I LOVE Broken Arrow High School! There's no harsh Cliques here, everyone tries to get along with each other. The education is awesome. I had to move from here my Junior year to Claremore High School and it really showed me how great BAHS is. I will be sending my kids there when I have them. The diversity of this school is what makes it great. Awesome cafeteria food selection. -2011 Graduate
It's been a while since I was a student at Broken Arrow High School but my nieces and nephews have attending. For the most part, I remember my teachers being fair. If you apply yourself, you will get the help. I was in extracurricular activities that did not include football and Pride. I felt that the community & the school stood behind my organizations and my accomplishments. My younger family members feel the same way. I wouldn't put a child in any other metro area school system!
This school has no money for anything because they blow it ALL on band (pride) and football. They permanently closed one of the parking lots this year and painted yard lines on it for the football team. In a school of 2,000+ students, we need all of the parking spaces we can get. There are reasonably average teachers, but the campus is so big that it's really a stretch to be able to get from class to class in the allotted 5 minutes. Not to mention, the corridors are all outside, so it's excessively cold in the winter, hot in the summer, etc.
Wow they can't afford paper but they can build a freaking new sports building? I feel sorry for the teachers.
Let's just say BA only cares about Pride and the Football team.. If you could care less about recognition for anything you might do (outside of band and football), then this school might be for you. Most teachers seem sane, all school systems seem to be set up right and flow properly (prom), they seem lenient on school activities such as bake sales, and the number of yearly fights seems extremely low for a school. One thing that really irritated me this year was the amount of money we're wasting on the 'sports building' (AKA: strictly football building), rather than spending it toward fixing up a lot of the parking lot problems...
I am an alumi of Broken Arrow. I can honestly say that the only thing that BA school seems to really care about is the pride and the football team. I was in the school choir and no one gave us any recognition for what we did. We did state competitions and won, but the football team would lose and they would get a whole speech about how they could do better. But it boils down to this question: would I go back? Honestly, yes. I got a great education, I was never bullied and I had great teachers and friendships come out of it. If your child isn't into school spirit, BA's for them.
I am a parent as well as an alumni of Broken Arrow. In fact I made sure we were in the BA district when it was time for our kids to start school. Like any school you will have your students, parents and teachers who just frankly do not care. I have found that parent involvement goes a long way in the quality of education your child will find. The teachers we have had for the most part have been wonderful and caring but a teacher can only do so much. My oldest child is in the Pride and will be graduating this year. I know she has had the most amazing opportunities and I look forward to my youngest finding his path in BA. I applaud the teachers in BA, they have a hard job and one not everyone could handle with such class.
The Broken Arrow School System does not care about students. The only thing that matters to them is the Football Team and The Band. If your student is in any other type of activity, you might as well forget any kind of school support. Plus when they do happen to hire a teacher who really cares about the students, they don't keep them over a year. Sent your child to any other school system except BROKEN ARROW!
The accelerated and AP classes here are superb and have the best teachers. On level teachers are adequate and are still very helpful. I take all accelerated/ AP classes but two: my electives. One is fine, the other is a discipline problem and frustrates me with its apathy. However, where advanced classes are concerned, the school is excellent and it may just be an isolated class I don't like. Band, contrary to another review, pays for itself (last year's cost to each student was about $2000.00).
My son is graduating next semester (2009). I honestly say, despite the enormous size of BAHS, it is the best high school in Oklahoma & would hold it's own against any high school in the nation. My son has received an extraordinary education. The AP opportunities, clubs, organizations - are 2nd to none. I can't say enough wonderful things about his teachers. Specifically, his AP Chemistry, AP Calculus, AP Statistics teacher have all went over and above for their students. The teachers are at school early and stay late everyday for these kids. These instructors hold multiple degrees and yet chose to teach our teenagers. They are real heros. The administrative staff are friendly and professional. The student body is diverse. While this opens the kids up to things that can be disruptive, it is what real life is going to throw at them. I highly recommend BA schools.
I taught at BA last year and it is by far the lowest level of education I've ever experienced. The kids don't care and neither do their parents. Now I'm at Booker T. and it's such a relief to teach kids that actually want to learn!
BAHS is a great school! The large selection of electives and honors/AP courses prepare students for just about any college environment. The school offers great opportunities for all students -- no matter what their interests may be. There are numerous athletic groups as well as countless club and social organizations, not to mention the musical options. My husband and I both graduated from BA, as did our two daughters. I would recommend it to anyone moving to this area!
BAHS is welcoming and I can honestly say this is a great school. Since the campus is larger, you can meet all kinds of people. The teachers are caring and are patient with their students. I had a bad experience at SIHS, but BAHS made up for it. I love this school and would recommend it to anyone.
broken arrow highschool rocks i go there and i plan to send my kids there as well it's a very good enviroment and very open. It's just all around good, good teachers, good kids.
As a former student I feel Broken Arrow gave me the ability to be my own person. I was the Student Council President, a member of NHS, member of the Senior Council, member of DECA, I played on the football team and the soccer team as well as multiple other clubs including the debate team... I loved BA I wish others could have as could of a time I did....
I graduated BA in 1990 and have two children there also. I would not send them anywhere else. Big school, definately. Lots of diffent types of people, absolutely but this prepares them for real life. You don't get to pick and choose who your neighbors will be but you can prepare your life so that you are ready for whatever is thrown at you and I truly believe BA schools is the place to accomplish that.
This is a very large school, so it can provide challenging classes and prepare a student for college. I was able to gain admission and a scholarship to a prestigious university with the education I received there. The disadvantages are that it is so large that you can get lost in the crowd. Broken Arrow only has one high school, so all of the kids go to school together. This means that your child will be in school with every kind of person. This can be a good and a bad thing.
As a parent of 3 children in the BA school system, I can not say enough good about it.As with all schools/districts, there are positive and negative aspects concerning the academics, sports, band, etc. I know for a fact that a majority of funds for the extra-curricular activities, i.e. band, cheerleading, football, come from the kids and parents themselves thru many,many hours of fundraising. A lot of the teachers take extra courses every year and give of their time and of their own money to provide what the students need in their classroom.All over the country, you are going to have 'rich' kids think they are better than the 'poor' kids. Do I think that the school system is 'perfect'? No.Broken Arrow public schools are as great as you are ever going to find.
i am a senior about to graduate from Broken Arrow Senior High next year. I have received nothing but the best from this school system. Of course their are teachers who are execption to the norm and then there are teacher who go above the call of duty. Yes Broken Arrow does put a lot of focus on extra curriculars but i don't see it as a bad thing, it breaks up the monotony of day to day school work and helps students to make the most of high school. I, for one, would not want to be part of a school system that only focused on academics and nothing else, schools like that turn out graduates with excellent academic ability but they have no personal or social skills, which are equally important to academics.
I attend all 13 years in a Broken Arrow School (Class of 2003). The education system is designed for average students. If you excel at any subject then you have no real chance to show it. I was placed into the gifted and talented program from 3rd grade and it was the biggest waste of time ever. Sports don t really get competitive until 10th grade and then you better be awesome or you're riding the bench, if that. Highly restrictive dress code for public schools (even flip-flops were banned). If you accidentally brought your cell phone on campus, forgot your ID, or had 3 tardies then it was an auto 3day detention. They baby students on late work. Great AP program but BA does not prepare non-AP students for college. BA may have been nationally ranked in the 80s but do not appear in Newsweek s latest 1000 Best High Schools.
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