School Details

Burnsville Senior High School

600 East Hwy 13, Burnsville, MN 55337
(952) 707-2100

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Public Grades 9-12 2117 students 20 students/teacher (MN avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade


Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II)

In 2011-2012 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10, and math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD)

In 2011-2012 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing, 10 in reading, and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
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About this school

Burnsville Senior High School is a public high school in Burnsville. The principal of Burnsville Senior High School is David Helke, whose e-mail is 2,117 children attend Burnsville Senior High School and identify as Asian/Pacific Islander; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 29% of the 2,117 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Burnsville Senior High School is 20:1. Southeast Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 8%
Hispanic 9% 13%
White, non-Hispanic 68% 57%
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 17%
Asian 10% %
Multiracial 1% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.09% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29% 41%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    This school is filled with teachers that don't care about their students and students that don't care about their education. A very negative and unsafe environment along with high stress standards.

  • (9 months ago)

    I'm in my last year of attending this school and it's occurred to me how much this school is declining. As a senior I was promised all these benefits to being at the end of my schooling career but in the end there is nothing to gain. The cafeteria's "renovation" only made it harder to find a seat not to mention the bathrooms seemed more renovated than the rest of the school. There are a few very good teachers but many of them just expect the kids to learn on their own which is NOT how we learn. Lots of the curriculum was lack-luster and almost seemed thrown together at the last minute just like the school. Too many kids unfair treatment to some more than others rude staff and just an overall unfriendly environment. The only part of my "senior benefits" I've enjoyed is the senior campus. Going back to the main campus for half the day is a nightmare because of the terrible parking lot. There's only one way to get in one way to get out. There are so many reckless drivers that I'm surprised I haven't seen more accidents. This school needs a LOT of help still and I wish I could have enjoyed it more but this carelessness just proved to be a disappointing experience.

  • (1 year ago)

    BHS is a great school with a lot of opportunities for academics and athletics. Burnsville gets an unfair reputation sometimes. Most of that is untrue. Like any school you are going to get out of it what you put into it. Great opportunities for students.

  • (1 year ago)

    It's a great high school with a ton of opportunities to get involved for students. It has the most college in the school offerings of any school in Minnesota.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son attended here and this was the worst for him. He always told me that BHS doesn't take education seriously and now that I have seen it with my eyes I agree. First of all the new assistant principal was very rude to my son. My son is I.E.P. and he always accused my son of doing something wrong evidently making him late to class taking to him pulling him out of class talking to him missing class time and always harassed my son. My son had a teacher swear at him using profanity towards him and the assist principal told him some kids need to be told that. UNPROFESSIONAL SUPPORTING UNPROFESSIONAL! My son once has never had a phone call home never suspension not even detention and he is getting treated this way. Also the teachers did very little to help my son. Staff in the recourse room were very disrespectful to him when he comes and asks for help get's questioned like a criminal when he arrives and teachers would not make time to help my son when he would be on the verge of tears at the table doing his work trying LIKE A GOOD STUDENT! His case manager barely met with him and helped him. This would be the last place on earth you would want to send your kids.

  • (3 years ago)

    If you child is an excellent student they may succeed here.The biggest concern is safety.Extremely large school building 10-12.My son said there was not a day that went by he did not see a violent fight.Never seems to be reported- teachers look the other way and students fearing retaliation do not report.If you can overlook safety concerns-and who can?Perhaps the gifted student will thrive otherwise give alternatives (private online open enrolling out of district)a try.

  • (3 years ago)

    I only had to attend this school for a couple of weeks before I realized just how bad this school is. First off their public transport is more dangerous than riding in the bed of a pickup truck. Not only do they fill every seat on the bus in the afternoon they have the isles and entries of their buses completely filled with students. Secondly the teachers and staff don't care about the well-being of the students that are struggling in any area except for academics. But to be fair I did have a photography teacher who would actually take the time to listen and truly care about any student that's going through a rough patch in their lives. But when it comes to the peers a lot of them are very cruel. The violence is unacceptable. I have been physically threatened on a daily basis and many people have spread unthinkable rumors about me throughout the school. From October until November I have been literally terrified to go to that awful place. I even had a teacher verbally harass me and when I struggled in that class the teacher posted my grades to quite a few students that they know. I would highly advise to stay away if possible. I'm glad to now be a MNVA-HS student ever since.

  • (5 years ago)

    Though it's not the worst school in the district BHS is not the ideal school for a teenager to go into. While there are some nice helpful teachers the problems with the office staff is enough to want to leave the school. They don't care about the students at all. No one takes the time to actually listen to the students. All the school cares about is the rating in the eyes of the parents and other school districts. A select few teachers actually care about the students personally rather than academics. I did not have a good experience and would not recommend this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    It's multicultural the teachers are wonderful and it's a great chance to explore every option before college.

  • (5 years ago)

    It is the only High School in the district but it still feels as if your child is the most important. The school is very good about helping the student succeed to the best of their ability

  • (5 years ago)

    I would just like to say that I can't imagine my high school experience being any better elsewhere. I had so many great opportunities. When I graduate this spring I will have 34 college credits from BHS's College-In-the-Schools program where I can take college level classes on the BHS campus. Burnsville has a very strong program base with many great extracurricular activities as well as fantastic teachers and staff members.

  • (5 years ago)

    Ultimately your high school experience is determined by what you put into it. I found my time at Burnsville High School to be very enjoyable and feel that it prepared me well for college at UW-Madison. Many College in the Schools classes were offered and as a result many students are able to enter college with a sophomore credit standing. Although this school gets ripped on and is often seen as inferior to district 196 high schools I feel as though the education I received was just as good if not better. Burnsville had some great coaches teachers and fans. I really think that the new athletic director is doing a fantastic job. Don't be afraid to send your child here this school is just as good as neighboring ones. The test scores are lower as a result of a high percentage of ESL students not a lack of quality teachers.

  • (6 years ago)

    Amazing friendly people great school smart teachers! my kids love it

  • (6 years ago)

    Our two sons have attended BHS. If you have kids that love music and want to participate in a good band program do not send them to BHS. Unfortunately we have consistently experienced and observed dismal status quo for the band department and all it's realted activities.experienced a less than acceptable band program.

  • (7 years ago)

    Burnsville High is attempting to serve one of the most diverse student populations in the Twin Cities suburbs. There are many administrators and teachers who go above and beyond their job descriptions to try to help willing students succeed and the guidance staff is top-notch. It's a very large school trying to tackle complex problems that go along with a multicultural and varied student population. Sometimes they succeed sometimes not. The opportunities ARE there for students who want them!

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is unfortunately very below average in almost all areas well expect athletics. A few good teachers are overlooked because of the overwhelming amount of ones that don't care

  • (8 years ago)

    Our kids have all gone to BHS. Over the past 6 years we've seen it steadily decline in nearly all categories. If you can afford to send your kids elsewhere do so. This school has serious problems.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a former student at BHS and I have to say the experience was less than helpful. The community at large seemed more interested in sports than academics and parental involvement was very low. I was in choir very smart but very absent student and I asked for help over and over and fell through the cracks. I would never send my children to the Jr highs or high school in Burnsville

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is horrible. The worst my child has been to. Do not send your children here they will only get picked on and staff does nothing about this.

  • (9 years ago)

    As a former student of BHS I think it's important that this particular institution becomes accountable for the students who are below average but above failing. After graduating college I looked back at my BHS experience as fortunate and enjoyable mostly due to a handful of special and gifted teachers. Many of my friends were flat out given up on by the institution very early in their BHS experience. Thankfully most departments had at least one personable/talented educator able to relate with young people. One of the extreme negatives of this institution is that the educators don't appear accountable involving the relationship with parents. I had an easier time in graduate level microeconomics than my parents did just checking in and getting a single quote from a teacher every couple months. Lastly the front office administrators were a disgrace to the public education sector. They simply didn't care.

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