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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.

  • 19 Teachers - All teachers are employees of Hamilton County Department of Education and are hired by school principals. 

bible history teachers in hamilton county PUBLIC schools

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

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

NUMBER OF schools offering bible history electives

Beginning August, 2017, 78% of all Hamilton County public middle and high school students will have access to a Bible history elective.

  • Over 3,700 Students - 2016-2017 Hamilton County enrollment data reported that 3,736 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.

NUMBER OF students taking bible history ELECTIVES

Graph based on Hamilton County public schools' Bible history enrollment data.

  • Measurable Outcomes - County-wide 2016-2017 pre/post test results reflect measurable growth in Bible knowledge.


County-wide 2016-2017 pre/post test Bible history assessment results reflect measurable growth in Bible content knowledge. Bible history electives are academically rigorous, for-credit, and are taught from a controlled curricular framework that is court-approved.

  • 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.

  • Over $1,000,000 - In 2016-2017, the comprehensive annual cost of running a Bible history program in 20 schools was over $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 3,700 students in Hamilton County); and teacher professional development training twice a year. Due to a 33% increase in the county-wide Bible history program over the past year, the comprehensive cost to run the Bible history program per school is $80,000.