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9-12
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Hampton, VA
Students enrolled: 1,716
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1067 Big Bethel Rd
Hampton, VA 23666

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(757) 825-4400
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August 17, 2014
I am glad my son has graduated and he is out of that place!!! Very little communication on when school pictures are being taken. With all the things that go on during senior year I was making several to two two staff member in charge of the senior class for information and they NEVER called me back! Numerous other times overt the years as well. I had to go up to that school on a number of occasions hunting down teachers for information. The Dean of Boys and Girls seem like they get paid by the amount of students they drag in their office. The dean of girls assumed on 2 occasions that my son was doing something that he actually wasn't. I had to go and ask more questions and come to find our she overreacted. I cannot stand that school!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2014
My son is a rising junior and the school has definitely approved since he was a freshman. He has had great teachers both years! Mr. Saunders is a great principal and care very much about the students. As in all high schools there are problems if kids but glad on the improvement the administration has taken.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
My son is a freshman at Bethel. He has come home and told me about several fights in the school. This is typical of high school, but the teachers tend to not get involved. Of course, I'm not sure I blame them. The worst part about the school is the lack of communication from the teachers; not all teacher, but the majority that my son has this year. Several of his teacher lag behind putting grades into the system so that we can monitor his success. Buy the time grades are entered, it's too late to do anything about it. The office staff is not very friendly either. The JROTC instructor (one of them) is also a coach. He has the student repeat after him in ebonics. I have taught my children the correct way to speak since they began talking. I have a problem with this. This is a low class school.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2013
I am a parent of two Bethel HS alumni and currently a Sophomore. Fortunately, my children were all Talented and Gifted so regardless of the overcrowding and few "bad apples" they excelled. For the most part, Bethel guidance counselors are horrible and should be replaced. I could sit around pointing out the negatives but I don't believe in making excuses because you can control your academic destiny. My two kids graduated with top honors w/ over $100K in Presidential Scholarships...and none were for sports! My other kid is doing quite awesome. Don't judge BHS by the negative reviews. Like most schools in the country, budget constraints are a problem. Bethel HS, in comparison with Kecoughtan, Phoebus, and Hampton which are all HS within the Hampton City School District don't reflect much variation in academic achievements, sports, teacher to student ratio, etc. Hampton School District is rich in cultural diversity opposed to Yorktown and other outlying school districts which reflect predominantly a white student body. The sadness is that most urban students don't realize the "social conditioning" of being taught to think "white is superior and minorities are inferior."

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2011
what do i have to say about Bethel high school it is Terrible!!. Im a junior at Bethel and wasn't always at bethel my freshman year i was at Grafton high school in York county and that school was great. Bethel is nothing but Drama and fights we even had a School Shooting threat at the beginning of this year. The students are so ignorant and the Guidance you never get anything done with them.When i was at Grafton i made As and Bs and since i switch to bethel im starting to get Fs thats never happen to me before. Im tired of Bethel and i feel a Shame im graduating from this school im just happy im going to Kecoughtan high next year ive had it with bethel its nothing but Ghetto overcrowded the building is old and out dated and the some of the teachers cant teach. so for people moving to this side of hampton PUT YOUR KIDS IN PRIVATE SCHOOL its not worth your time being at bethel.

- submitted by a student
January 14, 2011
school is hit or miss with staff, facilities, and student behavior. Central administration of system is internally a joke. The need to get staff and community on same page is crucial. school administration can be hamstringed at times by central administration. student behavior is an issue. Teachers need to feel supported. Surveys given are lied on to be honest. The extremes are what people notice. the average kids are the ones hurt the most is most schools like this. There must be a honest consensus on BEHAVIOR in school are the school will deteriorate.

- submitted by a teacher
February 25, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 17, 2008
The guidance counselor's are pathetic. They have no clue as to what is going on and never return phone calls.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2008
I attend Bethel, and the school gets an 'average' in my opinion. The halls are overcrowded, there is a slight roach problem, and the school focuses to much on sports, but overall, its an alright school.

- submitted by a student
January 07, 2008
I actually graduated from this school many years ago and have had now three of my children attend i am very disappointed in the this school it is very dirty and unkept it is overcrowded and in need of serious renovation.Teachers donot seem to want any parental involvement.Guidance has no idea what is going on half the time and are very disorganized.And if you ask a question you are directed to every dept beside what you need.As a alumni of this school i know this could be much better and is unfortunate that it has declined so much over the years.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 03, 2008
I feel Bethel is grossly overcrowded and a lot of the teachers do not seem enthusiastic about being teachers. Also, a lot of students are falling through the cracks and not getting the help the need.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 13, 2007
BHS is overcrowded and the building needs renovating. There are not enough classrooms or lockers for each student. I am concerned for the school's safety, as well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 12, 2007
This school is horrible, the run-down broken facilities, apathetic teachers and students.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2007
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- submitted by a student
December 13, 2006
In the school newspaper, one of our more foward students sent a letter pointing out all the obvious problems (over-crowding, new faculty buildings taking priority over bigger halls or new classrooms) and Mr. Bailey gave a bunch of empty answers. I had a downpour in the middle of the room interupting my Government class and he wants a new office. The only thing I see in this low funded school are its computer and animation courses and the few great teachers that make this window facility bearable.

- submitted by a student
August 13, 2006
Our school might be over crowded but look at the kids who graduated from the school with pretty good scholarship.And the teachers do tell your child that they are failing they just dont tell parents.And your child is the reason why they always get in trouble with teachers. I dont care what nobody says Our school is one of the best school in VA.

- submitted by a student
June 04, 2006
this is a very low funded school. there are some music and art programs though

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2006
Bethel High is comparatively a good school in the Hampton System. I would rate this school on the same level as Kecoughtan. With continued hard work from students, parents and teachers; I believe it could out rank some of the schools in York County. They have a great Art program, Especially animation. The level of available extra-curricular classes are outstanding. The school offers so much to the student, and the staff is very helpful and friendly. I highly recommend this school for new students coming to the area.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2006
An overcrowded urban school. The administration and faculity are too busy with discipline issues to focus on education. Facilities are in poor repair and school lacks technology

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2006
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- submitted by a student
January 16, 2006
This is a terrible school to allow you child to attend. I feel that they do not give my children all that they deserve. The teachers to student relationship is bad and I don't feel like bethel is safe.The only reason I allow my child to stay is because I can't afford to enroll them into a better, more prestigious, private school. If this school wants to improve they better start with their teachers and principal first.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2005
Both of my children have attended Bethel and I was and am very pleased with the quality of education that they have received. The faculty and staff have encouraged my children to excel. I agree that the school is overcrowded and in need of repairs. As to parent involvement, I have never had a problem being involved at Bethel. Every teacher has provided a means for me to check on my student's progress throughout the term and have encouraged me to stay in touch. My children have also encouraged me to be involved. During the past six years, I've not been exposed to the out-of control environment mentioned in some the reviews. Overall this is a good school. Which is probably why it is overcrowded.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2005
The overcrowding problem is nothing new; it's been that way for years. It's not an ideal situation, but it's tolerable. As for discipline, as a BHS grad from several years ago, stick to Honors and AP classes and you'll avoid most of the problems with out of control students. Beyond that, academically some of the honors and most of the AP classes are very strong. The AP classes in particular left me well-prepared for college, and considering I went on to attend William & Mary, that's saying something. Plenty of opportunities for student involvement exist; just put yourself out there and join things you're interested in. Makes the four years that much more rewarding.

- submitted by a former student
May 20, 2005
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- submitted by a student
February 06, 2005
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- submitted by a student
February 06, 2005
Bethel High is a great academic school. I attend Bethel and unless you are on the boys varsity basketball team, you have to work very very hard to recieve a good grade. The athletes at Bethel hardly have to come to school to pass any class. The school is very overcrowed and annoying when you try to get to class on time; other than those problems, Bethel is alright.

- submitted by a student
January 24, 2005
Unless you are working with athletics the opportunities for parent involvement are limited. This may be an effect of the overcrowding, but I really do not think so. I have one child that is a honors student and one that is not. The differences in teacher feedback is astounding. If Bethel is supposed to provide the highest quality public school education in Hampton, we are in serious trouble.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2004
The faculty and staff are some of the best in the area. However, due to an increase in residential development, the school has become overcrowded. The lack of discipline displayed by some of the students is not the fault of the administrators or faculty, but the result of poor parenting at home. Overall, I think the school is great and would be better if it were not so crowded.

- submitted by a former student
August 21, 2004
The school may be over populated but the school still has a good learning environment. The school's sport teams are better than any other high school. Bethel is a great school!

- submitted by a student
August 06, 2004
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- submitted by a student
June 29, 2004
This school at best, is marginally acceptable. Overcrowded, crumbling building. The atmosphere does not encourage learning. Unless you choose honors or AP classes, you are subjected to a myriad of undisciplined peers who could care less about education. I place the burden of fault in regard to the quality of this school onto overcrowding, poor administration, and lack of public voice and proper leadership within the board of education. This school truly needs to be separated into two schools. It is the largest school in the area, and it continues growing through rapid suburban developments nearby. Nevertheless, there are some good teachers here, and they would be even better if the aforementioned solutions could be implemented.

- submitted by a student
June 23, 2004
Coming from up North where the schools in Hillsborough New Jersey are the best, when I moved here and my daughter started High School, I couldn't believe there was no parent- teacher meeting nights. They tell you your child is doing bad at the end where it is hard for you to do anything about it. This school is also bad where some of the teachers don't communicate with you at all. I do not recommend this school or any schools in Virginia. I cannot wait to leave here.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2004
A school that is almost out of control. Discipline is minimal, behavior of the students marginal at best, and the resident police officer is often called to classrooms to control students.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2004
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February 16, 2004
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September 12, 2003
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Bethel High School
1067 Big Bethel Rd, Hampton, VA  23666
(757) 825-4400
Last modified Bethel High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bethel High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top