There are great things about BHS, but I like many schools, it isn't perfect. There is definitely a drug problem, as my child has said it is common to hear about people talking about getting high. There are definitely great opportunites for clubs, and because the school is so large, it may be extremely hard for kids that might not fit in a club to feel comfortable. There are some excellent teachers, but I don't have the impression that there is a real culture (and was told that by an administrator) that the teachers are trying to convey - e.g. many (not all!) of the classes seem to be straight download w/little creativity in teaching. So what is it specifically that makes it such a great school outside of the clubs and some of the teachers? Part of what makes it good could be the families support of their children.
My boy Alexander is enrolled at BHS and having a blast! There are a lot of drugs going around the campus, but he doesn't participate. Most of the kids there are very nice that I've met personally. BHS is a non-swearing environment as well, so kids are generally on their best behavior. Faculty seemed very nice. If I could go back to High School again, I would choose Barrington High School! Sean Kirchheimer Scottsdale, AZ
I found the school to be too large. Also the diverse mix of socio-economics can be very intimidating. If you are an AP student, the school is great. If you are a special needs student, the school is great. For those stuck in the middle, it's not so great. The drug problem seems to be getting worse.
BHS is truly one of the best schools in the country. I graduated from BHS and am proud to say that my two children, who are enrolled now, are getting an excellent education. We couldn't be happier.
As a BHS alumni of 2001, BHS gave me the best education and after graduation, I decided that it was time that Stanford to give me the best education.
BHS is awesome. Besides offering a wide range of extracurricular activities, they also provide excellent relationships between the teachers, parents and students. BHS allows teachers to get in-touch with their students and form long lasting relationships. And like previous posters have said, they've got an excellent theatrical program! With several extra curricular activities, your student shouldn't have a hard time fitting in, and finding his best interests. Personally, when I was their, I was involved in Debate, on the tech crew, the Model UN, Student Council, Band, Scholastic Bowl and a couple other clubs..... Just an example of BHS's diversity.
Barrington High School has been home to all 3 of my kids. Its a great place to go to school. But no one has even said one thing about the drug problem.
BHS is the best school ever. I had the time of my life in the theatre program and as a lab assistant. The range of activities available to students is amazing. And I'd like to say to Mr. Deignan if he ever reads this, that you are the greatest. The school plays were never the same after you left. BHS rules!
Although large and often under construction, Barrington High School is a wonderful school with a great selection of AP and honors classes and fabulous teachers (which greatly helps make up for the impersonality of the guidence counselors). BHS also boasts a variety of extracurricular activities ranging from football, swim team, and golf to ping pong and multicultural, and volunteering clubs, as well as math, speech, and debate teams and an awesome theatre program. Of course this is only a sampling of the multitude of activities which keep BHS students after school until all hours of the night. BHS also prides itself in sending over 90% of its graduates to colleges and universities all over the country and many to world class institutes such as Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, Duke, and Tufts.
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