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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    C+
  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 is an above average, public school located in Saint Albans, VT. It has 837 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 62% in reading.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
62%
Percent Proficient - Math
42%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1130
148 responses
Average ACT
25
17 responses
AP Enrollment
20%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$53,113
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$922
National
$949
Median Home Value
$177,700
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
57%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 17 responses
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  • Prom
    35%
  • Art and Drama Events
    24%
  • Homecoming for sure! Then prom.
    24%
  • Sporting Events
    12%
  • Graduating
    6%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
837
Free or Reduced Lunch
25%
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.12 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.12 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.12 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.8%
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.16 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
50%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.18 responses
28%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.18 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.18 responses
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I love the academic rigor available at Bellows Free Academy. It allows me to take high-level classes that I am interested in as well as fun electives. Not only is the rigor amazing, but the people make BFA what it is. I have many friends that I made within my 2 years (sophomore and junior year) that I will hopefully be able to stay in touch with. All these people are absolutely amazing. My teachers are also exceptional. They always do things for the students. They always teach in ways helpful for the specific students, they help before and after school or in their free blocks. I have developed great relationships with my teachers and coaches. I am always treated with respect and like a highschool student that is being prepared to move on; not a little kid who needs to be babied.
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I took accelerated and AP classes, which I hope have prepared me for an intensive learning experience in college. The teachers are all, for the most part, very invested in their students' success. Administration recently began construction on a walkway between the science building and the North building.
Overall amazing teachers and experience. I am so thankful I transferred here for my freshman year. All of my teachers were willing to help me so that I could be successful in their class. We have a club for every interest, and there are many safe spaces throughout the school. One negative aspect of Bellows Free Academy is that there is no student parking on campus. I would have to arrive to school an hour early just to find a decent spot to park for the day without getting a ticket. Some students arrive to school more than an hour early to get a spot right in front of the school. I have had to park a half mile away before, then be late to class to avoid getting a parking ticket from the school or town. This is frustrating as a student because there are always open parking spaces all over campus.