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9-12
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Bellaire, TX
Students enrolled: 3,604

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5100 Maple Street
Bellaire, TX 77401

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November 23, 2014
Too large and too many parentally driven students devoid of personalities unable to relate to outside of classroom situations. Attendance there and non performance in the top 10% (which means you must be a merit scholar) guarantees that you cannot even apply to a Texas State University since top 10% takes up 80%-90% of freshman class at any State school. Whole school geared to Asian and Indian students with 2400 test scores, as other reviews indicate, good B+ students lost in shuffle.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2014
I went to Bellaire back from 2008-2012. Bellaire is great for AP students, but for all others, including special ed, it is the complete opposite. During my time there, I was in all regular classes and considered to be a special ed student because I have ADD. To be quite frank, the education that I was receiving from my teachers was SUB PAR and I was never encouraged to do better. A lot of stereotyping goes on in the class as well. Blacks and Latinos make up most of the regular classes so the teacher does what they can to make sure that they pass without actually learning anything. What they fail to realize is that students (like me) actually care about their education and actually want to go to college just like the AP kids do. I am now a junior at American University in Washington, DC give no credit to Bellaire for my academic success. I had to learn the hard way that college was a different ball game because the teachers at Bellaire did not bother to teach me or challenge me to broader horizons. What Bellaire should do is treat ALL they're students equally for the sake of their education and challenge them to do better for themselves.

- submitted by a student
June 05, 2014
Bellaire High School is a terrific high school. I highly recommend it. The principal and teachers are excellent. My daughter just graduated, after spending all four years at Bellaire. The teachers are challenging and fair. There are a wide variety of sports and other activities with which to get involved. The college coordinator sends lots of information and answers e-mails and phone calls promptly.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2013
If you want a true high school experience, then Bellaire is the right school for you! The school is a melting pot of all kinds of people, and gives you a glimpse of the real world. The people are good and the teachers, although there are some who just want to destroy your experience. The lunch is so-so, and there is a wide variety of food to choose from (as long as you have the money). Lastly, you can wear those clothing your middle school had made a big deal about, because there is free dress.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2012
I am currently a junior at Bellaire and know it's ins and outs. There are so many clubs and opportunities, it is highly competitive, especially in the top 5-10%. Bellaire students are good at everything, except for maybe football and band. the work is extremely time consuming, as most of the great students are involved in multitudinous extracurriculars. The facility is horrendous; the bathrooms are horrible, the A/C is unpredictable, and it looks like a prison. Walking down the hallways, you will see great diversity:class skippers, homework procrastinators, couples, fights, loiterers, the like. You get a full high school experience here. Some of the teachers are great, most are mediocre at best. I admit, it's the most competitive and academically succesful school in houston with a very diverse group of students. I have so far enjoyed my years at bellaire, but i feel that i could perform so much better in a not so competitive environment. Bellaire is where cheating is the norm and the students are nocturnal.

- submitted by a student
May 29, 2011
BEST high school ever I've been in this school for a year, but it is so far the best school that I've ever attended. Bellaire has great teachers, and people here are really friendly and nice. Even though this school is very crowded, it has really good environment. This school has lots of different languages to choose from, along with many courses and sports. It also has many different levels to choose from (regular, college prep, pre-ap, AP, pre-IB, and IB). Even though there can be a lot of work, with few hours to sleep, but this will prepare you for later on in college. - A junior at BHS

- submitted by a student
December 17, 2010
Bellaire is by far the BEST public school around. Though it doesn't get as good of ratings as CVHS or Debakey or some other schools, it is by far a better school. I have many friends and have visited debakey and talked with the students there, and I attended Carnegie, supposedly one of the top schools in the nation, for a year. Bellaire's curriculum is far better and more advanced than Carnegie's, and it has so many more opportunities and a better, happier environment than Debakey. Bellaire gives students the opportunity to grow and develop as people, and to choose their path in life. Though I can mostly only speak for the advanced courses, in general the teachers and administration have been EXTREMELY supportive and accommodating, as long as one has a willingness to learn and puts in effort as best they can. It is very stressful, and at times difficult to handle, and I definitely do not get the amount of sleep I should, but it is definitely worth it because the overall experience is so wonderful.

- submitted by a student
October 18, 2010
Its diverse but really challenging

- submitted by a community member
no rating February 09, 2010
Well, I have a contrary opinion to the previous viewer.Bellaire has a very healthy environment and Yes, you have to work hard to go to the Ivy League and if there is no competition kids often complaint it is Boaring and off course hard work pays off.Bellaire is a great school very safe,great programs and very near to medical center.I reccomend Bellaire high school to anyone who wants their kids to be focus and do well overall.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2010
There are definitely many criterions to consider when one attempts to objectify the quality of a school. If you look at highschool as a vehicle to an Ivy League or a Tier-1 college, then Bellaire is the perfect choice for you. However, the academic environment, while inspiring, is rather fierce. For many, the aggressiveness and the competitive nature of the school is too much to handle. Students will literally have many instances where the workload is simply too much to handle, even if the student do not sleep. My personal sleep schedule never allows me more than 5 hours of sleep, after which I must once again return to a mundane cycle of study, eat, study, and then sleep. Of course, this mundane lifestyle succeeded in rocketing me into an Ivy League school, yet I often question myself whether it was worth it all. Reflections by a Bellaire Senior

- submitted by a student
January 03, 2010
I am a senior currently attending Bellaire; contrary to the previous reviewer, I would definitely send my kids to this school. I am also an officer of many organizations (if it adds to my credibility, specifically Prez/VP of both academic/nonacademic clubs). This school's environment has significantly contributed to who I am. Agreed, the administration can sometimes be unreasonable, but I completely disagree with the statement about 'horrible' teachers. If any student puts in the effort to converse with teachers outside a classroom setting , he/she will definitely find themselves in the company of passionate educators. This statement is unequivocally true, especially if the student pushes himself/herself to enroll in the hardest AP/IB coursework. At those levels, teachers like Peek, Ghosh, Newland, Clark, Mazzoni, and Casteel prove that inspiring academia exist in our country's HS system. Teachers today are under-appreciated in society; it's time we treat them with some fairness.

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November 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
I am a student from the inside of Bellaire, and honestly I think my opinion is more relevant than parents or teachers. Bellaire High School is a school I would never send my children to. The administration, counselors (apart from Ms. Rubin) and teachers (apart from the RARE few) are not there to help they are there because they have no other option or they, are the few that actually enjoy teaching. I am an officer of four organizations at Bellaire and I am a member of six active clubs, I am not just a slacker who hates Bellaire just because. I feel as if the administration does a horrible job of helping the students, they are more out to hurt students. I have never felt as if Bellaire has helped me in anyway, most of my teachers have been slackers, push overs or just ignorant.I intend on transferring soon.

- submitted by a student
March 09, 2009
Bellaire is one of the top schools in the nation with many graduates went to MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and other great schools.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating March 09, 2009
A mathematics teacher, Ed Mazzoni, was awarded the American Star of Teaching from the United States Department of Education in 2005, the highest honor a secondary school teacher can receive. After competing with thousand of students in the United States, a student won Third Place in the 2005 National High School Essay Contest. The Bellaire economics challenge team won First Place at the 2004 National Economics Challenge in West Region and Third Place in the 2006 National Economics Challenge. In December 2007 a Human Geography teacher was selected to participate in Polartrec's research program, traveling to Antarctica to spend 2 months working on a project entitled 'Monitoring the Effects of Human Activities at McMurdo Station, Antarctica'.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2009
I have one daughter who graduated BHS and is now a junior at St. Thomas University, she was accepted to Rice, but we prefered the smaller campus. My other daughter is now a junior at BHS, she is in all AP classes and is being recruited by universities already. Bellaire High School is an outstanding school with high academic standards and above average college preparation. I am proud to be a parent of 2 highly acheiving teenagers, thanks to the high standards of the school. I support BHS and will fight to maintain it within its high ranking.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
Had two daughters graduate from Bellaire. Neither was even close to being in the top 10% but both were accepted at every school they applied, including Texas A&M. They did not apply at Texas. The schools diversity and extracurricular activities are endless which counts greatly to college acceptance. My third daughter will be there next year and I assume will be just as prepared for college as the other two when she graduates. The school is very large and yes, your child can fall through the cracks. So the review below may be a little harsh, but easily understandable IMHO.

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January 15, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
January 15, 2009
I believe that Bellaire High School is the best school in Texas. It offers alot of academic courses and extra curricurlim that all students can try to get in. It is a school that prepares it's students for college no matter what level they are and their sports team are a team to be reckoned with especially the freshman football team. I so far have enjoyed Bellaire and all my friends have too.

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November 26, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 07, 2008
From reading the other posts...I would say that Bellaire is good for self-motivated, achievers. For those of us with average children Bellaire is not as advertised. I as a parent never gotten the impression that they care about any individual student. My other child attends a small religious high school and the difference is night and day -- I would love to send them both there but it is too late for that.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2008
Best school in Texas. Two of my children attended BHS and were very prepared for college. Great counselors too!

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May 26, 2008
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March 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 07, 2008
I just graduated Bellaire High school recently and am currently a student at Harvard. For me, it provided the competitive environment necessary to drive me to do my best. At the same time I was able to befriend many insanely smart people who will go on to do great things. I highly doubt any other public school in HISD could have given me the same opportunity. I did the IB diploma and took all AP classes, as did most of my friends. My sister on the other hand, is an above average but by no means amazing student. And while she is also in all AP classes, she sometimes struggles with the workload and pressure. She is happy there though. If a students wants to stay in Texas for college and have an easy time being in the top 10%, he should look elsewhere and save himself the effort.

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January 04, 2008
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October 29, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2007
This school has incredible teachers and the students are so competetive! The perfect environment for my child. One thing about this school though is that you might find it a bit crowded.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
As a parent, we have zero regrets in sending our first child to BHS. She loves it a lot and her performance reflects it, she is competing against her peers but still maintain a very caring, professional, and proactive environment amongst friends. Her performance will certainly reflect upon her younger sister who with big Sis influence can not wait to attend Bellaire. I hope that by the time our youngest will enter BHS their golf program for girls will really be a name to be reckon with. Our youngest plays competitive junior golf and she aims to make the BHS varsity team and hopefully help in making a name for BHS against more established high school golf teams in the area. The real focus for our girls is still the academic aspect that BHS has to offer, it is just amazing to know that indeed they also offer great

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 26, 2007
I really love the school for my child, i think they should have more security.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2006
Very diverse school. Draws children of very wealthy as well as residents of low income apartments in the area. AP program and IB program are very challenging, but regular curriculum doesn't seem to be very good for preparing one for college

- submitted by a former student
June 03, 2006
At Bellaire you have a very competitive environment and the academic extracurricular activities are competitive at the state and national level. This poses a problem for students who are not ambitious and diligent to integrate themselves into the system. Unless you are extremely smart or naturally talented you may not receive adequate attention because other students are actively competitive. That is the price you pay; to be really competitive you have to sacrifice the quality of education for students not willing expend their best effort. The student body seems to be increasingly complacent and less politically active, but during my experience at Bellaire(02-05) I learned critical thinking skills and adopted a more political mindset. These intangible values are what make Bellaire such a valuable experience. Classes truly prepare you for college, you will learn that you have to independently put in time to learn and master whatever you study. -Jonathan E.

- submitted by a former student
no rating May 03, 2006
Special High School with unusual language magnet program. Students can choose from a variety of languages from Chinese to Russian to the basics like Spanish, French and German. One of the most well respected High Schools within HISD.

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April 06, 2006
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- submitted by a student
February 08, 2006
very crowded but overall good xperience

- submitted by a student
January 26, 2006
excellent faculty, nice environment, many good atheletes, good reputation

- submitted by a student
January 24, 2006
Superb environment, nice peer pressure, tough competition, prestigious name, many ivy league acceptances!

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January 19, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
November 21, 2005
Bellaire is the best school one can ever find in greater Houston area. High academic achivement, excellent fine arts program, and fairly strong sport teams are just few of the strongest programs at Bellaire. Each year, at least 40 students receive National Merit Scholars. 30% of the Bellaire seniors who applied for the top ten national universities (Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Duke, U. Penn., MIT, Stanford, Columbia, etc) were accepted each year, comparing to the national average of 13%. This place is unbelievable!

- submitted by a former student
November 21, 2005
A Bellaire senior last year represented the United States to compete in the 2005 International Biology Olympiad at Beijing, China. The student won a silver medal, and she was one of four U.S. team members, selected from more than 5,000 top biology students in the country! Bellaire, indeed, has one of the strongest biology programs in the country.

- submitted by a teacher
November 21, 2005
Super leaders. Excellent students. Fabulous environment. Pretigious name. Top school. The principal received 2005 Houston ISD 'Principal of the year!'

- submitted by a student
November 21, 2005
Excellent school with many great opportunities!

- submitted by a student
November 21, 2005
I really enjoy learning here at Bellaire. All my friends are nice to me, and my teachers are very caring. We have many great extracurricular activies and strong academic programs.

- submitted by a student
August 29, 2005
Bellaire High School is undoubdetly one of the best high school in HISD. Academically it ranks very high, the diversity of programs is college level. The availability of other extracurricular activities is superior. The parents are totally involved and that's what makes this school A+

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August 25, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
June 27, 2005
Bellaire HS is a great school. It has a strong group of excellent students who pursue a challenging academic course work and gain admission to the top colleges every year.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2005
Great School. Helpful teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2005
In terms of public high schools, bellaire ranks number one in greater houston area. It has one of the strongest AP/IB program in the country. Population is very diverse. Crime rate is 0% in teh past five years. Teachers, regardless young or old, are mostly ardent in teaching, resulting many international/national winning students. Bellaire is the best!

- submitted by a staff
June 15, 2005
This school is the best ... they offer it all. An enriching environment for all types of students. High marks for the principal.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2005
great school, especially in the AP/IB program. Teachers really do care and teach our childrent. the only problem that I faced with BHS is the ever preesent danger/temptation of playing the 'GPA game'. In this scenario, students would use differennt tactits to achieve the highest GPA. Sometiems these tacticts involved cheating. It is sad so say that obtaining a higher GPA trumped over getting a High School eduation and enjoying their last years of tenagehood

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May 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2005
There a four big problems with this school (1) There is little to no money for sports other then baseball (2) The building is old and cramped and has no facilites for sports teams (3) Below average 'high-school experience', not much pride or spirit and few and far between dances etc. (4) Alot of the school is built around heavy parental involvement and leaves alot of people in a disadvantage.

- submitted by a student
January 10, 2005
We transferred my 'gifted' daughter to Bellaire to try to help her after DeBakey HS left her to fail. Bellaire did not help much in the beginning, allowing her to slide thru in mainstream classes. However, once they got a picture of her and knew they had a parent that cared and was willing to work with them, they worked very hard to bring her back into what she could accomplish without overpowering her. Her Bellaire experience was very positive. There is a great deal of competition there but that seems to lie in the students and parents. Bellaire is just an outstanding school and the experience is what the student makes it. Even the less competitive does well at Bellaire.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2004
I am the parent of one graduate from the class of 2000 and soon to be graduate of the class of 2005. I am very proud of the school and the opportunities that the young adults have. The diversity and challenges that meet each student are great.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2004
I went to Bellaire for 4 years (class of 2004) and I couldn't have asked for a better school. A lot of schools in Houston just strive for the minimum, but Bellaire is a collection of students who strive to be the best. Some of my closest friends went to Duke, Chicago, Stanford, MIT, Yale, Harvard, Wellesley, Pomona, NYU, and the list goes on. This is not a school for the lazy though, because it is very very competitive. However, I feel that this competition has made me more adept to face the challenges of college unlike students at other schools who are pushed to just meet the requirements. Only a handful of high schools that I know of will prepare you as well for the pressures of college. It has its vices, but all schools do. Some dedicated and caring teachers also.

- submitted by a former student
January 12, 2004
The year my child took the SAT, Bellaire ranked third in the nation for number of National Merit Finalists. Their IB teachers are great for the most part but there are major gaps in physics and some of math teachers. The SAT scores say more about the competitive streak in the kids whose parents move to this area just for this school and the amount of money they spend on SAT classes. The work is overwhelming, and the top kids that my child knew all had some psych issue during this time due to the stress. There was so much competition that class rank issues become cutthroat, making ivy league college admission standards more difficult to meet.

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September 18, 2003
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Bellaire High School
5100 Maple Street, Bellaire, TX  77401
(713) 295-3704
Last modified Bellaire High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bellaire High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 69 reviews. Top