School Details

Belvidere High School

1500 East Avenue, Belvidere, IL 61008
(815) 547-6345

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1211 students 16 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade


Prairie State Achievement Exam Results (PSAE)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Belvidere Community Unit School District 100 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Belvidere High School is a public high school in Belvidere. The principal of Belvidere High School is Mr. Todd Martens. 1,211 children attend Belvidere High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 3% of the Belvidere High School students have "limited English proficiency." 29% of the 1,211 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 45% get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Belvidere High School is 16:1. Belvidere North High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • German
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 61% 62%
Hispanic 32% 30%
Multiracial 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Asian 2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45% 42%
Limited English proficiency 3% 10%
Economically disadvantaged 29% 34%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    BHS is a great school. My 3rd and last child is a current student the other two have graduated. Teachers are great and want to help the students. Online access to students grades and attendance on a daily basis is a huge plus. With the new school on the north side of town crowding is no longer an issue. New this year is juniors who qualify are attending their last two years at Rock Valley College and able to earn their diploma and AA degree at the same time.

  • (6 years ago)

    Being a senior at BHS I pretty much know whats up at this school. For the most part the teachers are great. There are the few who are not exceptional but is there a school that is perfect? The guidance office on the other hand is horrible. They have never been able to help me with any of my questions concerns or schedule changes. The building itself is kind of rundown. We don't have all of the new stuff that the new school has but it is not like Bhs is dilapitated or anything. The best part of the building is its performing arts center. The school has a great arts program. I dont know much about the sports program but football is a big deal here

  • (8 years ago)

    I personally think Belvidere High School is a good school for regular kids. Some families simply can't afford the great quality and very expensive schools. Belvidere High School is a good school compared to the schools which have metal detectors and police officers and drug sniffing dogs throughout the school. It has great extracurricular activities. Some of us simply can't afford going to a private school. I'm thankful I'm going to Belvidere High School and not a broken down school.

  • (9 years ago)

    The school is not bad at all but it's just way too crowded.

  • (9 years ago)

    We have 3 children that have passed through Belvidere High School so far and I think children can exceed at Belvidere if they take advantage of what the school offers and avoid trouble. None of them got in fights (all of them are boys) and I found the teachers and coaches to be personally interested and caring of the children in their care. Our oldest son had mono freshman year and was out for 4 months and the school saw to it that a tutor came every night and brought his homework back and forth he even took his finals at home. He kept his grades up the entire time and returned to school healthy and up to speed with the other kids. He could not have done this without the help of a caring staff. Again children get what they put into their high school experience at Belvidere.

  • (9 years ago)

    I was in Belvidere schools from kindergarten through High School and I feel that the quality of education was minimal at best. Both my sister and I endured harshness from some of our teachers and therefore enhanced our low self-esteem. In general I feel that we would have done better in school had our teachers actually acted liked they cared about their students rather than being so negative. Part of a teacher's job is to be a positive role model in a student's life. Not someone to consistently put a child down. We both turned out to be well adjusted young women but through no contribution of the Belvidere School system.

  • (9 years ago)

    I have 2 children enrolled this year and 1 more going next year. I do not believe the teachers care enough about the kids. There are way to many fights in that school and we now have a lockdown in each classroom after the bell rings. I want a safe and caring enviroment for my kids and this definetely is not the school for that

  • (9 years ago)

    I believe that this school is a pretty good place for students to learn. While there are fights the administration does everything it can to prevent them and when they do occur the students involved are punished. There are a wide variety of classes students can take to help them with developing their skills. There are many college bound classes students can take. The teachers are great and each teacher is different. There are also many great clubs that students can paticipate in.

  • (11 years ago)

    My child was enrolled here for the first yr. and had to be removed for her own safety's sake because the school could not guarantee her safety. There are constant fights in the school that are ignored by all including teachers.It's a very poor school to send a child too and I would definitely think very hard before enrolling anyone there.

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