I would like to give this high school zero stars. I would not send a student to any school in this district that has a learning difference that would require a 504 or IEP or any interaction with the special education "department." It is our experience that this school district does not meet the needs of unique learners. Our experiences with the district have been very, very negative. Our experience with the high school is that there are no specialized instruction/classes/co-teaching, etc. for our LD student. Be prepared to accept modified grades, an altered diploma, and low expectations instead of a specialized education. The school district has a big problem. Make contact with parents of special education kids on the island - or just avoid it completely.
BHS has a reputation for college prep and generating good test scores, but if you're not a traditional student/athlete, it is a horrible place to be. The school lost a lawsuit this year for not protecting a girl with a learning disability from a bullies, and also was cited for violations recently by OSPI for not providing services to another learning disabled student. It's easy to get left behind. Despite being a very quiet town, they have an officer on duty, creating an odd atmosphere. The teachers are dedicated, but BHS needs reform.
Bainbridge High School is extremely difficult academically, and is horrible socially. Your academic success highly depends on which teachers you get, some of which are extremely rude, and those who are nice, but don't teach anything. I worked as hard as I possibly could my freshman and sophomore year and barely scraped out of each semester with a 3.0. It is extremely hard to balance any sport with school on Bainbridge, and teachers are not forgiving when it comes to that. I was a very social student, with many friends, but I still hated the social environment at the high school. Every grade has cliques and they refuse to mesh. Drugs, alcohol, etc are not uncommon. It is so hard to be unique, and be yourself, because you WILL get made fun of it, unless you're popular. Would not recommend this high school, as it is very hard, and the teachers do not want to help you unless you suck up to them.
The teachers are excellent and really do take there job seriously. The test scores are great and the school is ranked among the top 10 in Washington. Everybody is very nice and welcoming. For those who have rated this school and said that new people will not do well in the community are wrong. I moved to the area last year and have made an abundance of great friends and have met some awesome people. The high school is what you make it. Everyone is very smart and do care about there academics. There is a handful of people who are involved in drugs, but that is only a very, very small percentage. The sports are great and the extracurricular activities are awesome. Go Spartans.
BHS is a pretty good school for your academics, but don't expect too many social skills from the students there. i'm currently a freshman there and the students are mainly all in their cliques. But, the acedemics are really good.
BHS is comparable to the other schools in the Bainbridge school system. Many of the teachers are excellent, most are competent and some are less than that. With a great deal of parental support our child did very well there, graduating in the top ten percent of his class and gaining admission to a "highly selective" eastern college. But I had to teach him how to write a proper grammatical sentence (the BI school system isn't very interested in that), and earlier in his BI educational career, basic math (Sakai is a wretched school, top to bottom). The big problem at BHS is a lot of a student's success depends on which teacher you get. And so far as I can tell the counselors do little college counseling -- I don't think our counselor ever talked to our son about college. So don't be afraid to send your child there, but know what you're getting in to. Good but not great.
Our family moved onto the island just over a year ago. We have children in the 7th, 10th and 12th grades. The counselors at Bainbridge High School and Sakai Intermediate School are exceptional and helped my children make a smooth transition. The teachers are oustanding as well. I laugh when I read some of the reviews - what community doesn't have "cliques" amongst the students and parents? Our family has opted to find friends outside the "cliques" and have found there to be many friendly and inclusive people. It's your attitude that makes the difference!
This is an exceptional public high school with plenty of advanced classes as well as a stellar art department. The guidance department is stretched to painfully thin levels. I found my children (one very shy and one very outgoing) to be exceptionally well prepared for college, with a rich social, athletic and academic experience that could easily be tailored to fit their needs.
The teachers are the only thing this school got right. I attended BHS for my 9th and 10th grade years and I hated it. You get three varieties of kids; snotty, stoner, or bully. All the "nice" kids go to Eagle Harbor or other schools in the area. I was bullied mercilessly to the point where I could not be coaxed out of my room to leave the house, and the administration did nothing to the kids involved, who in fact continued to bully me until I finally moved away! I eventually decided to continue schooling at home until I moved away because the school was so bad. Parents, DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS HERE.
Bullying and drugs are rampant here if you only look behind the "great test scores." Students have a sense of entitlement, which I think they get from their parents. I moved here from Northern California and can honestly say I was bored in class - my previous school in CA was much more rigorous. My parents decided to enroll me in private school in Seattle and I have never looked back!
My four children have all grown up on "The Island", and we have had the worst experiences with BHS. The Mean Girl Syndrome has gone to a whole new extreme. Drugs and alcohol are rampant. I mean, what are wealthy kids to do with their time and money? The school academic advisors are a joke. The teachers are very good. They seem to really take interest in the students. That is, if you have a self-motivated student. If you have a student that needs extra help or communication about missing homework, forget it. All of our kids transferred to Running Start to complete their education, except for our youngest. We enrolled that one in private school and have had exceptional success. BHS has left some major scars in our family.
I just graduated from BHS and I feel it has really prepared me for college. The teachers are excellent and every year I had at least one teacher/class that I couldn't wait to go to. The teachers are very responsive to questions, and there were a countless number of times that I stayed after to ask questions. I understand how some parents feel about the clique-ishness at BHS, and having lived on Bainbridge my whole life, I haven't directly experienced it, but I know that some of my good friends moved here during highschool and were able to fit in just fine. It is definately the most clique-ish during freshman year; during the following years students become more accepting.
After living here a couple of years, I find extreme clique-ishness among parents and students, and a sense of grandeur that seems ill founded. To me, the social costs (it appears impossible to make friends here if you haven't lived here all your life) do not seem worth the academic challenges offered.
going to BHS has been a great expirence. and with the construction i know it will only get better and better. the teachers love what they do. they are willing to help a student, and they really know what they are talking about. theres an amazing selection of classes offered (both electives and not). on of my favorites was AMW a new freshman class that gave students an understanding of the mordern world. another favorite was the photography class. i highly recomend this school, even over the private schools in the area. GO SPARTAN!
Horrible environment! The kids are extremely cliquish. If you are just moving in from somewhere else, forget it! The kids are only a reflection of the community, which is very snotty. Don't be fooled by the facade of exceptional academics. They are very over-rated. There isn't much else except really good extra-curricular activities on Bainbridge island.
Great School! The academics at BHS are phenomenal and are reflected in the school's high test scores. The teachers and parents here are very involved in ensuring student success. There are many extracurricular activities for students to participate in. With most students going on to attend a four-year college, the academic atmosphere at BHS is stressful, and courses are rigorous with lots of homework every night.
The structure of BHS created an excellent framework for my future. I excelled in college- have been successful in my career- as well I find that I have been able to make independent decisions & form my own personality without feeling the need to cater to the pressures of conforming to a specific norm in society. I embrace pieces of the BHS mentality (excellence, creativity, leadership, teamwork) but I am also able to stand on my own feet with confidence. The skills are extremely valuable and necessary in society.
WE came to BI when our son was starting HS. We left a school in CA that was rated in the top three statewide year in and year out. Our son's experience was very good at BI, he had no trouble making friends, the school offers a highly rated academic program and many extracurricular activities, and the community supports the programs. Overall Bi HS is an excellent example of program that includes many types and styles of student learning and coordinates it's class offerings with the local community college and the state university system. It's success can be attested to by the number of graduates that are accepted into so many of the nations highest rated universities. I would recommend this HS to anyone interested in a good solid education in preparation for college and those who are interested in technical careers.
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