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Bothell High School

Public | 10-12 | 1578 students

 

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Posted May 16, 2014

I absolutely love BHS. Most people are really nice and if not they wont bother you. I like most of my teachers although the Spanish 100 teachers are not so great. There are so many clubs and extracurricular activities that will suit almost anyone. The education and great and so are the sports. My first day there as a sophomore wandering around during lunch with my friend, we were asked to sit down immediately from really nice seniors. The ASB is full of really nice people and the school spirit is strong. Go Cougs!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 2, 2013

I went to Bothell High School for about a semester my sophomore year of high school. I transferred from MTHS to live with my dad. The first thing I have to say is that going from an extremely diverse school such as Terrace to a school where I don't remember seeing any other race other than white still boggles me to this day. My experience at Bothell as a middle to lower class half-white, half-asian girl who looks Mexican was very difficult. I was obviously the "new kid" because I started about a month in a half into the semester. At Terrace, the new kid is always welcomed, talked to, invited to sit, and encouraged that they're officially a Hawk. I would know because, I was one of those students that always talked to the new kid, showed them where their classes where, asked them to sit with me and lunch and all my friends did the same. But at Bothell, no one talked to me, and when I reached out, I was rejected. I ate lunch in a bathroom stall for a semester, alone. I transferred back to Terrace the next semester. I can honestly say I hated Bothell High School. The students there are horrible people that judge, discriminate, and reject others not like them. The teachers do the same.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 3, 2011

Let me tell you, high school is a whole ton better than junior high in some aspects, but worse in others. I really liked the overall education experience I had here because it clearly prepared me for the university that was admitted to, so this is a pretty great place to get in for college/university. We've had alumnus go to Yale, Tufts, Georgetown, NYU, UW, Princeton, UPenn, Penn State, UCLA, Berkeley, etc. This place has top-notch academic with the upper division classes. However, there are some not-so-bright teachers here especially in the humanities and language department. But my overall experience was very good at BHS and I feel like it taught me competence for the real world academics. The social scene is below average, though. While there are very good crowds and influences, there are awful clique-ish types, which dominate the social scene. The football hype here is insane. We're very much a football school. If you don't attend football, it's like you're some alien and is treated as one. The sports are great here and there are vast organizations for extracurricular activities such as FBLA, Key Club, LGBT, ASB, Honor Society, International club, harry potter haha. Good place
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 8, 2010

i am a student at Bothell and i think that it has been a great experience thus far! i read another review saying that bhs was the worst high school they ever sent their children to and i have no clue how they could think that! The teachers are amazing and the students are all very accepting. But the best part of bhs is the atmosphere! the school spirit is amazing and at football games you can really feel the sense of community and school pride! you hear so many horrible stories about high school and bothell deffinatly does not follow them! i will be sad when i leave but ill be proud to say i was a bothell cougar! GO COUGS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2010

There are some great teachers at BHS and some bad teachers. (The physics teacher my student had did not understand physics; he set up problems wrong on tests and got the laws of Thermodynamics scrambled). The other problem Bothell has is terrible math curriculum. The math teachers have adapted this bad curriculum to be more learners friendly. My student told us that frequently teachers left their classes for extended periods of time. Her Spanish teacher frequently left a movie playing while she went out of the classroom. The spirit is amazing at BHS. They have a dedicated and talented football coach. They also have other amazing coaches. It is a good school to be an athlete in. Waiting for Superman described the school with a new gym and new performing arts building. That nails Bothell High School. It seems to be like the school of Emma, in the movie.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Amazing drama department, amazing football team, extraordinary math teachers, science teachers that get my kids excited to learn
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Bothell High School has the kind of spirit that used to be found in high schools in the 1950's. The entire community cheers for their football team and attends their games. On game days you can go to the local teriyaki restaurant (a favorite haunt of BHS students) and find it full of students and players dressed in their jerseys and sporting their school colors. Face paint is a common site. They have a fantastic marching band and a booster club like no other. Go Bothell Cougars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2008

I'm a senior at Bothell taking mostly honors and AP courses. The classes are interesting and demanding but not overwhelming (yet). I like all but one of my teachers this year. The new building is awesome. The sports here are awesome and school spirit is HUGE. If you aren't into sports there are tons of afterschool clubs and activities that you can get involved with. Overall, a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2008

Excellent school, some teachers teach in a politically partison fasion because of the elections, but most are fair. Great programs and really nice campus. Kids are great except a small perfect.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2008

I read the review from the parent that thinks that Bothell is the worst school they've ever experienced. I have no clue what school they are talking about, but it isn't Bothell. I have 7 children, 4 have gone thru high schools, two at Bothell. The other two wish they had gone to this school as well. So, if you aren't taking advantage of the good stuff stop complaining about the bad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2008

I have been going to Bothell High for two years now and I could not ask for anything more from a high school. I have grown greatly as a student and as a person. There is a great sense of community and the students strive for excellence in academics, athletics, and in the fine arts. The classes are well paced and rigorous but are not too stressful. The honors and AP courses are great. The teachers are more than willing to help students succeed. The music program is astonishing as well. I would recommend BHS without a doubt; it is a truly rewarding place to be.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2008

I graduated from BHS & am very proud to say that. The teachers are amazingly dedicated & I have never seen more of a community feeling around a single school!


Posted May 21, 2008

Frankly, this is most awful High School we have ever experienced. With the exception of a few Teachers this school district would bebetter off simply eliminating this school althougether.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2008

This school has wonderful school spirit! Definatly more than any school we have come across! We have excellent school sports, where the students each are good in their own way. Being a junior there right now, i know that the school is accepting and there are no cliques! With excellent teachers. i highly recommend sending your kids here!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2007

I love Bothell. I have grown so much as a person, as well as a student, while attending BHS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 16, 2006

This school has changed in the four years since I graduated. Students have always had a nice amount of school spirit, with the obligatory attendance at school games. More recently, however, I have noticed an increase in school sports attendance and an equal increase in school spirit. Admittedly, I never ran with the 'school spirit' crowd, and I am looking back wishing I had done so. The teachers I had were all great, I learned valuable lessons from each and every teacher I had at that school. I've gone back several times to chat and visit wtih my former teachers, and looking back, I'm glad I was a Cougar!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 23, 2004

I love attending this school. The administration is fantastic and the teachers are wonderful. There are numerous extracurricular activities, sports and clubs that students can be involved in. I definitely recommend Bothell High School.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2010.

496 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

495 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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93%

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90%

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88%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

475 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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67%

2010

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

490 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

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96%

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94%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Reading

All Students93%
Female95%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian96%
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanic83%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low income86%
Not low income95%
Special education72%
Not special education96%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students95%
Female98%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander98%
Hispanic90%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Low income92%
Not low income96%
Special education86%
Not special education96%
Limited Englishn/a
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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 22% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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30%

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 66% in 2013.

493 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
79%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 28% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 61% in 2013.

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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 19% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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47%

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 35% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 35% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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62%

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63%

2011

 
 
78%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 30% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 23% in 2013.

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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 15% in 2013.

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 34% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 20% in 2013.

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The state average for Integrated Math I was 18% in 2013.

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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students30%
Female50%
Male18%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Low income24%
Not low income34%
Special education13%
Not special education48%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students89%
Female93%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian87%
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial96%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income80%
Not low income92%
Special education71%
Not special education92%
Limited English30%
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students90%
Female91%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial94%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income83%
Not low income93%
Special education91%
Not special education90%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students47%
Femalen/a
Male42%
Blackn/a
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Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income40%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education50%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

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Geometry

All Students62%
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Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

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Integrated Math II

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Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Studentsn/a
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Native Americann/a
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Limited Englishn/a

Biology I

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Not special educationn/a

Geometry

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Whiten/a
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Integrated Math I

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Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 72% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 7%
Hispanic 9% 20%
Two or more races 3% 6%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 12%N/A8%
Special education 112%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 219%N/A44%
Source: 1 WA OSPI, 2009-2010
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 19N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 13N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 72%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Bob Stewart

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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9130 NE 180 St
Bothell, WA 98011
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Phone: (425) 408-7000

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