In 2010 God began working in a way that allowed us to expand our ministry borders, and realize the vision that our directors, Gregg and Rawda Doolittle, had imagined in faith for some time. Through providential circumstances Holy Land Ministries was able to purchase 8 acres of land, have plans drawn up, obtain commitment for funding of the project, and break ground on the perimeter wall, all within 18 months!
The Bethlehem Academy opened in 2014, with grades Pre-K through 1. The very next year we went through grade 5 and are now adding one grade level per year until we get through grade 12.
As a first for any school in the area we have a truly bi-lingual curriculum. The primary focus is to teach English, and in so doing prepare our graduating students for taking the SAT exam. We also ensure our students strengthen their Arabic language skills, along with developing a deeper appreciation for their Arabic customs and traditions.
Key to accomplishing this objective is our use of volunteer English speaking teachers. By recruiting teachers from the United States, and other English speaking countries, we are able to immerse our students in a superior English learning environment. The volunteer staff works side by side with our local Arab teachers, providing a seamless bi-lingual experience.
We also have a mix of Christian and Muslim students. This gives us the opportunity to instruct and guide them in an environment of peace and mutual security.
Bethlehem Academy at a glance:
Beit Sahour, Palestine
Grades Pre-K through 12
Eventual enrollment of approximately 700
Muslim and Christian students
Bi-lingual curriculum (English & Arabic)
Preparation for the SAT exam