Birmingham Community Charter High opened in 2009 for students in 9th through 12th grades. The school offers a challenging curriculum that is individualized in a supportive and nurturing environment. The core curriculum includes foreign languages, social studies, science, English, and math. The school also offers a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program as well as small learning communities, which include Social Justice Academy, M.A.S.H. Academy, Business & Technology Academy, Performing & Visual Arts Academy, Creative & Liberal Arts, and 9th Grade Academy.
Along with core subjects, Birmingham Community Charter School offers extra curricular activities, which include drama, photography, film production, orchestra, dance, drawing, chorus, computer arts, and band. Sports offered include soccer, football, cross-country, lacrosse, water polo, golf, track, softball, wrestling, swimming, physical education classes, volleyball, baseball, cheerleading, and basketball, and tennis. Other programs available include science & technology, debate, community service, multimedia, yearbook, academic contests, student government and newspaper. Birmingham Community Charter School also provides vocational programs, which include technology, health careers, automotive, professional child care, law enforcement, and food science.
Parents had mixed reviews of the school with the majority stating the school is excellent with caring teachers that help each child exceed their potential. A few did remark that the administration is a bit slow and responding to concerns of parents. Students expressed they enjoyed attending the school and joining all the various activities. Teachers are very helpful and really listen when you ask them a question.
The Academic Performance Index showed a growth from 693 to 722. The percentage of students that passed the California Standards Tests was mainly below state averages across all grade levels and all courses. One of the worst was 11th grade Algebra II with only 4% passing with the state average at 15% and one of the best was 10th grade English Language Arts with 54% passing the exam and the state average being 50%, putting students above state average.
Even though there is no information, on how many students graduate per year a look at the California High School Exit Exam shows promise for a high number as 84% of 10th graders passed the English Language Arts exam and 87% passed the math exam. State average in English Language Arts was 83% and 71% in math.
The school is providing an excellent education and producing productive members of society with many going to college or joining the workforce. Of course, it would be in your best interest to take a tour to ensure the learning environment is a good fit for your child.
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Birmingham Community Charter High
17000 Haynes St.
Lake Balboa, CA 91406