I have experienced a very negative experience at Beverly Hills High. Be very careful if you're looking to send your child here. The school is not a diverse community. There is a District culture of sifting out students using claims of non residency. They follow children around to see where they go. Kids in co-custody arrangements could be kicked out if they're not at least 50% in the home of a parent in the District. I also concur with the parent who wrote buildings need a facelift. Why pay to follow kids but not update old buildings?
Beverly Hills High School is a public high school in Beverly Hills. The principal of Beverly Hills High School is Carter Paysinger, whose e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. 1,975 students go to Beverly Hills High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 4% of the Beverly Hills High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 5% of the 1,975 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Beverly Hills High School is 20:1. Moreno High (Continuation) School is one of the nearest high schools.
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While there are some things that could be improved and some teachers that should be fired I really enjoyed Beverly. Coming from a private school I found Beverly very welcoming and even better than my private school (for 30k less). The athletics and academics are top notch. I would definately choose Beverly over a private school any day. Beverly is great.
I totally concur with the negative comments. Proof that academics is second to athletics is the bell schedule and that one-third of the graduating class will be going to a community college. The principal should be fired. The policies should be revamped to support and motivate kids to strive for excellence. The counselors and teachers should encourage the same. The old building is depressing and needs a paint job. The pest problems need to be better addressed. This school needs a major overhaul. I am so sorry my kid attends this school.
A graduate of Beverly myself my son will be attending this Fall and we are truly blessed to have him do so. There are so many groups and programs for him to join and his wonderful Councelor has already set a course for him For the next four years. I am married to an educator with over 23 years of teaching expearience and we are both very happy to send out sons to Beverly. This is truly a blessing
We have found that BHHS has some gifted experienced caring teachers. However some gifted teachers have been let go and abusive teachers allowed to stay on causing some students to flee the school and a climate of demoralization to linger for those who stay; the school is overall slanted more towards athletics than academics however mediocre athletic results are the accepted norm; the campus is run down and dirty and some of the textbooks are so old they disintegrate in your hands yet the district spends millions of school dollars on lawsuits against the city s subway builders and former school district employees 4) a thick policy manual called DISCIPLINE is off-putting to students and parents making it seem like they're going to prison not school 5) the theater program is not competitive sad for the onetime high school of gifted Hollywood actors 6) there is nothing educationally cutting-edge inspirational or supportive that trickles down from this administration instead there is a palpable feeling of neglect in the hallways unhappiness in the students faces. This school and district need some smart experienced and caring leadership FAST. People are moving away.
I find it laughable that the majority of negative reviews come from parents. Beverly Hills High is a fantastic school that places high precedents on its students. In general the teachers are strong and are also ready to help students when assistance is needed. The faculty is typically diligent in its work but it occasionally slacks off and can become difficult to contact. My only other gripe is that most of the facilities and especially the main building are outdated and in need of repair. Really the main building needs dynamite.
hi my son goes to this school. he constantly complains on the lack of quality teachers a dirty campus and bogus rules. ive talked to my friends and there kids have said the same. just because this school is in beverly hills people think that this school is at a high standard. its the exact opposite. grades do not reflect on the student whatsoever the teachers barely engage their students the rules that i have read make no sense and are unnecessarily brutal. the counselors dont help my son suceed and its just painful seeing him so unhappy with his school as is the same with about 90% of his classmates. not a good school highly dont recommend.
Beverly has great academics and dedicated teachers. However I think the school needs to work on building more school pride and extra-curricular involvement. Many of the students have a "too cool for school" attitude and do not participate in school clubs or even social events. Also college counseling services can always be improved to help students strengthen their applications. Despite the strong academic preparation provided by Beverly the acceptance rate of students by top tier colleges is not as high compared to local private schools such as Harvard Westlake.
BHHS is an excellent school if you are willing to work. If you are lazy or decide to concentrate on socializing obtaining good grades will be difficult. The good news is that because so many of the children lack a work ethic you can do anything because the school and faculty offer a great variety of programs and support. If you carve out the top 20% of student my guess is that BHHS would be on par with the best high schools on the planet. People who whine about having to be on time or require the trappings of private schools really should not go to BHHS. If you (student or parent) are afraid of the impact of a strangely diverse student body BHHS is also not for you. If you are focused on having friends like you in a country club setting you should go somewhere else. BHHS is not the real world but it does represent a subset of that world -- those who are financially successful either because they are smart or they are connected to wealth.
This school is great. I as a student know possibly better than the parents here so please hear my plea. This school is an extremely strict school and demands much from all the students. Tardiness sluggishness and disruptive behavior causes all the teachers to be bent out of shape. As for the foreign students the majority of this school is Persian and/or Jewish. But generally racism and vulgarity rarely consists in the school's daily talk. In fact I haven't seen drugs or any of the typical day high school sights. "Snotty rich kids" is a terrible cliche to the extent that I find this school rather filled with average wealth students that are a bit more babied than other high schools. There ARE however some rich students who simply borrow their cars from their parents. But it's a school not a place to measure wealth and criticize people about their stature so why should ANYONE care? The teachers can be a handful and the insanely busy hallways with strange people can seem a bit unwelcoming but once one gets the hang of it and learns how to use the school to their advantage they're really ready to succeed. This is overall a great school.
Before you send your child to Beverly Hills High School be sure to read the "Attendance Policy" under the "Parents" tab on the website. They deduct more than 1/2 a point from your grade each time you're a 1 second late. They also refuse to allow students to make up classwork if say someone steals their book. The math teacher refused to allow my kid to use a calculator from the school for a math test when my kid didn't have their own calculator. When another kid lent my kid a calculator the teacher took it away from my kid. When you are reading the reviews on this school notice how many of them sound like they might have been written by the same source. BHHS isn't about helping kids get into college or academics. My kid was an honor student when we started at BHHS and because of unavoidable absenses and tardies mean kids stealing books and bullying my kid is lucky to be coming out of this year with a "B" average even though my kid got good grades on tests and assignments. And since most of the kids at BHHS are from another country not America your kid will be dealing with all the richness of cultures that really don't like Americans. Good luck.
This is my daughters first year at BHHS. She is entering the 10th grade. I was a little concerned about my child fitting in considering we are not rich and minority. I was suprised that for the most part the students are pretty friendly and my daughter joined a sport team and met even more friends. The staff is very helpful and accomodating at well. My daughter is transitioning very well!
Once in a while you get a teacher who expects the student to learn the subject himself. A lot is on the student. This school is meant for brilliant children. Courses are amazing! Honors everything. AP everything.... prepare to get high scores on the SAT and ACT.
Having been to both a private high school and Beverly I can tell you that public school (for me at least) has not been a very nurturing welcoming or fun place to go to school. The administration takes weeks to do anything. My counselor has been very hard to reach. They have such strict policies regarding attendance and turning in work that I honestly feel like it is a prison. At Beverly most kids drive mercedes BMWs audis range rovers and i have even seen a few porsches. If you are considering private or public high school (from my experience) i now 100% feel as though private school is worth the money. They are smaller more nurturing and an overall better place to grow as both a student and person.
i sendt my daughter there last year for her freshman year. At fisrt we were a little worried she might not fight in as we are not "of money" But she fit in well. The students were nice and the staff were excellent and helpful whenever I had a question or concern. This year she goes to another school and doesnt do as well. We will be sending her back to BHHS for her next 2 years of H.S.
When my child has two inspiring teaches I'm feel fortunate. Last year she had three!
From a student's point of view Beverly has pros as well as cons. The school's various activites and programs are good and the counselors are very helpful. But I feel that many teachers at the school are not as strong in their academic teaching as I hoped. Another problem is the cultural and learning environment. There are less cultural backgrounds than most schools. I believe the school could work on improving the learning environment. Students should feel that they are part of the community but the community is not that strong.
This school is a tremendous disappointment. As a resident of BH I send my daughter to BHHS. But frankly this school is just as bad as most of the failing schools you hear about in LAUSD and for the same reasons apathetic teachers whose only goal is retirement (and a union that supports them); figurehead principals who really don't know much about instruction (focus on 'management' rather than vision/leadership); kids who are allowed to function as little adults; zero accountability for teachers/district brass. The only difference is I know the likelihood of my child being victimized (like students at Manual Arts Crenshaw Dorsey etc.) is virtually '0.'
Beverly is probably has one of the most cosmopolitan sophisticated open minded student bodies of any public high school in the United States. It is a liberal predominantly Jewish school where a high majority of students not only go on to college but to some of the best universities. The staff doesn't live up to the quality of their students but these students are so self motivated it is only an annoyance.
If you get a teacher you don't like it is either drop the class and don't achieve in the higher class or man-up and face failure. The only thing that is good about this school is that if you need help from your counselor they will give it to you. Otherwise everything that is said about this school is a complete lie. The most important thing about going to the highschool is what school you came from. On the outside parents see hugs and kisses but what they don't know is that they are from the same school and they are doing that from their original school. If your child went to Beverly Vista especially i would suggest you change them to another one of the schools. The vibe that one sees of the kids from the other schools is important when you want your child to remember their highschool.
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