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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Bedford North Lawrence High School is a public school located in Bedford, IN. It has 1,483 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 35% of students are at least proficient in math and 54% in reading.

Bedford North Lawrence High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
54%
Percent Proficient - Math
35%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1140
246 responses
Average ACT
25
30 responses
AP Enrollment
21%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$47,091
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$674
National
$949
Median Home Value
$108,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
72%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.29 responses
Poll
62%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.29 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 85 responses
Report
  • Special Olympics, the students get to volunteer
    33%
  • Basketball games
    18%
  • Prom
    18%
  • Musical/talent shows/Mr. BNL contest
    11%
  • Football Games
    8%
  • Homecoming
    4%
  • Powder Puff Football
    4%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,483
Free or Reduced Lunch
42%
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.28 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.28 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.28 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
22.5%
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.44 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.44 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.44 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$11,226/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.43 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.43 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.43 responses
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I am satisfied with the courses and facilities offered by BNL, but disappointed with the teachers. There are a lot of math and science courses that are related to STEM and engineering and provide useful information, but a lot of teachers in the science department are viewed from many students and other teachers as poor and lacking. Replacement based on performance is ignored and rather determined by when the teacher will retire or quit, leaving students with poor experiences and a lack of opportunities. The administration barely does anything about it, and I hope to see this change.
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I took almost exclusively Accelerated, AP, and dual-credit classes in high school. I feel that the harder the material, the more passionate the teacher. My instructors really cared to work with and around the broken system to help us achieve. The Art Department is an especially wonderful place also. The negatives are structural. The scheduling and structure are built for typical students, so those who are severely above or below average are sort of screwed over. People who need a ton of help or who want to go way above and beyond have to go out of their way to get what they need because the system seems designed to serve only mid-range students.
Bedford North Lawrence high school is a school I would recommend!! This school has an amazing art department and awesome art teachers who care deeply about you. Not only is the art department very nice, but most of the teachers are..... The English department teachers care for the students and are welcoming if you have questions. The history department is awesome as well.