My son is graduating in a few days. We have been very impressed with Don Bosco Tech. I am not originally from this area. So I knew little about the school and was a bit leery. I thought it seemed like a trade school. But it is a very serious college preparatory school. If your son is willing to put in the effort, he can get a superb education here. Lots of honors and AP level classes. Teachers are willing to put in after school and weekend sessions to be sure everyone is on top of the material. My son will have completed nine AP classes and has passed every AP test he has taken. So he is more than prepared for college. Of course, you can be a slacker here too. But that is your choice. The administration keeps parents involved. Every year, they discuss the college application process with parents, and what is to be done at that point in time. Overall, our experience has been tremendous. Great school!
This school operates as a business, every student is a number. The teachers are ok. The school principal is nice and all but doesn't step up to the plate when he needs to. The Office people are really mean. I am sure they are good at keeping the accounts in order but maybe the school should invest in sending them to a customer service training They can be very rude and incosiderate. Its pretty sad how things work in a Business like this. Your child's education becomes second priority. First is always the money in this business. I have come across parents who have been in situations where they could not afford to pay the tuition at the time it was due or a sports or fundraiser fee and the child was not allowed back in school because of it. Parents have actually been asked to obtain loans to pay the fees due so their children are allowed back in school. Students have not been allowed back in school for a period of two weeks in a row due to none payments. If the student is really the first priority would this actually be allowed to happen? NO, it wouldn t but sadly it does.
I am an alumnus of this school and a long time teacher. I wanted to respond to some of the less positive reviews listed below. This is truly a great school, but you need to remember that a school can only provide the resources to learn; the student must provide the effort. Bosco Tech provides an amazing range of resources to its students that allow them to expand their education far beyond the three Rs. Some may criticize the business aspect of running a school, but Bosco Tech is a private, independent school, receiving no support from the state or the LA Catholic Archdiocese. That means when tuition is not paid, the school runs at a deficient. The Catholic philosophy of charity only works when you have the resources to give away. The tuition at Bosco Tech is not cheap, but compared to other private schools across the San Gabriel Valley, it lands very much in the middle and the school still provides almost $1 million in aid to its families. 100% of seniors graduate, over 90% attend college after high school and, in a recent survey, parents gave the school a 96% high-satisfaction rating. Bosco Tech is the finest STEM high school in southern California.
Save yourself time and money. Find a good charter high school. They are free and are accountable, unlike DBTI. I sent my son here based on my experience with its reputation when I was in high school. I attended a girls high school. Back then the focus was on academics now it is something else. They did not bother to keep up with changing technology but instead wasted time and resources on a football field and team. Both are far from being complete. The most recent claim to fame was putting a/c units in the classrooms. Wow! The new president, in his attempt to salvage the academic reputation of the school, directed a mass purge of students who were allowed to fall below academic requirements. Congrats Bosco! You have better scores but you stole time and money from those students you failed.
To correct one misstatement, graduates over many years have been accepted to MIT. They do not always chose to attend though.
How far will this school fall? When I attended in the early 80's, enrollment was about 1,100 students in 5 years. You did high school in three years and had college for two. Sports were a side salad in a wonderful academic meal. Now enrollment is 500 students, high school takes 4 years, there is no college, football permeates the school and tech shops are now the side salad. What the heck?? After Fr. Reina left, the school lost it's way. Poor decisions are dooming the school. What market study showed that a new football program with a new stadium would be a boost to the school? Football hadn't been a tradition for 30 years. Oh, and lets kill the 2 year JC. And lastly, lets not do high school in 3 years, but 4.
Great school, great people, GREAT kids! What a privilege to be able to send my son here.
Used to be a great school. Lacking leadership and direction. Makes major program changes without consulting parents or faculty.
As an alumni, I see what Bosco Tech did for me in the long run. After graduating from there I realized how much class, intelligence, and respect each student had. Besides the rigorous academics, the school was a big character builder. Each student that graduates from there is ready to face what's ahead. I applaud Bosco Tech for nurturing more than the individual, but the whole as a community.
Don Bosco Tech, My son chosed this school since he was in fifth grade, now he is in his second year at Bosco! He works very hard and, he also has fun when all the techs classes for example electronic vs. construction or [design] vs. computer science compite and do games. I like the teachers they always available and ready to listen, answer any question from parents.
Great academic college program and technical classes. New sports fields and programs. High parent involvement. To bad they discontinued the 5th year aa college degree program
As a current parent of a sophmore I can say nothing but good things about the faculty, parents and students at Bosco. The Technologies offered are very important to the students, they take pride in them. Honors classes are available for students that need challenging. All instructors that we have encountered are dedicated, carring and available to provide extra assistance when requested. All kinds of sport activities are available for the boy everything from Golf to Football and all coaches give 110% to help the boys. 5th year was somthing we looked forward, sorry to see it go. Bosco was and continues to be a great school.
Not a parent but a graduate from 3 years ago. The only thing going for this school was the math and econ departments. The tech electives can be a great assest but the school seems to be letting the tech side fade out. Not many of the kids take advantage of the tech degree once they get out since the majority of them don't take it too seriously anymore. Not many graduates go to universities or better private schools after leaving and MIT will never take our graduates no matter how well they do. But even though it is difficult to truly succeed at the Tech, a good education can be obtained through lots of individual hard work. Its a good measure to how your child will do at a University.
An all-boys Catholic school located in Rosemead, CA, DTB boasts a nice campus and a good overall academic program
Not the greatest school. The academic programs are pretty low and everything else is going downhill. Every thing is focused on the recent projects with the sports, such as the football field. With the recent closure of the college program, the school will not get money from big corporations. As a result, the technology programs will also begin to fall as they will not have the resources to teach students. Bottom line is if you have other choices, reconsider Bosco!
As a partent of an entering Senior (2006), this school has proven to be one of the best. We must remember as parents that education begins at the home and the school is only there to enforce of what we started. My son has been very fortunate in having some of the most dedicated instructors there that go above & beyond the scope of teaching. It was a shame to see that DBT did remove the 5th year program. However, the young men of DBT took it with STRIDE and are making the best of their Senior year.
Back in the 90s, this school was very prestigious where students did not only learned academics but also a technological shop of their choice. This led up to some students sticking around for a 5th year so they could get an AA. But little by little this faded away and you can tell by the population. I think it was a very good school when I was going there but now, I am not so sure.
Don Bosco Tech is an all-male high school that provides a strong education by following the Salesian educational tradition and philosophy of emphasizing the personal, religious and moral growth of each student, so as to become moral and productive citizens in the technologically oriented society of today and tomorrow. The academic program combines technical and practical skills development with a college prepatory education, organized around eight specialized tracks that provide advanced knowledge in the theory and application of computer science, electronics, construction, design, graphic communitcations, manufacturing, materials science, and power and transportation technologies. The Tech has completed a major capital improvement program that has renovated the school's infrastructure, and provided modern athletics facilities. My two brothers and I graduated from the Tech. The practical skills we gained were a strong foundation for the college and graduate studies we completed in science related fields. I also served as an instructor at the school.
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