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About BCHS

NewsweekHSlogoBethlehem Central High School is a comprehensive 9-12 high school that enjoys local and national recognition for excellence. BCHS has an enrollment of 1,636 and an instructional staff of 110 professionals.

In 2020, Bethlehem Central High School earned an A+ rating from Niche, an online research and review publication. Niche also ranked BCHS as the number one high school in the Capital Region and #65 of 1,243 public high schools in New York state. In August of 2015, Bethlehem Central High School was named one of the Top 500 high schools in the nation by Newsweek‬ coming in at #247. In 2014, BCHS earned a Gold rating from US News & World Report on their “Best High Schools” list. According to the list which ranks more than 19,400 high schools, Bethlehem is ranked #421 in the nation, #49 in New York state and #173 in STEM. The school is consistently ranked as #1 or #2 in the Niche Best Schools rankings of high schools in the Albany area and also by the Albany Business Review.

In 2019, the Bethlehem Central School District was ranked number five in academics among more than 600 upstate New York school districts by Business First and was in ranked number one in 2020 in the Albany area by the Albany Business Review.

In addition to academic success, the school emphasizes community building and social, physical and emotional growth. Twenty hours of community service are required of every senior for graduation. Bethlehem Central High School features a wide array of extracurricular activities and organizations, including music and drama programs that are renowned in the community and a full breadth of interscholastic sports.

The 1,636 students self-select from a wide range of curricular offerings including AP, enriched, college level, honors, and accelerated courses. The entire curriculum handbook with complete course descriptions is available on our Information for Parents page. The school day consists of eight 43-minute instructional periods. An innovative “Lab School” is available for students in grades 9-12 seeking a rigorous interdisciplinary program in a “small school” environment.

Another option for 9th and 10th grade students who would benefit from smaller classes and further skill development is the EXCEL program. It offers interdisciplinary team-taught instruction in the four major subject areas. For more information on Lab School, EXCEL, Advanced Placement, Accelerated, Enriched and College Level courses please see information links on the right sidebar of the school’s homepage.