Bradenton Christian School
3304 43RD St W
Bradenton FL 34209
Our mission at Bradenton Christian School is to provide an excellent education rooted in God's word, and to prepare the hearts and minds of God's children in partnership with the Christian community for service in God's world.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Dan Vande Pol
Board Chair Mr. Jan Braam
Board Chair Affiliation Global NPD Technology Leader
General Info
Organization DBA
Bradenton Christian School
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1972
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt 0
State Registration Yes May 2017
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $6,387,418.00
Projected Expenses $6,094,190.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement

For the past 55 years, Bradenton Christian School has provided Christ-centered education to students in Manatee and Sarasota counties. BCS has graduated over 1350 students who are making an impact in our communities and throughout world.

 Bradenton Christian School graduates 100% of its senior class. 95% of our graduates attend colleges and universities across the country.

 Three focus areas for this school year are:
1.    Academic Excellence
2.    Spiritual Growth
3.    Technology Advancements


Bradenton Christian School is preparing the hearts and minds of God’s children.



Needs Statement

1.  New Middle School Building -  BCS is BUILDING FUTURE LEADERS.  Our new technologically advanced STEM Middle School Building will be complete for the 2016-17 school year.  With only a $600,000 loan on our $3.7 Million project cost, we will continue to raise funds to finish this small loan within the next year.   This project also includes improvements to the high school building plus a covered walkway to connect all our campus.   Every donation this year will make a significant impact to finalize the funding. 

2.  Tuition Assistance – BCS wants to enroll every Christian family who desires a Christ centered education for their children.  Sometimes tuition becomes a hurdle to families.  To keep tuition affordable and to help families with affordability is top priority for BCS. Donate to our BCS Financial Aid Fund or to our  BCS Foundation and you could help a variety of families to continue BUILDING OUR FUTURE LEADERS.

3.  Technology Improvements – BCS has a continual need for teacher laptops, student chrome books, document cameras and projection units for the classroom, plus servers.  Any gift amount could play a part in technology enhancements to build tomorrow's FUTURE LEADERS.

4.  Transportation - Large Student Bus & Mini Bus -  As we continue to grow, BCS must provide safe and efficient transportation for our children to and from school and extra curricular events.  One mini bus cost approximately $60K. One large bus costs $135K.
Background Statement

Bradenton Christian School was founded in 1960 by Christian parents who were concerned for their children’s education. They acted upon the belief that the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God. The very heart of Christian school education at BCS is the Bible which is at the center of our school’s curriculum. It requires the student and the teacher to evaluate all they see in the world through the eyes of God as revealed in the scriptures.

 The purpose of Bradenton Christian School is to present to our children, the truth about God, about life, our world, and everything in it and to present the word of God as the authoritative source upon which to build a life that has purpose and meaning. Our vision statement is “that students may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” John 17:3


The mission of Bradenton Christian School is to provide quality education rooted in God’s Word, and to prepare the hearts and minds of God’s children in partnership with the Christian community for service in God’s world.


Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments
Bradenton Christian provides education to the students of Bradenton, Sarasota, Parrish, Anna Maria Island, Palmetto, and Ellenton. We also attract international students from several different countries.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Bradenton Christian School has been dedicated to providing a quality, Christ centered education to the children of our community for over fifty-five years.  Since both myself and my wife are BCS alumni, and we have two children that have graduated and one currently attending BCS,  I  can say that I am a first-hand witness to the fruit of this effort which is evident in the lives of the children who currently attend the school and in the lives of those who have graduated. 

Bradenton Christian School is facing the challenge of rapid growth throughout many facets of student life and our campus. Currently, we are in the process of adding a state-of-the-art STEM Middle School Building with 9 classrooms and 4 offices. We are shifting many classrooms to accommodate more students in several grade levels and hiring numerous top-talent teachers as our elementary and secondary enrollment continues to grow. It is an incredible blessing to experience so many classes being near capacity and solving how to accommodate the growth to allow more covenantal children to be educated; it is the type of challenge we welcome.

As a board, one of our primary objectives is to maintain affordability for our families. We believe that the option of an education with a Christian World View is so important that we want it to be available to every family regardless of their ability to afford tuition. Fortunately, BCS is a healthy school and has been blest in that we have been able to hold increases in tuition at only 2% increase per year over the last 5 years, with full classes helping us to operate more efficiently while allowing us to provide more services, such as enrichment classes, but at the same time keeping tuition down. However, in order to keep tuition as affordable as possible, we are very much dependent on donors to supplement the school budget so that we can continue to provide additional aid for those who need it most.

As our enrollment grows, so does our need. They really go hand in hand. As we continue to see the growth, we continue to see the challenges. We know as a board that we have to make sure we keep our strategic goals and priorities in line with the mission of our school. This requires that we continue to teach from a Christ centered world view, hire the best teachers while advancing our current teachers, and continue to raise external funds to keep tuition affordable for everyone, allowing us the ability to continue to prepare the hearts and minds of as many of the children that have been entrusted to our care for a short time.

Jan Braam, BCS Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Psalm 78:4 states "we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
his power, and the wonders he has done."
Bradenton Christian School has been faithfully following this command and preparing the hearts and minds of God's children in Manatee County for the past 55 years. Our graduates are blessing their families, communities, churches, and our world with the Christian perspective and worldview nurtured here in faithful partnership with Christian families and area churches. Our students are blessed with talented, dedicated, state certified teachers who take the time to get to know, care for, and pray with each student. These Christian teachers teach the truth about God and His creation in each and every course. 

Our school holds state, regional, and national accreditation and our graduates head off to prestigious colleges and universities each year fully prepared for the demands of higher education. In addition to academic excellence, our athletes, musicians and artists have excelled with state championships, college scholarships, and recognition including trophies and awards at the state and national level.

In the Cubby Buddy program, our kindergarten students catch the vision right away as they are paired with a high school senior for nurturing activities throughout the year. The seniors serve as a role model/mentor to their young "cubby buddies". Elementary students receive instruction in art, music, PE, computer, Spanish, and band/strings as part of a challenging and complementary curriculum.

Our middle school features a college prepartory curriculum balanced with the individual care and attention each teacher gives to each student. There is great opportunity for students to spread their wings and get involved. Students with an interest and an aptitude have a great shot at making the team, joining the club, and serving the community.

High school affords students an opportunity for dual enrollment, AP and honors courses, National and Spanish Honors Societies, Student Council, Chapel Committee, mission and service trips and so much more. Academically driven students can graduate with as much as a semester or more of college credits and typically our graduates are offered scholarships that total millions.

Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". Prayerfully consider how an investment in to Christian education could impact a child, a family and the community at large.

Dan Vande Pol, Superintendent

Preparing the hearts....Spiritual Formation
Bradenton Christian School prepares students not only with academic knowledge, but what sets us apart is our education of the heart. It is our purpose to develop each student's personal relationship with the Lord through a partnership with the church and home. 
At BCS students receive Biblical instruction which is integrated into all aspects of education, fine arts, athletics, and programs. 
Students at all levels are provided daily devotions, prayer, regular chapels, and curriculum in Bible. Secondary school students are provided opportunities to take mission trips both domestically as well as internationally.  All students are provided the opportunity to participate in outreach programs through various clubs, classes, and organizations.
In addition the school designs several spiritual emphasis weeks and brings in special speakers to minister to our students. 
Action steps we will be taking in the next five years include:
1.  Invite local pastors to be a part of the school's ministry on campus
2.  Closer partnership with missionaries and their children
3.  Emphasizing the importance of chapels during school week  
4.  Provide discounted tuition for pastors families
5.  Increase communication with local churches regarding local events on campus 
6.  Making our campus available for other Christian organizations and events. 
Budget $45,000
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success During the next five years we hope to see a 2% increase in enrollment from better relationships with local churches, increase enrollment of missionary children to BCS by 2%, and a 5% increase of donors willing to fund scholarships.
Long Term Success Students who are provided the opportunities of the programs noted are well prepared to go into the world and serve the Lord in various capacities.
Program Success Monitoring Program is being monitored by ongoing review of statistics of our enrollment numbers by administration and admissions.  Participation by pastors and missionaries in activities, events, and chapels as monitored by our Spiritual Life Committee.  
Program Success Examples
Program success will be indicated by increased enrollment of students and participation of pastors and missionaries on our campus.  We have seen an overall 10% increase in enrollment for the 2012-13 school year. In addition we have provided our students the opportunity to participate in a mission trip for the summer of 2013. We have also seen an increase in pastors and missionaries on our school campus.
Technology is a Focus Area for Bradenton Christian School as part of our School Improvement Plan for the next 5 years.
As we continue to train and educate our teachers with new technology developments, we seek to be front runners with student education and technology. It is our goal to continue classroom technology enhancements, and prepare for each student to have their own educational technology device.
Budget $100,000
Category Education, General/Other Teacher & Faculty
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success We have tested IPad applications in some classrooms with good success as signified by student learning and achievement.
Long Term Success Students and teachers will be educated and trained to use technology for use in the classroom and throughout their careers and life. 
Program Success Monitoring Students and teachers will be surveyed.
Program Success Examples Students and teachers are excited about the use of computer technology. Technology is a part of everyday life for students. They receive computer education through regular computer classes. Success will be measured by teacher monitoring, student application with projects and programs.
Program Comments by Organization
Our current challenge is keeping up with a rapidly growing student body.  It is a wonderful challenge to have.  We are increasing our campus and offerings to accommodate our enrollment.  We are making advancements in technology on a continual basis, improving our enrichment centers, added a middle school building, plus always being on top of safety improvements, all while continuing our excellence in academics.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Dan Vande Pol
CEO Term Start July 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email

Superintendent BCS 2014 -  

Assistant Superintendent, Elementary Principal and Admissions Director of Lake Worth Christian School in Boynton Beach, FL, 2005 -2014

5th Grade Teacher at Calvin Christian School in Escondido, CA, 2004-2005

Middle School Math Teacher at Calvin Christian School in Escondido, CA 2003-2004

5th Grade Teacher at Calvin Christian School in Escondido, CA, 2001-2003

5th Grade Teacher at Pella Christian Grade School in Pella, Iowa, 1996 – 2001

5th Grade Teacher at Bradenton Christian School in Bradenton, FL, 1988-1996

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Mr. Gerald Mitchell June 1989 - June 2003
Mr. Dan van der Kooy July 2003 - July 2014
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 74
Part Time Staff 86
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 15
Volunteers 375
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Bradenton Christian School is supported by donors consisting of parents, grandparents, alumni, and our community who support the cause of Christian education at BCS.  
Bradenton Christian School partners with Solve House, a local temporary home for expectant mothers. BCS students hold monetary fund raisers to help support this organization.
Bradenton Christian School also has partnered with local, national and international giving partners to help spread Christ's love throughout the world by supplying water for the thirsty through funding to help build water wells for the needy in foreign countries.
Our Key Club, Builders Club, and Beta Club volunteer and raise funds for local charity organizations such as Mote Marine, Southeastern Guide Dogs, MDA, American Heart Association, and The Salvation Army.
Christian Schools of Florida2013
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools2013
National Council of Private Schools Association2013
External Assessments and Accreditations
Florida Department of Children and Families2017
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2013
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization

Our biggest challenge annually is to keep tuition affordable for Christian families while providing an excellent Christian education for their children. Our opportunity is the 714 children who come to us each day ready and eager to learn about God, his world and their role in it. We have fantastic students who go above and beyond in the areas of academics, sports, music, art and Christian service. We accomplish tuition affordability through the generosity of our donors, offering financial aid to our families, accepting Step Up For Students and McKay scholarships, and keeping costs as low as possible. With our increased enrollment and giving the past several years, we have been able to build a new middle school building plus grow our technology program. We have offered technology training for our teachers as part of this growth. Teachers have also grown through professional development in the areas of AP and honors courses in our high school.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jan Braam
Company Affiliation Global NPD Technology Leader
Board Term Jan 2012 to Dec 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Jan Braam UTC Climate Control
Mr. Kory DeHaan Professional Coach
Mr. Christiaan Huth Family Risk Manager
Mr. Nathan Kragt ZNS Engineering
Mr. Ron Leunk West Bay Landscape
Mr. Kevin Oden General Contractor
Mr. Allen Prewitt PNC
Mr. Dan Vande Pol BCS Superintendent
Mr. Doug Waldo LDC
Mr. Dean Wiers Management/Wiers Farms
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 10
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 88
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Governance Comments by Organization Bradenton Christian serves a diverse student population. This is true not only in terms of parent and student church background, but also in student academic ability. BCS is blessed to provide many advanced courses for our high school and middle school students, including AP and Honors courses. On the other end of the spectrum we also have the opportunity to provide educational assistance to students who have learning differences. This program is offered for every grade level, kindergarten through 12th grade. As enrollment grows and new students are accepted, we are seeing the need to provide more academic assistance for more students.

One of our goals is to provide an Enrichment Program for students with special academic needs, both gifted and resource. The challenge we have is to afford this program which needs additional personnel, and technology, as well as facilities needed to properly meet the needs of all students who qualify for additional academic help. This program would enable our students to receive more personal attention in this pull-out program.

Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $6,387,418.00
Projected Expenses $6,094,190.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $549,901.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy % 4.5
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose New Middle School Building
Campaign Goal $3,700,000.00
Campaign Dates Mar 2015 to Aug 2018
Amount Raised To Date 2800000 as of June 2016
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$849,649$731,489
Individual Contributions$973,372$257,954$94,739
Investment Income, Net of Losses$10,553$250$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$146,864$294,893$290,049
Revenue In-Kind$0$16,000$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$5,847,473$4,379,939$3,942,550
Administration Expense$897,390$399,617$448,593
Fundraising Expense$61,327$52,078$39,421
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.131.041.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%91%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%3%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$6,414,262$5,387,987$5,278,288
Current Assets$1,714,252$979,293$731,744
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,554,385$1,460,797$1,526,659
Total Net Assets$4,859,877$3,927,190$3,751,629
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountTuition and Fees $6,118,890Tuition and Fees $3,109,460Tuition & Fees $2,824,916
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $973,372Govertnment Grants - Unspecified $849,649Government Grants - Unspecified $731,489
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountLunch & Thrift Store $225,741Contributions, gifts, grants $257,954Fundraising $290,049
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.100.670.48
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

Our biggest challenge annually is to keep tuition affordable for Christian families while providing an excellent Christian education for their children. Our opportunity is the 714 children who come to us each day ready and eager to learn about God, his world and their role in it. We have fantastic students who go above and beyond in the areas of academics, sports, music, art and Christian service. We accomplish tuition affordability through the generosity of our donors, offering financial aid to our families, accepting Step Up For Student and McKay scholarships, and keeping costs as low as possible. With our increased enrollment and giving the past several years, we have been able to dramatically grow our technology on campus as of late. We have offered technology training for our teachers as part of this growth. Teachers have also grown through professional development in the areas of AP and honors courses in our high school.

Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial information taken from IRS Form 990.  The financial reviews provided for 2011 - 2013 do not reconcile with Federal tax return.
Nonprofit Bradenton Christian School
Address 3304 43RD St W
Bradenton, FL
Phone 941 792-5454 160