Batavia High School is the gem of the Fox Valley. Most Western suburbanites seek out the Naperville school districts when looking for a new community, but this top rated school, just a notch under Dist# 204 is a terrific option (with less congestion and traffic when you learn to avoid Randall Road). Although there is a huge focus on sports, the music program is second to none and the staff support a college readiness agenda. The band/orchestra program is very impressive. Students are on a block schedule and are expected to immerse themselves in coursework, think and work independently, be responsible for their own future. Both the brightest who will be well prepared for college, and those who prefer a non-college path have challenging course options. I have one son who is still attending BHS. I wish we would have moved here sooner for my older sons to get the benefit of all four years in this great learning environment. As a mother, home-owner and a Realtor I recommend this community for the school district. Well worth the taxes.
This school is the worst school in the world! Bullies try to get good kids in trouble, even though those kids didn't do anything at all! Even though there is no proof that the kid did anything that kid got suspended.
I have found BHS to be a great school. The continue improvement in their teaching and curriculum offerings have made it one of the top rated high schools in Kane County.
This school has some good teachers, but has a very poor record in teaching students with disabilities (4th year of academic warning status with the state for its large achievement gap). No encouragement to take the PSAT or early career planning for gifted sophomores. Administrative leadership is non-existent. If you are relocating here look at Naperville or St. Charles High schools.
Many new additions, as said below. one does not have to be above average o succeed, they only need to try, math department goes up to Calculus 2, and AP Calculus 1; a math class is completed every half year (semester, students can take either 1 or 2 math classes a year (or not at all, if math requirements are meet), as a freshman you can only take one. A very large amount of classes are offered alongside the standard academics, there are currently 6 general use computer labs, over 4 carts of about 25 laptops (class sizes vary), a cart of laptops in the shop, and a cart of the districts best laptops (better than the techies) for the engineering programs. great school with lots to offer for all kinds of students; science, engineering, math, athletic, dance, arts, music, photography, 3 languages (Spanish, French, Latin).
Overrated school. If your child is above average, this is the school for your child. They do not want to deal with students that are average or below average. They do not want to deal with children who have learning disabilities. Most of the teachers are mostly concerned about their insane pensions. Look elsewhere.
Excellent academics, drama department, music program, atletics ..... I could go on! Plenty of tutoring available, by teachers and upper classmen, before, during and after school. The parent & community involvement is very high, resulting in respectful students, and great communication! There is a club or activity for every student to be involved in. The completion of the new auditorium this summer will be the icing on the cake!
High school is disappointing. It is operated on the "good ole boy mentality." The administration is really out of touch with the student population and there are teachers, coaches and administrators who should have been fired a long time ago. Strong bullying atmosphere and no attempt to change the culture in the school. The education is not up to par and their math program is lacking at best.
I am currently a student at BHS. The school is currently going through lots of construction. its sometimes hard to concentrate when the construction is going on, but its manageable most of the time. Some teachers are excellent and some are just so-so. due to the growing population of BHS, the amount of new teachers has increased. Academics are fairly decent, but due to the lack of facilities, academic opportunities can become limited. The music program however, is exceptional! the band directors are awesome and enthusiastic! The plays and musicals are awesome as well. The athletics are very good, but some sports are not as well funded as others. Funds need to be increased to improve all athletics. When the additions are finished, I believe the students will excel because all of BHS's programs will finally have proper facilities
We love everything about the school and the community. Looking forward to the additions to the building in the next few years. We have one graduated and 3 more on their way to BHS.
We are actually disappointed with the high school. Very hard to speak with your child's counselor. And very difficult to seek additional assistance if your child is not great in Algebra. We had expected better from the high school. Since our tax dollars have shot up greatly!
Great school, even better when you compare it to the school to the north . Athletics are better, facilities are better and overall atmosphere. A+
Agree with parent comment below. Lack of facilities (no indoor track/fieldhouse, theatre, dance studio etc)extremely limits the the quality of many classes & extra-curricular programs. Parents are commonly told 'no money' to grow the facilities of the school. Hard to beleive considering the demographics of the community.
The programs are not designed for all students, if you are smart you are fine, but if you have any special needs then you are pretty much on your own and before you know it, the blame falls on the student never the teacher. The extracurricular activities are limited as are the sports, music and art are always being told they have no money. Parental involvement depends on the parents and how they have been treated, I
Athletic programs are continually growing. There are always many extracurricular activities available for the students. Parents are very actively involved in this community. Despite an ever-icreasing population it maintains it's small town spirit.
Academic programs are very good with some excellent AP courses. The Batavia music program is outstanding, my daughter has perfomed at Bulls games, the Indy 500, etc, and has a lot of fun, and has become a great musician. The sports programs are very good, and the community involvement is wonderful, I see so many neighbors and friends at school events, I feel very at home there. I feel it is a safe learning environmment with good old fashioned ethical and moral principles to match.
I go to this school right now. The teachers are pretty cool and the stuff we have is great. We have laptops, a couple computer labs, T.v's in every room, and a library. There's tons of extra curricular activities and I am proud to say I am involved with the music prgram. At my old school we didn't have this stuff. Though, the things listed above doesn't make a school. It's the other students. I have a variety of friends, but a variety of enemies also. Make sure your kids get in with the right crowd.
As parent of three graduates of Batavia's school system (99, 01, 03), I believe it does everything expected, and more. The music program is a reason to move to Batavia - the HS band director is involved at the state level with Illinois band programs, and the orchestra and choirs are supported wonderfully by parents. The new, young HS principle has energy and enthusiasm, and the School Board and district administration certainly do the best they can with the dollars and issues that confront them. Batavia is an involved community across the social spectrum, and this is also true in the schools. Fully two-thirds of the student population are the hard working type, so there is no ostracizing of the 'good student'. Our kids thoroughly enjoyed and did well in their education as well as the many opportunities for extra-curricular participation (sports, plays, music, student council...).
Beautiful school in the safe part of town, I like the block system (4 classes 90 min each). Some exellent teachers, some so-so. District is trying something new in 2005. No grades for K-8 and no more valedictorian in High School. They are afraid competition is harmful to the overachiever. There seems to be a feeling that our schools lack good administration and that many students are not connected to their school. Many parents feel cut out of any quality control starting at Junior High level. The Music Department at all levels in the district is exceptional! The sports department is also adequate although some of the parents are too involved. In conclusion, BHS has great potential, just needs better leadership. -Victoria
IMO, there has been their share of 'gang' issues. The teachers often let the kids control the enviornment, and the suplemental staff does not do much to really address needs. Although some teachers really seem interested, it is hard for an average student to get the attention needed with such distractions.
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