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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
B.M.C. Durfee High School is an above average, public school located in Fall River, MA. It has 2,123 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 60% of students are at least proficient in math and 83% in reading.
Address
360 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA 02720
Telephone
(508) 675-8100
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B.M.C. Durfee High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
83%
Percent Proficient - Math
60%
Average Graduation Rate
81%
Average SAT
1120
224 responses
Average ACT
27
18 responses
AP Enrollment
15%

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Living in the Area
C-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    C
  3. Housing
    D
Median Household Income
$39,328
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$757
National
$949
Median Home Value
$231,300
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
64%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.28 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.28 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 88 responses
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  • Pep rally
    22%
  • Spirit week
    18%
  • Prom
    18%
  • Homecoming week
    17%
  • Home games
    6%
  • Field trips!
    6%
  • Homecoming
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,123
Free or Reduced Lunch
55%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.30 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.30 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.30 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$60,692
Teachers in First/Second Year
29.8%
51%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.41 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.41 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.41 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$16,818/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.41 responses
22%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.41 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.41 responses
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While I enjoyed the involvement of certain teachers and the support they give, the administration could use work. The guidance counselors are difficult to approach and create more problems when you try to solve them. In my case, I wanted to be an intern at our 2D Art Studio and I was told I was unable to and it took my teacher having to tell her that I was able to for her to give in. Another example is scheduling. Some guidance counselors will listen to you and allow you to work with them to change it while others make the process difficult by telling you you can't. It's like double standards. Also when students have issues with students, the school does little to nothing to resolve the problem. Overall, everyone seems to be on different pages and make certain things difficult to achieve.
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As a student at B.M.C. Durfee High School for almost four years now, I am able to say that overall, Durfee is a school that is well versed in many areas. Academically, Durfee has multiple achievements, including being part of the National Honors Society as well as holding students of high standards to advanced placement classes and programs. The opportunities are endless. Outside of academics, Durfee has a variety of extracurricular activities, such as clubs, arts, study abroad opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and sports. The only problem you will have is finding enough time in the day to do it all. However, even with the struggles you may have, it is important to remember, the staff is always there for you. Staff, even past work hours are always willing and are quick to answer any and every question you have as they value your education as much as you do. Along with the abundance of resources, you can look too, there is no stopping you here, at B.M.C. Durfee High School.
The teachers are amazing but the students and the building reflect the surrounding area. The current building is falling apart at the seems, water leaking in and puddling in the same spots every rainstorm, ducktape on the stairs acting as an adhesive and as a marker so students and faculty can see where one step ends and the next one begins, there is only one central elevator for students with disabilities and one more that runs between two floors in the west main entrance of the school. The building reflects when it was built and there was a failure to maintain it. Student behavior is another factor in the building, as some do not know how to properly conduct their behavior and it results in a fight breaking out at least once every week. Other than that, I love Durfee High School and the opportuinities it has granted me and my peers.