It is what you make out of it. As an alum ('09), I went on to college and now have a very lucrative job. I am far from alone in my successes, particularly among those who took honors classes. That said, the standard level and lower classes are nearly impossible to fail, it's easy enough to show up, not do any homework, and end up with passing grades, up to and including A's, with no effort whatsoever.
As I stated earlier, as with most things, this school is what you make of it. There's plenty of opportunities for AP and Honors classes, and to receive an excellent education from good teachers, as well as participate in awesome extracurriculars. But it's also a place you can come and go for four years, get your diploma, and start your career in the service or warehouse industries.
Overall this school provides a great education for students. As a parent of an honors student I'm proud that my child attends this school. There is a lot of diversity exposing children to what the real world consists of. The world is not a white majority world. Teachers in hear are passionate in what they do and will push students! Students in the honors courses score high score and with some determination in regular students and a push from parents, scores could sky rocket.
All schools have problems. This school has developed and unfair reputation because it is compared to other schools in the area. BHS is more racially and economically diverse than neighboring schools. The behavior of some kids is a problem with some fighting and use of foul language. Students at many schools use foul language, it's part of the culture of today's youth, unfortunately. The lower standardized test scores are an issue but much of this is due to students not trying to push themselves in standard classes. Most of the honors level students earn high scores. Most of the teachers are effective and care about the students . A few seem to not have the best attitudes. Those that do not need to look for work in another district. My son is mostly in honors courses. He is challenged in his classes and his standardized test scores are high. The curriculum at this school is just as good as any other school. The difference is the effort of the student and level of the class. I do think the standard level kids could be challenged more. All students are capable of learning. We have a new principal who is very committed to making improvements and holding teachers accountable for challenging all students.
Standard classes are run to make you feel like an idiot. Those classes dont push you enough. However honor classes are filled with passionate teachers who will help you sevelope morals through education.
My child was honest about a situation that had happened and she told on the other students who also took part in the issue and because my child told the truth she was the only one that was punished for the situation at hand and not the other students that were involved. They have the policy of "Admit to nothing" and you will not get in trouble. This is what is wrong with our youth today, no one wants to take responsibility for their actions and because my child told on them they started to harass her and bully her because of it.
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.
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.