Going to The Beacon School was beyond my wildest dreams of what high school was like. It's an extremely caring and loving environment with some of the best teachers around. Every teacher is there because they want to be teaching and because they care about their students. As an alum of the school (Class of '08) I can say that Beacon truly prepared me for college. Many schools put stress on test taking and the SATs. Beacon, however, teaches you more than that. I learned how to write 10 page papers, how to deconstruct text, and how to properly do research. On top of all that, Beacon provides a fantastic social environment, amazing arts programs, and opportunities to travel. Because of Beacon I'm at a great college, doing very well, and will always be able to look back at high school with fond memories.
All the programs and the traveling abroad opportunities, and the exchanges with spain/france/ etc. the teachers know how to relate to kids and keep us really interested in what they are teaching
Beacon was a place that brought together students from all parts of NYC. The teachers are very supportive and the education received is amazing. I wouldn't have gone to any other high school.
Beacon is wonderful school because it is a place where learning is a conversation. Our experience is hands on and propelled by technology, Socratic dialogue and art. The administration believes in preserving programs that most school budgets slash first, and they inspire and enable us to offer courses as diverse as the students who travel as much as two hours in each direction to be part of the Beacon community. Being a New York City public school teacher is by no means easy but being at Beacon ensures that most of my days are inspiring and filled with moments of unimaginable pride and joy.
Beacon is the BEST high school! I enjoyed my 4 years of high school because of beacon! The atmosphere, the people, the relationship that a class has with one another. It's just amazing! Sports and the arts are a major focus in out school. I was part of the theater program and without that program who knows where I would have been during my four years of high school. Both sports and the arts brings our school together, everyone supports all programs. It doesnt matter if you like the sport or the show or the art that is on display, everyone in the school is there to support eachother! Without these programs our school wouldnt be a 'family' and it would just be a school that all you do is learn math and english etc. these programa make school fun, so keep our school fun please!
Who wouldn't love a school that opens up opportunities for a wide variety of inner city kids to express their fullest views? This school definitely impacted a major part of how I see the world and the only reason anyone can hate it will be all the drama and extreme testing. But then again, what high school doesn't have these elements? Let's here it for Beacon!
Great Staff, Who care about you from beginning to end. The students are self motivated to succeed and they do. Beacon has changed my life and has given me confidence.
As a senior at Beacon, I've really come to see that in no other school will a teacher stay with you for hours at a time after school to help you get a better grasp on the topic. Some of the teachers there are some whom I will never forget.
Everyone fits in at this amazing, culturally diverse school. I would never go to another high school........ever
The teachers at The Beacon School have pushed me to become a better student and a better person. The bond that students create with their teachers makes learning fun and productive. Students learn for the purpose of curiosity, not simply for passing a test.
There is no environment quite like that of The Beacon School. With opportunities available far beyond those at most high schools, the student body is almost surrealistically happy to be there. As a student, I looked forward to each day with excitement and anticipation.
Beacon's approach to learning is unique in that it actually prepares you for life beyond high school, giving each and every student an ability to develop themselves intellectually, academically, and socially.
My daughter attends the Beacon High School, and does so well...The school helps and supports student to become successful achievers. I recommend this school for its high learning standards and core values.
Simply put, Beacon changed my life. I'm a very proud Beacon Alum, and I reminisce on my high school memories every day because they were truly beautiful and special. Beacon was a place where both my creativity and intellect had the ability to broaden. I discovered my loves and passions there and made life long friends. It was really like a second home where I felt totally comfortable. Never have I met such compassionate teachers who love their students and love what they do. And never have I met such hardworking, motivated and artistic kids. Beacon really helped shaped me into the woman that I am. I could go on for days. Beacon is amazing!
Beacon is an amazing school, that offers something for any type of student. Our academics are fantastic, and beyond that, there are a lot of clubs and extracurricular activities to get involved in. That's why Beacon is so great.
It used to be and should be and still has potential to be really really diverse. The teachers are SOOO amazing, and extremely overqualified theyre really doing what theyre doing because they love it. Great atmosphere!
Beacon is amazing. You rarely feel upset about the fact that you have to wake up, and go to school. The teachers keep things fun most of the time, and it is a great mix of people! The teachers, and faculty really do care about their students. They are always there to help, or listen if you need anything! Of course there will always be high school drama, but going to high school is much more enjoyable when you go to Beacon. The sports are great, and people are very supportive! I love Beacon!
Its got everything. The teachers make a point of knowing each one of their students by giving them the time they need for one on ones. We also go on the best trips, make the most inspired art, and are politically active. Its a family.
The Beacon School is the coolest school on the West Side. We have an amazing art/theatre programs. Our Debate Team ranks in the city, our teachers care about us. Our sports teams rank in the city, we are really clean and we care about one another, its a real community.
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