About This School
In 2012, Bioscience High School had 15 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Arizona average is 21 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Bioscience High School Reviews
My granddaughter was to be a senior at this school, having started as a freshman. In April she recieved a good progress report. When grades were finally received by my daughter last week, she saw that English had been failed, due to not turning in all homework and that other grades were down, from A's, B's last semester. My daughter requested a meeting with the teachers which was "granted" on 6/20/12 to find out what could be done to resolve this issue, since my granddaughter was already attending summer school and both she and my daughter were told that grades/homework would be changed upon completing homework. My daughter, granddaughter, and grandaughter's father attended what they all thought was to be a thoughtful and helpful get-together at a school with a very small enrollment and what is supposed to be, individualized help and instruction from concerned and involved teachers. Instead, they were confronted by the principal and & teachers (none of who said a thing in my granddaughter's defense, including those she thought "liked" her and who taught classes she did well in) and were told that while my granddaughter did very well in class, actively participated, scored high on testing (including AIM's), and "got things", she wouldn't be "allowed" to return as a senior because she had failed to turn in homework and violated a "contract" that only the principal seemed to be aware of.
Before people think that this is just a matter of my granddaughter getting what she deserved for not turning in homework and failing in grades, please consider this: School ended a month ago and the new year starts on 8/5. My daughter asked for this "meeting". When was she going to be told that my grandaughter couldn't come back and why wasn't she told there were problems? Why wasn't my daughter contacted by someone in this small school when there was a problem and why did my granddaughter recieve a good progress report in April? My granddaughter was told she had violated a "contract" that none of the teachers or anyone but the principal is aware of but what of the promise given to my granddaughter (and denied by no one) that her grades would be adjusted upon the completion of homework-which she did. And finally, what type of people fail in their duties as "educators" and tell a young girl that she can't come back to her friends, etc., in her final year of high school, six weeks before the start of the new school year?
This shouldn't matter but I'm a retired small business owner that dealt with many people in a wide variety of problems, my daughter has a high level federal position and is also responsible for performance reviews and employees, my sister and niece both have Master's Degree's in Education, and my mother is a retired Ford Motor Co. executive. We have never heard of such a complete lack of professionalism, caring, deceit, and lies. If you're considering attending this school, I urge you to investigate the records of the principal and teaching staff.
Here is an update: On 6/22/12, the father called the school to speak with the pricipal. He was told she was in a "meeting" and would return his call on the following Monday. Today is 7/6/12, and she hasn't had the decency to call him back. In addition, an email my granddaughter sent has been ignored.
There is more to education than homework and the staff of this school has failed.
I think that this high school is for students that want to be there. I just wish that I could the letter right now to get accepted.