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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.

  • In Our 95th year - Bible history classes have been a gift to the community since 1922.

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

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

  • 18 Teachers - All teachers are employees of Hamilton County Department of Education and are hired by the school principals. These teachers cumulatively hold 36 degrees and have approximately 120 years of Bible history teaching experience.

bible history teachers in hamilton county schools

All Hamilton County Bible history teachers are employed by the Hamilton County Department of Education.

  • 20 Schools - Bible history is offered to middle and high school students.

schools offering bible history electives

Approximately 75% of all Hamilton County public middle and high school students have access to Bible history classes.

  • Over 3,500 Students - 2015-2016 Hamilton County enrollment data reported that 3,582 students took a Bible history class last school year. Past studies suggest that approximately one-half of the young people who elect a Bible history class have had little or no previous exposure to the Bible.

students taking bible history

Graph based on Hamilton County Bible history enrollment data.

  • Measurable Outcomes - County-wide 2015-2016 pre/post test results reflect measurable growth in Bible knowledge.
    • Semester 1 Pre-test: 38%
    • Semester 1 Post-test: 81%
    • Semester 2 Pre-test: 38%
    • Semester 2 Post-test: 80%

Measurable Outcomes

County-wide 2015-2016 pre/post test Bible history results reflect measurable growth in Bible knowledge. Bible history electives are academically rigorous, for-credit, and are taught from a controlled, court-approved curriculum.

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

  • Courses Offered - Courses are academically rigorous, for-credit, and are voluntary electives. Courses offered:
    1. Genesis - 6th Grade
    2. Exodus - 7th Grade
    3. Life of Jesus - 8th Grade (Based on book of Luke)
    4. Old Testament Survey - 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade
    5. New Testament Survey - 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade

  • Bible as Textbook - The textbook used is the Bible.

  • Nearly $1,000,000 - In 2016, the comprehensive annual cost of running a Bible history program in 19 schools was approximately $1 million. This includes: all teacher salaries; benefits (health, dental, retirement, all insurance); Social Security; taxes classroom supplies; textbooks (Bibles for every classroom for over 3,500 students in the County); teacher professional development training 3 times a year. The average per-school cost of a Bible history program for 1 year is $75,000.