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Belmont High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1083 students

 
 

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6 reviews of this school


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Posted February 21, 2013

This school has so much to offer for both academics and sports. It is a great learning environment with a challenging curriculum.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2010

Belmont schools have lost the support of Belmont's taxpayers. They've finally cut the budget too far. Students at the HS can no longer take even 7 classes and some cannot get even 6. Freshman sports ave been eliminated. A recent election to save the school budget that would have cost $288 on a $750K home failed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2008

While it has good academics, BHS does not have, in my opinion, a good environment. The school is falling apart, and the library is severely lacking in books. The non-dedicated students are not low in quantity. On a side note, the mod schedule is very confusing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 1, 2008

I think its an ok school. But its not amazing like everyone says it is. I mean the teachers are ok, its just like an average high school like any other town.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2007

We moved into the school district for one year as we are a military family. We moved to the Belmont area just for the school. The teachers are wonderful, and curriculum is wide ranged and really has so much to offer. Athletic activities are enjoyable as well as other extra curricular activities. My two high school students were welcomed here with open arms by so many, it really has made their year here great. The school is easy to walk to for most. Some of the extra curricular activies can add up especially if the school board no longer funds it, like ski team lost funding last year and we are paying out of our own pocket, but my children love it. This is one of the best school experiences in our travels as a military family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2004

Belmont High School is an amazing high school. The environment is welcoming and the small number of students makes it even better. Teachers are extremely qualified and eager to help students learn. The actual system is great and helps students get into college without difficulty. The athletics are fun, the studying is good, and everything is simple. I've seen other schools, and out of all of them, BHS is top notch. Nothing is wrong with this school. Everything is great and I wish every school could be like it. The location is especially great because it's close by to any house. The traffic in the morning is not bad at all and there are ample parking spaces. If you're choosing a school to attend in Massachusetts, Belmont High School is the best one to pick. No danger, great activites, amazing teachers, and disciplined, respectful students.
—Submitted by a former student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

266 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
African American100%
Asian98%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White99%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students97%
Female97%
Male99%
African American86%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White97%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students93%
Female93%
Male94%
African American80%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White92%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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95%
Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Students92%
Female92%
Male91%
African American28%
Asian96%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial93%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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Students with disabilitiesn/a
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Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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SAT participation

91%

Average SAT score

1769

Graduation rate

97%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of 11th graders taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 6%
Black 5% 8%
Hispanic 4% 16%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 7%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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221 Concord Ave
Belmont, MA 02478
Phone: (617) 993-5901

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