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Belvidere High School

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Posted September 3, 2009

BHS is a great school. My 3rd and last child is a current student, the other two have graduated. Teachers are great, and want to help the students. Online access to students grades and attendance on a daily basis is a huge plus. With the new school on the north side of town crowding is no longer an issue. New this year is juniors who qualify are attending their last two years at Rock Valley College and able to earn their diploma and AA degree at the same time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2007

Being a senior at BHS I pretty much know whats up at this school. For the most part, the teachers are great. There are the few who are not exceptional but is there a school that is perfect? The guidance office on the other hand is horrible. They have never been able to help me with any of my questions, concerns or schedule changes. The building itself is kind of rundown. We don't have all of the new stuff that the new school has but it is not like Bhs is dilapitated or anything. The best part of the building is its performing arts center. The school has a great arts program. I dont know much about the sports program but football is a big deal here
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 12, 2006

I personally think Belvidere High School is a good school for regular kids. Some families simply can't afford the great quality and very expensive schools. Belvidere High School is a good school compared to the schools which have metal detectors and police officers and drug sniffing dogs throughout the school. It has great extracurricular activities. Some of us simply can't afford going to a private school. I'm thankful I'm going to Belvidere High School and not a broken down school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 1, 2005

The school is not bad at all, but it's just way too crowded.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2005

We have 3 children that have passed through Belvidere High School so far, and I think children can exceed at Belvidere if they take advantage of what the school offers and avoid trouble. None of them got in fights (all of them are boys), and I found the teachers and coaches to be personally interested and caring of the children in their care. Our oldest son had mono freshman year, and was out for 4 months, and the school saw to it that a tutor came every night and brought his homework back and forth, he even took his finals at home. He kept his grades up the entire time, and returned to school healthy and up to speed with the other kids. He could not have done this without the help of a caring staff. Again, children get what they put into their high school experience at Belvidere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2005

I was in Belvidere schools from kindergarten through High School, and I feel that the quality of education was minimal at best. Both my sister and I endured harshness from some of our teachers, and therefore enhanced our low self-esteem. In general, I feel that we would have done better in school, had our teachers actually acted liked they cared about their students, rather than being so negative. Part of a teacher's job is to be a positive role model in a student's life. Not someone to consistently put a child down. We both turned out to be well adjusted young women, but through no contribution of the Belvidere School system.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2005

I have 2 children enrolled this year and 1 more going next year. I do not believe the teachers care enough about the kids. There are way to many fights in that school and we now have a lockdown in each classroom after the bell rings. I want a safe and caring enviroment for my kids and this definetely is not the school for that
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2005

I believe that this school is a pretty good place for students to learn. While there are fights, the administration does everything it can to prevent them, and when they do occur the students involved are punished. There are a wide variety of classes students can take to help them with developing their skills. There are many college bound classes students can take. The teachers are great and each teacher is different. There are also many great clubs that students can paticipate in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

My child was enrolled here for the first yr. and had to be removed for her own safety's sake,because the school could not guarantee her safety. There are constant fights in the school that are ignored by all including teachers.It's a very poor school to send a child too and I would definitely think very hard before enrolling anyone there.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students47%
Female41%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
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Native Americann/a
White52%
Low income42%
Non-low income51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities55%
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Reading

All Students49%
Female46%
Male51%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Low income39%
Non-low income56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students45%
Female41%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Low income36%
Non-low income51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities52%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

26%
of schools in the state are Below average
46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Average ACT score

19

Graduation rate

84.9%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 51%
Hispanic 34% 24%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Black 2% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1500 East Avenue
Belvidere, IL 61008
Phone: (815) 547-6345

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