History. Local ministers, who wanted to provide a Christian education for children in their churches, founded Belleville Mennonite School in 1945. The next several decades brought many changes at BMS, including enrollment increases and new building constructions.
The student body continued to grow as children from various churches and denominations enrolled. Although the school continues to uphold its Mennonite roots, students from diverse Christian backgrounds enjoy the unique, private school education that BMS offers. Students from other cultures have also benefited from education at Belleville Mennonite School, as it has hosted foreign exchange students from many countries, including Venezuela, Japan, Korea, China, Germany, Vietnam and Brazil.
Logo. The BMS logo mark combines the infinity symbol, Christian cross encompassed in a ring (unity) and outer circle (foundation). The infinity represents the boundless nature of learning, development and the Christian faith. The juxtaposition of the Christian cross in the foreground and the intersection of the two shapes (infinity and cross) combined with the angled end points of the cross (suggest upward
movement and progress) create a powerful mark that represents the school philosophy “develop minds, build faith” and culture. The outer rings that embody the infinity and cross represent unity (student body, teachers, administration, community, faith). The outer circle completes the logo and represents the foundation.
Enrollment. Currently, 233 students, representing more than 100 families and nearly 40 local congregations, are enrolled at Belleville Mennonite School for the 2021-2022 school year.
Faculty. Belleville Mennonite School's roster of qualified faculty takes personal interest in each child's learning achievement. Educated at a variety of respected universities, teachers provide quality education through classes that develop students' intellectual, academic and spiritual growth. Meet our faculty and staff.
Technology. With a 3.5 student to computer ratio, every student at Belleville Mennonite School has adequate access to computer resources. Dedicated to teaching students how to effectively use and interact with today's ever-changing technology, BMS requires basic computing classes such as keyboarding and computer applications and offers elective classes focused on web design and computer assembly and repair.
Learning Environment/PSSA scores. With a curriculum that generates intellectual development and academic preparation, classes and teachers at BMS provide a quality education in a safe, Christian environment. A low student to teacher ratio allows each student to receive the individual attention that leads to academic success. Standardized test score results reveal that BMS students performed above the national average.
Continuing Education Statistics. Since the Class of 2003, approximately 70% of Belleville Mennonite School graduates have pursued higher education at a variety of liberal arts and technical colleges.
Student Leadership and Honors Programs. A student senate, comprised of two representatives from each high school class, initiates service and school spirit activities. Belleville Mennonite School's National Honor Society provides additional educational and service opportunities.
Extracurricular Activities. Belleville Mennonite School hosts many extracurricular activities in which students choose to participate. High school students participate in PIAA District 6 boys soccer and girls and boys basketball competition. All teams are members of ACAA (Alleghany Christian Athletic Association). Students participate in the fine arts by joining choirs, worship team, and theater productions. The Belleville Mennonite School high school choir participates in the ACSI choir festival each spring. Additionally, an elementary Christmas musical and middle school and high school choir concerts take place each year. Dramatic opportunities at BMS include a fall production and a student-led middle school play in the spring. Students also participate in a middle math competition and elementary spelling bee.
The Belleville Mennonite School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Belleville Mennonite School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its admission policies, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.
To learn more about Belleville Mennonite School or to schedule a tour, please contact us at 717-935-2184 or fill out our online inquiry form.
BMS’s teacher to student ratio is 1 to 15! The small classroom size enables teachers to provide individualized attention to students in order to meet their unique needs. Additionally, BMS teachers know and partner with families, which creates a Christian community atmosphere.