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Belen High School

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Posted March 6, 2009

I love this school im a student here there are somebad things im not gonna lie but every school does. Our activities like , Band , Drama (great teacher miss Wyatt) and NJROTC, guitar and choir, and our academic decatholon wich is going to state wich is wonderfull. Chief Magallanes is great and so is commander (CDR) white im a freshman but i love it and the best thing in any school is to be active.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 3, 2008

My son is a freshman in only his fourth week at BHS, so I don't have a lot to judge by yet. I was very hesitant to send him to a public high school; I was worried about academics as well as safety. So far, I have to admit I am pleased. He feels very safe and seems to have some very good teachers, i.e. Mr. Boliver and Mr. Ulbrecht. Parents who have problems with the school need to get involved. I attended the first Site Council (Parent Advisory) meeting and, sadly, out of a student body of almost 1200 students, there were only four parents in attendance. That is disgraceful! Parents don't seem to realize that no teacher is going to care more than the student or the parent. You have to be involved also in order for the process to work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2007

I truly believe that no matter what school your children attend, if we are not involved as parents, we will never know their achievements, strengths and weaknesses. True Parent Involvement is key to student success. Belen High School offers many different learning opportunities to our students in our community. Extracurricular activities range from NJROTC, Band, Sports, Academic Clubs, NHS, and others. Although I would like to see more support from the school in the ROTC department I feel we are heading in the right direction. As far as parental involvement, I believe there is still room for improvement. We have parents that support the activities their children participate in but I believe in growth and improvement. The school offers the same opportunities to all interested students. The day will come when parents will build strong, and positive relationships with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2005

This school is a really good school. Most of the teachers do everything they can to help the students succeed and become good citizens. Although they do need more teachers like Mr. Zamora. The school system also tries to involve parents as much as possible. If the parents dont know whats happening its wrong for them to blame the school. The violence and drug problems are not as bad as some people make them seem. The sports programs and extracurricular activities are really good at BHS. The staff work hard to make the school as safe as possible and they work with the students to create a fun and safe environment.I was proud to be a BHS student and I was sad to leave it because it is an awesome school. I even hope to send my own children their one day.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 18, 2005

I know this feedback is ment for parents, but I see what happens at that school every day, and for parents to blame everything on the teachers is wrong.Some students are just really disruptive to class.They could care less about their futures.I have had my share of teachers I don't think should be teaching, but those are the easy teachers.I have also had some excellent teachers whom are always striving to be the best teacher they can be.It hurts me to see the schools overall test scores.I have always done very well on any of those tests, and I know many people that do.As far as safty goes, the violence is nothing close to what everyone in New Mexico make it seem.I feel safe here.I am proud to be at Belen High I wouldn't go anywhere else.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 12, 2005

This school is aweful! There is no communication with parents. You have to buy the local newspaper (and know the exact day to buy it!)to find out the yearly schedual, etc! The busses left early yesterday and my son had to walk 8 miles home (there were about 20 kids affected)! I called them to find out what happened and they rudely said that it was my son's fault even though the receptionist admitted that the busses left early. Some teachers and staff are prejudice toward the kids if they are not of their color. My son is a strait A student on his own merit. There is no encuragement for students to strive and be their best. What about all of the drugs and gangs that fill the halls? Scary thing; this school is supposed to be one of best in the state!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2005

The school and it' curriculum is excellent. However, I feel that not all the teachers are highly qualified. It can use some improvement. Discipline is horrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2004

It's a decent school, but there is lots of room for improvement. There are a few amazing teachers and the rest just flounder. Discipline is terrible.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 30, 2004

More discipline and more teachers like Mr. Zamora.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2004

Belen High is a really good school but it does need a little bit more discipline. Other than that BHS is awesome!
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
23%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
28%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2013.

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 40% in 2013.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students27%
Female21%
Male32%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Native Americann/a
White34%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilities3%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exited0%

Reading

All Students38%
Female46%
Male31%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities5%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exited11%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students30%
Female32%
Male28%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Native Americann/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities3%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exited10%

Reading

All Students56%
Female63%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Native Americann/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities3%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exited11%

Science

All Students32%
Female29%
Male35%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Native Americann/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities3%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exited5%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2011.

267 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

267 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
35%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2011.

267 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
19%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 47% in 2011.

267 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
28%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2010-2011 New Mexico used the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test students in grade 11 in Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies. As of 2012, New Mexico will use only the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in reading and math. The NMHSSA is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students39%
Female36%
Male42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners26%

Reading

All Students45%
Female50%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities4%
English language learners35%

Science

All Students36%
Female34%
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Native Americann/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners22%

Social Studies

All Students51%
Female44%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities7%
English language learners41%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2010-2011 New Mexico used the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test students in grade 11 in Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies. As of 2012, New Mexico will use only the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in reading and math. The NMHSSA is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 71% 59%
White 24% 26%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 10%
Black 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 59%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1619 West Delgado Ave
Belen, NM 87002
Phone: (505) 966-1000

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