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365 Raider Way
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

(630) 759-6400
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November 01, 2014
When people read the reviews, they should look for what year the review was written in. That says a lot. I'm a freshman, and I have to say, the other students are just bad. The students get away with everything. There is a fight every other day, even though there is a "No Tolerance" policy against it. The teachers are nice and good at what they do, but the students are a distraction. Edline isn't the best either. It is hard to navigate, and you can't find any resources. It's just bad. In my opinion, BHS isn't the best school around. The students are terrible, there isn't any enforcement, and when you try to get grades, you can't find them.

- submitted by a student
October 21, 2014
It is sad to say that Bolingbrook High School does not have the best track record. I have 2 children attending BHS currently and I am very pleased with the curriculum, activities, sports, clubs and faculty that are available to my children. Bolingbrook is trying very hard to make this school a great learning environment for kids. It is common sense that it is not only up to the school, it is also up to the children and their parents to make that happen.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2014
Okay, it's definitely not the best. I went to BHS from 2009 to 2012 and to be completely honest... It's the most dangerous, understaffed, corrupt school in the area. During my time at the school there was a stabbing, a fire and let's be honest, you can get drugs anywhere there. The education sucks. Most students that apply for a highly rated college get passed over because of the low ratings and poor curriculum. All and all the school is a danger zone. I say to all students that go to that school be careful and good luck.

- submitted by a community member
June 16, 2014
I can say with little doubt that Bolingbrook High School, along with most VVSD schools, is the worst school in the state of Illinois. The teachers are poorly trained, the curriculum is un-educational, and the administration is corrupt. I do not recommend this school to anyone planning on getting any sort of education or prospect of college. If I could give it zero stars I would.

- submitted by a student
May 14, 2014
I think that BHS is a very horrible school. The fact that freshman from now on starting 2014, they will be in a program that makes them learn higher material then they should. The school should not do that since we did not learn the material that is required to be in the class. So whoever did this, they should be ashamed of themselves!

- submitted by a student
May 25, 2012
continued... The sad reason behind the low testing scores does not lie on the teachers rather it is the students lack of commitment to their grades and their future. I also enjoy the schools commitment to their special education program. I have experienced their after school program(best buddies), as well as help out in the low incidence classroom during my lunch and homeroom, and I am proud of the commitment towards the students. I for one would give BHS a 4 out of 5.

- submitted by a student
April 28, 2011
Overall I rate this school well. I have had 2 students go through BHS with completely different experiences, as they are very different people. My biggest concern is the size of the school. I think students get lost in a school that size and there are a lot of policies that are basic crowd control. That said, I have met many dedicated teachers and staff. Mr. Mitchem seems to be a very thoughtful and accessable principle. I have always been able to talk to someone to get an issue resolved. My children have graduated with choices and fully prepared for the college choices they made. They have made good friends and the host of activities and classes is excellent. The racial diversity has prepared them for the diversity of the real world.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2010
most students have terrible attitudes. school policy is ridiculous. (students can retake any test up to 3 times! all seniors have no finals!) and even with these advantages, the test scores are still absolutely terrible. so many opportunities to learn and improve, so little effort. with students like these, this country is doomed. how can teachers be expected to succeed when students refuse to put in any effort?

- submitted by a community member
April 04, 2010
As a sophomore, I have had time to experience BHS and form my own opinion of it. Bolingbrook High School, despite any thing, is an excellent school with a fantastic, hard working staff. While I love it there all around, I would have to say that the selection of AP courses is phenomenal, and the teachers are completely qualified. Students, while having some issues, as whole, have improved dramatically in just the past year and a half that I have attended BHS. We work hard to rid ourselves of the notorious reputation earned in the past. As Mr. Mitchem says, 'if there has to be a best, why not US?'

- submitted by a student
March 05, 2010
i use to attend bolingbrook and i have to say i love it. they have some of the best teacher.and mr mitchem is working his but off to keep us out of the news. the sports are great a nd also the people. just because a few bad things happened doenst me its a bad schoo.

- submitted by a student
no rating February 22, 2010
This is my last year at Bolingbrook High School. I have been at the school since i was a freshmen, and I've completely seen the school go down hill.

- submitted by a student
December 02, 2009
as a freshman at BHS, i didnt really know what to expect going into a school of 3,500 or more students, but so far i have nothing to complain about. The staff is amazing in every way, and there is an abundance of afterschool activities to participate in ( especially band ;D ). also, Mr.Mitchem is making a true effort to ensure that students have a safe learning enviornment, and high quality equipment and facilities to aid in the educational process. As a student, you are provided with every posisible thing you could need to succeed there, and if the school is this awesome so far in my first year, i cant wait for what the next few have in store!!

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November 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
No one ever said anything about how the student body stood by the Family of the fallen Currie High School Football Player. How they waited with the Family at the hospital, bought food to feed them, and after he passed comforted them. These are children we should be writing about.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
This school offers diversified studies and has an honors program that has high standards.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
We have an amazing network of teachers and staff, our band program rocks, and our theatre program is even better.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 09, 2009
BHS is a decent school , not the best out there. Once one person messes up it messes up everyone in the school and we all have to pay 4 it. Im currently a senior and thank god this is my last year here , if i would've still lived in the city i probably would've been under bad influence just because i know how everythings works over there. Sometimes , i hate it here but its a good environment to stay focused in education. And im glad im almost done with high school life and ready for what ever life and college brings me ! =D Go Seniors !!! We run this 2010 always mini-shoe =]

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August 31, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 29, 2009
Im currently a junior at bhs and have to say i love the school and the dedicated staff who are willing to help any time. These people do so much to ensure i have a chance at a great future. I have never meet a teacher thta is unwilling to staff after, come in early or email me to help me out. All these teachers go above and beyond to help there students. This school offers so many different programs and clubs that help keep kids off the streets. And i wold like to add that even tho this school has tons of kids, it is extremly clean, its unbeliveable how clean and well kept it is

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May 05, 2009
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March 31, 2009
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February 07, 2009
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October 31, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 18, 2008
I am a freshman at Bolingbrook High School and I think it is wondeful. This year we now have the retake policy which allows students to redo homework and tests that they did not do so well on. This gives all students the oppurtunity to pass each and every class, so now there is no reason for any student not to have an A. Along with the retake policy, students have so many resources for help with school work its not even funny, there is a math lab during every lunch and homeroom period where students can go to retake tests, study, and get help with homework. Having all this help with school is a blessing. If you have problems with another student we have the peer mediation center where your problems can be taken care of. Bolingbrook High School is truly amazing. ~Angelica~

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October 16, 2008
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August 15, 2008
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July 02, 2008
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June 19, 2008
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June 11, 2008
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June 10, 2008
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no rating May 30, 2008
i love my school. i love everytyhing about it too i have wonderful tecahers expescaiily for math and social studies. peopel are beiing mean and they should know th at Mr Mitchem is trying his hardes and i do apprciate him. my mom want me to go to downers grove south and i refuse. she tell me they have a swimming pool. but i cant swim i would not want to change my school or teachers for a school with a pool. people have to know that with every progrssing year that bhs is hetting better . and yes our school is getting over crowed but they are bulding a larger section too accomade the new freshmen. and they a now finishing up a new school for bolingbrook and planefeid students. dont look dow n on my school because of what you heard in the news. we are a good school..

- submitted by a student
May 28, 2008
i am a student at BHS and i think the school is WAY too big. that where alot of disipline problems come from, over crowding. and for the record, BHS has just enought deans, 9 to be exact. and 20 security gurads ans their not even done yet

- submitted by a student
May 21, 2008
The principal at this school is completley incompetent of maintaining order and following through with dicipline. His management of the dicipline code is poor at best. Inconsitencies and lack of consequences has allowed the students to run the show. Mr. Mitchum you should be ashamed that you allow bullies to participate in your sports program!!! Disgraceful!

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April 25, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
April 16, 2008
Cons: Many behavioral problems, not enough deans/counselors, low academic standards, too many students, its extremely easy to ditch class and not get into trouble, lazy teachers. Pros: Modern and huge building, many extracurricular activities, fairly good after-school tutoring programs.

- submitted by a student
April 07, 2008
As a parent who once believed I would never send my child to Bolingbrook High School, I have been very pleased with the experience thus far. I have found all of my child's teachers to be both interested and committed to the education of their students. I have received unsolicited phone calls giving me progress reports, and the staff is accessible both before and after school for extra help. While I don't think that my daughter will fully benefit from the many changes that are happening in this district as she only has 3 years left; I do believe that we be known as one of the best schools in the area sooner than later

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March 19, 2008
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January 23, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 17, 2008
I attend the school and believe that compared to different schools surrounding ours, we are below average. however, I will give credit where credit is due and that would be to Mr. Mitchem, the principal, who is striving to make this high school successfull

- submitted by a student
January 13, 2008
This is nice a big high school that you can make two high school out of it. One thing i dislake about this school is to many gangs and no dress code. The school needs to make a dress code and it should help in the grades to go up and the students to get more into the books . So far my child is been here for three month's and i hope and pray that he keeps working hard.

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December 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2007
I have 2 children attending BHS and am very happy with the school and the education that my children are receiving. My oldest will soon graduate and will be heading off to college very well prepared. My youngest child is currently a freshman and is off to a great start in high school. BHS under the leadership of Mr. Mitchem is improving every day and those that do not value their education are being called upon to perform and raise the bar. I fully support the school and Mr. Mitchem for honestly confronting achievement issues and raising the bar. As a parent and taxpayer, I am very proud that Bolingbrook has such a good high school.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
My son has attended BHS during his freshman and sophomore year and would give anything not to return to the school another year. It's state of the art but in his opinion the behavioral problems out way everything else. He feels that some of the staff are not the role models he thought would be available and are not encouraging or may even project a negative connotation. We love the community but may have to move to get a better educational experience. The new principal, Mr. Mitchem is definitely the right person to turn the school around, but we don t have the time or want to play the wait and see game with our children's education and future. But look out because with Mr. Mitchem's guidance BHS is going to do great things and will probably be one of the top rated schools around in time.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2007
The commitment of the school and administration to the basketball and football team is outstanding. It is a shame the other sports receive little of the same to their efforts. Make the commitment to all the teams and you will increase the overall experience of the students and parents. Basketball and Football have set the standards now challenge the AD to make it happen for all the other sports.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2006
Parents need involvment with their kids. We have enough politics without adding more into the school system. Staff is certainly quick to talk about disipline, unless it come to other staff members. Look at the teachers that have been around the system a while. They are (some) complacent. Concern is about attendence not propelling students into a better future. Here is the perfect example of our right to choose gone bad. Collectively they talk of graduation requirements. Not of College entrance requirements. Nepitism within a department offers no outlet for conflict resolution. Disipline is average to above for students. Zero for staff. I must say that about 90% of staff is good to great. It is the other 10 that is horrid. No middle ground between good and horrid.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2006
I have two students at BHS. I have only one complaint about the school, and that is the lack of communication between the different offices. However, I must compliment the school on everything else. I have received many phone calls from the teachers regarding my children. Not to tell me what they have done wrong, but to compliment on how well they are doing. Teachers that take time out to make these calls, do it because they care- not just because it's their job. In regards to safety, I have walked the halls of BHS during school hours, while students were switching classes, and security at the school is amazing. There are a lot of differences in every child in that school, however, they seem to get along well. They seem, for the most part, to respect each others differences. I'm grateful to have such caring teachers for my kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2006
Parent involvement is lacking. Positive, great all inclusive sports and activities. Semi easy access to teachers. Clean school. 99% of teachers I deal with post grades so students know where they are at.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2006
As I, a student who attend Bolingbrook High School; I must say I learned a lot. With the first year of the school being built, Yes it was very unorganized. The transtion seemed to be very hard for many. But now I am extremely happy that I got to attend such an amazing school. I used to hate walking into the doors and the discrimination was terrible. But after a while you learn from one another, from differences to dissagrements. I have enjoyed the learning experence. With this new principal Mr. Mitchem, I am sure that everyone is in for a surprise of what this school is actually can do! Lee Springer (class of 06) web.mac.com/springer7217

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April 12, 2006
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March 07, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2006
I would like to respond to the person who wrote about discrimation towards the minority students in april of 2005. I would like to know what race are you talking about? What in your mind is considered minority? In today's world, it is hard to tell!

- submitted by a former student
December 31, 2005
Good education, lots of behavioral problems.

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June 14, 2005
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- submitted by a student
May 13, 2005
Bolingbrook is a growing community with a wonderful new high school facility. The high school itself is very diverse and includes a multitude of different races of students, teachers, secretaries and security officials. Do your research! bolingbrook high school embraces diversity in it's community and educational system. What lacks? Parental involvement. Parents expect the high school to babysit their children in and out of school. No one hardly ever gets involved in their child's schooling until report cards come around and then it's the teacher's fault for their child failing. The this school prepares children for college and a future career. Sports teams are amazing and teaches self discipline and responsibility. Great school, great place to live.

- submitted by a former student
April 20, 2005
The Valley View school district is in great need of leadership. There are too many teachers and adminstratives who do not care about educating our children. They run the schools like corretional center, as oppose to educational facility. Parents and adminstrativs need to step up to take responsibility for educating these children. often times there is discrimination toward minorities. I do not recommend moving to this school district or community. The school discriminates as well as the police department, which I must mention are security in the schools. This should almost be a crime when the majority of your taxes are paid to the school district. The district also lack minority educators.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2005
Since the opening of the new High School this past August, my child has not been a good student. There have been so many issues with not only other students, but teachers and security as well. The student population went from 1500 to over 3000. Everyday there's a fight. My child has had more than 10 encounters with bullies this current school year and I can't began to count how many times I've been up to the school to see after the well-being of my child. I believe the school district and school staff were not prepared for the amount of new students as well as not able to handle a responsibility as large as this.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2005
I was well prepared to handle the rigor of university courses after graduating from Bolingbrook a few years ago. I had wonderful, dedicated, quality teachers that took the time to get to know their students and help them with course work; however, I sensed a mounting frustration among them from the lack of support they received from the administration. The quality of their teaching was exemplary considering the resources they had available to them.

- submitted by a former student
January 02, 2005
I believe that the teachers are not getting a fair chance at this school. The administration does not care about them. It shows in a number of ways. Parents are not involved either.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2004
The Dean's do as they please at this school. Students do what they want and they are never punished. The principal's ignore all complaints and just do not listen. It is a shame that my children and the teachers have to go to school everyday at a place where nothing gets done outside of the classroom and is just plain unsafe. The Dean's should be fired due to their phoney, 'Amenesty' policy. It is a joke that a good kid that wants to learn has to be put through a system that rewards not only him or her but also any other student, who may tell a teacher off, fight, or do as they please. Changes need to be made already in this new school, and they have to start with the Dean's and the Administration.

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May 31, 2004
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Bolingbrook High School
365 Raider Way, Bolingbrook, IL  60440
(630) 759-6400
Last modified Bolingbrook High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bolingbrook High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 61 reviews. Top