Well, if you're thinking of sending your child here I have one suggestion. DON'T!!! If your child is unique in any way besides sports it'll be a bad experience. I have autism and I can't describe the horrible treatment that I received. First off, the bullies. I was pushed, yelled at, called horrible names and threatened in every way possible because I was different. I remember walking to GSA after school and I was cornered by a group of girls from the volleyball team. If my friend hadn't spotted me across the courtyard, I might have been done for. Most of the teachers hate their jobs, with the exception of maybe four who actually care about their students and want them to succeed. The school does nothing about bullying. I was bullied to the point of feeling worthless and trying to end my life. Many others have had the same experience here. Almost all of my friends have been taken home early at least twice because they can't handle the environment. It's also way too crowded. Kids are forced to eat outside in 10 degree weather because there's no room in the cafeteria and we aren't allowed to eat in the hallways. The bullying doesn't get handled unless you threaten to take it to court, which my mother did after months of me getting harassed and the staff not caring. A teacher actually told my mother that maybe if I weren't such an "unusual" teenager people wouldn't pick on me. She was infuriated and almost took me out of the school then and there. The point of pulling me out was when I just collapsed onto the ground and sobbed when someone started screaming horrible things at me and I had to be hospitalized when I attempted to do something that would permanently end everything. The school doesn't like mental illnesses and disabilities. They'll blame someone who's getting bullied if they have a disability of any kind because the others are just "confused" or "they don't understand". The drug problem is HORRIBLE! I can't tell you how many times I've walked in on drug trades in the bathrooms or empty classrooms and how many times I've been threatened for seeing them. I don't know if this will get posted because of all of the horrible details, but everyone needs to be aware of how this place can impact someone. Please consider somewhere else...
Opinion from a parent!
I have sons that have attented Broken Arrow schools.My oldest was pull from BA high school due to lack of attention given from teachers,bully tactics of the majority of teacher not to leave the teachers petty attitude/character towards the students.
School year or 2015-2016 has reported fights daily if not every other day.
I removed my oldest son,enrolled him into another school district.results grade went up and he graduated!
My youngest son was enrolled into BA high school this year 2016-2017 due to his mothers location. While failing the freshman academy(9th) again large classes and a native BA mother who lacked parenting,son was removed from hostil eviroment,I as a parent went to the administration office to enroll my son at BAHS with letter from judge of custody and to keep my son enrolled into BAHS for the time being.
When I talked to the woman at the Admin office about our situation and shown her the restraining order for my sons protection,Her response was OK WE(bahs administration)DEAL WITH THIS ALL THE TIME WE KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO DO,at that point I was shocked,look at my son and pulled him from BAHS and now attends a proven school district.. My son loves it here and attitude has become more positive and alot happier..
AVOID Broken Arrow school lack of attention,caring,bully tactics and HOSTILE ENVIROMENT!
You are a product of your enviroment,fact!
The teachers are horrible, they don't care at all about the students, and hardly teach the subjects. The teachers also bully the students. The school only focuses on Pride and the football team, that's all. Broken Arrow has to be one of the worst schools that I have attended. 1/10. Would not recommend
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.
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...