Bellaire High School History
Bellaire High School, located at 5100 Maple St. in Bellaire, Texas, has been a premier high school within the Houston Independent School District for over 50 years. The mission of Bellaire High School is to provide a college-bound culture of quality education through academics, fine arts, athletics and clubs/organizations. Our diverse cultures and custom are celebrated in a professional environment that values collaborations, creativity, competition and distributive leadership.
Bellaire High School is Houston ISD’s foreign language magnet, currently offering eleven foreign languages. In 1980, the school entered the International Baccalaureate Program. This program represents the most rigorous academic honors curricula for highly motivated, academically talented students. Students prepare for the IB examinations by taking IB courses their junior and senior years. Most of the honors courses at Bellaire High are IB/AP (Advanced Placement) combinations that prepare students to test in either the IB or the AP program. The Class of 2010 earned an average SAT score of 1735 and an average ACT score of 25.2. Twenty-two students received the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma. At the end of the 2011-12 school year, a total of 950 students took 2,600 College Board Advanced Placement exams. The Class of 2012 achieved an 85.9% scoring of a “3” or better. Additionally, 38 of the Class of 2011 have been declared National Merit Semi-Finalists and 33 from the Class of 2012.
With over 20,000 high schools in the United States, the school ranked number 80, 86, 112, 109th, 100th, 439th, and 1,721st in Newsweek’s 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2013 respectively, lists of the top high schools. Bellaire High School typically has the highest SAT scores in the district. In 2005 the average score was almost 1200. In 2013 Bellaire High School was named on of the top ten high schools in Houston for math and science.
In addition to academics, Bellaire offers a wide range of extracurricular activities. Approximately 100 clubs and organizations in academics, football, basketball, soccer, softball, swimming, track, tennis, volleyball, school spirit, service, publications and performing arts engage many students. Bellaire students also excel in the competitions such as Academic Decathlon, Academic Challenge, Economic Challenge, Chess, Odyssey of the Mind, UIL academics, forensics, engineering, math, foreign languages and physics. Baseball, debate, orchestra, and science programs have all won national and international awards. The Carillon, Bellaire’s yearbook, frequently wins high school yearbook awards.