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Bending Oaks High School

Private | 8-12 | 50 students

a supportive learning environment that can rebuild a student’s confidence.
 
 

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $142,700. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $760.

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Posted June 2, 2014

Bending Oaks High School is a wonderful school. My son attended for four years. Wonderful teachers and staff. My son got a great education and actually enjoyed every minute he was there. Thank you Bending Oaks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2014

I love Bending Oaks. I moved my daughter from a large suburban school to Bending Oaks. She could not handle the class size or pressure of the large schools. Bending Oaks has a laid back atmosphere and small classes that made a huge difference for us. However, do not confuse "laid back" with easy. Our child did work for her grades at Bending Oaks. In fact, in some of her classes the more individualized attention required more work because more was expected. But she was able to succeed because the learning atmosphere was more conducive to her style. In fact, she is a 2014 graduate with awesome grades. I doubt she'd be graduating if we had kept her where she was.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2014

I could not be more proud that my son attends As a parent of a Bending Oaks Student and a former public school teacher as well as son of a 2 teachers, I have been around educational systems in some respect for most of his life. Bending Oaks is an example to all educational institutions to follow. Education is paramount not test scores. Students learn to think, critique, examine.....they learn how to learn, not regurgitate. The teachers become friends, instead of faculty in charge of information and order. It is Very nurturing, very caring, very insightful; and they provide a top notch education to boot! It is expensive, and I have a hard time affording it, thats just honest. But it is worth every single penny. My son went from bullied, bored, underachieving, depressed lonely, lost, C to F student. To: As and Bs in harder classes, happy, comfortable, confident, intrigued, and more prepared than I thought possible...in his first year If you can, send your kids here. Its different, its expensive, it doesn't fit our current idea of a `school` ....its way way better than that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2014

Bending Oaks is a great fit for our son. He is so happy attending school here that he gets up & off to school with no complaints. The small classes & engaged teachers are perfect for his learning style. Beth is a fabulous asset to this school. We are excited about his future at Bending Oaks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2014

I wish all schools were like Bending Oaks. My son loves going to this school so much that he misses it when he's not there. He also loves and wants to go to summer school sessions. The staff are so in tune with their students and everyone feels respected and appreciated. Learning is fun there and the students are completely engaged. This school is a hidden gem, and I'm so glad to have found it for my child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

Bending Oaks High School saved my son's life. The school accepted my son into what can only be called a family. He has a stutter and was bullied all through school until he entered Bending Oaks. The kids and staff embraced him and made him feel, for the first time in his life, that he was one of them. He attended all four years there and it was by far the best investment I have ever made. He thrived - his self esteem soared and he loved every minute of it. The teachers and staff help each student find their strengths while encouraging them to challenge themselves. I strongly recommend this school to any parent whose child feels lost in big schools or has faced bullying or just needs more a personal learning environment. Thank you, Bending Oaks High School, for helping my son become the man that he is today. He is happy, confident and most of all, positive about the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

I loved going to Bending Oaks - it is a great school and the teachers are really helpful. I felt like I belonged there and everyone is one big family.


Posted June 5, 2013

The best school ever! Prior to coming to Bending Oaks, my son struggled in school. We constantly had to hire tutors and seek out additional help. He (and us) were convinced that college was not in his future. After starting Bending Oaks that has all changed. Not only has his grades improved...so has his confidence level. Even better, he loves going to school now and is actually LEARNING. All the students bond and become a tight knit group which eliminates the typical stressors of the public school system and the teachers are the best. Thank you Bending Oaks. You have made a ROCK STAR out of my son who was convinced he wasn't smart enough to be successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2012

My daughter just graduated from Bending Oaks. The schools is amazing. The personal attention that she received from the teachers and administrators changed her outlook on life. The classes were small. The school has a non-competitive feel. I felt very comfortable with the school. It is a schoo where a person feels they don't have to change themselves or pretend to be someone they at not to be accepted and cared about. I am comfortable sending her away to college and she did the entire college application by herself. I love this school and all the people there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

When we went for the interview, I watched my completely stressed out child relax for the first time since he started high school. This is the perfect environment for him. He is eager to go to school everyday and his grades went from failing to high As. The facilitation model is great and the atmosphere is relaxed. I highly recommend Bending Oaks and wish I had found this school 3 years ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2010

This school has been the best place for my child. I wish that I had found them earlier. They are willing to listen and work with your child's needs.
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Posted May 30, 2010

A major move cross country is stressful enough for a teen without the added stress of a large public school where under the best of circumstances most students are "just a number". Our son was "just a number" in a public high school; resulting in a miserable year and the necessity for summer school. As we watched our son graduate from BOHS, memories flooded back to that first day of summer school at BOHS. There was no looking back! From day one, he had new friends and a connection with teachers/staff. The confidence gained by caring adults as well as the knowledge and achievement fostered in small classes resulted in a college acceptance. At one time, we were very worried about our son's future. Today, we know he has the skills and confidence for a bright tomorrow. Thanks to Bending Oaks High School...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2010

How many kids start off their summer break by saying how much they are going to miss school??!! My son is a changed student - a changed kid for that matter - since starting Bending Oaks last year. He actually smiles when he gets in the car after school every day. I strongly recommend this school to any parent who wants their child to think for themselves, be motivated to learn and to be a part of a group that feels more like a family than a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

I love bending oaks as a student because it is a school that takes away the whole' drill the TAKS test in the students for the big day'. The teachers are really nice, they will help you with school, and personal issues, they give you a chance, and don't judge. The students are so caring and so understanding that you will forget they are actually students. The whole school, at least for me, Is like one big family and a home away from home. the whole shool boosted my confidence way up. I came from a public school that drilled the taks in and all the students made fun of me because I stuttered. Then Bending Oaks took me in and changed my life and never judge me for my stuttering and accepted me for who i am.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2009

This is my son's freshman year in college after graduating from Bending Oaks last year. Thanks to the excellent teachers and administrators, his high school experience at Bending Oaks has given him the knowledge and confidence to succeed. He has A's in almost all his classes and is highly motivated to succeed. Before he started attending Bending Oaks, we feared that he would drop out of high school. Thanks, Bending Oaks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2009

As parents of a highly creative, independent, and strongwilled child, we are so grateful to the faculty and staff at Bending Oaks for helping our son rekindle his love of learning. Teachers at Bending Oaks have a genuine way of engaging students' intellect and creativity by encouraging them to embrace their unique interests, gifts, and abilities. Watching our son graduate with a smile on his face and actually looking forward to college is the result of the caring community that is Bending Oaks High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2009

Quoting the 2009 Salutatorian ... 'without Bending Oaks, I would not have finished high school'. Not just a student, but the Salutatorian who is headed to Syracuse Univ. This is not the best school for everyone, but it was the best decision we could have made for our student. Bending Oaks has a close, caring, reinforcing environment. Your student can benefit at the level she/he is willing work for. Teachers and administration are open, understanding and encouraging. And they teach the students ... no small feat. Bending Oaks is not traditional, but it is remarkable. Administration welcomes visits from potential students. The only way to know is to try.
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Posted May 21, 2009

I am very happy with the choice to move my daughter to this school. The small classrooms insure participation and the teachers and staff are very accessible and open to any problems or concerns. Frequent parent/teacher conferences and updates by email and to your cell phone keep parents well informed. Thank you Bending Oaks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2008

my son loves this school! he is so much more comfortable at bending oaks because he can be himself! my husband and i are happy that we found this school for him. thanks bending oaks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2008

I, too, worried that there was not enough homework or a high enough level of work @ BOHS. But I have come to realize (over 2 1/2 yrs) that the different structure at BOHS simply allows the kids to get that work done at school. Also that there is plenty of chance to go above and beyond without the constant projects simply because the teachers are so accessible and the class size so small. The kids truly can be in charge of their own education at BOHS, it is all there for the taking. If you want your child to learn how to cope in a pressured, structured environment (many colleges are like that after all) then I would question sending them to BOHS. If you want your child's education to be driven more by curiosity than by regimen, I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 31%
Hispanic 7% 51%
Asian or Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 13%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School psychologist
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
Media arts
  • Graphics

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Therapeutic
Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Year-round
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • No
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (972) 232-2290

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Therapeutic
  • non-traditional
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
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
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Walking distance to DART rail
School facilities
  • Art room
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Graphics
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Dress Code
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
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11884 Greenville Avenue
Suite 120
Dallas, TX 75243
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Phone: (972) 669-0000

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