though touted as a laid-back environment dedicated to the cultivation of well-rounded, inquisitive, socially engaged young adults, one of bsge's most celebrated attributes remains its high national rankings–widely determined by arbitrary standardized exam scores. i'm not quite sure how being paralyzed by an oppressive amount of work and constrained within a tiny overly-sanitized environment, totally withdrawn from the outside world, results in the development of a genuinely worldly individual. in short, school's whack; had a lot of personal issues and little support, had to leave.
I thought I was walking in to purgatory. Turns out, I walked into hell instead. No warning. All the good teachers have left for the 2016-2017 school year. Multiple students have left the high school right before getting the diploma because they were in such a terrible mental state. The principle likes to bring in new teachers as much as she pleases, but fails to keep them, due to "budget cuts". Yet, they still have enough finances to make an unnecessary HL (higher level) music class, when the music teacher has already shown signs of going senile. Absolutely ludicrous. If you want your kid to seek out a therapist, neurologist, or both, at the young ages of 13-17, send your kid here. But if you love them, please look into other schools.
Although this school has an academically rigorous program, they have absolutely no support for any of the students. So much pressure is put on the students and many students have no where to turn to. This forces them to have a lot of mental distress. I am a former student who felt the school sees students as a mere student; not as a human being. There are a few teachers who did care and who you could have open conversations with. However, in all, the hallways are constricting as the high expectations and the lack of support. The school is also very disorganized. No one in the faculty personally tells you much about the IB program until you actually are in the junior year. Students mostly learn the requirements from other students. The academic challenge is a great thing about this school, and also the social environment. However, I do not see how a student can actually function properly when they are drowned in tedious work and requirements.
i am a former student that went from 7-8. I now go to Stuyvesant H.S. BSGE (common acronym) is somewhat challenging, but okay. This post was created, not because of me wanting to lambast the school, but because the administrators FAIL to communicate certain aspects that may result in a lower chance of getting into a better college a.k.a. no transparency or communication. For one, there is NO Spanish proficiency test administered. This critical test is something colleges look to and the absence of it can mean that if you plan to transfer, you may be put back into Level 1 again, unless the school administers its own tests. Second, is there is NO physics class. BSGE cut off physics in 2009 due to budget cuts. Instead, they have Forensics. Overall, it was okay, but 8th grade math wasn't really hard. BSGE is more of an art and science school (It stresses Chemistry and has it for 2 years). Note that there is NO IB Technology either.
My school is amazing! It is like another family because it is so small. Teachers can focus on you. There are less than 100 kids per grade. You advance very quickly as you get older. Everyone is willing to help you out if you need help. Teachers, as I mentioned before, are the best. They are funny but also push you to the best of your abilities. Many kids from High School come from the 8th graders at the school. That way, you can make friends with kids who already know the environment. Sports are limited and there isn't a lot of sports to play. However, you can make clubs and enjoy with the people around you. It is exciting to have your friends on the same club. Ultimately, I believe if you like schools with fewer children than normal, then this is the right school for you. Good Luck and Best of Wishes! ****Remember there is an exclusive entrance exam and interview for the school if you are in 7th Grade****
The Baccalaureate is academically challenging and my class worked really hard to complete homework even if we stay up ALL night.The 7 grade was hard and then 8th and 9th grades were easy.10th and 11th grades get more challenging and if you do not manage your time you will fall behind.Unlike friends at other schools we have to work if we want to succeed.The principal does not seem to care about students and teachers in some of the grades. For example, some of the eleventh grade teachers treat some students as if they are wasting time and students are not able to learn. one of the two main teachers with issues retired.They did not treat me this way but they were known not to like students who they eventually said would not get the diploma.A few of those students earned the diploma this year so they were actually wrong. In reality some of the 11th grade work is too far ahead.The principal is so busy and not realizing some teachers are trying to determine the future of students and the school and giving up on students based on personal issues an the belief that slower students can't get the diploma in the end.12th grade teachers are better and don't act as if they are the best even if
An academically challenging school with a lot of support and care from the teachers. Great for motivated kids. You'll learn to think critically and to write well. Not a lot of options and extras, so if you're a "sports kid" or a "super math kid" -- probably not the right fit.
The Baccalaureate School for Global Education has a challenging and engaging curriculum that demands of students to be active and responsible in their own education. The teachers are top-notch; they care about the students and this is evident in the careful planning of curriculum, homework and class assignments. It is a high level learning environment that also values school community and warm, respectful social relations amongst students and with teachers.
The school is academically complete and challenging. It brings the best out of the students. The teachers are very dedicated to the students. The best part is if a student is not doing well, they can spend time after school and catch up.