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Bayside High School

Public | 9-12 | 1993 students

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Posted August 26, 2013

My daughter is a sophomore at Bayside. I was a bit nervous when she began there since the school has a mediocre rating on sites like this. However, we've been pleasantly surprised at what a great experience it's been! Her classes are challenging, her teachers are excellent, the sports are inclusive and fun, and her friends are great. Any time I have a question for a teacher, coach, administrator, etc. they are responsive and supportive. They have an excellent selection of classes (Latin, advanced maths, AP, Health Sciences Academy). The only negative comments I can make are that the facility needs to be updated... the building needs a facelift. Other than that, Bayside has been a great experience for my daughter, and we're so glad we decided to send her there rather than paying thousands of dollars for private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2013

I am a student at bayside high. and there is some bad reputation about the school. That is other stuck-up parents thinking they are better than us because they can afford a million dollar house. They also say that it is a black people school. yes, a lot of the students are African American but, I am a coccasion female. and I love bayside. I went to Bayside middle and Independence middle in my younger says and I hated independence. They all bullied me because I was from bayside. They said I was poor and ghetto. Also they was much more drug activity and bullying there than at Bayside! My first day there I saw a teacher smoking in the bathroom. All my friend at Bayside were always there for me. And omg! guess what I'm a blonde tiny white girl and I didn't get shot! There is a much deeper connection at Bayside high school then other schools. Also, they have a GREAT football team! and cheerleaders ( I am a cheerleader ;D) so don't believe people when they tell you it is a ghetto no good rundown school. they are just ignorant snobby people. I don't live in the best neighborhood but guess what I have no lesser of a chance at succeeding in life than any other student would.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 17, 2013

Believe me when I tell you, but this school is by far a sad excuse for a school. Communication from teachers to home is terrible. Most teachers just don't seem to care. The education level is ridiculously low, but from my understanding that's everywhere in the South. I can't get over the lack of education here. I'm from the North, and what my child is learning in most of his 9th grade classes here, he already learned in 7th grade. He was even placed in some 10th and 11th grade courses to be comparative to what he was learning before the move here and they are still lacking. Unfortunately for where we live, this is the school he had to go to. Besides the lack of quality education, safety is an issue. Every single day there is atleast one fight that my son has seen. It's crazy! I can't wait to move and get him into a better school. They need a total educational revamp!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2012

My daughter is a Freshman at Bayside Health Science Academy and my husband and I are very impressed by the teachers and their enthusiasm in teaching our kids. The Advanced Studies Diploma curriculum is intense, but it is amazing to hear our daughter discuss her classroom topics. She has learned so much already in it only the first semester. We were also very impressed by their use of technology to teach with; smartboards, edmundo, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2012

Good school. Very diverse. Does not have the horrible reputation that many residents in Virginia seem to give it. Sports events are very fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

We prove to the world that being diverse can make a school stronger!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2009

This is my second year at Bayside and i have to say that i am impressed. I had asked people about it and they only gave me negative feed back, so when i went, i was scared to death. But, they were totallt wrong. Yea there drama and fights, but thats at almost every school. Bayside is not nearly as bad as people make it sound. Im actually proud to be a Marlin! :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 14, 2009

Bayside is the best in the Beach!! before my first day as a freshman, my sister, a student at kempsvilleat the time, told me 'oh you are going to get shot if you go to Bayside!' But boy was she wrong!! Bayside is one of the safest schools i know of! I feel more safe here than i do anywhere else!! If a parent is worried about their child's safety, they have no need to worry about their safety here!! there are very rarely fights!! maybe 1 or 2 every couple of months!!!! We are Bayside!! And we are the Marlin family!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 17, 2008

I went for two years. I was part of the health science academy and just figured that it wasnt for me. Compared to kempsivlle where i am now for my home school, bayside was better when looking at the over all school. Kids are very spirited about their school, the teachers are some of the best and you can really feel that they are stiving to see you succed. The rest of the faculty other then the teachers are friendly and just as kind. Bayside should have the rep of being a bad school, its jsut one of the best.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 11, 2008

I'm currently a student at BHS and I would have to say that this school is awesome. Of course, like any other school, there are fights and A LOT of drama, but what would high school experience be like without it (it seems like it would be better, however, 'without suffering, there would be no compassion') ? All the friends I've made at Bayside so far have made a significant impact on my life. The students are pretty chill. The teachers are pretty understanding too but, of course, there are always a few teachers that everyone dislikes. Overall, I'm stoked that I go to Bayside High School :D <333
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 8, 2008

i love this school and i only went for a yr
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2008

Bayside has a great group of students! They are WONDERFUL. The majority of teacher are absolutely fantastic. It is unfortunate that the administration hinders the great teachers at BHS and supports the not-so-great ones. The principal and administration is lacking. Students need guidance and consistency rather than being babied by the admin.


Posted February 16, 2008

Im so glad im i the Bayside Health Science Academy....or i would never go to this school. The only good part is the academy kids and the rest of the students dont really care about their education. Don't send your child here no matter what unless their going to be in the academy then its only worth it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2005

I am a graduate of Bayside High School class of 2000, and I can say that what people assume about the school being dangerous or bad is untrue. I felt safe there, and got involved in everything from cheerleading to forensics to the Darlin Marlin's, and loved every minute of it. The teachers are amazing and I will always remember Mrs. Wilkes the chorus teacher and how she brightened up my life. --Sharee Brantley
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 25, 2005

BHS is the Best School I have been to. It not only has many many extracricular activities but has school spirit and a high achievement level. BHS is also the host school of BHS health Sciences Academy. So far in this school I have not seen one fight (which is very good). Not only do you learn to your highest but you also become part of the BHS family. We would love to have you come and learn with us. Tia Combs - Freshman
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 26, 2004

I graduated from Bayside along with four of my family members . When I went to Bayside we were like family.Like a family we as students laughed, we cried and sometimes got in fights. I have such wonderful memories of Bayside.I played football and ran track. I remember the great pep rallies before the games, school dances , kissing in the hall ways, skipping class as seniors and hanging out at the beach with friends. Bayside shouldn't have a bad rep, that's just students being negative, typical of adolescents going threw growing pains. Nothing is ever as good as we would like it to be, and you have problems at all schools. Even private schools have issues. Love your school no matter where you go, you only get to go to high school once. I'll be a Bayside Marlin for life, and proud to say so! Scottie Walker
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 2, 2004

I am a graduate of Bayside High School and I have a child attending Bayside this year and I wouldn't have it any other way. There was never a time I thought sending my child to school here would be dettrimental to his educational experience. The staff of Bayside High is, in my opinion, the best in the Beach! It's a shame that after all these years, Bayside still holds a 'bad rap'. I think it is time for people to realize that things have changed and what happened in the early 90's no longer happens here, because at Bayside: 'We are Family'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2004

This school is such a great school. Stereotypes give this school a bad reputation. Dr. Cooper has done such a great job. Everybody in the school feels safe. None of the parents feel they need to take there child or children out of Bayside Middle. This school has never been a problem and parents are very involved with their child's or children's work.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 17, 2004

Many people take Bayside the wrong way because of the multiple stereotypes that people give it. It's a shame that it has to be that way since Bayside IS such a great school. Another stereotype would be of the principal, Dr. Soltner. He arrived at Bayside last year and has done much to improve the discipline shown by the students. Although his rules are harsher than most, they are usually very neccessary. I believe that he is doing this to ensure Bayside's reputation in the future. Also, Bayside's SOL scores are one of the highest in Hampton Roads, specifically the exceptional math department, who has been first for the past many years.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2004

I think the school gets a bad rap. The teachers I have dealt with are wonderful, the school is old but very clean and quiet, the discipline is awesome, the principal does a great job. My child went to a different VB school that was considered 'better' and I find Bayside met my expectations more than the other school.
—Submitted by a parent


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  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 76% in 2013.

334 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
93%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

449 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
86%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
96%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 83% in 2013.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 89% in 2013.

414 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 87% in 2013.

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

370 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
87%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Virginia and United States History

The state average for Virginia and United States History was 86% in 2013.

385 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
95%
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 85% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
98%
World History I

The state average for World History I was 84% in 2013.

396 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
92%
World History II

The state average for World History II was 85% in 2013.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students44%
Female students47%
Male students39%
Black students40%
Asian students86%
Hispanic43%
Multiracial30%
White students48%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities44%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English43%

Algebra II

All Students57%
Female students61%
Male students53%
Black students49%
Asian students84%
Hispanic59%
Multiracial76%
White students53%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities58%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English58%

Biology

All Students81%
Female students80%
Male students81%
Black students70%
Asian students91%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial77%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities49%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

Chemistry

All Students82%
Female students80%
Male students86%
Black students67%
Asian students91%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial86%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Earth Science

All Students62%
Female students61%
Male students64%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracial47%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English63%

English: Reading

All Students90%
Female students91%
Male students88%
Black students87%
Asian students92%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial90%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

English: Writing

All Students86%
Female students88%
Male students83%
Black students83%
Asian students89%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial85%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

Geometry

All Students64%
Female students64%
Male students65%
Black students52%
Asian students84%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial62%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities34%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English64%

History and Social Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Math

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Virginia and United States History

All Students81%
Female students78%
Male students86%
Black students73%
Asian students91%
Hispanic89%
Multiracial83%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

World Geography

All Students96%
Female students96%
Male students96%
Black students89%
Asian students100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
White students99%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%

World History I

All Students74%
Female students70%
Male students78%
Black students69%
Asian students82%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial77%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%

World History II

All Students83%
Female students80%
Male students88%
Black students71%
Asian students95%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial81%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia 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: Virginia Department of Education

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • James D Miller
Fax number
  • (757) 473-5123

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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4960 Haygood Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
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