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Overland Park, KS
Students enrolled: 1,673

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13260 Switzer Rd
Overland Park, KS 66213

(913) 239-3400
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March 03, 2014
BVNW is a joke. On the outside they seem like a great community where everybody has a special bond with each other, but I'm telling you it's all a hoax. The students there walk around the halls trashing on people left and right. I'll admit i can become one of those people sometimes. The overall effect of it creates a school body which doesn't care about anybody but themselves. The school prides itself in high test scores and great grades,but never does anything to help those on the other side of the spectrum. The teachers there dont care about the students. There are a select few that do and even some that act like it,but the majority makes out so obvious to the student that they just want their paycheck. They have no concern for a student's success as long as the school keeps getting awards for good test scores. The school is a joke. Don't go there if you can because only the naturally smart survive.

- submitted by a community member
February 05, 2014
My daughter and son are bright kids but have so much homework that they cannot participate in after school activities. Drugs and bullying in the school is a big problem. Teachers think IEPs are meaningless and do not accept learning differences. I know of suicidal kids in this school due to unreasonable work demands and peer and teacher pressure. Teens must be the star athlete or feel failure. Kids are reminded to make good choices, but ostracized or failed if they are testing as Duke scholars but don't fit in. Dress code is not enforced. The good volunteer kids are ridiculed as losers. Students RULE this school. There are no Saturday or summer help for the many that need it. Some special ed kids are bullied or worse, treated as if they are lazy opportunists. Some special ed teachers are better than great and a Godsend. Anorexia is viewed as a good thing and girls brag about being under 95 pounds. Teens don't like dances due to the simulated sex and underclassmen are embarrassed. Overcharging at lunch is a reality and un monitored. Funding cuts hurt this school badly. Parents also wear boot shorts so it is hard to enforce rules on kids!

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2012
Our daughter just graduated from Blue Valley Northwest. We were delighted and impressed with the caring and encouraging teachers at BVNW. Coming from a background of small private schools, she was able to find friends easily, beginning with the fun freshman orientation. Although she never got involved in a lot of activities that was her choice, and she certainly had the opportunity. The art department at the school is excellent with a variety of programs, good facilities and excellent teachers. She developed good relationships with her teachers who were always willing to provide extra help. We had been very worried about her attending a larger public high school and feel blessed that she attended BVNW. At freshman orientation for parents the principal said the school works to develop the whole child (words which could have come from our daughter's previous Montessori schools) and I feel BVNW was successful in that respect.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
This school puts on a great utopian veneer, but in reality it has plenty of problems. There are so many drugs here that the administration has taken a Gestapo-like approach to trying to control it, unless of course you are a star athlete, then everything gets swept under the rug. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of great kids, but if you don't have money and the right look and demeanor, you WILL get made fun of. For guys, I suggest you learn how to fight so you can stand up to the inevitable bullying that the administration pretends barely exists, because (surprise!) it's the star athletes who do most of it. Not all of them of course, but the jocks are, well, jocks, and no amount of anti-bullying propaganda is going to change that. For girls, you'd better have the right look or you will be made fun of. Actually, that goes for the guys too. Almost everyone at this school has money, so be prepared to spend a bunch to fit in. Seriously, this school will chew you up and spit you out if you let it. It does have its great qualities, but so many of the students and teachers attempt to ruin them. I would honestly recommend private schooling if you can afford it.

- submitted by a student
March 14, 2011
I graduated from this school a couple years ago and loved it! The teachers are amazing and very easy to work with when missing classes for athletics. I would recommend this high school to anyone, it was the best experience I could ask for. I formed lasting friendships with the other students and still go back and visit the teachers whenever I break and they are still in school.

- submitted by a student
April 07, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
no rating October 14, 2009
I am a junior at BVNW and i absoulty love it! The teachers are great here and have the student's best intrest in mind. And most students get the feeling of a family from here.

- submitted by a student
May 29, 2009
My four children have all gone/are going to Blue Valley Northwest. My two in college have both made it to the honors programs in their respective colleges (University of Miami, FL and Southern Methodist University, TX). They were both very well prepared, and thanks to BVNW began college with many extra credit hours. This has given them the opportunity to take classes that they want to take, and have a better college experience. The teachers were all very smart, tactful, and dedicated. This school is everything I could have asked for and more.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 05, 2009
I attended this school. The teachers are passionate about their job and students. A lot of them stay after hours to offer help to any child who needs it. There are so many options when it comes to extracurricular activities. The student body is quite diverse and very accepting. I loved coming to school every morning. The only negative thing I can think of is that the principals aren't as involved as they can/should be.

- submitted by a student
November 08, 2008
Great school, plenty of opportunities to become involved in extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a student
November 03, 2008
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October 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2008
BVNW is a decent school but does not prepare student's for the real world. it has very minimal racial, ethnic and economic diversity. My children who were honors student had a good experience but my one child who needed more help really was damaged by attending this school. Be sure your kids have designer stuff so the other kids will include them and monitor for drugs and alcohol as the student body has plenty of cash to party!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 09, 2008
I attended school here. Its a fine school, nothing exceptional, but if you want a decent education for your child, in a sterile and safe environment, BVNW is for you. The classes will prepare you for college prep work, but are not intellectually challenging aside from the English department. BVNW has many great technological resources, but doesn't use all of them effectively. When I attended there, it did have a bit of a drug problem, just marijuana. Most likely a result of bored teenagers.

- submitted by a student
March 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 12, 2007
Overall good school. Mostly good teachers, and good school spirit. Alot of programs for all kids. AP courses very challenging.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2007
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February 23, 2004
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Blue Valley Northwest High School
13260 Switzer Rd, Overland Park, KS  66213
(913) 239-3400
Last modified Blue Valley Northwest High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Blue Valley Northwest High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top