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Bak Middle School of the Arts is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in West Palm Beach, FL. It has 1,368 students in grades 6-8 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 93% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.
Address
1725 Echo Lake Dr
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Telephone
(561) 882-3870
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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
93%
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Living in the Area
C+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    C
  3. Housing
    D-
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Median Household Income
$32,487
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,003
National
$949
Median Home Value
$144,618
National
$184,700

Students

Diversity
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Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,368
Free or Reduced Lunch
23%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$42,624
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.6%
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Bak will be a great school for you if you love team spirit, the arts and having a school family. I made so many friends here and I definitely was given independence in my classes and was able to explore things outside my art area. Although the academics are just as good as the arts, the teachers aren't always in-depth and require you to teach yourself some of the curriculum. There is also a strong separation between each major and although I made friends with other majors, each typically sticks to their own. Bak really is a great school though and most of the teachers genuinely care how you do and many of the students are welcome and caring to others.
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Bak is a school with a great deal of opportunity, if you grab it. The teachers here do their job, most of them very passionate about their work. There is a LOT of favoritism though (mostly in the major classes), so if you want to stand out among the other kids, you must work very hard right from the get-go. Depending on the courses you take, the homework can reach almost unmanageable levels. But it does effectively prep you for highschool and I daresay even college. Generally, there is a lot of school pride. Activities range from afterschool galleries, to out-of-state performances, and even out-of-country foreign language field trips. If you make it in, the faculty will expect your best and more. Though this differs from major to major, there is a lot of competition. Based on what I've seen, students who have low motivation or drive will not have a fun three years at Bak. But personally, I had a great time, and I'll miss the awesome Visual Arts Department teachers.
Pretty great school. I was under the keyboard program before Mr. Bencivenga left; then Dr. Gastesi replaced him. I prefer the old color scheme of the buildings. They painted all the buildings in different colors, and it just doesn't sit right.