An admin that encourages student leadership, an efficient & friendly front office staff (which cannot be underestimated), and a solid community of coaches, teachers, parents, and students work together at BHS to build what I have observed to be an extraordinary experience for students. BHS has competent & approachable teachers. Some are even the best of the best (motivating, scholarly, hard-working, dedicated, respected, etc.). Students seem to really love this school & being on its campus. After school, the campus is still a buzz with students involved in sports, music, theatre, performance groups, clubs, decorating the school, etc. The sense of school pride & spirit is rich and the students should be proud of themselves for inspiring this attitude & atmosphere. Parents are also a joint part of the landscape. They regularly volunteer & support various fundraisers, activities, and events. BHS parents are especially supportive of the arts. The admin does not patronize or minimize the concerns of its students (or parents). Instead admin encourages student leadership and for students to take ownership of their education & campus. No school is perfect, but BHS easily gets 5 stars.
I don't recommend this high school unless you are prepared to completely conform to their ideologies and cheer along. The administration doesn't know how to deal with real problems and real people. They have some very nice teachers, but also some awful ones. The current principal has a number of backward and intolerant attitudes, even flaunting rejection of best education practices in some subjects by virtue of support from a kind of "hoi polloi" element. Key individuals in guidance and placement are highly immature,with poor grasp of important developmental issues, and play a lot of destructive and dishonest games with serious matters affecting families and students' futures, making life very unpleasant at times for students and quite worrisome for parents. If you are looking for an overall reflective & democratic environment with fair minded, egalitarian thinkers who truly put students before their petty politics and overgrown egos, look elsewhere. Attention to college application issues is poor.
We love BHS! This school has TONS of school spirit. The teachers and staff are simply fantastic. The use of technology is terrific. Our teachers care so much and do all they can for the students. I can't think of a better high school than this!
it's the best school ever they have great teachers and this is the best freshmen year ever go bellingham
I could not ask to attend a better high school. The building is clean, the teachers do their very best to create a good learning environment, our priciple is AMAZING, the athletics may not have the best coaches but the school spirit is incredible, even the lunch food is good. With academics: you get what you put in. The techers and counselors will definitely support you. I love this school and will be sad to leave it.
We have the best principal in the history of the universe, and lots of great teachers who are very charismatic.
its an amazing school. i couldnt be more happier to be going here. =]
The principal, Steve Clarke, of Bellingham is friends with everyone. He is the most inspiring man, and all of the students look up to him. Freedom is a major concept - kids don't abuse their rights of off campus lunches and breaks. As a freshman, it helps me become more independent and I cherish my walks through the colorful strips of resturaunts downtown. Respect for other schools remains strong, and games against other schools are clean without any verbal or cruel comments. All you can see is red at stadiums. There is a range of different types of people who go there, so it's so effective to how I think about people in general. There isn't any cliques. It's like a big family there. Even though the school is huge, there is so many oppurtunites there and an endless list of choices for electives and classes. Go there.
As a parent of a freshman at BHS I just wanted to say that I couldn't have asked for a better high school! Steve Clarke was awarded the title as the 'Best Principal in Washington State' and either the second or third best in the nation for public schools. The facility is outstanding. It was newly renovated just a couple years back which definitely sets itself apart from the other two schools in the district. I know that one of the things that my daughter enjoys about Bellingham High School is the privilege to leave the building at lunch as a freshman. Other schools allow sophomores, juniors, and seniors leave for lunch, but BHS is the only one that allows freshman too as well. The school is conveniently located a couple blocks away from many restaurants. There are many other aspects of Bellingham that are fantastic, too many to type!
I love Bellingham High School. I'm a freshman and I think out of all 3 schools Bellingham is the best (I have friends at all of them)! The Principal, Mr. Steve Clarke is an amazing principal, one of the best in the country! Whoever said that this school needs to improve it's principal leadership is crazy! When given the choice between Squalicum and Bellingham High School, I chose Bellingham in a heart beat! Why does Bellingham get over 600 transfer applications a year? It's simple, it's an outstanding school! Theres no other school that I would rather spend 180 days a year at!
I love Bellingham! This is my first year there and I love it. I'm never scared to go in the bathrooms or down hallways because everything is safe and clean. Mr.Clark is the best principal ever! He walks around school at lunch picking up peoples garbage! He is always there and knows many of the students by name. I would highly reccomend this school to anyone!
With a variety of extracurricular activities and clubs, ranging from sports to economics, Bellingham High School offers something for everyone. BHS couldn't ask for a better principal. Mr. Clarke spends time getting to know the students and listening to them and their needs. He respects the students and, in turn, they respect him. Mr. Clarke has high expectations for faculty and students alike and, because he has earned their respect, his expectations are met by most. If you are looking for a school that will welcome your student while challenging him/her academically, look no further! Our daughter attended BHS for four years and we would strongly recommend this school to anyone.
Bellingham is a wonderful school. My child has attended her whole high school and loved it. I never heard one complaint.
Bellingham High School is a great high school, it truly shapes its students and lives by their 'collective committments' that honor respect. You will never find a better principle than Mr. Steve Clarke who truly loves each of his students. Every teacher is knowledgable and generous. BHS is a truly a unique high school and I couldn't recommend it enough.
My student after moving from Sehome found that Bellingham wasnt challenging. Very disapointed in this school. Would not recommend
I wouldn't want to be anywhere other than BHS! The combination of the amazing community, the amount of activities offered, the atmosphere of the school itself and the people involved make it top notch! They make me want to go to school everyday. It's a brand new absolutly beautiful school, and the Collective Commitments that were developed by students before we opened spell out the main expectations of the members or our school community without making them feel like rules. Simply put they are to treat all members of the BHS community with respect, treat our building with respect, and to stress the importance of quality work. It's an incredible school, and I'm going to miss it when I graduate!
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