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Bloom Trail High School

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Posted December 28, 2013

This school is one of the worst schools ive ever seen. The floors are stained and the walls have cracks all over. The teachers refuse to listen to the childern and shovel them off to graduation so they dont need to deal with them. The test scores are below the illlinois average and the us average by a significant measure. Dont send your kid here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2011

I rated Bloom Trail as unsatisfactory due to the FACT that the faculty/staff put more effort into disciplining the students than educating them. They keep the children out of classes by placing them in in-school suspension and out-of-school suspension for the smallest infraction, i.e. wearing a very thin jacket in the cold building during winter. I've noticed that when the kids try to defend themselves for a write-up by a teacher that they felt was unjust, the deans give them a harsher punishment. The teachers and deans are very disrespectful to both the parents and the students. They, like most other high schools and even elementary schools are teaching the kids backwards. When my son asked the teacher about why he got an answer wrong (according to the computer) when he could prove it was right, the teacher said "I know, it's just the way it is." They are preparing the children for prison not college. That school is a mess from the faculty/staff to the interior of the building. Look at the moldy ceiling, the very old and broken lockers, no air in the summer, and no heat in the winter. Nothing about that school is condusive to learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

My children have had the good fortune of meeting many wonderful, inspirational, involved teachers and coaches. People who've given so much of themselves to the school, the district and the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2009

My daughter just graduated from there with honors and in the National Honor Society. You get out of this school (or any) exactly what you put into it. Judge Mathis attend school in Englewood and look where he is. There is nothing wrong with this school and I would recommend sending your child there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2009

if you show you care about eduaction this school is great i curently go to this school i am on the cheerleading team and run track. i have honor classes and i am graduating my jounior year
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 6, 2008

I graduated from BTHS in 2003, granted I had bad grades and didn't care about school, I enjoyed being at BTHS. There were lots of fights and apathy, but you get that at any school you go to. In my life I moved around a lot and attended differant schools every 4 years or so, and what I learned from Trail is acceptance and tolerance. Yes, there were some 'bad apples', but there were also some good kids and teachers. Before you decide not to send your child to this HS, take a tour of the school, talk to the teachers and deans. The photo teacher was wonderful. I enjoyed Yearbook and ceramics. English was great. My grades weren't that great because I didn't put forth the effort. I believe that is the main reason the test scores are low for the school. That would not be the teacher's fault.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2008

Bloom Trail is a great school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 7, 2006

I am very pleased with this school. I have one concern the test scores are low. One reason could be the school starts students to low in math classes. My son had algebra in Jr. High, he received grades at 84%. Yet much to my objection the school place him in a pre algebra class. Next year he will take the same class he had in Jr. High. Two years of education waisted. He will be behind the nation when he tests as a Junior, never getting a chance at High School Math.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2006

Bloom Trail is a great school, the staff is great. My kids have a greatt time in school and enjoy their learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2005

I attended BTHS for my four years of high school. The quality of education is impacted by teachers, but also by the child's willingness to learn. Some may say the teachers there are young and maybe inexperienced, but there are also older, very well trained and experienced teachers there as well. For the 2003-2004 school year, one of the teachers won honorable mention for teacher of the year. Every school may have some problems, but overall, if your child wants to learn, they will be able to have that opportunity at Bloom Trail High School. By the way, I was one of the honor students, and yes, I had a mentor. However, many of the other students who had less than excellent academic records had mentors, too. And although some students had more than one mentor, most of the mentors had more than one student to mentor.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 13, 2004

This school has a high influx of gang members. My children have been approached on several occasions to join gangs. My children are no longer enrolled at Bloom Trail they are being home schooled. The school is trying to improve it's educational quality level with specialised reading and math programs. The teachers I believe overall have the best for intensions for the kids, but it's hard when faced with a majority of the population who are only bidding their time until they are 16 and can drop out. Then, there are the teachers who immeiately take a dislike to students just because of the way they look. And we all know you can't judge a book by it's cover and the same goes for students too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2004

If your kid's not an honor student,expect them to be stuck in Bloom Trail for more than 4 years. horrible school!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 18, 2004

Bloom trail falls way below a good high school standard in my eyes! Most schools nurture the honor school students but who's nurturing the rest of the kids. Bths test scores prove that many students need help and guidance, so tell me how can one child get two mentors and other children get none? Teaching is more than just a paycheck. Most kids really want to lean, but it takes someone who cares to see that. Secondly, where's the homework & college prep! I thought it was just me, but other parents have confirmed that their child never have homework! And third, yes, some teachers are right out of college themselves, but ultimately, it's my job to make sure my child has a good education. My plan, transfer by 2004-05.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2004

I think Bloom Trail is a good school. My daughter is receiving a fine education. As in any school, if you want the education, you will get it. I had concerns when I first sent my daugher there but now that she is nearing the end of her journey, I see how much she has really learned, not just in the classroom but about life. She has met a variety of different people, been mentored by 2 excellent teachers, has had wonderful coaches. All of the adults she has encountered through classes, extracurricular activities & sports have really helped to keep her on the right track and have offered freely their wisdom & guidance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2004

Bloom Trail High School is a highschool I attended in 1977. The school was great! Now recently I brought my daughter into this school, and let me tell you did this school change during my years. The teaching is horrible. My daughter would tell me how young the teachers are. I was shocked when I heard this because the teachers were still young themselves. The schools testing is way below the standard! Due to the schools, Ford Heights, Sauk Village, and Lynwood causes a lot of poor students to do bad in this school, because of their poor junior high and elementary schools. Many fights occur! I think this school is not a safe school to be in nor a good school to learn in! If you are thinking about sending your child to Bloom Trail, ask yourself 'Do I really want my child in a nonsafe environment?'
—Submitted by a parent


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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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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 Students21%
Female16%
Male25%
Black9%
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracial21%
Native Americann/a
White49%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income21%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities22%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students30%
Female28%
Male33%
Black19%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracial43%
Native Americann/a
White58%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income30%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities32%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students20%
Female17%
Male23%
Black7%
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
Multiracial39%
Native Americann/a
White50%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income20%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities22%
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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46%
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28%
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Average ACT score

17

Graduation rate

66.7%


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
Black 58% 18%
White 23% 51%
Hispanic 12% 24%
Two or more races 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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22331 Cottage Grove Avenue
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
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