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Burnsville Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 2117 students

 
 

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Posted August 1, 2014

This school is filled with teachers that don't care about their students and students that don't care about their education. A very negative and unsafe environment along with high stress standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2014

I'm in my last year of attending this school, and it's occurred to me how much this school is declining. As a senior, I was promised all these benefits to being at the end of my schooling career, but in the end there is nothing to gain. The cafeteria's "renovation" only made it harder to find a seat, not to mention the bathrooms seemed more renovated than the rest of the school. There are a few very good teachers, but many of them just expect the kids to learn on their own, which is NOT how we learn. Lots of the curriculum was lack-luster and almost seemed thrown together at the last minute, just like the school. Too many kids, unfair treatment to some more than others, rude staff, and just an overall unfriendly environment. The only part of my "senior benefits" I've enjoyed is the senior campus. Going back to the main campus for half the day is a nightmare, because of the terrible parking lot. There's only one way to get in, one way to get out. There are so many reckless drivers that I'm surprised I haven't seen more accidents. This school needs a LOT of help still, and I wish I could have enjoyed it more, but this carelessness just proved to be a disappointing experience.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 1, 2013

BHS is a great school with a lot of opportunities for academics and athletics. Burnsville gets an unfair reputation sometimes. Most of that is untrue. Like any school, you are going to get out of it what you put into it. Great opportunities for students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

It's a great high school with a ton of opportunities to get involved for students. It has the most college in the school offerings of any school in Minnesota.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2013

My son attended here and this was the worst for him. He always told me that BHS doesn't take education seriously, and now that I have seen it with my eyes, I agree. First of all, the new assistant principal was very rude to my son. My son is I.E.P. and he always accused my son of doing something wrong, evidently making him late to class taking to him, pulling him out of class talking to him, missing class time, and always harassed my son. My son had a teacher swear at him using profanity towards him and the assist principal told him some kids need to be told that. UNPROFESSIONAL SUPPORTING UNPROFESSIONAL! My son once, has never had a phone call home, never suspension, not even detention and he is getting treated this way. Also, the teachers did very little to help my son. Staff in the recourse room were very disrespectful to him when he comes and asks for help, get's questioned like a criminal when he arrives, and teachers would not make time to help my son when he would be on the verge of tears at the table doing his work, trying LIKE A GOOD STUDENT! His case manager barely met with him and helped him. This would be the last place on earth you would want to send your kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2011

If you child is an excellent student they may succeed here.The biggest concern is safety.Extremely large school building 10-12.My son said there was not a day that went by he did not see a violent fight.Never seems to be reported- teachers look the other way and students fearing retaliation do not report.If you can overlook safety concerns-and who can?Perhaps the gifted student will thrive otherwise give alternatives (private,online, open enrolling out of district)a try.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2011

I only had to attend this school for a couple of weeks before I realized just how bad this school is. First off, their public transport is more dangerous than riding in the bed of a pickup truck. Not only do they fill every seat on the bus, in the afternoon they have the isles and entries of their buses completely filled with students. Secondly, the teachers and staff don't care about the well-being of the students that are struggling in any area except for academics. But to be fair, I did have a photography teacher who would actually take the time to listen and truly care about any student that's going through a rough patch in their lives. But when it comes to the peers, a lot of them are very cruel. The violence is unacceptable. I have been physically threatened on a daily basis and many people have spread unthinkable rumors about me throughout the school. From October until November, I have been literally terrified to go to that awful place. I even had a teacher verbally harass me and when I struggled in that class, the teacher posted my grades to quite a few students that they know. I would highly advise to stay away if possible. I'm glad to now be a MNVA-HS student ever since.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2009

Though it's not the worst school in the district, BHS is not the ideal school for a teenager to go into. While there are some nice, helpful teachers, the problems with the office staff is enough to want to leave the school. They don't care about the students at all. No one takes the time to actually listen to the students. All the school cares about is the rating in the eyes of the parents and other school districts. A select few teachers actually care about the students personally rather than academics. I did not have a good experience and would not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

It is the only High School in the district, but it still feels as if your child is the most important. The school is very good about helping the student succeed to the best of their ability
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

It's multicultural, the teachers are wonderful and it's a great chance to explore every option before college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 4, 2009

I would just like to say that I can't imagine my high school experience being any better elsewhere. I had so many great opportunities. When I graduate this spring, I will have 34 college credits from BHS's College-In-the-Schools program, where I can take college level classes on the BHS campus. Burnsville has a very strong program base with many great extracurricular activities, as well as fantastic teachers and staff members.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2009

Ultimately your high school experience is determined by what you put into it. I found my time at Burnsville High School to be very enjoyable, and feel that it prepared me well for college at UW-Madison. Many College in the Schools classes were offered and as a result many students are able to enter college with a sophomore credit standing. Although this school gets ripped on and is often seen as inferior to district 196 high schools, I feel as though the education I received was just as good, if not better. Burnsville had some great coaches, teachers, and fans. I really think that the new athletic director is doing a fantastic job. Don't be afraid to send your child here, this school is just as good as neighboring ones. The test scores are lower as a result of a high percentage of ESL students, not a lack of quality teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 15, 2008

Amazing, friendly people, great school, smart teachers! my kids love it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2008

Our two sons have attended BHS. If you have kids that love music and want to participate in a good band program, do not send them to BHS. Unfortunately, we have consistently experienced and observed dismal status quo for the band department and all it's realted activities.experienced a less than acceptable band program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2008

Burnsville High is attempting to serve one of the most diverse student populations in the Twin Cities suburbs. There are many administrators and teachers who go above and beyond their job descriptions to try to help willing students succeed, and the guidance staff is top-notch. It's a very large school trying to tackle complex problems that go along with a multicultural and varied student population. Sometimes they succeed, sometimes not. The opportunities ARE there for students who want them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2008

This school is unfortunately very below average in almost all areas, well expect athletics. A few good teachers are overlooked because of the overwhelming amount of ones that don't care
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2007

Our kids have all gone to BHS. Over the past 6 years we've seen it steadily decline in nearly all categories. If you can afford to send your kids elsewhere, do so. This school has serious problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2006

I am a former student at BHS and I have to say the experience was less than helpful. The community at large seemed more interested in sports than academics and parental involvement was very low. I was in choir, very smart but very absent student and I asked for help over and over and fell through the cracks. I would never send my children to the Jr highs or high school in Burnsville
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 19, 2005

This school is horrible. The worst my child has been to. Do not send your children here they will only get picked on and staff does nothing about this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2005

As a former student of BHS, I think it's important that this particular institution becomes accountable for the students who are below average, but above failing. After graduating college, I looked back at my BHS experience as fortunate and enjoyable, mostly due to a handful of special and gifted teachers. Many of my friends were flat out given up on by the institution very early in their BHS experience. Thankfully, most departments had at least one personable/talented educator, able to relate with young people. One of the extreme negatives of this institution is that the educators don't appear accountable involving the relationship with parents. I had an easier time in graduate level microeconomics than my parents did just checking in and getting a single quote from a teacher every couple months. Lastly, the front office administrators were a disgrace to the public education sector. They simply didn't care.
—Submitted by a former student


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

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

691 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

671 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
62%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students62%
Female63%
Male61%
Black26%
Asian52%
Hispanic29%
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities11%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English64%
Not migrant62%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

691 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

671 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
48%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2011.

656 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
56%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 62% in 2013.

663 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

639 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
52%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students61%
Female59%
Male63%
Black30%
Asian62%
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learners5%
Proficient in English64%
Not migrant61%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

All Students49%
Female47%
Male51%
Black20%
Asian58%
Hispanic23%
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities53%
English language learners3%
Proficient in English52%
Not migrant49%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students46%
Female47%
Male46%
Black15%
Asian37%
Hispanic16%
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities3%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English48%
Not migrant46%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 73%
Black 13% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 6%
Hispanic 9% 7%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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600 East Hwy 13
Burnsville, MN 55337
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