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9-12
Public district
Philadelphia, PA
Students enrolled: 552
 

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1101 North 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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(215) 351-7332
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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
August 18, 2015
The teachers all seem to have a broad spectrum of ideas on how to bring new material to the table. There's always a new way to learn or to take an exam. I have always loved learning, and that fact has not diminished one bit since I came to high school.

- submitted by a student
Develops empathy: Strongly agree
August 18, 2015
The students are well taught and well cared for. There is a lot of compassion and some empathy, too.

- submitted by a student
Develops honesty: Agree
August 18, 2015
The principal and teachers are pretty understanding. The school is honest in the sense that it has a lot of opportunity and a lot of mind-challenging things. You will definitely learn a lot at this school, and that's an honest fact that has been proven.

- submitted by a student

August 18, 2015
Most of the children and all of the staff are phenomenal. Everyone is open-minded and there are so many opportunities that this school holds.

- submitted by a student
Amount of homework: Too much
August 18, 2015
There is a tight deadline for quizzes, projects, and tests. Homework on top of that adds to the load. I understand that homework is given for practice, but it should not be more than a few problems to solve when it comes to math, and no more than 3 pages of science work. Homework is barely do-able for me.

- submitted by a student
Develops grit: Strongly agree
August 18, 2015
This school develops persistence, grits, and determination in its students. There are a lot of good advantages to doing well at this school, and consequences if you do not do well. There is tutoring & there are helpful peers also.

- submitted by a student
Develops respect: Agree
August 18, 2015
The teachers feel that if the students have a point to be right, they're right. If the student is wrong, they will be corrected in the nicest way possible.

- submitted by a student

February 10, 2014
I am a Bodine alumna, class of 2011. My experience at this school was nothing short of phenomenal. From reading the comments and students feelings it seems that many things have changed since I have graduated , but if this is false there must be some reason that these students feel this way. Anyway, I am now a junior at THE Pennsylvania State University and a PROUD stduent of The Schreyer Honors College and I owe it all to my secondary institution. I had the great pleasure of readings books every summer, we all know how fun those are lol but really, I learned things I never would have, I took on perspectives I didn't even know existed and I listened to speeches by some of the greatest political leaders, athletes and educators in this country. I had teachers like Ms. Mackay and Mr. Hammer who helped me harness all my abilities into the greatness I am today. Was Bodine perfect? No, but what institution is? Was I the perfect student? Far from it, I had countless detentions and even a suspension my senior year, but I also had people who believed in me. And in the end, thats all you really need. -A Nittany Lion

- submitted by a community member

October 24, 2013
Well, first off, you need to know the facts before you can judge correctly. As a senior in this school, I have learned quite a lot. The students who truly came here for the international aspect of the high school has made the right choice. This school is for the dedicated students to internationalism. You may ask me what I would know. In reality, I know how everything is like because I am a IB senior. (Look up IB if you're unfamiliar with the acronym) But basically, IB stands for International Baccalaureate. It's the best program to take if you're interested in serious international academia. Look, the only way I can make it easy for you to know if this school is great or not is by experiencing it. I hope you have learned a little something about the school; it's meant for the determined and dedicated learners of the international world. Please remember to read the other positive reviews of the school, as I can vouch for their accuracy.

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June 23, 2013
Bodine High school is an average college prep high school. Its not perfect but it is a very good school. As a student there are numerous opportunities that are available to me. The educators are amazing and are very caring.Although many of my peers would disagree with this review, it is the truth. So many of the students at Bodine lack the drive and motivation to learn anything, which is why they view our school in such a negative light. However we have programs linked to institutions at the University of Penn, Drexel University, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Temple University, and many more. We have a wide variety of clubs and in-school programs. As a parent I would most likely send my child here. This school is alot better than that of many other Philadelphia public schools. I have never seen a fight, a weapon, or anything else life threatening during my 2 years here. Also one comment stated our school does not focus on International Affairs. I beg to differ. Our school does focus on International affairs, however it is on a small scale. We do so through participating in the World Affairs Council and partaking in events and activities they have for us.

- submitted by a student

May 06, 2013
This school has nothing. I attend this school and i hope people would visit the school or "shadow" as its called before selecting this school. We have nothing good here. Don't be fooled by the papers, most of the programs my school claim they have don't exist. Things have become outdated and the teachers here really don't care about us. They grade horribly and have no sense of direction.These teachers don't have serious lesson plans that actually help a student excel. You would not know about it unless you are a student sitting in the classroom witnessing everything. We are poor, and can hardly run our sports correctly. I regret coming here, please don't make the same mistake. Ever since the new principal and vice principal came into place last year things have gone down hill. Bodine is not how it used to be sadly. And apparently a staff wrote the comment posted April 25, 2013 because the school is nothing of great, and of course no one would want to stay in this school forever. This school has nothing to do with its name. We have no classes based on International Affairs. Ask a student if they are getting a great high school experience here. Bodine High School is the WORST.

- submitted by a student

May 06, 2013
This is school is a mess. A complete mess, the vice principal thinks she can grab students and push them around and yell at them like if these high school students are uncontrollable children. The students that attend the school are nothing compared to bad public school students, so why are the administrators treating them like dirt? It appears that the teachers in the school, teach only to get a paycheck. Nothing more. Of course not all, but a handful. This school is very small, so a handful would mean about half the teachers. As to all the parents considering sending their child(ren) to this school. Think twice. Make a full investigation on this school before anything.

- submitted by a parent

April 25, 2013
Bodine is THE BEST SCHOOL THAT YOU COULD SEND YOUR CHILD TOO!! I graduated from there in 2010 and I loved it. The educators there are like no other they really care and make sure to build a relationship with each student so that they can teach them based on their needs. We promote internationalism and cultural acceptance! I have met famous leaders such as Condeleza Rice, Mayor Nutter, Kareem Abdul Jabaar, the list goes on! This school will give your child a well rounded look at the world on a social, cultural, economic and educational stand point. I LOVED BODINE! I would go there forever if I could!

- submitted by a student

October 30, 2012
I'm a junior here and I love my school. However, when I was a freshman, it felt more like a family. The new administration that came last year are kind of hostile and deal with us like we're all criminals. That ruins everyone's attitude and the school's environment became hostile. However, it's a great school and every student is very intelligent. I love that the school offers IB and AP(although there aren't many AP classes) because I got accepted into IB, but I chose the AP and Honors class road. Basically, it's a good school, but sometimes tempers and attitudes alike flare. that's with every high school, though. I just can't wait to graduate next school year.

- submitted by a student

October 16, 2012
Teaching staff is responsive and helpful. I find the new administration (principal and vice principal) to be needlessly strict and even hostile to the students. They are most definitely not go-to people for the students, leaving various teachers to fill that void. I think it would be great if they expanded the IB program so that kids were not "stuck" with the same class of kids for every class, every day, for two years. One of the advantages of high school is one moves away from this model so it is too bad that students who choose IB do not have the flexibility of other high school students with regards to diversity in their classes.

- submitted by a parent

August 13, 2012
My oldest daughter graduted from Bodine and has now graduated from Penn State. Bodine did a great job preparing her and now my 16 year old will be a junior at Bodine.

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2011
I am a freshman and can honestly say that I love this school. It is a good/challenging learning environment and the staff members are all nice. There are lots of clubs and after school activities where other students can participate in and lots of cultural assemblies too. Personally I am in the Asian Club and I participated in the Asian Assembly, which was fun. There aren't a lot of bad things that go on, like suspensions and there are no fights.

- submitted by a student

June 03, 2011
As a senior graduating from Bodine, I can now reflect upon my experiences there. I was part of the group of students who took the International Baccalaureate program for two years and I must say that it was the highlight of my experiences in Bodine. Its courses are very rigorous and full of assignments. It really does prepare you well for college and it teaches you how to become an adult. Although this school is not as popular as most great schools, it is nationally recognized as a Blue Ribbon high school which makes it one of only two high schools in the Philadelphia region to have received this honor. I highly recommend this school to anyone who is interested in learning about worldly issues. This school has connections with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and it has numerous assemblies about foreign countries. The principal is very strict and does not tolerate any kind of violence or harmful activity. This is a magnet school, so students are expected to be at the top of their game every single day. This includes attendance, tardiness, and academics. I love Bodine high school.

- submitted by a student

June 02, 2011
I am a freshman and already I am ready to be out of here. It is June and 90 degrees outside and they are too strict on the uniform. There is NO AIR. . . but other than that it is a good learning environment.

- submitted by a student

April 27, 2010
It is a nice school but they should have more social activities for the students to help them feel more involved. Most schools these days have a online grading system so you can check on your child's progress and it is up to the teachers at Bodine ( this year on one teacher has it). I think if Bodine had the online grading system that every teacher used so parent and students can check on progress the students will be more motivated and do better.

- submitted by a parent

April 02, 2010
The staff is excellent! most of them very good teachers, nice, and friendly! the school is small & has very few extra curricular activities. I came to this school expecting much diversity and many international events, but the cultural assemblies are the only thing international about the school; offering only 2 world languages, Spanish and French. Although, it offers IB program, sadly, due to the shortage of staffs, there can only be 1 IB class & the students in it will move to classes with the same exact people for 2 years in a row. The security of this school is a little disorderly, some kids run around wildly and bumps into people in crowded hall ways. Lately, there's been many fights & people stealing out of the girls' bags during gym time. Freshmen year was durable, but sophomore has pushed me to the limit, it's boring and ghetto.

- submitted by a student

September 11, 2009
This is the best kept secret in Philadelphia. We love the teachers, the staff - all the staff know my daughter. She is a senior this year and this school feels like family

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2009
I am a freshman at bodine (but i'm going to the the 10th grade in sept.) and I absolutely love it. It is fun, small, and enjoyable. We have an international theme so we learn about cultures all over the world and we even have global tastings. We have an spring trip abroad every year to countries all over the world. We even have great speakers come to speak yo us such as Lisa Nutter, The Princess of Jordan and even Condolezza Rrice. Also, we have A.P. and I.B. classes. We also get biology in the 9th grade, so that means no phys. science. I Love Bodine!!!!

- submitted by a student
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November 13, 2008
Uhmmmm bodine is a great school.Like any other school it has it bad days.But we are like one big family everyone will eventually get to know each toher.The best thing about bodine is you get to express yourself through the multiple events and stuff there.(2011)

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November 05, 2008
William Bodine high School is wonderful the students are friendly, helpful and just all around great. This is my first year and I love it. The school is small and friendships can devole quickly, they will last fover. (Freshmen, class of 2012)

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September 30, 2005
this school is small and doesnt have much extra curricular activites but, i find it very nice for my kids. the teachers are really nice and capable of speaking to the students when they are in need. i like the school.

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2005
Although Bodine is not the top of all the magnet schools, from my experience I think it is the best. It has an international theme, its not alot of people and everyone is like a family.

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May 13, 2005
I graduated from Bodine in 2000 and have seen improvements each year during my enrollment and after. Currently, I am graduating with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University. I believe that the school prepares students for success in a variety of areas encompassing life. The curriculum and environment prepares students for the ever changing world of today as a result of its multicultural population and endless programs promoting open mindedness.

- submitted by a student

April 12, 2005
I think Bodine is an outstanding high school. My daughter currently attends Bodine as a Junior. The school has an wonderful atmostphere were students always feel welcomed. There is a no tolerance policy, rarely any violence happens. Bodine is a top school academicly. Majority of the school furthers their education by attending a college or university. I am very pleased my daughter chose to attend Bodine High School.

- submitted by a parent

October 28, 2004
I was previously a student at Bodine and this magnet school is great. It's college prep for its students is phenominal. Another thing to take into account is the amount of diversit within this school. Bodine is the place to become a true erudite. This school is a true inspiration with the best teachers.

- submitted by a student

July 14, 2004
I am a former student Class of 1999. Bodine was an excellent school. It is in the middle of an up and coming neighborhood in Northern Liberties section of the city. Crimes can happen anywhere, and this school is in a fine place and parents shouldn't worry. Staff is great, the curriculum is great, and it definitely prepares you for college.

- submitted by a student

June 14, 2004
I am a former student. I attended Bodine from 96-98, and then transferred to Central HS because I was not challenged enough at Bodine. While the teachers of normal classes were probably slightly better at Bodine, Central offered AP classes that Bodine did not. I enjoyed the racial and ethnic diversity at Bodine. Racial tension was minimal. Because of the focus on international affairs, there were unique extracurricular opportunities. There was an annual show featuring performances from different cultures. I participated in the model United Nations in 1998. Five different languages were taught. Bodine's strenghts lie in 'liberal arts' oriented academics, and when I took the honors Biology course, I discovered I was interested in science. Bodine did not have the AP classes I wanted. The neighborhood Bodine is in is a concern. One of my classmates was mugged on the way to school. The administration addresses these concerns well.

- submitted by a student

March 17, 2004
Bodine High school is among one of the greatest schools in Philadelphia. It is equipped with a great staff and a great enviroment. My overall view of Bodine is a postive one. The only concerns that I have is the discipline. Sometimes students are subjected to more than one detention for a simple uniform violation. I understand how important the uniform code is but some students are not able to comply due to financial issues. I am not bringing up the uniform code just because I am a student and do not like it because I do. This is just one example of the intensity of the discipline. No matter if Bodine gets more or less strict it will always be the place for me.

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January 06, 2004
The teaching staff at Bodine is excellent. The principal leaves a lot to be desired. My child is a senior and I have another child looking into high schools. Would consider Bodine for the teaching staff, but is having second thoughts because of the principal.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2003
The current quality of Bodine is not up to par. The majority of teachers are great. They are teachers for the students, but at the same time are friends. The actions of the principals sometimes seem to be racially motivated. Not so much that they are racist, but there is a bias towards students of color and ethnicity. The students get along well and there is no racial tension between them. there are never any fights for any reason, they all get along very well. The only fault with the school is its current administrative staff.

- submitted by a student

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Bodine William W High School
1101 North 4th St, Philadelphia, PA  19123
(215) 351-7332
Last modified Bodine William W High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bodine William W High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top