Who do I contact for help? BHS functions on a House system. We have a team of people who only work with freshmen.
Will there be a freshman orientation event? Our typical January event (parent session, student session, athletic/activity fair) will be moved to a virtual platform. Information about this event can be found in the “Important Dates” section on this webpage. We hope to hold a more traditional orientation event in August 2021.
What is the difference between College Prep, Honors and Advanced Placement courses?
|College Prep||These are courses that provide instruction to develop skills in reading, reasoning, higher level thinking, computation, laboratory science, and foreign language. They ready students for university and college work, as well as other post-secondary options.|
|Honors (H)||These are courses that demand high levels of cognitive and problem-solving processes and independent work. A rigorous instructional pace allows for both curricular depth and enrichment. They prepare students for university and college work, as well as future study in Advanced Placement courses.||
|Advanced Placement (AP)||These are highly challenging courses with expectations that students will work independently and demonstrate high levels of critical and analytical thinking, reading, and writing. The textbooks and materials used are above grade level or at college level. The goal of the course is to prepare the student for the Advanced Placement exam; which may permit a student to receive college credit and/or placement. Beginning in 2016, all Illinois public universities and community colleges must award college credit to students with an AP exam score of 3 or higher.||
What standardized test scores are used to determine course placement for incoming Freshmen at BHS? We currently use the MAP test. We look at the student’s average from their last 4 administrations.
What are the acceptable MAP scores required for placement in each Math course offered? For Honors math placements we are looking for an average of 90th percentile or greater.
How is teacher recommendation collected and evaluated? BHS Admin reviews the student’s MAP data and current grades and makes an initial placement which is shared with the RMS 8th grade team to review. Teachers at RMS share additional feedback on the student and let BHS know if they believe the placement is accurate. BHS then incorporates that feedback into a revised recommendation for the student.
What prior achievement data is reviewed? And what level of achievement is required for placement in each Math course offered for Freshman students? BHS is looking for students in Algebra or Intermediate Algebra to be earning A’s or at the lowest a very strong/high B when considering an Honors placement. Outside of that range, students have historically not performed well in Honors classes at BHS. When the grade is questionable or borderline, BHS looks deeper at details such as test or quiz averages, with additional weight given to summative/cumulative exams.
What is the block schedule? Students take a total of 8 credits in a school year. Most classes are a semester (about 18 weeks) long. Some classes are term (about 9 weeks) and some classes are year-long. Students have four, 90 minute classes per day.
How many classes do we request? Incoming freshmen will request three credits (five credits are made up of social studies, math, English, PE/Health, and science). Here are the courses that freshmen can request.
How do music classes work? Students will request their music classes (band, choir, orchestra) during the course request process. This is a total of 1 credit (out of the three potential elective credits). Students will be enrolled in their music class every other day for the full year. Music classes typically are balanced with an every other day PE course.
Are World Languages courses required? World Language courses (Spanish, French, or Latin) are not required for graduation from BHS. Many colleges and universities do have these requirements.
Please contact the freshman house assistant principal Jerad.Beckler@bps101.net with any questions or concerns.
Welcome Letter From BHS Principal, Dr. JoAnne Smith
|Important Dates – Mark your Calendars|
|December 9th||7:30 am – 8:15 am||Virtual Q & A for Non-RMS Students and Parents|
|December 16th||6:00 pm – 6:30 pm||Facebook Live For Incoming 9th Grade Parents|
|January 7th||Link to follow||Class of 2025 Parent Orientation|
|Spring 2021||TBD||Incoming Freshman Night|
|January 8th||8:00 am||PowerSchool Portal Opens for Course Requests|
|January 14th||8:00 am – 8:30 am||Facebook Live For Incoming 9th Grade Parents|
|January 22nd||PowerSchool Portal Closes for Course Requests|
|Summer 2021||N/A||Pay registration fees online|
|August 2021||TBD||Frosh Fest 2021|
Questions? Contact Freshman Assistant Principal, Mr. Jerad Beckler.
Current Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors will receive an email between January 4th and January 6th with course placements in Science, Social Studies, Math and English for the 2021-2022 school year.
Incoming Freshmen (Class of 2025) will receive an email between January 4th and January 6th. Freshman course placements (Science, Social Studies, Math and English) were determined by considering the following factors: college readiness skill-level as indicated by your child’s score ranges on MAP tests, current 8th grade course placements, historical data trends and 8th grade teacher review of recommended placements.
All Parents will use their parent login to request courses for the 2020-2021 school year in the PowerSchool Portal. The portal opens on January 8, 2021 and closes on January 22, 2021.
2021-2022 Course Catalog (Coming Soon!)
Course Appeal/Placement Change (Coming Soon!)
This event is targeted for families who did not attend Rotolo Middle School. We will give an overview of the registration process as well as answer any questions that you may have. Click here to sign up for this event that is taking place from 8:00-8:45 AM on Wednesday, December 9th.
Questions? Contact Freshman Counselor, Mr. Alton Rollerson.