Why Bethlehem

Why choose a Catholic school?
The teen years are a critical time in the academic, social and spiritual development of young men and women. Catholic high schools provide discipline, academic rigor, nurturing and a strong sense of community. Christ-centered values are emphasized as schools focus on the development of the whole person. Programs address the spiritual, academic, social, physical and emotional needs of young men and women. Each high school has a unique spirit and living tradition that captures the hearts and minds of its students. As a result, young people feel they really belong at the school of their choice and want to do well.
Why Bethlehem?
Our goal is to provide extraordinary academics, faith development and social experiences that develop and shape the values of the entire student. Our college prep curriculum, focused on core content and ACT improvement, our spiritual enrichment programs that include class retreats and service programs, and our broad opportunities for sports and extra-curricular involvement, prepare our graduates for the challenges of career and life.
Our graduates are prepared to excel in higher education and become lifelong learners and contributing citizens.

At Bethlehem High School, we offer... 
  • A clearly articulated, rigorous curriculum aligned with relevant standards, 21st century skills and Gospel values, implemented through effective instruction 
  • A Theology program fully aligned with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved curriculum and supported by the Didache textbook series by the Midwest Theological Forum 
  • A rigorous, engaging core curriculum culminating in 10 capstone Advanced Placement courses: Biology, Calculus AB and BC, Computer Science Principles, Composition, Government and Politics, Literature, Psychology, Comparative Government and U.S. History 
  • An average ACT score of 24.3, compared to the Kentucky average of 19.8 
  • An opportunity to take Dual Credit courses through partnerships with Western Kentucky University and Campbellsville University
  • College level coursework in algebra and trigonometry that allows students a jumpstart on college credits.
  • Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for students to further identify their gifts and talents and to enhance their creative, aesthetic, social/emotional, physical, and spiritual capabilities (Speech, Academic Team, Robotics, Art, Choir, and Theatre) 
  • Student Teacher Ratio of 15:1 
  • iPads and laptops for classroom use and a school-wide wireless network that allows students to use their personal devices 
  • A Media Arts Center equipped with new iMacs for classes such as Computer Graphic Art, Journalism, and Broadcasting 
  • Practical money management know-how through Accounting and the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace course in Economics 
  • A supportive process for transitioning to higher learning through a full time college and career counselor and optional advanced electives 
  • A chance to create and perform in Humanities based programs in art and theatre 
  • Real-world communication skills development in journalism, broadcasting and yearbook 
  • Daily, concentrated support for students with diagnosed learning differences 
  • College level coursework in algebra and trigonometry that allows students a jump start on college credits 
  • A broad range of science electives that can lead students to unlimited career paths 
  • A choice of studying French or Spanish for up to 4 years with an emphasis on global perspective 
  • An emphasis on college readiness in English, reading, science and mathematics as measured by the ACT 
  • An emphasis on wellness and personal fitness in required freshman physical education and health courses and optional advanced electives
  • The opportunity for students to replace 2 electives their junior and senior years with course offerings from the Nelson County Area Technology Center.  Courses are offered in welding, automotive, health care, information technology, electric technology, computer aided drafting, and heating and air