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902 North Third Street
Burbank, CA 91502

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3 stars
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October 18, 2014
This school is truly underestimated. This school provides such amazing programs for students who wish to acheive. I personally did not realize what a phenomenal school BHS was until i was far into college. BHS is amazing in so many ways. we have an AMAZING program for business minded students called Academy of Finance, one of the top VMA programs in tbe country, an amazing key club, and so much more. This school is filled with countless resources, amazing teacher and so much school pride. Truly this school is amazing, i loved my time here and i can swear to the education and skills i recieved. BHS made me the successful and proud person i am today.

- submitted by a community member
August 16, 2014
As a new parent, I've found the school to so far be as expected and the counseling staff available and supportive. I do not like that some sports "start" in the summer, seem to be short staffed (but that's everywhere), and specifically, cross country doesn't end at all before school starts. As with middle school, BHS needs and asks for monetary support, and I'm a believer in voting with our money. PTSA is a great asset and important to support. The sports teams "enrollment fees" should cover the salaries of any assistants a coach hires, and there shouldn't be a lack of communication by coaches that results in parents having to donate on the spot or their kid doesn't get to be on the team (like for a physical) Best bet is to have firm boundaries with what you want for your child and what they want, not what any teacher or coach wants. After all, you're the parent.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2014
I have read the negative reviews of Burbank High School and was deeply saddened. It is true that some of today's teenagers behave with a complete disconnect to compassionate thinking. The responsibility cannot rest solely on the school to control the actions of these students while on school premises. Parent your children! Teach them values! When my freshman daughter was being bullied so badly by some of these kids, I went through the proper channels. Her counselor, the school Psychologist, Asst. Principal and numerous other faculty members went above and beyond to make Burbank High a safe and welcoming school for her. We are looking forward to 3 more years.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2014
Burbank High School is exactly what you would expect from a school in the suburbs. It's not as good as the 5 STAR reviews but it's not as bad as the 1 STAR reviews. The school WILL be a better experience for over-achieving students. I recently graduated and have no substantial criticisms against the education offered at the school. However, the Honors and AP classes tend to give less of a workload to students as opposed to the regular classes, which in a way fosters a subtle form of elitism. Similarly, the harder classes also tend to have better teachers, and many of the regular and college prep classes have tenured teachers who just don't care about, what they perceive to be, the dumber kids. A big problem in my opinion is the open classes. The school's demographic of students is not an issue and does not attribute to some ethnicities with higher graduation rates for in the end, it's all up to the student. However a large portion of the student body is extremely rowdy and will not hesitate to fight with teachers and students alike. Students here HAVE TO MAKE A CONSCIOUS EFFORT TO GET ALONG WITH TEACHERS OR COUNSELORS AS THEY WILL DO NOTHING OTHERWISE.

- submitted by a student
December 18, 2013
This school is absolutely terrible. The students only care about your social standing, what you wear and other materialistic things. The people are absolutely rude and disrespectful. Some students are even disrespectful to their teachers! Some teachers should not be working there. Its an awful school.

- submitted by a student
November 11, 2013
This school is a horrible place for anyone who has ever mad a mistake. People here are so judgmental and they are plain bad. DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL. Even Burroughs is better than Burbank High School. This school's teachers, administrators, and even students do not interact with you unless something tragic has occurred. Other than that, you are just another kid being annoying. MARK MY WORDS. If you are thinking of sending your child to this school, RECONSIDER

- submitted by a student
September 03, 2013
I never write reviews about anything , but the atrocities at this school have been the first thing to ever compel me to write a review. let me start off by saying loud and clear DO NOT GO THERE. PERIOD. with over 4000 kids, you will get no direction, no interest from counselors, teachers don't care about you, you will be so lost. people literally don't have time to care about you, and they don't. what's more, the people there are disgustingly trashy, the school is flat BROKE, and the workload is ridiculous. as a student I speak from firsthand experience. it is the most depressing school, it's so strange: just walking around campus makes you feel depressed instantly. you will hate life. don't go here. please take this advice. if I went through this horrible period in my life, the least I want to do is make sure no one else has to.

- submitted by a community member
July 31, 2013
Guitarist Tommy Joe Ratliff attended this school so that's what makes it amazing. Send your child here and let them bask in his beautiful gloriness

- submitted by a community member
June 13, 2013
I attended BHS as a student and my son attended here. I told my counselor about my parents abusing me. My younger sister told her counselor about abuse at home for her also. NOTHING was ever done. When my son attended this school a generation later, I was visited relentlessly at 6 am to 7 pm because one of the teachers thought I did not life in the house. We were subjected to teachers going in the house, going through closets, and food. It would have been nice if they showed the same concern for me and my sister when we were in school. Nice to see BHS has its priorities straight.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2013
I attended this school for both my Sophomore and Junior years, and the experience was absolutely amazing. It is a Performing Arts school so the choir, dance program, and theatre program are all top notch and award winning. The classes are challenging, but you earn the grade received. The teachers are wonderful and care for their students. The staff is great. Most amazing counselors I've ever dealt with. Friendly and caring. Burbank High School has been the best school I've ever attended. They work hard to make sure you not only get a high school diploma but also a college diploma. They make each student college ready. Counselors are easily available for any questions and the College and Career Center is a huge help with aiding in pursuing your after high school goals. I absolutely recommend this school to anybody. But to make your high school experience even better joining a sports team or drama, choir, dance etc is recommended; a lot easier to make friends and it's a lot more fun. Thank you BHS for being so wonderful.

- submitted by a student
May 16, 2012
Great school if you kid is an over-achiever. If your kid is not, neither is the school. I found the teachers to be very nice but completely unaccommodating to a 504 plan. I found that the Counselors were completely uninterested in their job and unresponsive (and were only motivated to take a minimal action after months and months once I cc'd the principal on communications). Unlike other schools - this school (I was told) has a policy of not accepting a student for a repeat. The only reason my kid needed a repeat was because they refused to let me register on time. There was a 5-week delay due to them on the start of the semester. Because of that delay - the entire semester was discounted and the grades were thrown out by them. We were unable to use summer school for two of the 3 years due to budget cuts - the class we needed had been discontinued. More than once they tried to assign a class that had already been taken and passed. If your kid is a minority - please check the statistics before enrolling here. African-Americans in particular don't graduate well at this school. I wish I had checked first. Any other school would probably have been a better pick for us.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2011
Burbank High School really is a great school. The administration has worked hard to improve the academics, and it has definitely payed off. There are a lot of AP and Honors courses for advanced students, but most teachers still care about average and below average students. It has a good learning environment compared to many other schools nearby, and a ton of extracurricular activities. there are succesful sports teams, tons of clubs, and a great arts program. Whether a student is an athlete, overachiever, or just average, I would recomend this school to anyone

- submitted by a student
December 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 24, 2009
My son has been a student at BHS for 2 years. I have found most of the teachers to be caring and concerned with student progress, although I do sometimes feel like my son is just part of the crowd. Teachers do make themselves available to students for tutoring. If there are opportunites for parent involvement they are not well-promoted

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October 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
Great teachers and administrators, wonderful resources, excellent curriculum. Important extra activities are being slashed, like arts and music programs, but Burbank High School continues to excel in these areas, as well as others. Because of cutbacks, driver education has been eliminated which I find inexcusable. Corporate America receives mega millions in bonuses while our schools and education - the single-most important factor for any country - are cut back to less than third world standards. Unacceptable and another inexcusable. Overall, Burbank High School is an excellent educational institutes which deserves to continue to excel. Too many are struggling...

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2009
burbank high school is a great school for me espically since i have known sign language for nine years i can continue with it too and plus im a freshman even though ive only been there for 2 weeks it has so many opportunites for everyone like learning new languages to a new sport and the campus is always very clean and i just cant wait to learn more about the school

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July 26, 2009
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July 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2008
The administrators and teachers here, for the most part, are poor communicators. The district as a whole is behind the times in technology and in getting information out to parents and students via the Internet. It is a safe school. I can give it high marks for safety. But it does not have an atmosphere of innovative, creative, or visionary thinking to prepare students for the careers of tomorrow. The fact that the school and the district do not have modern websites is indicative of the old-fashioned educational design that exists at Burbank High. Old-fashioned, in my opinion, isn't good enough anymore. It would also be great if all the teachers and administrators could return phone calls. This lack of communication is such a serious problem that if a parent asked me if I would recommend this school I would say 'no'. Parents should be partners with the schools, not ignored.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 03, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 18, 2008
Both of our children went through Burbank schools from K-12. During their high school years, Burbank High went through numerous changes in principals and other admin. staff. Both children were gifted but had ADHD. The Gifted program ended with middle school, and all Burbank High provided was honors or AP courses. We had to continually fight the administration to obtain needed accommodations (i.e. extended testing time) The school, in general, did not encourage true academic achievement, however we did have an excellent guidance counselor and a handful of dedicated and caring teachers. Fortunately, our children were able to enroll in college courses concurrently and thus supplement the Burbank High education, which probably made all the difference in their college acceptance. I would recommend Crescenta Valley or La Canada High.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2008
Burbank High School a good school that has a lot to offer, but one thing that really bothers me is that transfer students from other states and countries are made to go to summer school to 'make up' high school credits because previous schools 'may not be approved'. Some advice... brfore you transfer make sure that your high school credits are approved by Burbank High because the whole summer school process can be very tiresome.

- submitted by a student
November 19, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 07, 2007
Burbank high school is the best school I have ever seen. the music program is the best. I recently transferred to a specialized high school for vocal music and the vocal department is not as good as it was in burbank

- submitted by a student
August 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2007
It has good enivorment like the stores, food stores, and mall near the high school. It has really good eduaction, and good deaf program, better than other high school. It also has mainstream , good for students to learn other cultures include deaf culture. Sports is great program there also. There [are] different kinds [of] sports avaiable for most students to do like soccer, dance..If some of them dont like sports, they can do band and other thing instead. Also their parent are really great supporters for student and helped high school with the fundariser.

- submitted by a student
March 27, 2007
I think this school is not very good. The administrators are not very supportive.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2007
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- submitted by a staff
December 14, 2006
I'm a sophomore and I must say this is a great school. It's much better than just about anything in the LAUSD, I used to go to schools in Van Nuys and this school is heaven compared to it. The new principal, Mr. Osgood, formerly of John Muir Middle School, has sent BHS in the right direction. Thee school was recently remodeled and nearly everything is in great shape, that is except for the field. The track is awful! It definitely needs to be redone. The discipline is excellent, they are very strict. Most of the teachers are wonderful and caring and are willing to offer individual help. The electives are great and the 4-year plans are very helpful. This is a great school and I recommend it to anyone.

- submitted by a student
December 07, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
June 05, 2006
I am a student at Burbank High and it is a wonderful school. The teachers are dedicated and truly care about the students. There are great academic programs, and generally, the people are great.

- submitted by a student
March 23, 2006
As long as you already have a good student this should be a good school.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2006
My son has been a student at BHS for 2 years. I have found most of the teachers to be caring and concerned with student progress, although I do sometimes feel like my son is just part of the crowd. Teachers do make themselves available to students for tutoring. If there are opportunites for parent involvement they are not well-promoted. The administrators I have interacted with have all been very helpful. I think one thing BHS is lacking is educational innovation. Perhaps all the demands of NCLB make innovation and new approaches to learning and classes difficult to impossible, but it would be great to see some fun extracurricular activities added to build a stronger sense of school community.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2005
Outstanding Performing Arts programs. Beautiful newly renovated campus. The quality of teachers is half and half. Some classes lack basic structure needed to teach students efficiently. Extracurricular activities are of good quality and cater to a vast number of student interests.

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July 03, 2005
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June 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2005
It really isnt that great of a school if your kid needs even a little help with choosing classes or guidance you came to the wrong school.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2004
It's an okay school, with a great ROTC program and a separate facility for higher ranking students.

- submitted by a former student
December 10, 2004
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- submitted by a student
December 08, 2004
Two of my nices attended Burbank High. The staff is very involved with the children, it is a strick school! Both my nices are on their way to a bright future do to great teacher! One was accepted to UCLA and the other started this year in colleage. I would recommend any of the Burbank schools!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2004
Overall, our family is pleased with the environment at the school and very pleased with the increasing quality of administrators, teachers and level of parent involvement. The desire and direction of the school staff and interested parents as a whole is very encouraging and infectious. The emphasis on sports, versus academics and the arts is 'evening' out and becoming more well rounded. Our youngest is a sophomore so we have several more years to be involved and see how much closer we can come to the goal of a cohesive school community and it's contribution to the Burbank/LA community as a whole! We look for exciting days to come!

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May 03, 2004
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Burbank High School
902 North Third Street, Burbank, CA  91502
(818) 558-4700
Last modified Burbank High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Burbank High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top