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Why Released Time Bible Education?

Please take a few minutes to watch this video. It provides a complete overview of the Released Time program.
Our Children Need:

  • Purpose and meaning for their lives beyond the accumulation of wealth or achievement of social and/or professional status.
  • Safe venues where they can ask deeply challenging and sensitive questions without fear or censure.
  • Bible education that prepares them to be responsible adults, contributing community citizens and Godly teachers.

What is Released Time?

Released Time Bible Education is a unique program whereby students may leave school to attend off-campus Bible classes during the school day.

Is Released Time Legal?

In 1952, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld RTBE programs as legal in all 50 states (Zorach v. Clauson). The three requirements for an RTBE program to be legal are: 1. Parental permission must be given. 2. Instruction must take place off school grounds. 3. No state resources may be used.

Released Time Programs Benefits:


A long time ago, children got into trouble for chewing gum or skipping down the hallway—but not now.  Today it is much more serious -- drugs, murder, sexual assault and other serious violent felonies.  Today children are reaching out—no, screaming out for help.  Released Time education pays off in that students have more self respect, better behavior at school and at home,  and improved academic performance.

David Beasley, Former Governor of South Carolina