Supportive administrative staff, school police on site, various extra curriclular programs, saturday programs, decent neighborhood (with a few dubious areas)
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.
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.
Fantastic athletics program, Olympic track and football field were donated by senator Gray Davis funds.
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.
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.
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.
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