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Bethel Park High School

Public | 9-12 | 1673 students

 

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Posted May 8, 2012

The BP school board mistakenly thinks we are an affluent district, like Upper St. Clair. They are number one, as far as standings go. Bethel is way down on the list, sometimes just barely making AYP. Too much time and money is devoted to SPORTS, and now THEATRE. This is a school with academics, as the minor field. They insisted on building this new TAJ Mahal of a school, while promising those gullible enough to believe, that the operating costs and employee size would be reduced. What a joke! It still looks like a war zone.


Posted May 4, 2012

Excellent school district! Fantastic schools with caring, superb teachers. Great tradition of ports programs with wide variety starting from youth programs through varsity. Wide range of extracurricular activities. A proud community with friendly, diverse people. Many spread-out parks and ballfields. Does not seem to have near the amount of arrogant, materialistic parents and therefore students encountered in several of the nearby communities including Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebo and now Peters Twp.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2010

Would be a good school except the teacher's union walks out on the students every 5 years unless the taxpayers give them BIG salary increases and pay most of their healthcare and then they only teach 5 periods a day. they do NOT care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2009

As a BPHS student, I must say this school is excelent. It offers many different classes and the teachers are outstanding only to say the least.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2009

I think that Bethel is concentrating too much on sports, instead of academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2008

My children graduated from BPHS in 2002 and 2006. Both children were very well-prepared for the colleges they chose-University of Pittsburgh and Penn State. I attribute their success not only to the academic program at the high school, but to the excellent start they got at Bethel Memorial Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2006

As a current senior in this high school, I would have to say that Bethel Park has a very reputable, pleasant high school. The teachers are always willing to tutor any students they see falling behind, and the guidance counselors do their best to make sure those that can move ahead do. You have to make an effort to see your counselor, but it's not hard. Sure, the outdoor campus wasn't great planning, but after a semester, it becomes daily life, and students laugh at other schools' students that wear mini skirts to school in January. The campus also gives a certain amount of freedom; other high schools feel like prisons once one has gone to Bethel. On the whole, choosing to move your child to BP would be an intelligent choice, I'd say. We, the students, try to involve the new kids.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 30, 2005

The programs that bethel park offers are more than I had as a kid and I'm glad to have my son go there cause it can help him with the job he wants since you have those specific clases for that certian job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2005

I have to say this school is going a little down hill but is still is a pretty decent school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 28, 2005

This school is becoming much too liberal with the current principal. The discipline is typical for a politically correct institution. The teacher want parents to be involved ... only if you agree with them. Some of the teachers seem to be typical union workers. The school administration is a nightmare collection of politically correct bureaucrats. The academics are fair.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2004

BPHS is a great school, but I don't think that the whole campus idea was a great choice for 2 reasons. First, we live in Pittsburgh, it snows here, and it's hard to traverse the campus in icy weather. Second, security. I've realized that I could just leave the campus if I wanted to, and probably no one would notice. Otherwise, the school has a mostly great staff and leadership. I'm glad that I have the privilege to go to such a great school.
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

411 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

413 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

407 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
57%

2009

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

420 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
98%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students73%
Female71%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female90%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)48%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students56%
Female51%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students96%
Female99%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)73%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 96% 71%
Black 2% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hispanic 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Art teacher(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
Transportation options
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
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309 Church Rd
Bethel Park, PA 15102
Phone: (412) 854-8581

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