This is a great school to attend! This school is well-rounded meaning that we excel academically, athletically, artistically, and spiritually. Academically, we have 18 APs and PLTW courses (the nation's most rigorous provider of STEM courses) and sent kids to some of the most prestigious schools in the country . Athletically, we have won the state championships in football, wrestling, and basketball. Artistically, we have an excellent music/theater program (you must go to at least one of the plays). Spiritually, this school incorporates important Christian values as well as religion as a subject. Here is the class of 2014's achievements: http://www.bosco.org/apps/news/show_news.jsp?REC_ID=382147&id=0
Both of my boys attended St. John Bosco High School. It is situated on a huge, beautiful campus in Bellflower, surrounded by residential neighborhoods. The original reason I wanted my boys to attend is because it is the best school in the greater Long Beach area in terms of academics, where more than 98% of graduates go on to college. Both of my boys were involved in extracurricular activities, one in athletics and another in fine arts. The interesting thing about this school is that in addition to being academically superior, Bosco also has great athletic teams, having recently won the state championship in football and wrestling. My boys loved Bosco, and made wonderful friends there. If I had more male children, I would not hesitate to send them to Bosco. It was a wonderful high school experience.
This school is really great in a response to the post before mine anywhere you go will always have favorites on anything from academics to athletics. St. John Bosco is a great school and really prepares you for what is to come and in a response to the students earlier post about homework not counting you could have one student who breezes through the homework get credit, do bad on tests and have a B. On the other hand you could have a student that struggles turning things in but aces every test get a D so i really think Bosco is a fabulous school and I highly recommend it!
This school has to be one of the most overrated schools I have ever seen. The discipline here is an absolute joke, all of the "athletes" can get away with any thing short of murder. The majority of the kids are horrible who care more about their sports then school( they claim academics comes first but if you are smart and clever enough you can see this is false). This brings me to my next point, they are more concerned with sports than anything else!!! The thing that gets me the most is that in math your home work doesn't count toward your grade and the teachers don't look at your work so you don't know if you are getting the lesson. So I will say this, Bosco is better than St Anthony's and other public schools(which isn't difficult to achieve) combined with the horrible kids, questionable learning practices, and the over emphasis on sports makes this school the most overrated school that brings in more praise than it rightfully deserves.
My two sons graduated in the last two years and are now in college. They are both successful college students who were well prepared for higher education. They made many wonderful friends at Bosco and enjoyed their teachers tremendously. It is a supportive and warm community that is truly unique ... my third son also will attend Bosco ... we love it!!
I have three boys, all of whom have different personalities, strengths and weaknesses. Each has found a place to be himself at Bosco. The school is large enough that boys of varying personalities can find friends, but not so large as to be overwhelming. There really is something here for everyone should your son choose to get involved. Academics are excellent. The teachers want each boy to succeed and all a student has to do is ask for help to get it. Most importantly, at a time when society is so permissive, I know that my sons are being taught about what is truly important - Christian values - rather than what the media values. Lastly, it is very easy for parents to get involved in the numerous school activities and "keep their finger of the pulse."
St. John Bosco High School has been an excellent choice for my son. I think we have found the best of all worlds ... big enough to offer many activities and options but small enough where he can grow and become the best he can be. I am thrilled with the academic, religious and involvement opportunities that are available. I find the administration, faculty, staff and coaches to be approachable and willing to help out with individual concerns. The campus is absolutely gorgeous! I was impressed to learn that preparation for college and assistance with discerning and selecting the right college began almost from day one. We are glad to have found a strong "partner" in a school to assist in preparing our son for his future.
2002 graduate- This school was mediocre and did nothing to prepare a lot of my class mates for college. Thank goodness for my college and law school. Now, I will happily donate to my post-secondary institutions and never give Bosco a dime. Overpriced and overrated. Don't send your kids there.
A lot of the kids that go here are really bad. Cussing every other word, treating other kids badly, and just running around just being careless. A lot of kids don't seem to care about their classes or whether they have to go to summer school or not, the teachers are good and want to help, but the students dont seem to put much effort into learning and paying attention in class. Also, it seems that at this school the major and main focus is sports, they proudly boast that 85% of students play at least one sport.... But the thing is, they make so much money off sports and athletic programs but they cant even fix the wooden bleachers in the gym, which are extremely wobbly, and other spots that need repair around the school. On the topic of appearance, the school smells bad, like oversweaty athletes and something spoiled.. yuck. But not everything at Bosco is negative. There actually are kids who want to learn and do great things. Other than sports, there's a great drama program and excellent band program. For me, it just seems like the negatives slightly outweigh the positives and I slightly regret picking this school.
This school is very good for students academically. Unfortunately, this school has a lot of bad students that get away with everything because they are good athletes. This lowers the morale of other students. They put sports first. My son is still enrolled and I won't transfer him because he is a senior but I will not send my other son there next year.
Please parents do not send your child to this school. It was so bad that I had to transfer out and go to a public school. This school does not care about their students. They say they do, but it is a total lie. There are much better schools than this one. Even the public schools in the area are much better. The faculty doesn't know how to discipline the troublemakers and actually give detentions to the students who want to learn! It makes no sense. So parents, if you're thinking of sending your child to this school, please think again.
Currently have a sophore son attending this school. My son couldn't be happier & is excelling in academics and campus life. It's been said before & it can't be stressed enough...being a Brave IS like a second family. The comraderie between classmates is awe inspiring. These young men, whether in the classroom or during a game in atheltics count on each other like one would a brother. This is the best choice I ever made regarding my son's education & future. It is money well-spent. High recommendation.
Everyone, students faculty and staff get a great education that prepares you for life!
Great atmosphere for developing young men of strength and character!
I love our school because our students aren't just 'students' - they're family. Our administration/faculty/staff/coaches/Salesians are the most caring, compassionate group of people that truly make our school more special than the rest! Our students are well-rounded individuals who have very bright futures ahead of them!
It provides a great education for life and our students consider it a second home.
greatest school ever, coming from a person who no only attended but is now sending their kids to bosco
I am graduating in 2010 from Bosco. It's pratically like my home, away from home. These 4 years in Bosco were the best years of my life. Especially Miss Tracy's 2nd period of sophomore year. i'll miss it ! go Braves !
All my sons attended this school. My third son will graduate this spring. Great school, great environment. Will miss it!
The principal, director, president, teachers, and all the adult leaders are genuinely enthusiastic about what they do and how they go about it. Their positive energy is contagious and we (my son, wife, and family) are excited to be a part of the SJB family. I've always felt that the cream will rise to the top whether you go to a public or private school, but this is a great environment for the cream to rise. My wife and I have both bachelor's and master's degrees from USC. While growing up, my wife attended private Catholic schools and I attended public schools. As you can see, she won the argument when it came to our son going to high school :-) Another thing you can see is that the students (present and past) are very proud of the school. This stems from the students feeling that they got an opportunity to do their best.
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