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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Bellows Free Academy (BFA) High School is a public school located in Fairfax, VT. It has 437 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 37% of students are at least proficient in math and 57% in reading.

Bellows Free Academy (BFA) High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
57%
Percent Proficient - Math
37%
Average Graduation Rate
77%
Average SAT
1170
46 responses
Average ACT
24
30 responses
AP Enrollment
12%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$74,706
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,241
National
$949
Median Home Value
$257,500
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.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 13 responses
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  • Costume Relay Races for Cross Country Runners
    38%
  • Class Trips to Montreal
    31%
  • Fall Muscial
    15%
  • Class of 2014 Car washes
    8%
  • Spirit Week
    8%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
437
Free or Reduced Lunch
22%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$50,066
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.6%
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.8 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.8 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.8 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$16,577/ year
National
$12,239
60%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.10 responses
30%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.10 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.10 responses
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Bellows Free Academy (BFA) High School Reviews

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I loved BFA Fairfax. The teachers were amazing and genuinely cared about their students. They went above and beyond to ensure that we had the opportunity to succeed wherever our path would take us in life. The Academics at Fairfax are extraordinary. There are AP classes offered with the option for them to become a College Credit class. On top of this, it also has access to South Burlington Essex Tech with transportation provided for students. The opportunities are endless. If there is not a club that you are interested in, you can easily create it. We have a fantastic Drama department filled with many talented students who genuinely care about others. In recent years the STEM program has expanded and blossomed into an entire department. The Abbey Group cooks the food with fresh vegetables and such provided by the Farm to School Club. I cannot say a bad thing about this school. When we had an incident in 2017, the school immediately took action and ensured the safety of all students.
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The education and experience was sufficient, but there needed to be more opportunities to be pushed or experience different things. However, the teachers were excellent and really pushed you to be your best.
BFA Fairfax is a great school and I thoroughly enjoyed attending it. The school itself is not very diverse, but the connections that students make with one another is remarkable. It’s a small school where everybody knows each other and overall just a great environment to receive an education.