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227 W 61st St

New York, NY 10023

(212) 245-2807

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Grades: 9 - 12

School Type: Public

Student Enrollment: 1,266

Students Per Teacher: 18

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146 Parent Reviews for Beacon High School

This is the second year for my son at Beacon. He is a sophomore now and he can not be happier to be part of this school. I love that the school focuses on preparing kids for University with the type of projects they receive. Teachers are great, the communication between the school and parents is fantastic. ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 09/26/13

Our son entered Beacon recently as a freshman and is having a very favorable experience thus far. He knew no other students upon arrival but has quickly felt at home and made many new friends. The workload is heavier some evenings (3+ hours) than his fairly rigorous middle school -- but the assignments ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 09/21/13

prepare to feel heavily alienated if you don't live in manhattan and your family is below middle-class

Posted by a student on 09/12/13

Beacon is a really good school. The kids are highly engaged in academics and extracurriculars, and overall teacher quality is strong. That said, there are some real stars and a few duds, but by and large nearly all really appreciate and understand how to work wit the bright, creative teenagers that ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 06/06/13

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 ...  Read more

Posted by a student on 06/01/13

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% ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 04/28/13

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 ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 01/28/13

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 ...  Read more

Posted by a student on 07/23/12

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 ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 02/28/12

this school prepares you so well for college . its one word amazing, take it from me i graduated from there !

Posted by a other on 02/22/12

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Test Year: 2011
Beacon High School
New York City Public Schools
New York
* In 2010-2011 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English language arts, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, earth science, physics and several foreign languages. The results for English language arts, math, living environment, chemistry, earth science, physics, global history and geography, and US history and government are displayed in GreatSchools profiles. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

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New York schools — Beacon High School is located at 227 W 61st St, New York NY 10023. 227 W 61st St is in the 10023 ZIP code in New York, NY The school district for Beacon High School is the New York City Public Schools. Beacon High School is a Public school that serves grade levels 9 - 12.
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