Who We Are
Thank you for your interest in BFSMS! We know that there are so many schools from which to choose and the decision can be complicated and stressful. Allow us to take that stress away as we explain who we are and why this is the right school for your child.
We are so excited to announce S.T.E.A.M. as a component of our curriculum. Standing for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics, STEAM is the integrated approach to learning that allows and encourages students to think about real-world problems. The benefit of STEAM versus STEM is that "STEAM is a way to take the benefits of STEM and complete the package by integrating these principles in and through the arts. STEAM takes STEM to the next level: it allows students to connect their learning in these critical areas together with art practices, elements, design principles, and standards to provide the whole pallet of learning at their disposal. STEAM removes limitations and replaces them with wonder, critique, inquiry, and innovation." (educationcloset.com)
The Buckner Fanning School at Mission Springs (BFSMS) was opened in 1998 by Reverend Buckner Fanning with the goal to provide a school with rigorous academics, small class sizes, and Christian Education within a beautiful Hill-Country setting. As we celebrate our 20th year, we are incredibly proud of our students and faculty, who make BFSMS the exceptional school that it is today.
BFSMS has adopted the Core Knowledge Foundation’s curriculum, entitled Core Knowledge Sequence developed by E.D. Hirsch, Jr., as the basis for the school’s curriculum. The content is specifically a core of shared knowledge that provides children with a solid foundation of learning. Our rigorous curriculum paired with our experienced and dedicated teachers, enables us to educate the whole child. Using a combination of the Core Knowledge Sequence, Singapore Math, STEAM, Fine Arts, and Christian Education, we help students become well-rounded individuals.
We are a small school, enabling us to offer small class sizes to ensure each student has individualized attention and can learn in their own optimal way. By having not only a low student-to-teacher ratio, but also a small cap of students per class, has great benefits for the students. Teachers are able to truly teach and focus on the students, making sure students remain engaged and truly understand the content. There is opportunity for greater student participation, encouraging deeper conversations and allowing students to form their own opinions. Students are also able to grasp concepts at a faster pace and a deeper level, enabling teachers to cover more content. We love the small class setting and see the benefits in our students on a daily basis.
With our Nondenominational Christian Education, we embrace students from a variety of faiths. Through Bible study and daily Chapel, prayer and studying beliefs, we help students grow closer to God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
In closing, we recognize that positive self-esteem rises through self-respect as result of hard work, accomplishments, respect for others, and sincere encouragement from the faculty and staff. We consider this piece to be an integral part of our education and are dedicated to our students and their families to ensure we are delivering the best education and most positive experience possible. Our daily mission here on campus is to promote a lifetime desire for learning, equipping our students with the tools necessary to help them shape and better the world in which they live.
History & Accreditation
The Buckner Fanning School at Mission Springs (BFSMS) is part of a nondenominational complex established by the Buckner Fanning Evangelistic Foundation in 1998.
In our 20 years, our Faculty has been dedicated to educating children in a nondenominational Christian environment that extends the unconditional love and grace of God while providing an exemplary educational experience. Most teachers have more than 20 years of experience and all are dedicated to your child’s success and happiness.
The Buckner Fanning School at Mission Springs is a fully accredited K-8 school through AdvancED (please note the Pre-K and Buckner Fanning Christian High School are not included in this accreditation). BFSMS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion or national origin in the administration of its educational program, admission, scholarships or other school policies. It is our privilege to welcome you to the Buckner Fanning School at Mission Springs (BFSMS) where we are committed to an exemplary Academic and Christian education.
"This school is an amazing bubble of learning and love tucked away without much press. We enrolled 3 years ago and have never looked back. The teachers have a love of children which makes them phenomenal teachers.
Teacher-to-student ratios are also impressive. We love our school! I strongly recommend going on a tour." - The Simon Family
"It takes a village they say.....Buckner Fanning is such part of our village. Our kids have been part of this school for a great part of their lives and it has always felt like home. The wonderful staff and caring teachers have become our friends and we love the environment our children are being taught in. Academics are the best around. Not only are our kids learning one grade above their grade level in a well rounded Christian environment, but the small classes make it a personalized experience which has helped our children thrive. There is no perfect school but Buckner thrives to be great in every way always keeping in mind the children's individual needs. We love our school" - Sonia R.
"My husband and I are extremely impressed by the curriculum, atmosphere and staff at BFSMS. Looking back, we regret not enrolling our daughter there sooner. The classes are small, the teachers are super dedicated and all the staff are very attentive and know all the kids by name. I am always impressed how every staff I interacted throughout the school know my daughter. The campus is beautiful and they do several activities outside, allowing children to interact with nature. Mostly importantly, the Christian education goes beyond calling themselves a Christian school. It is ingrained in their activities, from stories and songs to prayers. My daughter comes home singing many of those songs and telling me many Bible stories. Being a Christian parent, this is very important to me- that the foundation we set at home extends to the school time and is therefore reinforced. We could not be more thrilled!" - Maria Araujo
"We transferred our third grade daughter here from a public school last year. Buckner Fanning has been an excellent fit. The class sizes are small enough to allow the teacher to really connect with and reach each child. We have been so impressed with both 3rd and 4th grade teachers. The campus is warm and friendly; a place that invites imagination to take flight. It is special to find a place where you know your child is loved, challenged, and supported by everyone who works there. We have loved the happiness and excitement for education that Buckner Fanning has lit in our little girl. No one person has made this school the excellent fit that it is for our daughter. It has been the contribution of all who work there; office staff, specials teachers, and her teacher. Thank you for filling your campus with loving educators! Each of you is counted a blessing in our life." - Lezlie Terry
"It has been an amazing journey here at BFSMS. We are blessed to send our daughter, Sennett, to this school since pre-kindergarten and see her grow both spiritually and academically. We have witnessed the growth of this school each year and are grateful for Mrs. Newman's vision, teacher's dedication, and parents' unconditional support. We are truly blessed to be a part of this dynamic Christian team." - Dr. Hyun Joo Chung
"We love this school! We are so impressed with the quality of education and the amazing teachers, and are so blessed." - Griselda Oliveres-Reyna
"We have been nothing short of impressed with the staff and leadership at BFSMS. Our child is doing wonderfully, and is making friends with great kids!" - Marshall Moody