Burlington City High School is a six-year secondary school that includes grades seven through twelve with a total current enrollment of 713. The NJ Department of Education and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools have accredited grades nine through twelve, comprised of 486 students. Thirty-five percent of students in grades nine through twelve are students from the neighboring Edgewater Park community. BCHS has served as the receiving district for the Edgewater Park School District, which educates students from kindergarten through eighth grade, for many years.
The ultimate goal of every faculty member is to instill a love and understanding of the value of learning. Students are expected to develop a solid foundation in the academic disciplines and are encouraged to develop a strong sense of personal identity, rational thought process, and excellent communication skills.
Burlington City High School offers its students over 120 course selections in academic, technical, practical and fine arts areas with Honors and Advanced Placement courses for the academically talented. Programs such as the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps and a nationally recognized music program provide opportunities for students to assume responsible leadership roles. Burlington City High School also offers competitive Group 1 athletics for several sports in grades seven through twelve as well as many significant co-curricular activities.
Academic achievement, however, has been the springboard for student success. Seventy-eight percent of the graduating class of 2012 plan to attend institutions of higher learning. The class of 2012 achieved an average SAT score of 1344. All eleventh grade students are required to take the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA). Seventy percent of the general education students attained passing scores in math and ninety-four percent in language arts literacy on the New Jersey Grade 11 High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA), which is required for graduation.
Burlington City High School offers its students an alternative education program. Classes, taught by certified staff, are offered for students who desire an educational setting that offers small group instruction. The high schools alternative education program is a major factor in reducing the districts drop-out rate.
As published in the New Jersey Monthly, September 2012 edition, Burlington City High School was recognized as one of the Top 10 Most Improved High Schools In New Jersey. This recognition testifies to the dedication of the staff, students and parents who continuously strive for academic excellence at Burlington City High School.