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about bible in the schools 

Bible history classes in the public schools are an opportunity for students to have a viewpoint neutral, foundational study – at no cost to taxpayers – of one of the cornerstone texts of world history, helping students be culturally literate and better equipped to thrive and contribute to a global world.

  • Over 94 Years - Bible history classes have been a gift to the community since 1922.

  • No Tax DollarsBible history classes are completely funded by the generosity of the community through voluntary contributions.

  • Court ApprovedIn 1980, a federal court affirmed that teaching the Bible in public school is constitutionally permissible. The curriculum meets all legal requirements.

  • 17 Teachers - All teachers are employees of Hamilton County Department of Education and are selected by the school principals.

  • 19 Schools - Classes are offered as electives in middle and high school grades.

  • Nearly 3,600 StudentsPast studies suggest that one-half of the young people who elect a Bible history class have had little or no previous exposure to the Bible.

  • Challenging Curriculum - Middle school students study Genesis (6th grade), Exodus (7th grade), and the Life of Jesus (8th grade, using Luke). High school students study Old Testament Survey and New Testament Survey.

  • Bible as Textbook - All 5 elective courses are academically rigorous and for credit.

  • Knowledge DoublesLast year, pre-test / post-test scores demonstrate that a student’s knowledge of the portion of the Bible they studied doubles.

  • Observable Change - Teachers report observable changes in student attitude, behavior, and outlook as a result of taking a Bible history course.

  • Nearly $1,000,000The full cost to fund Bible history in the Hamilton County public schools for the 2015-2016 was almost $1 million.