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Barnstable High School

Public | 8-12 & ungraded | 2010 students

 

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Posted August 11, 2014

Barnstable High School has been fabulous for our son! He was at Sturgis Charter for one year and it really turned him off to school as the teachers did not make him feel welcome and were not supportive. What a difference at Barnstable! The teachers were supportive and gave him the structure he needed to succeed. Also, the variety of sports and other activities at BHS is amazing. He loved being part of various sports teams and other activities. We cannot be more thrilled with the combination of academic rigor, supportive teachers, counselors and administrators and extracurricular activities. We're glad he's a BHS Red Raider. This is the best high school on Cape Cod.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2014

I personally think this is one of the best high schools on Cape. The teachers push you hard because they believe you are smart enough to get the work accomplished, they even try to make the classes fun. I have been going here since I was in 8th grade and I'm going to be a junior this year and I think I have received an amazing education. The sports are also great and most seem to do very well. There are definitely groups of kids I don't like but you'll have that in every school. Just DO the work and you'll do great with the help of awesome guidance counselors that can talk you through almost anything and are very helpful with college readiness.


Posted February 24, 2013

i love my school. I've been there since eighth grade and couldn't be more happy with my academic and athletic achievements. I'm challenged every day academically and i love all of my teachers. The only thing that isn't excellent is the student life because of the administration's fear of accidents.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 11, 2009

I am currently a junior and am very pleased with my progress at Barnstable High School. The opportunities are immense and the teachers are very open, caring, and sometimes even humorous in their teachings.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 30, 2007

Good overall learning enviroment, many opportunities there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2006

Great opportunity, lots of sports, wide variety of academics. Very large 2000 students, however small community. Like any h.s. you can do great things if you seek them out and you can do bad things if you seek them out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2005

I was a student at BHS for my 11th and 12th year, and graduated from the class of 2000. I enjoyed my classes there and found that many of them had not many more then 20 kids. My teachers were all very nice, and some made classes tons of fun. Many of them had an 'open door' policy, and that was great in case you had to ask for extra help or anything of that sort. From what I have seen in this school, you take out what you put in... If you make the effort to learn things and study, you will excel. If you drop the ball and are indifferent, don't be surprised to see your grades slip, or hang at just enough to 'get by'. Thus, attendence and participation are important, as they should be with any school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2004

They give up too easily on the kids that could be bright students. Should allow students with high test grades to be exempt from homework/class attendance to recieive grades accordingly. Kids end up receiving poor grades at the end of the term and just give up and quit school. Why should they bother staying.
—Submitted by a parent


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 78% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

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83%

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83%

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80%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

376 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

375 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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50%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

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

338 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
93%

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89%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

339 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

321 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students84%
Female88%
Male79%
African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracial73%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities34%
English language learners0%

Math

All Students53%
Female55%
Male51%
African American24%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracial38%
White57%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities6%
English language learners0%

Science

All Students50%
Female47%
Male53%
African American16%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracial62%
White55%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities14%
English language learners0%
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

English Language Arts

All Students93%
Female94%
Male91%
African American77%
Asian70%
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities48%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students76%
Female75%
Male78%
African American65%
Asian60%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities15%
English language learners10%

Science

All Students80%
Female81%
Male78%
African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities17%
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.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Tech/Engineering

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

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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.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

All Students71%
Female75%
Male68%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities11%
English language learners10%

Chemistry

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

Introductory Physics

All Students93%
Female89%
Male98%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
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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50%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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

72%

Average SAT score

1520

Graduation rate

91%


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 82% 67%
Black 5% 8%
Hispanic 5% 16%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 33%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
School psychologist
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
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School basics

Fax number
  • (508) 790-6430

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

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744 West Main St
Hyannis, MA 02601
Phone: (508) 790-6445

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