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Bergen Catholic High School

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Posted June 25, 2014

Bergen Catholic provides its students with a top notch educational experience that will thoroughly prepare them for college & life. BC excels at college placement and extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 20, 2013

This is my third year at this school. What really bothers me about this school is the administration and teachers. This is a school that cares more about the dress code than the students and their education. I have had the same teacher for a subject for 2 years and i tried to transfer out because him/her does not get along nor does him/her know how to treat/teach the students. The administration told me i cannot change teachers however other students were able to change out of other classes. I am not the only one; other students have tried to change however the school has done NOTHING. Our parents pay good money for this school; we should have a voice and it should be heard. If there was a petition against this teacher at least 100+ students would sign. Now God forbid that you didn't shave, don't have the right shoes or have a sweatshirt, etc it will result in detention. There is someone in particular who loves to roam the halls looking to give out detentions. They will roam the halls, the cafeteria and classrooms. Its the dress code above all in Bergen. Plus its overcrowded. The school is starting to put money over quality and the students. I'm glad to be leaving soon. Good luck
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 1, 2013

So basically this is a school that I don't fit in. I transferred from a Christian high school. The first thing that is really disturbing is the language they use in this school. Adjectives such as filthy, dirty, disgusting are understatement of what you can hear all around the hall way. Most students here are not as good as how they're described. There are not many very nice guys. OK now we talk a little bit about the teachers. Teachers are available after school for extra help. Teachers are enthusiastic on their job in general. However, some teachers are kind of apathetic about answering students' question and some others even make fun on some particular students (at least their behaviors make me think so). Having a good teacher is like winning a lottery. And then I want to talk about the intensity of their curricula. The Christian school that I used to attend was very strong at English so their English CP are pretty easy for me. Don't forget this is an all-boy school and over 800 students, which means the hallway is EXTREMELY CROWDED between classes. The 3-minute break between classes worsens this situation. Be prepared to be pushed back and forth when changing classroom.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 10, 2013

Bergen Catholic is one of the finest high schools in the state.They teach quality education, great lay teachers, Brothers etc. This school prides itself on God, Academics and everytrhing else. Many of the students who come are not Cathloic because they teach respect for everyone. Their results speak for themselves. My son got a great education, went on to Middlebury , Harvard Med and s a wonderful huiman being today because of the outstanding foundation he received at BCHS. The best investment a parent can make in the Bergen area is to send your son to Bergen Catholic, nothing compares.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 26, 2012

if you want a well-rounded child. Look elsewhere...there are better respectful Catholic schools in Bergen County out there.

Posted April 22, 2012

My son was in public school system all his life before going to Bergen Catholic. Our public schools are one of the top in the county, yet I never felt completely satisfied with the schools. I felt that something was always missing. It wasn't a easy decision to get him to go to a different school at 14, leaving all his friends. But boy, it's the best decision I ever made for him and I'm thankful everyday. The school and teachers care about students and for the first time in his life, my son talks about how much he likes his teachers. His attitude towards school has totally changed. The great sports program enables him to develop a good work ethic and a strong bond with his friends. The use of technology is great and the school is very supportive of what students need. Academically, the honors classes are relatively strong and the regular classes are just okay. Not much complaining there, because I value the overall environment more than the academic aspects. Students are respectful of others yet confident about themselves. I think this is a great environment to raise boys in and I can't say enough about how much my son has flourished in this school.
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Posted June 25, 2010

BC is a great college prep school with a great tradition. This school has wonderful teachers and extra-curricular programs. BC has many opportunities for students to excel.

Posted September 23, 2008

I love it here. The teachers are great and are there for you when you need that extra push. The literally has a 99% average of students going to college. The school's guidance counselors really take their time individually to get you where you want to go. Bergen Catholic on your resume is a big bonus. With Alumni from all over in all different professions there are many connections. They even offer a mentor program where alumnus take students under their wing. The Athletics program is top notch with amazing football and wrestling teams. The religious basis of the school is the foundation to many of the school activities but welcomes people from all different religions. Student brotherhood is very prominent and I always feel like I have people to help me. So far everything about the school is great from the academics, athletics, and just the people you
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 7, 2008

This school is an excellent school. Period. I live in Hudson County and unfortunately we don't have a good school system, aside from High Tech, if you can get in. BC is expensive but worth every penny. The technology is outstanding, the teachers are great and most of all they really do prepare your child for college. The sports program is awesome, and there is politics surrounding sports, but I think you find that anywhere. Also aside that I think BC should get a better soccer headcoach, it's better than most. Having BC on a college application is a plus.
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Posted May 19, 2008

This school was a terrible experience for me. The students are cocky and do not have one bit of respect for anyone outside of the school. The college prep courses are a total waste of time but the honors courses are more on track. Unless you receive a full scholarship to this school, you should not attend.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 30, 2007

Great school and great people
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Posted September 21, 2007

I think that my son received a wonderful experience at Bergen. I'm grateful for all the support and the wonderful teachers at the school. Mr. Tabano is the best....
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Posted July 21, 2007

Excellent school. Best four years of my life. Excellent college placement, which is the main point of a high school, in my opinion.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 9, 2007

Bergen Catholic, offers the top notch education needed for the real world. It is a #1 private school in all of Bergen County. It offers oustanding academics, excellent discipline, and the perfect learning atmosphere. Students use technology and prepare for college and beyond. The tuition for the school is worth it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 4, 2007

Top-notch education but a little pricey. In the long run however, it's worth it.
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Posted March 26, 2007

#1 School for Academics and Athletics in the County. Thanks for everything.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 14, 2006

Top notch school, avid involvement from parents and alumni as well as surrounding community. A diploma from Bergen is a major plus on any college application.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 26, 2006

Bergen Catholic is where my son has spent the best four years of his life. He has had so many wonderful experiences, and has forged lifelong friendships. He praises Bergen with phrases like 'I love it here' and It was the best experience of my life
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 27, 2005

Good school for talented boys, not for kids who need a lot a support. Excellent technology, great athletics, good college admissions.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 21, 2005

I think this school is a total waste of money. I have sent my son there for 4 years and unless you are an athlete its useless. The one thing I will say is that it builds good kids and good character but when it comes to aid for college the school is useless and my son has a 3.98 gpa and is in the natl honor society. Now I am struggling to find the money for college. also, if you think they dont 'recruit' you are mistaken.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 52%
Asian 13% 8%
Hispanic 8% 20%
Black 4% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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  • Timothy J. McElhinney
  • All boys
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA


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1040 Oradell Ave
Oradell, NJ 07649
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