Belvidere High School is a small Group I school of approximately 500 students, encompassing grades nine through twelve. Students arrive from the Belvidere K-12 district and three surrounding K-8 districts; Hope, Harmony and White. The high school offers a comprehensive educational program with 241 different course offerings for students. There is approximately 56 full time staff. The school is guided by a district philosophy which advocates, A partnership of nurturing parents, dedicated faculty and supportive communities and to provide an exemplary education in a safe environment which empowers all students to become lifelong learners and to excel in a global society"(Mission Statement).
Belvidere High Schools goal is to create an environment of academic success for all students. The 2012 school year saw more than 80% of the graduating class go on to attend an institution of higher learning. The High School prides itself in offering various opportunities for students, at all levels, to thrive. Belvidere School District regularly articulates with our sending districts to maintain a strong curriculum and ensure that all students who enter BHS are provided with the support they need to be successful. Over the past two years, our entire curriculum was overhauled and brought up to meet current state standards. Independent Study programs remain an option for seniors and Portfolio classes for advanced art students round out the curriculum. This year there was an additional emphasis placed on Advanced Placement courses, with a total of nine A.P. courses running. The co-curricular program, comprised of over twenty organizations and clubs in addition to the athletic program, continues to demonstrate a high percentage of student involvement. Community service is emphasized through courses, clubs and organizations. Our students volunteer to sing at nursing homes, landscape facilities of service organizations, and paint storefront windows with holiday decorations in all our surrounding districts. Students also raise money, bake cookies for servicemen and collect food, toys, books, and clothing for the needy and for area charitable organizations. There are three singing programs: General Chorus, Scarlet Choir and the Madrigals. The Instrumental Music Program has a Concert Band, Pep Band and a TransBelviderian string Band available for interested students. The Student Government and agricultural education/FFA clubs continue a long and proud history of students receiving state and national recognition. Students Against Alcohol and Drugs (SAAD), and the AIDS Awareness organizations are devoted to providing students to opportunity to work on social problems. Random Drug Testing for all students participating in extra-curricular activities was introduced two years ago at Belvidere High School.
A student-driven effort to increase student participation and involvement at BHS resulted in a Building Connections Committee (an Ad-Hoc committee to Student Government). The committee has developed and implemented programs to involve ALL students in fostering a positive climate within the building. In the athletic arena our Football, Girls/Boys Soccer, Boys and Girls Cross Country, Girls/Boys Basketball, Cheerleading and Baseball/Softball teams continue to receive recognition on regional and state levels. Individual athletes also receive both local and state recognition for their outstanding accomplishments.
This year we were recognized by NJ Monthly as one of the twenty most improved High Schools in New Jersey. This was due to our continued success on the A.P. tests, as well as our students earning higher scores on the HSPA and SAT tests. We are proud of the community effort it took to achieve our goals.
Belvidere High School is proud to provide an educational environment that supports the development of the academic, social and emotional needs of all students. We continue to forge a relationship between home and school as a sign of commitment to raising lifelong learners. We welcome the input of parents, students and community members, utilizing a collaborative approach. It demonstrates that Belvidere High School students have every opportunity for growth and success. It is the High School years that transition a student from child to adult. It is our belief that each child must be ready to live, work and serve in a community with a sturdy academic background and a strong belief to make the world a better place.