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Bethlehem Central Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 1671 students

 
 

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Posted December 17, 2013

My son and daughter attended BCHS and they went on to Duke and Cornell. Their high school academic experience was above average. This high school is also small enough that it isn't very difficult for youths to make the team in various sports. I am sure that both of my children would give this school high marks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2012

Academically speaking, Bethlehem is a decent enough school. Although it is a high ranking school, some teachers are very lackadaisical, incompetent, and act like it is a burden to help students who are really struggling, and tend to leave those students behind. Another thing about Bethlehem is how clickey it is and how the administration does close to nothing to put a stop to the bullying, which is a very BIG problem here. Bethlehem has a lot of work to do, it's honestly nothing special.


Posted March 3, 2012

Both my daughters went to the Lab School within the High School. It was a superb preparation for attending college and working in the real world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2011

I attended Bethlehem High School, and went on to succeed both as an undergraduate and a graduate. I was more prepared by Bethlehem for college than the vast majority of my peers from other public schools.


Posted April 14, 2011

Bethlehem Central was the second high school I attended, as I moved there as a sophomore. Coming from another public school with about the same number of students, I expected the schools to be very similar. Bethlehem, however, is filled with teachers who don't care about the success of their students. The faculty is so caught up in rankings that call BCHS a good school, that they don't bother to do their part to contribute. People rave about the opportunities available for BCHS students, but as an AP student there, I left feeling like I should've gotten so much more of out my high school education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 5, 2010

The teachers i have and have had the previous years in this school are great and are concerned about your education. The teachers in the excel programs also do an excellent job with doing what they can to pass their students. Almost everyone does a sport or is in a club and Bethlehem High is located in a convenient location that's in the suburbs but is fairly close to the city of Albany. The only negative things I have to say about this school are there is a lot of unnecessary drama and it's filled up with cliques of every kind. Usually if you're not in the clique, you're not really friends with them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2009

For BCHS, it is a hit and miss case. I have had oustanding teachers and some amazing experiences. I've also had lousy teachers and some horrible experiences. Some teachers hate students, some teachers love students: Some of the administration is very competant and some of it isn't. Some kids are heavy into cliques, and ... well, there are a few who like you no matter who you are.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 20, 2009

Bethlehem is a very good school. It has fantastic academics, relatively good teachers, and, for a school, is a pretty fun place to be. Kids that go to this school take pride in it. 94% of seniors last year went to college, enough said.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2009

Having graduated from BCHS and gone onto college I can confidently say that BCHS does an excellent job of preparing ALL students for their future and am glad I was lucky enough to have attended such a wonderful school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 30, 2008

amazing. excellent atmosphere and great for upper level students looking to achieve more.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 10, 2008

BCHS has an unfriendly, clique driven atmosphere. The academic program is uncreative and rigid and drains the spirit of learning and cooperation from the students. There are good teachers in each department, but it is hit or miss. This is not an inclusive, positive learning environment--it seems the whole district is a top down system that doesn't invite new ideas or creativity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2007

It s unfortunate that schools like this are around. Bethlehem administration is solely concerned with the success of their A & B students at the expense of all other students. The students who should receive the greatest academic support are placed in poorly funded electives that are cut constantly. The school district has a lot of work to do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2006

Overall, a very good school. At a time in the world where there are more than ever for parents to worry about, BCHS does a good job at removing woe from the parental mind. Students do very well at BCHS and a very high number go on to not only college, but mostly four year schools. It's not a place to prepare a student for an Ivy League future, but for the rest of us -- pretty good.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2006

Excellent academic program for upper tracks, mediocre otherwise. Many sports, art and music programs. Some parental involvement.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 8, 2006

This school is fairly overrated. It is known as one of the best schools in the Albany area, but in reality many of the teachers are unfriendly, incompetent, and only retain their jobs because of their tenured positions. A lot of change needs to take place at BCHS.
—Submitted by a parent


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

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

272 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

406 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

76 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

387 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

389 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

295 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

456 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

304 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

395 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students95%
Female94%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Non-migrant95%

Chemistry

All Students94%
Female92%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant94%

Earth Science

All Students97%
Female94%
Male97%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%

English

All Students96%
Female99%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities69%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%

Geometry

All Students94%
Female93%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%

Global History and Geography

All Students99%
Female99%
Male98%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities91%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%

Integrated Algebra

All Students96%
Female98%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities96%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%

Living Environment

All Students98%
Female97%
Male98%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities78%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%

Physics

All Students94%
Female92%
Male96%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant94%

U.S. History and Government

All Students96%
Female97%
Male97%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities85%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 90% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 5% 9%
Hispanic 2 3% 23%
Black 1 2% 19%
Two or more races 1 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 3%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 19%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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