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Bodine William W High School

Public | 9-12 | 552 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted May 6, 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


Posted May 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 8, 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


Posted June 3, 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


Posted June 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted April 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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)
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 5, 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)
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—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.

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Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

110 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

110 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

109 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
29%

2009

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

110 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%

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 Students78%
Female77%
Male81%
Black80%
Asian100%
Hispanic74%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female74%
Male68%
Black73%
Asian64%
Hispanic74%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students27%
Female25%
Male29%
Black25%
Asian46%
Hispanic15%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students94%
Female96%
Male90%
Black95%
Asian100%
Hispanic96%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
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
Black 53% 15%
Hispanic 22% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 3%
White 11% 71%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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