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Bellevue, WA
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10416 Wolverine Way
Bellevue, WA 98004

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(425) 456-7000
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May 30, 2013
The administration lacks leadership from top to bottom. When problems are evident and overwhelming the answer is always to cover up. This goes all the way up to the Superintendent's Cabinet. If you want your child to be a great follower - this school is for you. Don't let them speak up, have an opinion or think for themself - This school will crush them for doing so. I bought my home for my kids to go to this school, I am selling it to get them out. As a result of what we have been through we have learned more about the widespread problems, do your research first so you don't subject your kids to this hostile environment. Note that the recent comments are mostly negative and the older comments are mostly positive. The leadership has changed and it is reflected below. This administration is still riding the wave of success in academics and sports put in place by their predecessors - by the time the acolades have gone away the school will need years to recover from the damage these people are doing to our kids. For the followers they have created, time may heal but opportunities will be lost forever. From the parent of a well adjusted, popular, pretty and well liked child.

- submitted by a parent

March 09, 2013
Academically and athletically, the school speaks for itself. The school culture, however, leaves much to be desired. Though there's always an "in-group" in any school or setting, BHS's is particularly vicious. The same kids who ran the elementary schools in 4/5th grade, are the same kids who ran the middle schools, are the same kids who now run this high school. I've had 3 kids go through this school, 2 of whom were popular and still had problems with bullying, hazing, and the school looking the other way at their problems. The third developed severe anxiety and school aversion within 6 months of entering the school, now much happier being homeschooled. There is a true wolf-pack mentality not only among the students, but among the teachers as well. They seem to side with the "normal" kids and we had stunningly insightful suggestions about our GLBT teen such as, "Have you tried telling him not to flaunt it?" Make no mistake by the test scores and athletic program - a handful of students (and to a lesser extent their PTA moms) run this school. It's a school for the in-group and run by the in-group. My other children will not be going to BHS. We've had enough.

- submitted by a parent

June 29, 2012
This is a school for students who will do well anywhere, anyway. If a student is struggling for any reason, the blinders go up and no one seems to notice or care. There is the rare teacher who will attempt to treat students as individuals, but that is the exception and not the norm. The administration is not supportive, creative or present. The counselors are completely out to lunch and not even capable. Remember that a very poor teacher can do damage to the way a student sees himself/herself as a learner and that is not easily undone.

- submitted by a parent

June 15, 2009
My daughter, a high achiever motivated to go to a good college, thrived in this school. After graduation, she is accepted to the honors program of a nationwide well known university. The level of academics in this school is comparable to college prep private schools found throughout the region. So any student with college aspirations and motivation to work hard will find what they are looking for in this school.

- submitted by a parent

March 23, 2009
If you're son is looking for a football experience that no other school on the westcoast can offer, this is the school for him. the football team is one of the top programs in the country and the staff is hands down one of the if not the best in the country. It is loaded with ex-nfl and college players who truly care about the kids. The players learn valuable life lessons through the program, lessons that cannot be taught in the classroom. The coaching staff stresses progress and success in the classroom and will not allow a player to play if they feel he is slacking in school. The basketball teams as well as the lacrosse team are very talented as well.

- submitted by a parent

September 28, 2008
Bellevue High has good academics if you take the AP classes, although they do push AP too much on students who are not ready or capable of it. However, if you want to take more than 3 or 4 AP classes, they will try to block you. I also found that the only way to move out of an AP class that I didn't want to take was to move into a different AP class, which reflects badly on their focus on AP classes versus what the students need. The counseling system is very poorly set up. Some counselors just don't care about their students, while those who do care are overwhelmed and slowly pushed under by the sheer number of students hey are responsible for (5 counselors for ~1400 kids). The administration in general is extremely unhelpful, with the exception of the people in the registrar's office.

- submitted by a student
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August 13, 2008
Serious need of better counselors. Parents need to educate themselves about how to get their kids into college. Don't need an outside coach, just get engaged in the process. My daughter has an IEP and is a 4.0 student. Kids need to advocate for themselves with teachers.

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2008
My son got into Stanford University and MIT from Bellevue high.

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July 25, 2007
Bellevue is easily one of the best schools in the state. The student population is way more diverse than people say, it's demographics are rapidly changing with its generally upper-class neighborhoods. Academic programs are stellar, the majority of students take and pass AP courses. Obviously it has some great sports programs as well. In recent years other clubs and organizations are becoming involved. The mostly student-run LINK program has made tremendous progress in changing the overall attitude of students at BHS. Overall, Bellevue is an academically challenging school that will prepare your student for whatever they decide to do post-high school. Mike Bacigalupi and several staff members have helped transform this to a stereotypical 'upper class' school into a place where students are safe and learn about the real world.

- submitted by a parent

February 18, 2007
BHS is a very excellent high school! caring teachers, great extra curriculars and great student body involvement. Bellevue is easily the best academically and sports wise! One con is that some courses are more advanced than they should be. for example, freshman are learning sophomore math in HIAG 2! Meaning sophomores take 11th grade level math in HIAT 3! What is the point in that when only basic 10th grade math skills for the WASL?

- submitted by a student
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May 08, 2006
*Counselling is abyssmal. Check out the huge student:counselor ratio.

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2006
Tha academic programs are excellent. My son enjoys taking musical course which merges into curriculum and gives students many chances of participate all kinds of orchestra. ESL (English as second language) teacher is very experienced. If anyone needs ESL class, this is the best one. Generally speaking, parents are highly involved in school activity.

- submitted by a parent

September 13, 2005
A strong public school with a wonderful music program. Extracurricular activities could be stronger, as could parental involvment. Also, rather privileged student-body population.

- submitted by a student

September 05, 2005
It's a great public high school! People who have issues with BHS should be supportive with some possible ideas and solutions. Todd Morton

- submitted by a parent

August 23, 2005
Great school. They have a great sports program especially the football program. Parents are normally very involved in the school and academics. High stress on academics and student involvement in the school.

- submitted by a student

August 04, 2005
This school is lead by their Football team. Although the administration hates the fact that 'their' school is known for its football rather than acamdemics. They try to cut out announcments and pep rallies for their football team. The ratio of white to black kids is horrible and doesnt set a standard of what living in the real world is going to be like.

- submitted by a student

March 07, 2005
Bellevue High lives up to its reputation of offering top private school education at a public school price. With few exceptions, the faculty is outstanding, very demanding, extremely supportive and flexible, and willing to work with a variety of learning styles, and an outstanding AP curriculum. My son reports there is high respect between students, and a large number of high-achieving students he can befriend. The biggest challenge is poor administrative services - it's time for the principal to focus on the counseling and administrative offices and weed out those who provide poor service to students and families. A survey of parents and students would reveal specifics that would aid that process (we parents compare stories and they are similar!). All in all, I rave about Bellevue High and am pleased I made the decision to live in this neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent

October 21, 2004
Bellevue's solution for students with bad grades or discipline problems - send them to Robinswood (BSD's alternative high school). This school cares too much about it's reputation and test scores, and not enough about the individual struggling students. The school needs to be more lenient with students' grades, and also help them out, rather then suggest to and force students to go to the alternative school. Bellevue may be a great school that's well known, but that doesn't change the fact that it's a public school that needs to support all of its students - not just the 'jocks' and high achievers.

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2004
The AP teachers are great, but I think regular classes aren't doing as well as they should. However there is pretty good support for students falling behind, and most teachers are available after school. Bellevue has a young staff, a lot of great teachers have left, but a lot are becoming really good teachers. My complaints would include the 2.0 GPA and 40 hours of community service requirements for graduation. I think it's unrealistic to think every student can perform above a C average. And the 40 community service hours are ridiculous - I don't see how this can determine whether a student graduates or not.

- submitted by a student

July 06, 2004
Bellevue High is a great school. Bellevue excells academically and athletically. It's now the largest school in the district, and more and more students are coming to Bellevue because it's such a great school. I don't think AP is enforced, though it is highly recommended. They realize that not all kids can pull off AP, and have good regular classes. My complaint about Bellevue would be that it seems students leave for the local alternative school if they get low grades. There isn't much support for students with low grades, and switching schools shouldn't be the answer.

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2004
As for AP and Honors emphasis, our own children were not natural learners, their class rank was approximately 180-200/300 in their respective classes. However, we challenged them to take the higher level courses and found that with help at home and interaction with the teachers, our children were able to achieve beyond their wildest dreams. Both will graduate with 3.3 or better (one child took only 1 AP and 1 Honors Math class the other child took 3 Honors Math classes, 2 honors science classes and 4 AP classes) and both were accepted to 90% of the universities to which they applied! Oldest student is now a Freshman in College earning a 3.2 average. We believe that had they not attended BHS and participated in the advanced courses, our College Freshman would not be able to handle the demands and workload in college at all. Our BHS senior would not be a candidate to attend UW or the private university he has applied to. We think it's a great school for the money - gosh, it's free - and our kids are going to be well prepared for the hard work that will be required in college.

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2004
BHS is a very academically challenging school. It has pushed many to exceed their own standards. Although, the new vice principles are terrible. They are extremly disconnected from the students and narrow-minded. They provide a very poor example to the students.

- submitted by a parent

January 19, 2004
Too much focus on AP classes at the expense of students' GPAs and stress factor. Students are practically 'forced' to take AP courses and not allowed to switch out when grade is suffering and some are required to pay and take the (optional) AP test to get credit for the class. School is mainly interested in receiving high standardized test scores in IOWA and WASL, which are both unimportant for the student themselves. Math program does not teach necessary basic math skills needed for SATs or any other college placement test, but rather teaches higher math that is unecessary for a non-math major. Reading a chapter book in a math class is also required. There is not much interest in the students' well being in classes or grades, but in its performance on # of students taking AP classes and test scores compared to other schools in district. There are some really bad teachers who are egotistical and stubborn. Excessive focus on boys football and boys sports compared to girls sports teams. Bias towards star athletes.

- submitted by a student

December 03, 2003
We have had our children attend BHS; we also have the experience of two other private high schools to compare with BHS. Unfortunately, under the direction of the current Bellevue District Supt.; Bellevue High School appears to be interested in graduating only capable (easily taught) students rather than focusing on graduating a higher percentage of the total students. If your child is a self driven high achiever she/he will do well. On the other hand; if your child is a true 'individual' who follows his/her own path then BHS will encourage you to attend elsewhere since their program is geared to AP students. The second problematic area concerns peer/social acceptance of new students; BHS student body has a poor record in making new students (not from the Bellevue feeder schools) feel welcome.

- submitted by a parent

November 13, 2003
The administration and counseling staff at this school is awful. There are exceptions, but this school has poor leadership, which in my opinion is it's only problem. I've heard from other parents and students complaints about the counselors. And the vice-principals are awfully strict and unconnected to the students. They care more about credits and AP than the actual classes kids can benefit from.

- submitted by a parent

November 08, 2003
Bellevue is so obsessed with AP courses since it was commended for it's high scores last year that it will soon be requiring them in order to graduate. Not all students at Bellevue High School should be in advanced placement, and ruining their GPAs for the sake of AP doesn't make sense. There is an extreme sense of racial favoritism towards minorities at Bellevue. A good school would care equally for all of their students no matter what their race is. Students who need to switch their classes because they are too difficult usually aren't allowed. Evidently the administration would rather have them try but fail then have them pass. It's all about credits, too. I've heard of students skipping levels, etc, then being forced to take a freshmen level their senior year. This just shows how disorganized the administration is.

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2003
Bellevue is an excellent school with great leadership, strong academics, mostly excellent teachers, and strong parent involvement. They really push the AP classes and community service, which is necessary to get into the top notch colleges. The office staff is not only rude to the kids but the parents as well. When girls LAX, swimming and track win State Championship,little recognition is given next to boys football!

- submitted by a parent

September 04, 2003
Superior program for the bright, well motivated student. Wide selection of classes and programs. Very concerned and helpful teachers.

- submitted by a parent

June 21, 2003
Parent and child are equally delighted with Bellevue High School - and we have a previous high school to compare with.

- submitted by a community member

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Bellevue High School
10416 Wolverine Way, Bellevue, WA  98004
(425) 456-7000
Last modified Bellevue High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bellevue High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top