Bethlehem Central School District is a top rated, public school district located in Delmar, NY. It has 4,566 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 70% of students are at least proficient in math and 69% in reading.
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Bethlehem Central School District Reviews
It is your typical suburban school district. The district is very concerned with its “numbers” and “test scores”. The resources are there to add to that, but if you are an average student either academically or athletically or both, it is very easy to “fall through the cracks” and nobody seems to really care about those students. There are not a lot of opportunities for average students. Both the middle school and the high school have the feeling of an “old boy’s club” amongst the teachers and the administrators. The same is true about the culture of the athletic teams for both the boys and girls teams. There is a concern amongst parents not to speak up at times out of fear of retribution from teachers or other staff members.
As cheesy as it sounds- it’s what you make of it. It’s not too cliquey, ideologically diverse, high-achieving and academically competitive, has good sports teams in which people attend the games of, many of the teachers are relatable and receptive, and everyone has a bit of school spirit in them. It’s a good size and everyone is very friendly (almost suck-up friendly but friendly nonetheless.) As long as you are open minded, do your work & are involved you’ll have a good experience. My only issues have to do with the lack of diversity in income, religion and ethnicity. Because of this, people tend to be ignorant and I’ve noticed that many people of the same race stick together, etc.
Bethlehem Central High School is an amazing school. They really believe in education and helping students out with whatever they need. The school also has a program called Lab School, which is an organization that focuses on project based and hands on learning. The program does not believe in tests and believes that for children to really learn about a topic they need to experience it. The program takes students on educational field trips to places like Gettysburg or Boston to learn about history. They also take the kids on retreats to learn about biology and also learn teamwork. The program only allows 30 students from each grade in and those students stay together throughout high school. It gives the students a chance to really bond and make close friends for life. I love Bethlehem and would never want to go anywhere else for an education.