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9-12
Public charter
Lake Balboa, CA
Students enrolled: 2,713
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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17000 Haynes Street
Lake Balboa, CA 91406

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(818) 758-5200
(818) 342-5877
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September 14, 2014
I came to BCCHS for about 5 weeks and since day one i liked it the staff is great the SAS program and honors is excellent. I was shown love by all my teachers they were amazing. Right now i am attending NAHS but wanting to go back to BCCHS because the students there have manners and the cafeteria serves REAL food unlike regular LAUSD schools with the nasty packaged food. I do recommend this school because learning is fun here and tike goes by fast. Students arent loadrd with homework which allows them to have some stress free, free time, whether joining a sport or doing something else at home. The teachers are fun to be around. Trust me you will bot regret coming to BCCHS.

- submitted by a community member
September 10, 2013
I attend Birmingham and it is the best school in the world it is a ten out of ten. It has amazing sports and teachers to coach and the teachers goal is for you to learn. I recommend going to this school if you are not in it all ready :)

- submitted by a community member
July 19, 2013
I attend Birmingham as a Sophomore. From what I have noticed, this is a decent school. There are many teachers who I had last year though, that constantly complained about not wanting to be in the classroom. This is your job! If you don't enjoy it why are you here? At the very least, keep your complaints to yourself! These are SAS teachers I might add. There is a lot of variety in activities and clubs and classes. One drawback is that the school is very very unorganized. Schedules are always changing and lunch is always a mess. Summer of this year, I was to go to summer school for a college class. Never got the paperwork for it, so I didn't think I was enrolled. Come the first day I get a call from a friend saying I'm on the roster. Call the school, and they tell my mother that I MUST be lying and hiding the paperwork. Until finally, after much arguing, I got in. The bell schedule got changed in the last 3 weeks of school. Bad organization, but overall very safe and a decent environment. The new principal (Bill Parks) is very helpful and always out at lunch with the students. Not the best school, but not nearly as ghetto and terrible as everyone seems to think.

- submitted by a community member
May 20, 2013
Most of the other reviews say "oh this school this this school that" but this school is a really good school the SAS program is amazing yet challenging. I'd suggest to take your son/daughter to this school its really great.

- submitted by a community member
May 14, 2013
My child went to this school for about 3 weeks, and she came home crying due to being bullied by several boys and apparently a teacher. I went to the principal and complained about this and he refused to do anything and told my daughter to "suck it up". Please don't send your children to this godawful school. I gave my daughter the choice of either Colfax, North Hollywood High, or Burbank. She went to NH, and she's been going for about 7 weeks now with no problems and a B average.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2013
I would suggest unless this new principal cleans it up there, I would suggest a different school if possible. But there sports teams and coaches are great. Every time I have contacted staff and been on campus, most everyone is courteous, helpful and friendly. If your child does attend here, just be diligent on knowing what they are working on in their classes. Some teachers have the huge task of trying to accommodate all levels such that some assignments can seem a bit elementary. They have a new online system which should help wonders with staying connected to what is going on.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2012
Esta escuela es una basura esta llena de drogras y los consejeros no administradores hacen nada al respecto, no hay control no ense an nada, ahora mi hija esta en mejor escuela Granada Hills Charter HS

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2011
Who wrote that about an SAS program?? My child attends and there is NO SAS program at this school. It's looks like we made a mistake choosing this school. The young arrogant assisatant principal has been rude to me and my wife and trying to get a hold of him is impossible. Who hired him?? My child will likely stay because he plays football there, but my other child will not attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2011
I'm attending Birmingham and and i have to say its oustanding. It has an amazing SAS program for those who like to challenge themselves and wanting to go far. Its as well has amazing teacher who not just teach you whats to be told but thet teach in a creating way for you never forget what is told to you. If you are looking for a high school for you child think of going to Birmingham. I'm sure they will love it as much as I do.

- submitted by a community member
November 15, 2010
birmingham hight school is a great school the teachers are great and really care the programs you can get here are like no other once you get in to something your in to it the choir is amzing and the choir and drama teacher are great i want my kids to come to this school

- submitted by a teacher
August 20, 2009
I want to rate this school a 5 because i actually attended this school not too long ago and its a wonderful school, great teachers! Outstanding school spirit! Great coaches! Wonderful enviornment! What more can you ask for in a school! :) It all depends on how bad a student wants to learn...

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April 20, 2009
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March 09, 2009
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February 23, 2009
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May 28, 2008
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March 26, 2008
This school might be the biggest in lausd but not academicly the best, its nothing compaired to schools in other districts.

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September 05, 2007
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August 31, 2007
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August 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2007
They have pretty decent teachers when I attended this school.Im not sure how it is now but I am a graduate of 2005.The only problem about this school is how crowded this school was.

- submitted by a former student
October 01, 2006
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- submitted by a student
September 30, 2006
I am a junior at Birmingham and I love it. I get to meet new people form different cultures and interact with them. The magnet program has helped me a lot by giving me advice on universities. The campus is huge! And there are many clubs to be a part of! I am glad to be a patriot!

- submitted by a student
September 13, 2006
My daughter is very happy at BHS. She is in the magnet. The counselors and staff return my calls in a timely manner. The main problem we have is class scheduling. With 1,800 classes school wide, the higher level (ie: AP) classes are taught at the same time making it hard to take all of the classes necessary for to get into a top college. However, that is a problem at many other schools, including the 'elite' private schools. The most important thing is a happy teenager, if your child is happy at school then everything else falls into place. There is a wide variety of extracurricular activites at the school, something for everyone. The other problem is that there is no parent involvement. I don't even know if there is a PTA.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2006
I have to say my daughter experience has been great. I've always had all my concerns answered in a timely manner as requested. I have to say Im one of the lucky ones who still have an open relationship with my daughter as well as her teachers. The biggest issue is that you can't wait until theres a problem before you decided you need a teachers help.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2006
Birmingham High is a diverse campus with many dedicated teachers. There are a variety of programs for students ranging from A.P. and honors classes to a track and field team.

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April 25, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
February 22, 2006
Birmingham High has over the last 15 years deteriorated into little more than an afternoon baby sitter for teenage children. It is just deplorable what has happend to Birmingham High. Most parents don't care, most students don't care -- and society is paying the price. Disgusting.

- submitted by a former student
February 16, 2006
My son attended Birmingham for one semester in 2005. Perhaps students can receive a good education at BHS; however, I think it is difficult. Many good programs are available, but the school has many negatives. The campus is large and students can get lost or hide from supervision. The teachers did not return telephone calls and several were not present at the back to school night. I was never contacted by any type of parent organization. New students are easy targets for other students who are not interested in learning and want company. The classes are so large that the teachers cannot give individual attention. The counselors have a very heavy load and cannot possibly provide assistance. I do not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
I'm a freshman here and I think it's a great school, most of the teachers are very helpful. The only problem is that it is very crowded.

- submitted by a student
January 18, 2006
Supportive administrative staff, school police on site, various extra curriclular programs, saturday programs, decent neighborhood (with a few dubious areas)

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2006
Birmingham is highly overrated. There is a lot of diversity. But the focus is on the athletic program. The school and the coaches are more interested in the child's athletic ability than their grades. They really don't care about college to them after they graduate. The classes are inferior. The principal is interested in keeping a good reputation in the media rather than the academic ratings. The school and its staff are very hollywood. Unfortunately our tax dollars are being wasted here. I do not see a lot of parent involvement. I have decided to look at other options before it is too late for college.

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January 11, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
January 02, 2006
I've had two children go through this school and I'd say their education here was slightly above average -- but just. My son took regular classes and played a lot of sports. They're very big on sports here and the coaches are very strong but sometimes very aggressive and even overstep their boundaries. My daughter who's finishing this year did sports too, but was also in honors classes and drama. The girl's coaches weren't very good but the drama program is great. Both kids had terrible problems with their counselors -- they kept switching them, made lots of mistakes in programming. As a parent you have to really be on top of things. Mostly good teachers except in math.

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December 21, 2005
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no rating September 15, 2005
Fantastic athletics program, Olympic track and football field were donated by senator Gray Davis funds.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2005
I think birmingham is a very great school.My son goes there he's going to be in 12th grade this year.My other son used to go here and he was on the honor roll.Now when my daughter reaches to high school she's going to go there so she can be succesful like her brothers.

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March 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2005
Very high parentn involvement. very storng athletics.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2003
I have recently graduated, and I would like to say how HAPPY I am to be out of there. There were fights constantly. The only reason I gave it a 5 is because of an amazing english teacher I had named Ms. Rogers and if your child is so unlucky to go to Birmingham, make sure they get her as a teacher. Also, Mr. Kelly - those are the only two teachers that ever motivated me to do well in school.

- submitted by a former student
August 11, 2003
Birmingham is a great schoool to go to if your in the Van Nuys area. It's probably one of the best compared to nearby schools. It's pretty much a laid back atmosphere where you feel you're at home. As for the students, everyone is different so there is a lot of diversity at BHS, but there aren't any conflicts because of that. Fights are very rare. BHS is also known to have a lot of school spirit . . .our football team are L.A. City Champs and both are male and female track teams are also L.A. City Champs.

- submitted by a former student
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Birmingham Community Charter High School
17000 Haynes Street, Lake Balboa, CA  91406
(818) 758-5200
Last modified Birmingham Community Charter High School is a Charter school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Birmingham Community Charter High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top