School Details

Barstow High School

430 South First Avenue, Barstow, CA 92311
(760) 255-6105
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1441 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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  • Barstow Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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  • Barstow Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Barstow Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Barstow High School is a public high school in Barstow. The principal of Barstow High School is Derrick Delton and can be contacted at derrick_delton@busdk12.com. 1,441 children attend Barstow High School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Native American or Native Alaskan. 11% of the Barstow High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 65% of the 1,441 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Barstow High School is 22:1. Central High (Continuation) School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 54% 46%
White, non-Hispanic 25% 31%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% %
Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Asian 2% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% 5976%
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 17%
Filipino 1% 0.9%
Multiracial 1% %
Unspecified 0.05% 0.03%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 65% 57%
Limited English proficiency 11% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I have a problem with my ex-wife that she dont let me see my daughter's and the school is very far from where I live.

  • (2 years ago)

    Barstow High school has the best principal around. I was afraid to send my child to high school because of bullies and I feel great that there was no problem. My son even brings his I PAD to school because of the IEP (special needs program) He is allowed to bring items that will help him do better in school through the help. I was worried about theft though there was not a problem. Other students left him alone and did not bother him. The teachers knew he needed help though did not just pass him through and he had to work for his grades. The teachers treat him with respect and e-mailed me if there was a problem. He is now going in the 10th grade passing all his classes. I am very thankful for all the teachers staff and principal. The staff is always polite when I visit. Even the Vice Principal took care of issues for me so I did not have to bother the principal. Even the staff that was out helping with the traffic is friendly and able to move the traffic through. All and all I feel that my son is safe and he is working hard for his grades.

  • (2 years ago)

    Honestly this school isn't that great. There are some good teachers that care that their students graduate but a majority mainly those with tenor could care less and simply be happy getting paid.

  • (4 years ago)

    i love it it rocks i luv my school i would be honored to have my kids (when i have some) to go there

  • (5 years ago)

    Barstow may be rough around the edges but all in all it is a great place to be. You just have to surround yourself by good people and you get what you put in.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a parent of 3 who have attended or are attending BHS currently. 2 of my children are graduating with Bachelors Degrees This Summer (2009). One will go on become a Teacher in the Barstow Unified School District and the other will go on to get their PHD. My 3rd child is looking to attend UC Berkley Next year. ALL were approached by their counselors but they too had to make the effort.They have done VERY well for themselves thus far which can all be attributed to their Instructors Parents and themselves. I strongly suggest that if you have a problem with the school you look at yourself and your child before blaming the school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a current student here at BHS and this school is amazing! The teachers are great with the exception of a small group of 'OUTSIDERS' Ive learned alot throughout my high school career (Im a Senior) and made alot of great friends our athletics program is great our cheerleaders went to nationals this year. My counselors DID call me in and talked to me about my future and whenever I was falling behind I would get called in only to be motivated and be pushed to do better in my school work. I WOULD DEFINIETLY RECOMEND YOU SEND YOUR CHILD HERE!

  • (6 years ago)

    I could not recommend sending a child to Barstow High. Very unorganized. Children are put in out of control classroom. Good teachers are let go. They bring in Sub's who tell students to sit there because they do not know what to do because they do not have a lesson plan? Counseling staff and Administration will not return phone calls. Students are unable to see their counselor. My daughter does have 4 teachers who inspire and motivate her. Not one time has a counselor spoken to her about her future plans if she wants to go to college. Counselors are unavailable to students?

  • (6 years ago)

    This school has an exceptional band program and cross country program. However that is as good as it gets! The discipline is a major concern as it directly affects the education and safety of the children. This school needs major reform.

  • (7 years ago)

    Parent involvement is not what it should be you have the same parents who are always involved their students are high achievers. Band parents seem interested but in general it is hard to involve parents who don't seem to have time. There are quality teachers but without 'quality' parents students seem to 'slack' up. We are looking for ways to involve and eductate more parents as to what the students and school are doing. Parent parternering would increase the quality of education and the overall rating of the school.

  • (8 years ago)

    The quality of teachers at Barstow High is amazing. There are always a few teachers that stray from the norm at Barstow High but those are few teachers. I am fully confident that Barstow High prepared me for college and for life. The music department is the best in the High Desert and is able to compete with the state of California. The sports teams are fair and do well through teamwork heart and determination not through talent.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great atmosphere teachers there call you by name and recognize you as more than just another ID number! I felt pretty safe there and I grew up with most of my senior class from Kindergarten to eighth grade!

  • (9 years ago)

    The academic programs are geared towards conformity and busy work with a few exceptions of a few of the teachers. Counselors and teachers seem only to be aware of a few students. Many gifted students are lost if unknown in the community and are judged based on appearances. When descrepancies are brought to the attention of higher administrative authority not much is done to correct it. Music program is great but the art sports and other activities minimal or lacking proper direction. Parent involvement often criticized by staffed but then again not always welcomed either.

  • (10 years ago)

    Parent involvement seems to be low. Good band program...minimal art program. Faculty tretched VERY thin...seem to care but just overwhelmed.

  • (10 years ago)

    The school building and system is out dated. The Students do not know how to enjoy school because the system is so strict. They concentrate on rules they leave no room for school spirit or enjoyment. Most parents or relatives are not allowed to partipate. I went to a 2004 Graduation and they banned the guest the joy of bringing balloons and flowers.

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