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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
It's multicultural, the teachers are wonderful and it's a great chance to explore every option before college.
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.
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.
Amazing, friendly people, great school, smart teachers! my kids love it
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
I have 2 students in the High School. They have gone thru the Burnsville School system since kindergarten. I feel the parent teacher involvement at the elementary level was excellent, adequate in Jr. High and almost non-existent at the High School. Too many kids, not enough teachers.
As a parent of a former and and current student of BHS I am very less than impressed. It is clear that many of the teachers are either too overwhelmed or just untinterested in the students. My daughter even had a teacher who 1)even at the end of the year couldn't get her name correct 2) Actually misplaced her Grad Standard packet. My daughter went on to college to be diagnosed with ADD, somthing that was never a concern noticed at BHS. The BHS senior campus however seemed to be a very well run environment with young teachers who still care about the kids, sadly, these young teachers are the 1st to fall victims of budget cuts.
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