowing 11th and 12th grade students to earn college credits while finishing their high school graduation requirements.
Briarcrest's average class size is 17 students. Our student/teacher ratio is 11:1. Our talented faculty are experienced educators - our faculty averages 16 years of teaching experience. Sixty-eight faculty members have Master's degrees, three have EdD degrees and three have Ph.D degrees. Thirty-three faculty and staff members are alumni.
Our beautiful campus located on 115 acres in Eads, Tennessee offers a “one-stop-shop” for two-year old preschool through 12th grade at our Houston Levee campus. This location is ideally located between Collierville, Germantown, Cordova, Eads, Arlington and Fayette County.
We have we also have a state-of-the art strength and conditioning room. This magnificent facility and our comprehensive strength and conditioning program has been specifically designed to offer each student athlete a workout and training program that is taliored for their individual sport. Saints Sportsplex also features a new film and media room in the Saints-Wilson Fieldhouse that is used for team film watching, team meetings, and other special events. The new film and media room seats up to 100 people.
One of the centerpieces of our campus is the $7 million Sparks Chapel and Performing Arts Center. This beautiful 1,000-seat chapel and performing arts center features a full theatrical stage, full dressing rooms, an elite sound and lighting package and is considered one of top performing arts facility in the Mid-South.
Briarcrest Christian School has offically opened the $5.3 million expansion of the elementary school. The new elementary school will enhance Briarcrest’s ability to serve families at the beginning of their educational journey.
The elementary expansion includes an elementary multi-purpose gymnasium with a collegiate-size main court, a state-of-the-art elementary STEM lab, a new elementary art room, new classrooms and a playground specially designed for pre-school students.
Briarcrest offers 18 sports teams in grades K-12. Our teams have produced state championships and many Briarcrest students have received athletic scholarships to many SEC schools. In 2020, Briarcrest WON THREE State Championships - Volleyball, Girls' Soccer and Cheer.
Our Athletic Program is among the most comprehensive and successful in the Mid-South area. We have the privilege of playing in the TSSAA Division II West AA for large schools. We offer the most comprehensive program of boys’ and girls’ sports, including football, soccer, volleyball, cross country, golf, basketball, wrestling, bowling, swimming, trap shooting, baseball, softball, lacrosse, track, tennis and cheerleading.
Over the past seven years, Briarcrest student athletes have been awarded 130 scholarships to 70 colleges and universities across the nation. Since 1981, the Saints have won 27 Team State Championships and have numerous individual State champions. In 2019-20, BCS had 22 student athletes who received college scholarships.
The breadth and quality of our fine arts program is second to none. In our elementary program, we have a wonderful music and visual arts program. In middle and high school, we offer the full spectrum of choir, band, theater, and visual arts. These programs have been recognized with numerous individual and group awards for excellence. Briarcrest has the most comprehensive Fine Arts program in the Mid-South. Many of our students win national competitions and receive full scholarships to top-ranked colleges and universities which include Berklee College of Music and Belmont University.
In 2019-20, Briarcrest Fine Arts Department has 14 Fine Arts students who received scholarships to the top Arts colleges in the U.S.
Fifty percent of all students participate in the Fine Arts at Briarcrest.
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 a great community service program. We also sponsor mission trips, both at home and abroad, that minister to people’s needs and provide opportunities to share God’s love.
Briarcrest offers academic and enrichment programs, as well as sports camps for boys and girls ages 5-15 through our summer camps program, Briarcamp. In addition to this website, you can get more information by calling Briarcamp Director, Karen Fienup at (901) 765-4600.
We believe that qualified students who desire an education at Briarcrest Christian School should not be turned away because they cannot pay full tuition. Therefore, we have established a tuition assistance program to help families in need. Tuition assistance is awarded strictly on the basis of need in a completely confidential process. Briarcrest does not award any athletic or academic merit scholarships.
The rich heritage of Briarcrest Christian School lies in an unwavering commitment to Christian principles and academic excellence. Since 1973, the school system has provided its educational program to students from across the Mid-South.
Over forty-seven years later, approximately 7,500 graduates attest to the success of the school's mission to educate students in an environment where students can excel in all areas of student life. Briarcrest seeks to employ the best faculty in the region -- teachers possessing specialized higher academic degrees. We seek more than academic proficiency, our teachers and staff function as role models exemplifying Christ's teachings in the classroom, on the athletic field, on the stage and in all student activities.
Our entire faculty and staff are committed to Briarcrest's distinctive mission that combines academic excellence with Christian character development.
Programs for kindergarten through Grade 8 were begun in 1973, and a program for Grades 9-12 was added in 1974. In 2012, Briarcrest offered an accredited preschool program beginning with Little Saints (two-year-olds) through Pre-K (4 year-olds).
The Briarcrest Christian School System, Inc., is operated as a not-for-profit corporation. A 15-member Board of Trustees operates the school system through the Administrative Staff. The Board is a self-perpetuating body which is representative of the constituency of the school.
Briarcrest Christian School is dually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). The elementary and preschool programs are accredited by the Tennessee Department of Education. Briarcrest is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), The College Board, Cognia, Memphis Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA), West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, West Tennessee Vocal Music Educators Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, National Council for the Social Studies, Memphis-Shelby County Teachers of English, and Tennessee Council of Teachers of English, (TAIS) Tennessee Association of Independent Schools and (TACA) Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association.
Houston Levee Campus Little Saints - (2-year olds) -Grade 12)
76 South Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028
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Awarded Over $24 Million In Academic Scholarships In 2020
Briarcrest Class of 2020 were awarded approximately $24 million in college scholarships. This is the highest dollar amount awarded in recent BCS history. The Class of 2020 was accepted to 128 colleges and 47 universities in 12 states.
2020 Notable Colleges BCS Grads Will Attend
Briarcrest Class of 2020 will be attending some of the top colleges and universities in the country. Some of these will include: Washington and Lee University, Pepperdine University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University, Rhodes College, Georgia Tech and the U.S. Naval Academy, just to name a few.
Briarcrest Grads Attend Top Military Academies
BCS graduates frequently attend top military academies ( West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and the Citadel).
Top 25 % Scored A 32 Or Better On The ACT
The top 25% of the Class of 2020 scored an ACT score of 32 or better.
Briarcrest has outstanding programs for academically gifted students in elementary through high school, including Plus, Passport, Honors and Advancement Placement courses.
AP and Dual Enrollment Courses
Briarcrest offer Advanced Placement courses for possible college credit. We also offer Dual Enrollment programs with University of Memphis which allows 11th and 12th grade students to earn college credit while finishing their high school graduation requirements.
Faculty Averages 16 Years of Teaching Experience
The Briarcrest faculty averages 16 years of teaching experience. Sixty-eight faculty members have Master's degrees, three have EdD degrees and three have PhD degrees. Thirty-three faculty members are alumni.
11:1 Student to Faculty Ratio
Our student to faculty ratio is 11:1 and class average size is about 18 students per classroom.
On-Campus, Specialized Academic Tutoring Program
We offer an on-campus academic tutoring 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.
Non-Denominational, Co-Education Environment
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.
Our Christian faith is integrated throughout all of our programs and courses of study as we teach train our students in a robust Christian worldview.
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.
Most Comprehensive Athletic Program In Mid-South
The Briarcrest Christian School Athletic Department is the premier school-based athletic program in the Memphis area, recognized for developing athletes to their full potential, competing at the highest levels and building Christian character in the lives of the students who participate.
Our State-of-the-Art sports facilities on our expansive grounds are home to a full-slate of TSSAA athletics.
TSSAA Division II West AA
Briarcrest is honored to participate in TSSAA Division II West AA for large schools.
BCS Competes with Both Private and Public Schools in the Area
Many of our teams advanced to competition and victory at the State level. Briarcrest has won 27 State Championships and have been the State Runners-Up in several sports.
We Offer a Wide Range of Athletic Offerings
Briarcrest offer 18 different sports in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. We provide the most comprehensive offering of sports for high school students which include: football, baseball, basketball, wrestling, cross country, golf, bowling, swimming, trap shooting, softball, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, track, tennis, and cheerleading.
Some of the college and universities where members of the Briarcrest Class of 2020 are playing college athletics include: U.S. Naval Academy, University of Missouri, Georgia Tech, University of Alabama, University of Tennessee, University of Memphis, just to name a few.
Unsurpassed Fine Arts Program In The Mid-South
The Briarcrest Christian School Fine Arts department has been recognized internationally for some of the best Performing Arts programs at any school.
Outstanding Fine Arts Program - (Little Saints -12th Grade)
The Briarcrest Christian School Fine Arts Department provides instruction for students beginning in Little Saints and continuing through grade 12 in visual arts, choral music, instrumental music, general music, and theatre arts.
The Vocal Music Department
offers elementary, middle and high school students a medium for musical expression. High school students may audition for the Honors Chamber Choir, Chorale, OneVoice, 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.
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.
We have two award-winning commercial music ensembles, SoundScape and 76 South, both of which perform around the community and Southeast. They record annual professional albums.
Theatre Arts Program
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.
Each fall, high school students perform a classical or modern production. Past productions include To Kill A Mockingbird, Thieves' Carnival, Little Women, Charlie Brown and The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.
Fully-Staged Musical Productions for Elementary Students
We also offer a fully-staged musical for our elementary students in the Fall of each school year. Previous productions include Shrek, Jr.
Both Vertical and Horizontal in Approach
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.
Technical Production Program
offers students in High School the opportunity to learn about live audio, recording, video editing, film, lighting, set design, and more on over a million dollars of equipment in Sparks Chapel and Performing Arts Center and Studio 73.