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C+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Belle Plaine Junior/Senior High School is a public school located in Belle Plaine, IA. It has 255 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 77% of students are at least proficient in math and 72% in reading.
Address
610 13th Ave South
Belle Plaine, IA 52208
Telephone
(319) 444-3720
Website

Belle Plaine Junior/Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
72%
Percent Proficient - Math
77%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
Average ACT
24
22 responses
AP Enrollment
10%
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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    B+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$40,208
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$518
National
$949
Median Home Value
$81,100
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
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  • Career Day
    20%
  • Cross country meets
    20%
  • Football Games
    20%
  • Homecoming
    20%
  • Service Learning Day
    20%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
255
Free or Reduced Lunch
29%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.5 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.5 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.5 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$46,848
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.5 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.5 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.5 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$10,124/ year
National
$12,239
29%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
0%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
14%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses
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Belle Plaine Junior/Senior High School Reviews

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I have been attending Belle Plaine Junior/Senior High since the start of my junior high career. When I first came here, I knew I was going to love it. I had been dreaming about the day when I would be able to attend high school with the older kids, doing what they do whether it be sports, drama, clubs, or extracurricular of any kind. I quickly learned that my school has much more pride than I originally thought, and works hard to make sure any student who enters the building leaves with character, dignity, and a plan for their future. I was a part of drama throughout school, with Individual Speech being my favorite yearly activity. In 2018, I was the only person at Belle Plaine to perform in the All State Individual Speech competition. I won a banner for my school, which is now proudly hung in our library. I am excited to move on to college, and I know that the skills I learned at Belle Plaine will make it so I already have the hard working, positive attitude I will need for college.
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Athletics are the most popular and fun options our school has. Over the past 3 years our basketball team made it's first appearance ever at the state basketball tournament and this past summer our softball team also made their first appearance at the state tournament. The substate basketball game and the game before state for the softball team brought it people from everywhere. The stands packed at the substate basketball game, everyone was wearing our t-shirts and a lot of us had no idea who some of the people were. At the softball game our entire parking area was filled there was no where left to park because so many people showed up. Our community, administration, parents, strangers, everyone does a phenomenal job at supporting our school no matter what, whether it's athletics or a band concert our bleachers are always filled with support.
Belle Plaine High School has some good opportunities, but the people attending it make up, for me, one of the biggest drawbacks to this school. Most students are uneducated on social issues and will spout disgusting slurs and/or make terribly offensive remarks on the daily, and there are currently no existing classes made to educate students about said issues. The huge lack of diversity in this rural midwestern town is no doubt the cause of this scenario. However, just because Belle Plaine's students don't deal with many people who arent straight, cis, white, able-bodied Christians on a daily basis, there is no excuse for such a great lack of education. While BPHS is typically not an overtly hostile environment, I have seen many cases of both subtle and blatant racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, islamophobia, ableism, and other forms of aggression against certain groups almost every single day while attending this school. I really wish there were more programs and classes intending to educate both students and faculty on issues facing our world today. Overall, it would make my experience at this school much better.