In the 2017-2018 school year we were again named a Silver Medal Award Winner - US News and World Report for BEST High Schools, ranked #68 in New Jersey. We also showcase a newly renovated gym, updated wrestling/weight room, updated band room, new outdoor classroom, and updated labs.
|White|| 33% |
|Black|| 8% |
|Asian|| 6% |
|Hispanic|| 52% |
|American Indian or Native Alaskan|| 0% |
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander|| 1% |
|Multiracial|| 0% |
|Female|| 46.3% |
|Male|| 53.7% |
|Economically disadvantaged students|| 48% |
|Students with disabilities|| 15% |
|English learners|| 5% |
|Homeless students|| 1% |
|Students in foster care|| 0% |
|Military-connected students|| 0% |
|Migrant students|| 0% |
|Grade||Percent of total students||Students|
|7th Grade|| 15% ||79|
|8th Grade|| 16% ||82|
|9th Grade|| 19% ||98|
|10th Grade|| 16% ||82|
|11th Grade|| 15% ||78|
|12th Grade|| 19% ||97|
|Incidents per year|
|Harassment, intimidation, and bullying||6|
|Days absent||Percent of students|
|0 days|| 4% |
|1 to 5 days|| 35% |
|6 to 10 days|| 29% |
|11 to 15 days|| 20% |
|Over 15 days|| 11% |
|English|| 60.9% |
|Spanish|| 32.9% |
|Other|| 2.3% |
|Urdu|| 1.6% |
|Tagalog|| 1.4% |
|Arabic|| 1.0% |
Learn more about Bogota Jr./Sr. High School.
Our educational vision is based on the belief in one's ability to face the world with their own skills and to problem solve through their own intelligence. We strive toward a school that is fair to both the vocationally and academically oriented in order to meet the separate needs of each. To think effectively, to communicate, to make relevant judgments, uphold positive values ...these are the abilities we seek to develop in our students.
We will be offering new courses as we continue to increase electives/technology and update classrooms/labs. As a school, we understand the need for a strong STEM curriculum and believe these changes will support our goals. We also added to our Visual Performing and Practical Arts class selection and continue to grow our YouTube channel (BucNation). We also continue to increase our number of qualified candidates participating in our honors/AP classes.
Baseball (Boys), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Bowling (Coed), Cheerleading (Boys & Girls), Cross Country (Boys & Girls), Football (Boys), Soccer (Coed), Softball (Girls), Track and Field - Spring (Boys & Girls), Volleyball (Girls), Wrestling (Boys)
Our students are well-rounded, balancing academics with other important experiences. We encourage our students to participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. Students choose from clubs such as Multicultural, Environmental, Garden, Chess, YAC, Math, Newspaper, Art/Drama, and DECA.
The Drop In CenterÃ¢ÂÂ for our middle school and high school students takes place in the BHS library for a period of time in the mornings and then again after school. Students make use of the time available to print work, complete homework before they leave the building, work on projects, and receive free tutoring with certified teachers and members of the National Junior Honor Society.
Our major focus for Professional Development includes RTI training to be used in the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers are also trained in Marzano, Unit Planning, Suicide, Bullying, and Data Analysis to name a few. Newly formed learning teams/PLCs will also be used to discuss at risk students by grade level. Strategic action plans and teacher teams were created to further assist these students.
For the class of 2019, 88.6% of the students were enrolled in post-secondary education, with the majority staying local and the other 11.4% enrolled in technical school, the armed forces or employed. Naviance is used for career and college searches, scholarships, resumes, and applying to college. Our students are able to use NavianceÃ¢ÂÂs SAT prep to prepare for the SATs. There is one Financial Aid night per year for the parents along with scholarship email blasts.
Gen. ed. students may be put through the RTI process to receive interventions. BSI classes are also available for at risk students. ESL classes are available for ELL students. A before & after school homework club is run by a teacher to provide extra help where NHS students provide tutoring. The district also offers special ed. services for students with disabilities including LLD classes, In Class Support & Resource Replacement with related services (for all) such as counseling, OT, PT, & speech. A behaviorist is available, as needed.
Students participate in PE daily 3 marking periods. The 4th period is dedicated to Health Education, including physical and mental health. Breakfast/lunch are offered daily and students have the opportunity to spend time on the playground during lunch. Bogota High School has been designated a Stigma Free Zone and is committed to educating our students about mental health issues. Students are also asked to complete 35 hours of community service over the life of their high school career. BHS also opened up its first Wellness Center to provide students and families with counseling for mental health, family, social and emotional issues. This is open full year with hours outside of school hours if needed. Suspension has been updated to include not just disciplinary action but also restorative justice.
Being a small school we are closely connected to the community. Strong communication and support exists with the Bogota Police and Fire Departments and the Recreation Department. These relationships help build a strong school community and give our students a solid foundation. Organizations such as the PTO, Bogota Beautiful, the Football and Band Parent Organizations, and the Bogota Advisory Council of Substance Abuse all support and enrich our programs and community collaboration.
Recent renovations include: Jr/Sr High School Gym, Science Labs, Band Room, and Weight Room. A new generator was also added. A playground was added in the back of the building. Space was previously unused. A new sound system was installed in the auditorium and our first outdoor classroom with student created and maintained gardens was added.
Crisis handbook is updated, fire exits are adjusted as needed, and all drills are practiced on a monthly basis. Additional cameras added as needed.
We will be offering new courses as we continue to increase electives/technology and update classrooms/labs. As a school, we understand the need for a strong STEM curriculum and believe these changes will support our goals. We also hired a new music teacher who is providing classes for our Visual Performing and Practical Arts students and started a class to produce our new YouTube channel.
In the summer of 2017 we began the adoption of Real-time. This is a comprehensive, all-inclusive data base program that coordinates student records, student scheduling, parent notifications, and parent portals providing a comprehensive communication system between the home and the school. Through this New Jersey based company additional avenues of parent and student communication has been added. In the 2016-2017 school year we also added a HS data team which provides in depth analysis of student performances on the NJ PARCC Assessment. In the 2017-2018 school year this information was again shared with teachers enabling them to develop an educational strategy to be employed by each student. We also used our new twitter account in order to communicate with parents/students both during and after the school day.