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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
amazing. excellent atmosphere and great for upper level students looking to achieve more.
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.
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!
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.
Excellent academic program for upper tracks, mediocre otherwise. Many sports, art and music programs. Some parental involvement.
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.
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