As a student here I want to make it very clear that this is not for everyone - maybe not for anyone. This is simply an unhealthy environment for kids - too much work and not enough youth. A lot of the school self harms and we are taught that other kids are competition not friends. This is not a healthy model. Don't send your kid here if you value their mental health.
Bergen Academies is a public high school in Hackensack. The principal of Bergen Academies is Mr Russell Davis, whose e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. 1,071 children attend Bergen Academies and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 3% of the 1,071 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Bergen Academies is 11:1. Ief-Al-Ghazaly High School is one of the nearest high schools.
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This school has a great system for separating the students who really wish to learn from those who do not.
This school is definitely not for everyone. While the schools atmosphere is smothered with heavy stress with a tinge of freedom(lots of frees you can do anything you want with it i go to the school's fitness center) Only go there if you truly have a passion for learning and a certain subject along with an iron steel pride. You wont be on the top all the time anymore. Everyone there is nice respectful to each other ) the teachers are rocket scientists with crazy degrees but some are really bad at teaching (similar to college professors hint hint ) you have to be emotionally ready organize your time and learn how to learn by yourself and go ahead without your teacher. Most importantly you must jot be ashamed to ask for extra help everyone does at one point or another.
I have no idea why people are complaining about sleep deprivation. Let's face it when you get accepted into an advanced studies school you will not have 10 hours of sleep everyday. I studied in Korea for a little bit and there are MIDDLE schoolers who stayed up all night and got about 0-4 or 5 hours of sleep doing studies and homework. Yes it is unhealthy but if you study hard and get into a good college and nice career all this work would have paid off and you can have a successful life without having to worry about being homeless and not getting a wink of sleep knowing you can't provide for yourself and maybe future children.
Continuing from the previous post due to the character limit I'd like to add that there is some unnecessarily tedious work assigned. However I personally never suffered from chronic sleep deprivation although some BCA students do. I generally sleep eight hours per night which I think is a healthy amount. Remember to use frees to your advantage to work on homework but also use some frees to socialize or rest. Also going back to bathrooms I can only give feedback on the girls' bathrooms. One negative thing is that you're stuck with the same academy for 4 years. As an AAST (science) student I feel that limits some of my opportunities because I had wanted to do a photography internship but did not have much photography skills/experience to add to my resume. Of course you can learn things on your own time and take electives regarding your interests outside of your academy but I think it would be cool to be able to double academy in the way that college students double major. There's also no pottery/ceramics electives which I really wanted to take in high school / By no means do I regret being in AAST - there's tons of scientific research opportunities & rigorous training.
Having been a student at this school I feel like the responses below don't truly reflect what BCA is all about. Personally I feel like some of my friends love BCA while others don't really like it. However I'm going to tell you the objective truth. It is true that BCA is a competitive place to get into but once your into the school the environment is actually very nice. More often than not students help each other with homework and projects and everyone is supportive of each other on that front. The friendliness of people is a varied as it would be at any other high school there will be jerks people who are shy social butterflies lone wolves and every other type of person. That depends of the class of course. From personal experience I will say that once you are in BCA for the first time you may nice feel "smart" anymore and will have to work hard even if you've never worked in middle school. While that is a sacrifice you end up learning a lot. BCA also offers a wealth of opportunities to students which you wouldn't find at other high schools - such as biological/nano/pysch/writing research amazing theatre productions and the chance to be part of many winning teams.
Don't come here. As a to be grad of AMST I can say that these four years were truly horrendous. Teachers are subpar and laugh at you if you don't understand anything. Having a PhD does not give you the right to teach; most of the teachers with PhD have trouble explaining introductory material to students which I find very aggravating. The student body as a whole is antisocial and filled with tryhards at least in my academy. Like the AEDTer below me said don't come here if you want to have freedom and creativity. If you want to have FUN (which is what you should have in high school) go any place but here. You won't regret the decision.
I am a sophomore student in ABF (the Academy for Business & Finance). Going into BCA last September I was so excited to be a part of this great prestigious school. My only hesitation was that I wasn't really that interested in the Academy I had been accepted into. However despite my worries my Freshman year turned out to be great and even though I wasn't enthralled by what I've learned so far in ABF I must admit all of the business topics covered I found very interesting. BCA whether you like it or not isn't like any other high school in Bergen County NJ - it is special and unique in a number of great ways. In middle school I felt like an outcast because I was "an over-achiever" but at BCA I fit in perfectly and I have a number of friends. On another note the diversity at BCA is great (nothing like I experienced in middle school) and I am so so so lucky to have been accepted into this wonderful school.
I'm a parent who was fortunate to have two children at BCA. One was in the Academy for Science and Math while the other was in the the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. Both found friends had successful high school careers and went on to fine college programs that suited their interests. BCA is "HIGH SCHOOL " with all that entails. It's not perfect but it allows kids to succeed without making them feel like dweebs.
I fully agree with the student below who advised not sending a child here. The administration/teachers fuel this pressure cooker environment in which there is excessive quantity rather than quality homework in many classes. This results in dangerous chronic sleep deprivation especially in upper classmen. Unfortunately it may take a student tragedy to illuminate these stresses to effect change in BCA.
As a graduate of this high school I find that the environment was amazing. So many different types of kids housed under one roof with one commonality among us - the desire to succeed. I believe that the reason I enjoyed my time there was because being in a competitive environment made each student strive to do better and succeed at greater levels. The teachers are wonderful as are most of the administrators. I will say however that this school is not for everyone. If a student is not dedicated and good at self-motivation they will fail in this environment.
Do not listen to these reviews. Unlike these parents I actually went to school here in AEDT (the Engineering and Design Academy) and graduated from this school. If you value your child's freedom creativity and especially if you want him to actually enjoy his high school years I would not suggest sending him or her to this school. I've read parents describe the environment as 'friendly.' It's pretty clear that they haven't actually experienced this school. The environment is brutal - intolerant extremely competitive - in a word cutthroat. If you live in a town with a good school system there is just no reason to send your child here. The commute is incredibly long the day is way too long and filled with filler electives and wasted time (and the administration passes it off as 'progressive' that the school day is so long...and the parents just ooze with delight).
On the positive side the kids are mainly happy here and there's a great atmosphere in school with lots of freedom. The teachers also are generally quite dedicated and work hard. However the child is pigeonholed into whatever academy they chose and cannot change. The introductory science courses for 4 academies (ABF ACAHA ATCS AVPA) are weaker than those found in a regular h.s. course. These students are not allowed to access a 'honors' level introductory science class since they are in a non science academies. Beware if your child likes science as well as other disciplines!!
It has the most amazing staff and the most talented students. There is always something interesting going on and the environment for the students is more challenging than can be found at their local high schools yet with a friendly atmosphere. It has a lot of opportunities that are never even thought of at some high schools and it is just such a great school.
I love Bergen Academies because it provides so many opportunities that you would never find at another high school.
BCA has a great atmosphere and a unique approach to academics which not only benefits its students but also challenges other local high schools to do the same so the education for high schoolers everywhere has changed!
I love my school because of the teachers and academics. Our education is so amazing because of the teacher's hard work and dedication. Also we have a stem cell research and amazing equipement which adds to help us improve our educations.
Because of the wonderful opportunities in the fields of the arts science engineering medicine business and information technology.
The school offers so many opportunities for intelligent kids(with many different interests) seeking a challenge.
Bergen Academies allows me to be who I am. I would never being studying subjects like biotechnology or nanotechnology at any other high school. At BCA I have been allowed to show who I really am and to pursue my interests in scientific topics with the opportunity of working in a real stem cell laboratory with mentors who have worked in the field at top institutions such as Columbia University. Other than being a science school BCA brings many different people from across the county allowing for the best diversity in a high school environment. BCA is not your typical high school- it is an institution of great uniqueness that allows its students to pursue their passions in a professional way.
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