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, 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 14 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 Union University and 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 18 students. Our student/teacher ratio is 11:1. Our talented faculty are experienced educators - our faculty averages 16 years of teaching experience. Seventy-four faculty members have Master's degrees, two have EdD degrees and three have JD degrees. Forty-three faculty and staff members are alumni.
Our beautiful campus located on 90 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 newly-renovated, state-of-the art strength and conditioning room. This new 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 flim watching, team meetings, and other special events. The new film and media room seats up to 100 people.
One of the centerpieces of the Houston Levee 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 facilty in the Mid-South.
Our East Memphis campus is dedicated to serving as a full-service elementary school for students from two-year old preschool through 5th grade. Many grades enjoy smaller student-teacher ratios. Students benefit from the same program of studies as elementary students at the Houston Levee campus, but also enjoy the luxury of having access to the facilities at the East Memphis campus.
Briarcrest offers 17 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 2016, eighteen of our student athletes comitted to play sports at the collegiate level representing football (3), golf (4), soccer (3), basketball (1), lacrosse (3), and track and cross country (1) at colleges and universities across the U.S.
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.
Seventy-two 2016 Briarcrest student athletes were named to The Commercial Appeal’s Best of Preps as All-Metro Team this year. Six were named as a Top Five finalist. Two student athletes were named finalists for Athletes of the Year and one was voted finalist for Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
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.
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 programs for boys and girls ages 5-15. In addition to this website, you can get more information by calling Briarcamp Director, Jeannie Potts, 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 years later, approximately 6,500 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.
By 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 17-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.
graduates were awarded over $12,000,000 in scholarships.
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, U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint, U.S. Naval Academy, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Southern Methodist University, Princeton, Dartmouth 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.
14 AP Courses
Briarcrest offers 14 Advanced Placement courses for possible college credit. We 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.
25% Higher than National Average on ACT
In the Class of 2017, the top 25% have achieved approximately 11 points higher than the national average on the ACT.
Faculty Averaging 17 Years of Teaching Experience
The Briarcrest faculty averages 17 years of teaching experience. Seventy-four faculty members have Master's degrees, two have EdD degrees and three have JD degrees. Forty-four 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. Since 1998, Briarcrest has won ten 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 ingrades 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 2016 are playing college athletics include: University of Mississippi, Dartmouth College, Princeton, University of Tennessee, University of Nebraska, Southern Methodist University, University of North Carolina, University of Georgia, just to name a few.
Seventy-two Best of Preps Athletes in 2016
Briarcrest student athletes were named to The Commercial Appeal’s Best of Preps as All-Metro Team this year. Six were named as a Top Five finalist. Two student athletes were named finalists for Athletes of the Year and one was voted finalist for Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
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.
The Briarcrest Christian School Fine Arts Department provides instruction for students beginning in PK2 (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.