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Belleville High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1738 students

 

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Posted March 4, 2014

The school is a nightmare. The teachers are generally awful, with some notable exceptions. So much of the time, my child is watching irrelevant movies and such. The counselors are a joke and the kids are treated like they are in reform school. I HATE this school and cannot wait until my child gets out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

My 11th grade son has had a great experience at BHS. His teachers have been supportive and encouraging. I would definitely recommend it to other parents. The new building is wonderful, the athletic facilities are phenomenal and the staff are accessible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2013

I am going to Wayne memorial this year, I am a junior and I will be back into Belleville next year, 12th grade. I love Belleville high, I mean yeah there are things that go wrong and some things I do not like, but I would recommend you go to this school. It's great. The staff is great and are so supportive. See you next year, Belleville!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 11, 2013

This school sucks! I recommend you think twice about sending any of your kids here, they've changed a lot especially since the school was rebuilt, they've made more rules, enhanced the security, and treat the kids like criminals... I hate this school to be honest, the teachers don't teach and I find it to be a very bad learning environment, we barely have assembly's or fun things to do which seems like not very high schoolish, one thing I did enjoy though was the clean, new stuff which made the school more spiffy but no please do not enroll your children here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 30, 2012

I am a parent of a 2012 graduate. I think Belleville High School is a wonderful school with very caring staff members. I really love Mr. Niner and how he challenges his students. I will be sending my youngest child to the NEW Belleville High School. GO BELLEVILLE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2010

I don't understand why the schools just can't go back to the way it used to teach basic,general and advance give the kids who struggle a chance.I think the schools put to much pressure on the kids today.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2010

I think this is overall a very nice school. Its obviously not erfect, but what school is. The only issue is that its so overcrowded and students sometimes cause too many traffic jams in the halls. However, our marching band, athletics, and numerous extracurricular activities are the great things about BHS. Go Tigers!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2010

The district schools of Van Buren are really a mess.I have two children in elementary and one in high school .My elementary students have experienced three teacher lay offs in mid-year.The whole district does not have the ability to give these kids what they deserve!Parents please give your children a start that makes a difference,do what you know is best for them-it is so obvious they are in big trouble.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

They care about their students!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2008

I am a student who attends the school. I personally love belleville. Its fatal flaw is that students in the school are not disiplined well. The teachers are great and care for the students alot,and want to help but the students only care about having fun all the time and not taking things serious. Its really sad. but i know that when the class of 08, and 09 have left belleville will be fine. Belleville has all these programs students can get involved with and one of them is about getting your associates gegree when you graduate. Also its bands are terrific.they played at the haltime at the outback bowl and did wonderful. but really the school needs to be built again desperatly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 15, 2008

My child is a ninth grader at this school and this will be her last year in the district.It is unsafe,the teachers don't care about the students and the students themselves have no respect for others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2008

The best things (or former things) about Belleville High School are (or were) the Belleville High School Marching Tigers at 265 strong, this band is the best in the state. They recently attended the Outback Bowl in 2008 and did a wonderful job. Thank you Mr Taylor and Mr. Campbell. I cannot think of more dedicated band directors (and I was a former band 'geek' student). The second best (former) thing about Belleville High School was Mr. Michael Van Tassel. He was the former band director for many years and recently was the class principal of the class of 2008. First, Mr. Van Tassel should have been named the school new principal after Mr. Kelly left, period. No one had a better understanding of the student population at large (rich, poor, middle class, black, white, other ethnic backgrounds) than he did. Mr. Van Tassel will be missed, always!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2007

Its so crowded had to transfer classes because it was so packed.The school is also very poor we need to raise money alot just to get buy.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 11, 2007

I was a student at Belleville last semester and now I go to Saline High School and my opinion on Belleville High School is that its a good school, it just needs a lot of help and updates. If parents think it needs help and want their kids to be able to learn out of books that arnt out dated and have a nicer building, they need to get over the taxes for moving the school and think about the students and their education. Belleville will always be my home and my favorite place to be, it should look and be better then it does.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 20, 2006

I just graduated from Belleville High this year and yes I admit, the High School needs help. We learn out of text books that are out of date and cant do anything that might damage the floor or ceiling(chemicals). The third floor is of no use because it burned down. The heating and AC does not work correctly, you melt in the summer and freeze in the winter. The bond for the High School wont be passed because its not just the school district thats poor, its the whole city. Even with all this wrong, the acedemics are still on the top. In out graduating class of 350+, a majority of us graduated with honours, i myself with a meap scholorship. Belleville may not look that good altogether, but its school, its there to teach, and that is what it does. I am proud to call myself a Belleville High Graduate.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 15, 2005

The academic programs are good but, their system of putting students in certain academic studies because of their grade point is not fair nor does it gives the students a chance to be redirected into a field of study that they may want because of a low grade point. I believe each student should be able to choose any class they want. I would like to see or know if there is a parent association and if it is they don't contact new parents with any information. The school is not warm to new students or parents. You don't feel part of the school atmosphere. I would like to participate but I really don't know what is available to volunteer for. We need to support a new school millage for improvements and space for our childrens.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2005

I am currently the parent of a soon to be junior at Belleville High School, as well as a 2005 graduate. I have found the school to be a great success inspite of its lack of educational facilites and size. I have never seen such a group of teachers and counselors that have put so much time and energy into both of my children. Neither of them were the 'stand out' student in a classroom, but also didn't get into trouble either. The teachers they both have had have been involved in making sure they not only learn, but become better individuals as well. I have friends that have children in other 'higher rated districts,' and when we speak of what our kids are doing and the quality of the teacher student relationship, they wish that thier kids could have attended BHS even with its desparate need for new facilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2005

I am a current junior at Belleville High School and though are school is over crowded, the teachers at our school really care about their students and the progress we make.The sports teams at Belleville are the cream of the crop from a boys basketball team who was 6th in the state to a district winning girls volleyball team. Yes, I will admit that our school does desparetly need a new building but when I get my diploma next year I will be proud to say I am a graduate of BELLEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2005

As a student at bhs I can speak first hand about the problems in this school. For one, too few of the teachers actually seem like thats what they want to be doing, which yes can be hard when the students dont want to be there and they make it obvious. but why do you think that is? Maybe its because males are stopped in the hallways and asked to lift up there shirts to see if they are sagging , maybe its because if you dont cause problems the principals or counselors dont even know your name, maybe its because you have to almost fight in the hallways to get to class in 6 minutes, maybe its because the students know that the teachers dont care...so why should we? Something needs to be done.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2005

The quality of the guidance counselors is horriffic! I have had 4 of my children attend Belleville High, and the counselors never took the time to get to know any of their students. There were 4 counselors...how much time would it have taken to talk to their students and find out what their goals were, to make sure that they were in the correct class? 10 mins.? The curriculam is POOR! They set these kids up for disaster, you have to be an A student or a behavior problem to get any type of involvement from the teachers or counselors. Sure they have a Band...and sports, but you can only play in sports if you are the coaches favorite other than that you can warm the bench, it all carries on from the middle schools. The teachers don't care anymore, they are underpaid and stressed out from building problems. A disgrace!
—Submitted by a parent


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

The state average for Social Studies was 26% in 2014.

484 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 29% in 2014.

403 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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16%

2013

 
 
12%

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15%

2011

 
 
13%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

406 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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53%

2013

 
 
49%

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43%

2011

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

403 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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16%

2013

 
 
13%

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14%

2011

 
 
13%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 44% in 2014.

405 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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34%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
36%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

406 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
34%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MME test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

All Students16%
Female15%
Male17%
African American6%
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White25%
Economically disadvantaged7%
Students with disabilities4%
Students without disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female56%
Male50%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students16%
Female13%
Male19%
African American6%
Asiann/a
Hispanic8%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White24%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students34%
Female32%
Male37%
African American24%
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students42%
Female46%
Male37%
African American32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MME test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

19%
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55%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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ACT participation

87%

Average ACT score

18

Graduation rate

83%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Michigan high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 50% 69%
African-American 45% 18%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Asian 1% 3%
Multiracial 1% 2%
American Indian 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Mr. Abdul Madyun
Fax number
  • (734) 697-6551

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501 West Columbia Ave
Belleville, MI 48111
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