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Belton High School

Public | 9-12 | 2603 students

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $160,400. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $680.

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14 reviews of this school


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Posted October 20, 2013

My counselor in middle school, Mrs. Tepera, really seemed to take an active interest in her kids. Probably because of our size, the issues people have had with seeing counselors are bad. We are given iPads, which make the learning a lot more fun if you get a teacher that uses them effectively. It is very easy to get ahead at this school, if you are trying. There are plenty of extracurriculars and tons of sports. We got a new principal this year, Mr. Dubois. He seems fine, but I think that if he is going to make any major changes he will probably make them his second year. The curriculum is not very challenging, and this is coming from a very involved student in all pre-AP. However, so many people don't try in school at all that the all you have to do to be in the top 5% is make all As. I don't know much about discipline issues, but I do know that I don't see many problems. I have never personally witnessed any drugs, alcohol, or more than making out in the hallways, despite gossip about it. Bottom line, very easy to succeed at this school. Teachers seem to care about their students and subjects, and are very understanding. I would definitely recommend it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 16, 2008

The teachers at this high school don't know how to control a classroom, or show any interest in the kids. In some classes, the teacher may complain of the unruliness of the students, yet engage the students in a conversation that is completely off topic with the work that was issued. Personally, engaging students with details about their personal lives; during work time, is severely disruptive and should not be tolerated.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 30, 2008

I was very pleased with the highschool until now.They brought in a new principle from an Jr. High and she is not ready to lead a highschool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2007

My daughter is graduating this May. She has attended BHS all 4 years. I have seen some improvement with Mr. Lawson taking over. He is very approachable and supportive. I was able to reach the counselors through both email and phone to help with her scheduling and class concerns. My daughter has decided she want to be a High school English teacher and was inspired by her English teachers. I give Kudos to Mr. Dudley and before she left, Mrs. Pawelek. they give above and beyond. The only concern in the past was many teachers not eing available for before school tutoring when they told the students they would be there. I appreciate the newsletter that is sent home, I would say they could add more to their webpage. Otherwise I give them an A+!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2006

I attended BHS for 3/4 of my time in high school. I liked 90% of my teachers & enjoyed every second of my time there. Staff is overall great, however, it is hard to get in with the councelors (even though there are 4 or 5 of them). Every teacher is required to have a 30 minute tutorial session every morning. The dress code isn't too strict;lunch is great (many choices & it's pretty cheap-$1.90), however not much room, but no one seems to mind too much. Kids are some of the most polite you'll ever meet (lots of manners and respectable). Plenty of computers that are easlily accessable (at least 5 computer labs with 30 computers each). Classes are getting too big (25+ per class). Athletics are important, lots of focus on sports (plenty of choices). Students are encouraged to start any club they want to (by starting petetions)
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2005

High quality administrative staff and teachers. They take some challenging kids and make them successful. Good, no nonsense discipline. High standards among the faculty. Much extracurricular to choose from. High quality fine arts program. Athletics is in a slump now, but they usually get the kids to perform the best they can.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted April 6, 2005

Great variety of academic and sports programs. My son is on the debate and soccer teams and participates with several academic clubs. Parent participation can be lacking at times and there are a lot of students enrolled, but overall, this is an excellent high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2004

I think this has to many kids per teacher,An the whole school just pushes the kids thru.Wheather they have mastered the basic curriculm or not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2004

Very difficult to get in touch with some of the teachers. E-mail won't usually be answered, and phonecalls might if you are lucky. Many teachers care a lot, but there are also quite a few who do not particularly care about the students or even any special education IEP's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Too many teachers playing solitaire on the computer instead of teaching. Many teachers avoid technology, instead they throw up notes on the overhead and call it a class. Administration does not have the kids best interest, it's apparent as you see kids sprawled all over the floor at lunch since there is no room. Some great teachers, most burned out. One great counselor but she is hard to get to. School board, out of touch with real issues. The majority of kids do not go on to higher education, their high school experience is mediocre at best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2003

Having been in the area for a number of years, I've seen many children advance thru the neighboring school districts. Those children that graduated from Belton High School seemed better able to handle graduation both academically and socially. The community bond in Belton is strong and involvement in the lives of the children is much to the admired. I know for a fact that many have sold their homes in neighboring school districts just to have the opportunity to enroll their children in BISD.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2003

While things in the office may not run as smoothly as they could, this is an excellent school-arguably the best in all of Bell County. All teachers seem to genuinely care about each student. Tutorials and conferences periods are offered from students who need extra help. To help jump start students' college carriers, advanced placement courses, AP exams, and dual credit are offered.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 19, 2003

Although the school does contain some exemplary teachers, far more priority is given to extracurricular activities like football and band than the actual core classes. The graduation rate it high, however this is largely due to the fact that regular core class grades are overly inflated. Students can actually leaves these classes without learning or accomplishing anything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2003

In my opinion, this school doesn't give the children as much freedom as the schools in the surrounding areas. By freedom I mean dress code, cellular phones, and off-campus lunches. Also, the counseling center is very unreliable. No matter how many 'counselor slips' are filled out and turned in, the students still don't get to talk to a counselor in a reasonable response time.


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

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

633 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

624 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

557 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

561 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

562 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

559 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

569 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

569 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

561 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

568 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students97%
Female99%
Male96%
Black or African American95%
Asian100%
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students93%
Female96%
Male91%
Black or African American85%
Asian100%
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students97%
Female97%
Male96%
Black or African American93%
Asian100%
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Recognized".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

414 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

660 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

511 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

662 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

700 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
67%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

573 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

576 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

598 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
99%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
49%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
45%
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

659 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

566 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
40%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students82%
Female85%
Male79%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracial62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education63%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)64%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted82%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students100%
Female100%
Male99%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted99%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
Black or African American79%
Asian100%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial88%
American Indian or Alaska Native80%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education77%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted89%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students91%
Female94%
Male89%
Black or African American74%
Asian100%
Hispanic91%
Multiracial89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education61%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented96%
Non-Gifted91%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students76%
Female83%
Male68%
Black or African American65%
Asian100%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Native67%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education33%
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)21%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted73%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students54%
Female63%
Male44%
Black or African American43%
Asian100%
Hispanic42%
Multiracial52%
American Indian or Alaska Native50%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Special education8%
Not special education57%
Limited English proficient (LEP)17%
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
Gifted/talented92%
Non-Gifted49%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students80%
Female87%
Male73%
Black or African American65%
Asian100%
Hispanic72%
Multiracial92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education41%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)21%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talented96%
Non-Gifted79%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students52%
Female58%
Male45%
Black or African American35%
Asian100%
Hispanic44%
Multiracial46%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special education14%
Not special education54%
Limited English proficient (LEP)5%
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%
Gifted/talented94%
Non-Gifted48%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students88%
Female92%
Male84%
Black or African American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracial79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education50%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)53%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talented97%
Non-Gifted87%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students84%
Female84%
Male84%
Black or African American72%
Asian100%
Hispanic83%
Multiracial91%
American Indian or Alaska Native80%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education62%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)48%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted82%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students73%
Female74%
Male73%
Black or African American56%
Asian89%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education30%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)25%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Gifted/talented94%
Non-Gifted71%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 54% 29%
Hispanic 33% 52%
Black 7% 13%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 4%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 4%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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