Second, the punishments are commonly innapropriate and/or fail to punish the trouble makers. Last year, a fight (which are quite common) occured. The brawlers escaped, so the school punished the entire 7th grade. Also, in honors algebra (eighth grade) a teacher sent a child to the office for "talking" even though the kid next to him was bothering him and even admitted to be guilty. Teachers typically yell at kids to behave, which disupts the class and often, the class must endure being barked at by an angry teacher while the real trouble maker ISN'T punished. There is a SEVERE lack of moderation and EFFECTIVE punishments- keep this in mind for when someone bothers your kid. Third, there is rampant trouble. The restrooms are usually vandalized- there is even a stall in the boy's restroom WITHOUT a LOCK! Graffeti is a common sight: be it on the walls, on the floor, even in the stalls!. Fights are a natural sight with an average of 1-2 each month. Sometimes, even the police are needed to assist- including a time when a student kicked an officer. This school presents a terrible learning environment and with the lack of effective punishments, YOUR child could be a victim.
Retched shool. This school claims to be a safe place for children to learn, but this facade is far from true. I'm an eighth grader at BPJHS and the absent-minded teachers had MADE ERRORS on my grades FOUR TIMES. First, they gave me a D- in 7th grade honors english, even though I had gotten 100% on ALL test including a test "few had passed" and I was one of the few who actively participated. Second, they gave me a C- in honors 7th grade history even though I scored A's on all tests, did most of the homework and scored well on all the projects assigned. Third, they sent home a FALSE teleparent saying that I was failing 8th grade honors science due to "low test scores", although I had scored A's on all tests. Fourth, my foolish 8th grade honors english teacher gave me a D+ with no extra credit available, it was only after I turned in a late work assignment that I had noticed my teacher's inemptedness, she had failed to grade a story I PRESONALLY turned in. After I told her, she ARGUED with me, until she actually looked in the pile of stories to find mine. I wound up getting a B+ in English. Clearly, the teachers CANNOT grade effectively- putting your child at risk if he comes here.
I am very pleased with the academic and student involvement requirement this school has for all of their students.
Ahem. Hem hem. I went to this school last year, going into the honors academy For the very first year it started. I loved my math teacher and my English teacher, but I did not like my pe teacher, science teacher, history teacher, or any other. However, my most favorite teacher had the most patience and she was kind. And she was my choir teacher. What does that say about their academics? Apparently non-academic teachers aren't as good and that's not what's supposed to happen. Also, the honors classes put such an incredible Mount of pressure on me that I dropped out mid year and nowhere I am, homeschooling through eighth grade. Basically, this school needs to rethink their methods for teaching academics and otherwise.
I tried everything to avoid sending my child to this school - had a complete misconception about the quality of the school. I had no choice but to send him here and it ended up being a good thing. My child is in all honors classes, the class sizes are decent, the teachers are so helpful and care for the students and are clearly invested in the student's success. I love the parent portal which allows parents to keep track of assignments, grades, and list teacher email addresses making it easy to get in touch with the teachers. The school also has a automated phone system that leaves messages alerting parents of absences, up coming assignments or bad grades!
Great school despite some of the careless students here. I definately reccomend Ms. Bright as a history teacher and Mrs.Bolicek for English. You will do well in this school if you try your best, the teachers try their very best and if you want to suceed, you should do so too.
8th grader- this school has made me changed alot. the friends i make, the teachers, and even the staffs:) my rating for this school is way above excellent! my teachers NEVER give up on me even if it means 24/7 of teaching. i promise to the new comers that you'll experience a whole new life and a whole new way of learning. when i was in elementary my grade was like 2s and 3s on everything, but then now im a honor student and has a 4.0 gpa. my mom didnt want me to go to this school in the begining but now she love it too!!!
Love this school! Both of my children have received excellent educations. The Triple R program rewards good/expected behavior with BBQ lunches, fun events and the ability to purchase school supplies using school script. Most teachers care about students and do their best to develop the skills and knowledge students' need to succeed in high school and beyond. Elective classes (home ec, woodshop, spanish, music programs, etc) are exceptional. There are lots of ways for students to be involved (ASB, PALS, lunch-time activities, after-school dances and sports, etc) if they choose to be. I could have put my children in a different junior high, but I am so glad I didn't. BPJHS is a hidden gem in the public school system. Love it!
This school is an excellent place for my child to go to. The teachers are wonderful and there are many opportunities for my son.
BPJH can be seen by many people as a bad influenced school,however this is not true.I attended this school last year and I can honestly say they were the bestest school years I've ever had.In my opinion it is the people students hang out with that could ruin enjoying such an awesome school like this.AVOID THOSE PEOPLE! Have fun but stay safe. This school is filled with oppurtunities and memories for a lifetime. (My own experience:bpjh ROCKS!! :) )
I'm currently attending Buena Park Junior High as an 8th grader, and I can't say I love it here. It has its positives and negatives, but I can honestly say many bad influences lurk around the campus-- from drug addicts to fights. /:
These were the most frustrating two years of school experience for us. There is NOT a high standard at this school unless your child is at risk. We had several bad experiences w/ four teachers. Administration was slow acting. P.E. clothes were stolen 2x and staff blamed my child instead of taking responsibility. Teleparent was barely used by teachers, communication is minimum. BPJH is on the school improvement list again.
I am currently a student at BPJH 8th grade. this is a great school to attend because there are many opurtunities and the teachers dont give up on you.
I went to this school befor I came to live in Mexico I had the best teachers and the best educacion thatnks
I am currently attending BPJH, and it is an excellent school. We have many events, and we have a lot of fun while learning. Thanks to our new gym we can play ringo, volley ball, and basketball in the cool air.
this school is a great place for kids to have fun but at the same time get a good education
I was a student at BPJH from 2006-2008. Right now, I currently attend Troy with full IB and Tech with no problems and I know many people with Sunny Hills IB. The teachers at this school helped me along very smoothly, some starting very easy, and others pushing us to our limits and learning much more than I would have. I was also in PALS and ASB. I now know a lot about tolerance and different views of life. Some fail to realize that the lack of parent involvement is due to the fact that many parents are busy working. Through the people I met here, I found how lucky I was to be born to my family. I never regret attending BPJH.
Good school if you have a A student. No real attention to most students. To large of classes! Need a summer school that all students can attend.
My child is leaving BPJHS and is well prepared for the rigors of Troy High School. The teachers expect the best from each student. Some teachers give their own time after school and on weekends (without receiving extra pay) to help thier students succeed. The after-school sports program has been great -- I love that even students without experience are welcomed and encouraged to take part in a variety of sports. The Associated Student Body does a great job with 'fun stuff' -- school dances and lunch time activities. The availability of breakfast at no cost is also very helpful on hectic mornings. The big downfall at this school is parent involvement. Very few parents come to meetings and there is very little communication in writing between the school and home to let parents know what is happening (or how they can help). Overall, BPJHS has been a great experience.
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