School Details

B M C Durfee High School

360 Elsbree St, Fall River, MA 02720
(508) 675-8100

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 2228 students 13 students/teacher (MA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade


Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2010-2011 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math, and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fall River School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards


Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCASSTE)

In 2010-2011 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fall River School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

B M C Durfee High School is a public high school in Fall River. The principal of B M C Durfee High School is Ralph Olsen. 2,228 children attend B M C Durfee High School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 72% of the 2,228 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at B M C Durfee High School is 13:1. Bishop Connolly 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

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 70% 65%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 5%
Asian 5% %
Hispanic 16% 19%
Multiracial 1% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.09% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72% 78%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    I absolutely love this school. Coming from Atlantis Charter I was extremely nervous as to matters of size and the people I would encounter. Since the very first day I started I've enjoyed every minute of it. The students are like a family and the teachers are so close with their students and genuinely care contrary to popular belief. I've developed relationships with each and everyone of my teachers and have not a single complaint. Socially there are such real-world lessons you could never learn anywhere else. Academically you are challenged and pushed to succeed. You must take charge of your own education in order to reach maximum potential which I have most certainly done. Mr. Marshall is an amazing principal and has really taken great steps to improve the once-tarnished-reputation of the school. Since Durfee can not pick and chose its students the academics taught are not showcased by each student to their true potential. Class choices are limitless and cater to the needs of every type of person. Compared to the other high school in Fall River there is no competition. You would regret going to any other school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Durfee and I'm sure most of the student population would agree. The teaching staff is amazing and they're all involved with the school. Most people have so much school spirit and it's just a pleasure to go to school everyday. It's a great learning environment and I would highly suggest it to anyone.

  • (6 years ago)

    If you attend BMC Durfee Highschool you are gaining an excellent highschool experience. If you are an above-average student there are many ways that you can get ahead such as taking advanced classes or by participating in duel enrollment classes. If you are not above-average the teachers at Durfee push you so that you reach your full potential and possibly become an above-average student. There is no better school in Massachusetts.

  • (6 years ago)

    The best school in the state of massachusetts. Being a student here i get an amazing education and my teachers push my class mates and myself to the best of our abilities.

  • (7 years ago)

    The new administration installed last year is really turning the school around. Students are on task at all times. There is no one in the halls. Students get to class on time. The leadership team is in the cafeteria at all lunches and push around garbage cans to collect refuse and at the same time meeting and greeting students. Very clever. Teachers are expected to teach at the highest levels and those who choose not to are encouraged to retire or leave. Students are transferring IN to the school. The dropout rate is going down due to new teachers administrators and new effective programs. There is a new spirit here.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have no major complaints about Durfee I just wish they'd stop changing the way things work every single year. As soon as you get used to one way of going about your day it changes to something completely different.

  • (7 years ago)

    Durfee is an awesome school! The teachers are great and there are tons of fun activities for students to get involved with. It's a great place to learn and...have fun!

  • (7 years ago)

    i think this is a great school.It gives Young adults the lesson on life with all the people that are in that school. Also all the after schol activities are great if parent work till around 3 30. Helps boost young adult social life.

  • (8 years ago)

    As an honor and up-coming AP student I have found that the students who complain about the quality of education they are recieving at Durfee are the students who have no business complaining in the first place! Those who complain about the lack of appropriate resources and 'zoo-like' classrooms are usually the students found in the lowest level classes offered. They complain that their education is not up to par...but that is their own doing. Durfee is a school like any other. There are good students and bad students good aspects and bad aspects. The under-performing half of the school shouldn't be complaining! At Durfee if you work hard you succeed if not...well that is your own doing.

  • (10 years ago)

    Hi I am a Junior here at Durfee High School. I agree with my fellow peers on some perspectives. Our school is made to seem worse than it is. We have many great students and many who are not willing to learn. For the students who do want to learn our school does not provide us with enough text books or teachers. I find it ironic the State blames the teachers for our 'low performance' when the state should ask themselves how they expect our teachers to inspire us and teach us when we dont have the resources. We Have some good after school activities but I think we should have more. I'm not even going to comment on our principals but i must say our latest prospect is a very nice man. Our school also has a lot of drug activity that is not being handled. -Kendra Neto

  • (10 years ago)

    Hi my name is Jose and im currently a junior and I just want to voice what I a student feel about the school in which everyone is so quick to put down. I've read some of the messages that were posted about our school and I find them just a little funny. The first message was about a young girl who tried out for sports and wasn't chosen. Tell me how is it that your going to rate and entire high school on the fact that your daughter might not have been good at volleyball? Let's be serious. The second response I can agree with it a little but not every class is a total zoo. I take all honors courses and not one of my classes are misorderly or 'zoo' like.

  • (10 years ago)

    I would like to say that my daughter is now a senior at Durfee and she cant wait to get out of there. She says its very clicky and she got discouraged when she was a freshman because they only picked two freshman for the volly ball team she didnt have a chance then they told her to try out her sophmore year and still nothing she realized that ya really need to know someone to get into sports there... and I as a parent think its discusting that the school passes students to the next grade even if they did not pass the entire year in all classes. its ridiculous. if they fail one class they need to stay back ... like the old days. in fall river

  • (10 years ago)

    I'm a student at BMC Durfee High and it's going through changes constantly. This is my senior year and I've had three principals. Some of the classes are total zoos. The teachers let them talk and do whatever they please while they either do nothing at all or try to teach a lesson. I would reccomend this school to some people. If they want the good classes they can go to guidance and explain the situation and try to get honors courses.

  • (11 years ago)

    I dont think that my school isn't all that bad. We dont have enough money to do everything. Because of all the teachers retiring we dont have enough teachers for incoming freshmen. The state isn't giving enough of money for books teachers afterschool activities sports ect. our school has to take money from each fund to pay for everything. That is why we dont get taught how we should because of the cash shortage. They need so many teachers and the only people how want the jobs are poor teachers.

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