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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a other on 09/04/13
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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a student on 09/02/13
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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a student on 08/30/13
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,
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a student on 05/01/13
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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a student on 07/14/11
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
... Read more is "HIGH SCHOOL," with all that entails. It's not perfect, but it allows kids to succeed without making them feel like dweebs. Read less
Posted by a parent on 12/06/10
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.
... Read more Unfortunately it may take a student tragedy to illuminate these stresses to effect change in BCA. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/10/10
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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a student on 09/14/10
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
... Read more 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). Read less
Posted by a student on 01/18/10
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
... Read more 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!! Read less
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