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Blair High School

Public | 9-12 | 707 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted August 18, 2013

I attended Blair High School and felt totally prepared for college. Even though I have a learning disability, I was able to learn along side my peers and was given an opportunity to get help on homework, take extra time on quizzes and tests, and improve my reading skills with a special education teacher one block every other day. The sped teacher is outstanding. She not only helped me in my current classes, she helped me make drastic improvements in my reading skills.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 1, 2013

Blair High is an excellent school. BHS performs very well academically, is consistently one of the best-ranked schools for athletics in its conference, and has an outstanding fine arts department, with some of the state's largest (and most successful) band and vocal music programs. With a student population of around 700 and now growing, Blair High School offers a variety of AP and Dual Enrollment classes, and boasts one of the highest composite ACT Scores in the entire state. This school draws in many students in from neighboring districts and is as competitively excellent as its rival high schools in the Omaha suburbs, such as Elkhorn and Gretna.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 5, 2013

I have had four children in the Blair school system. Two have graduated. One of my children has a learning disability and we were very pleased with accommodations made by classroom teacher (particularly in physical science and the English dept.). The resource teacher worked one block out of eight with him, and she team-taught his English class. The support he was given was exceptional. My other children do not have IEP's. They are also taught and challenged at an impressive level. We have been extremely impressed with the band and vocal music department. They are top notch in the state. We moved to Blair eight years ago and I hope all our children can graduate from this great high school. I highly recommend Blair High School. I'm sorry that other parents did not have the same experience that we had.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2013

Blair High School is a great place. The teachers care about their students and when I graduated, I was prepared for college. Most students from BHS go to college, so the school has high academic standards.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 20, 2012

I have one child that graduated from Blair and another still in school. Academically, Blair HS is above average. They offer many options for coursework, including AP classes. Overall they challenge the students. The special education department is almost non-existent. Both my children had IEPs and neither found much support from the special ed department. Sped receives no support from the administration and the classroom teachers do what they want (or don't). Unless the child has a visible disability (blind, crippled, etc.) they don't address their needs. Sports are also a sore spot. Athletes are chosen not for their ability or potential, but for who their older siblings are (or were) or who their parents are (not financially, but longevity in the community). Coming in from another state, we have never really been welcomed, and this in very evident in the athletics department. This is an attitude typical for small towns, but we were surprised at the "nepotism" at this school, especially given the number of high tech companies in the area and the influx of people working there. We will be seeking another school for our younger child next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

I would never send my kids to Blair Schools becaues they don't know on how to teach anything at all to people with disabilities they act ike you are 2 days old I would never send my kids thereI would rather homeschool them for ever
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 14, 2010

Outstanding in every respect! I am so pleased from k-12 perspective. I would highly recommend this district and community to everyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

Some of the teachers are very, very good but overall it is a very mediocre school district. There are teachers there who shouldn't be teaching or who are just waiting for retirement and let you know that every chance they get. We have had three children go through the district and we have always felt that they have excelled inspite of the district, definitely not because of the district. One child wanted to be able to do independent research senior year on the Middle East and its relationship with the rest of the world and was turned down because he hadn't taken 'Nebraska Studies' as a freshman. This same young adult is currently finishing up his masters in International Politics with a specially in the Middle East at a University out on the east coast.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

The administration and teachers at Blair HIgh School are to be commended! This is a first-rate school that is lead by first-rate people. Parents who choose to find negative aspects in the administration and teachers need to first look at their parental skills. It all starts in the home!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2008

The parents and teachers have mad this an outstanding school. The administration seems to have other than academic priorities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2008

I can not stand this school. The adminastrators are cruel and unerved by the student and parent complaints. They teachers are unkind and almost expect a poor job from your classwork. The students here are not challenged and free to do whatever they like.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2005

This high school is the worst environment a parent could place a child in. There have been many families in Blair that have taken their children out of this school because of their fellow students' agressive and violent behavior. I pulled my daughter out of this high school and realized soon after that it was the best thing I could have ever done for her. The school's rule enforcemnet and 'pass the buck' attitude makes me ill.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2005

This school is a very good public high school. Financially it is very efficient with the available funds. The administration is overbearing at times and are not often favorites of the students. The teachers available here are definitley top notch and I don't know of a better english department in the state. The teachers have a real dedication for their students. It makes you proud to be associated with this school!
—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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2012.

160 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

160 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2012.

160 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

160 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Nebraska used the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 4, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The NeSA assessments are standards-based tests, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nebraska. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

Math

All Students67%
Female76%
Male59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, not Hispanic68%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunchn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female79%
Male73%
Black, not Hispanic)n/a
Hispanicn/a
White, not Hispanic77%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunchn/a
Special education studentsn/a

Science

All Students86%
Female85%
Male86%
White, not Hispanic85%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunchn/a
Special education studentsn/a

Writing

All Students63%
Female75%
Male52%
Black, not Hispanic)n/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic62%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunchn/a
Special education studentsn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Nebraska used the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 4, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The NeSA assessments are standards-based tests, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nebraska. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups were identified by the Nebraska Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 71%
Hispanic 3% 16%
Black 1% 7%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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440 North 10th St
Blair, NE 68008
Phone: (402) 426-4941

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