BEACON HIGH SCHOOL

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227 W 61ST ST
NEW YORK, NY 10023
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Phone: 212-245-2807
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 10
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: New York City Public Schools
  • Students/Teacher: 21:1
  • Students/Grade: 325
  • Number Students: 1300
  • Number Teachers: 70
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Ruth Lacey
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (72 ratings)
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    School Reviews (147 Reviews)
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    Student Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-01
    "when I first came to beacon, I loved it. I met new great friends and most of the teachers are amazing and care about you. it is a little over crowded but they are moving to a new building in like a year or so. It feels like home, and I don't associate with the crazy party goers, but overall beacon is great"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-04-28
    "Beacon is fantastic for the right student - but this is true everywhere, no? My child went to an elite private school from pre-school through 8th grade (the private schools is one of the most difficult to get into in NYC, crammed with celebs & movers & shakers) & Beacon's teachers are, at minimum, 100% better - many 1000% better - than the teachers he had. Yes, Beacon's crowded, yes there are kids who smoke everything & do everything, get high during the day etc etc - but that's true EVERYWHERE. It's all about the teachers - the athletic teams (hello, the tennis program is insanely good - best in NYC public or private) - the theater program BDAT. The one area the school sucks in is the college office. Beacon doesn't seem to care AT ALL about getting their kids into top-ranked colleges. That's kind of refreshing in the world of college hysteria but if your child wants to go to a top 50 school you have to make that happen yourself. Beacon will not help you. You need to hire a college counselor, tutors, do research, talk to people etc. In every other way, this school is amazing. But you and your child have to get involved, be part of the community, and support the teachers!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-01-28
    "My daughter is a sophomore at beacon this year and she loves it but I'm not sure I do. I'm not sure I love her friends. She comes home after a late night of partying each night with the scent of cigarettes and other bad things. She learns a lot at beacon but I'm afraid her bad habits will interfere with that :("
    Student Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-07-23
    "I graduated from Beacon this June and wanted to share some of my experiences/insights. Teacher quality at Beacon is spotty for such a well respected place. Overall I have had more awful teachers here than great ones. As a freshman, there is little support and guidance, however I know there have been recent efforts to improve upon this through summer bridge and big sibs. In my experience the advisory program has been useless and a waste of time, that said other students were luckier with this. Academically, Beacon does have an innovative approach to learning. Students have the ability to select a lot of unique classes and their college program with Fordham is fantastic. However, the classics are entirely neglected (we never once read a Greek tragedy and only read one Shakespeare play) and the lack of textbooks/regents can give teachers an excuse to teach irrelevant course material. Socially, Beacon is home to a lot of hipsters and brooklyn artsy types and drugs and partying are rampant. I would not recommend Beacon for anyone who is not incredibly self-motivated. If you are not, it is just far too easy to slip through the cracks here, academically and otherwise."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-02-28
    "Committed, hardworking, caring teacher dot this school, flooding their crowded classrooms with joyful exhuberance. Is there a lot of work here? Oh yes...expect your child to have hours of homework that they will have to negotiate. But somehow, they work hard for these teachers because the payoff is so great. Could not be more thrilled to have my child attend here."
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