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Bolingbrook High School

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3 stars

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 8, 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?


Posted April 4, 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


Posted March 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted December 2, 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!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 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


Posted October 4, 2009

This school offers diversified studies and has an honors program that has high standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 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


Posted September 9, 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 =]
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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~
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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!


Posted 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


Posted April 7, 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
—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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49%

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Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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42%

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40%

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48%
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.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students45%
Female43%
Male47%
Black30%
Asian69%
Hispanic37%
Multiracial56%
Native Americann/a
White63%
Low income33%
Not low income59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities50%
English language learners4%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students49%
Female53%
Male45%
Black38%
Asian73%
Hispanic42%
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
White66%
Low income40%
Not low income61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learners4%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students42%
Female38%
Male45%
Black26%
Asian68%
Hispanic33%
Multiracial44%
Native Americann/a
White64%
Low income29%
Not low income57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities46%
English language learners0%
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

20

Graduation rate

82.7%


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
Hispanic 36% 24%
Black 28% 18%
White 25% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 4%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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365 Raider Way
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Phone: (630) 759-6400

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