The Digital Narratives and Productions class bids the seniors farewell in their final BHS-TV News production!
- Health/Physical Education
- Performing Arts
- Social Studies
- Visual Arts
- World Languages
The Business department is committed to providing an educational experience that is distinguished by personal attention, hands-on-learning, and an emphasis on teamwork. Students will experience personal growth through the acquisition of technical, analytical, interpersonal and decision making skills. The business lab is outfitted with state of the art computers to enable students to use technology to the fullest.
The Engineering department's goal is to provide students opportunities to explore the areas of Engineering, Architecture, Computer Aided Design, and Technology. We offer a variety of courses that introduce basic design skills and manufacturing techniques through hands-on learning experiences. Students are introduced to real world design problems that include: Alternative Energy, Electronics, Robotics, and Rocketry.
Curriculum is centered around industry standards and current trends in technology and design. Students use the Design Cycle to identify problems, design solutions, create working prototypes, and evaluate results. Our Design Lab provides students the opportunities to use Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to create innovative designs which are then manufactured in our Applications Lab. Students receive hands-on experience with machine use, integrated S.T.E.M. curriculum, and 3-D printing.
The English department at Bloomfield Hills High School welcomes students of all academic abilities and learning styles to a challenging four years of reading, writing, vocabulary development, language study, and oral communication. The sixteen teachers in our department work together to provide a systematic program of development in the language arts designed to ensure students are prepared for the challenges awaiting them after graduation.
We pride ourselves in our honors program that includes enriching courses like American Literature, British Literature, and Advanced Placement English courses, but we also recognize that many students learn best in a traditionally-paced program offering a steady progression of instruction designed to develop skills and build confidence. We are also proud of the variety of courses that we offer to meet the needs of every student. Creative Writing, Writing through Film, and Literary Studies allow students to step out of the "box" of the traditional English classroom and pursue their unique passion and creativity. The Bloomfield Hills High School English Department truly believes in helping to create the district's vision for our students by making them architects of their own future.
The BHHS Health and Physical Education department offers all students the opportunity to take part in a variety of physical activities and to learn the skills and knowledge needed to develop and sustain an active lifestyle in a supportive, safe environment.
Topics covered include:
- Physical exercise
- Team sports
- Proper nutrition
- Stress management
- Suicide/bullying/violence prevention
- Substance use prevention
- Standard first aid
- Cardio pulmonary resuscitation with automated external defibrillation (CPR/AED)
The Heath curriculum additionally engages students to discover an awareness of individual health empowerment towards their physical, emotional/mental and social well-being through discussion about:
- Healthy Dating Relationships
- Lifetime Learning of Reproductive Health including:
- A Healthy Pregnancy
- Labor and Delivery
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Contraceptive Information
The Mathematics curriculum at Bloomfield Hills High School provides an opportunity to explore a multitude of challenging courses designed for students of all abilities. We provide students with the opportunity to explore mathematics numerically, graphically and algebraically. In addition to skills, students develop problem solving and critical thinking strategies in a dynamic environment that challenges learners of all levels and abilities. The department offers regular level, honors, advanced placement courses, and diploma program courses.
Bloomfield Hills Schools Math Placement Protocol (Updated 2019)
Developmentally, we believe student’s needs are best met through differentiation at grade level. We are extremely fortunate in our district to provide an education that focuses on the whole child. Because we believe differentiation occurs best within our individual classrooms, we do not provide multiple mathematics courses at each grade level. However, at the end of 7th grade, we believe there is a natural progression for students to enter either Math 8 or Algebra 1. Students naturally progress to Math 8 unless they are able to demonstrate deep understanding of Math 8 CCSS (Common Core State Standards) and Algebra readiness. Both Math 8 and Algebra allow students to take Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in high school and build a strong foundation for future success.
Elementary and Middle School math placement for students will be based on their knowledge of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as well as other indicators listed below. Once data has been gathered, the child’s teacher and the Building Instruction Team (BIT) will analyze the data to determine math placement.
High School math placement is determined by the Michigan School Code test-out criteria (attaining a grade of not less than C+ or 78% on the final exam) for each subject area (i.e. Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, etc.).
Data used to determine Math Placement:
Grades 1 - 6
- Evidence of mastery of CCSS
- NWEA Math RIT
- M-STEP Performance (as available)
- Additional success indicators
- Because this is the natural progression for students to move to Math 8 or Algebra 1. In addition to the above, performance on Algebra Readiness Test(s) will be analyzed for evidence to support math placement
Following determination of math for students that have been considered for Grade Up math placement, families will be notified.
The Science department of Bloomfield Hills High School strives to provide students a broad science education. Bloomfield Hills School District requires three years of sciences to graduate. Biology and Physics or Chemistry are the standard first two courses that students are required to take. The third course can be chosen from a wide range of classes. All the science courses offer students excellent preparation for future college work in science, engineering, and health care. Students are exposed to challenging scientific questions which require thoughtful reasoning and the ability to communicate their thinking. This prepares students for the kinds of problem solving required in the real world.
There is an emphasis on project–based, inquiry oriented learning in many of our science classes. The projects done in the science classes mirror the work of real scientists by encouraging collaboration between schools in the district. Through studying science, students become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. In all our science classes there is an emphasis on a practical approach through experimental work.
The Social Studies curriculum at BHHS is designed to help students develop and improve the skills that will be necessary in order for them to compete in an increasingly global society. The faculty members are skilled and experienced in their respective fields making them highly qualified to help students develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills.
The curriculum is designed so that students will have the opportunity to gear their course selection in the way that best suits their educational needs. Advanced Placement courses are offered in each of the major fields, as well as elective courses that appeal to student interests. Along with the traditional curriculum, the department also sponsors a number of clubs and organizations that promote community service, leadership, and cultural awareness.
Summer Reading Lists:
Visual Arts are a vital part of the Bloomfield Hills High School experience, with nearly half of the school’s population currently enrolled in an art course. In the Visual Arts department, students have many opportunities to compete in art competitions and exhibit their artwork in campus, local and national venues. Visiting artists and representatives from art colleges and university art departments across the United States present and facilitate lessons throughout the school year.
The World Languages department offers all Bloomfield Hills High School students the challenge and the excitement of seeing the world through new eyes. By studying another language and culture, students engage in an especially rewarding preparation for their future as citizens in the world community.
Students have the opportunity to enroll in one or more of the language sequences offered: American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish. English Language Learners are also served through ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. In all of these classes students acquire knowledge and develop the skills listed in the National Standards for Foreign Language Education: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparison and Communities.
Skill development occurs in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. But learning a language involves much more than linguistic skills. Foreign language learning contributes to the overall intellectual, social, creative and aesthetic development of our students by introducing them to the ways in which other groups of people view the world and function in it, and by learning how they express themselves. With extended study, practice and experience, our students learn how to communicate with people who live in other cultures throughout the world.
If you like science and engineering then join us for a STEM tour in Panama where you will work with research scientists at a tropical research station! You will also earn 7 hours of community service. Parents/guardians are welcome too! For more information contact: Angela Bitterman-Wenson at ABittermanWenson@bloomfield.
For ideas on how to engage students in summer reading and writing experiences, visit www.bloomfield.org/summerreading. Students are invited to participate in the Reading Without Walls Challenge and share their photos with the hashtag #BHSReadingWithoutWalls on social media. For specific high school summer reading requirements, visit the Counseling webpage under Summer Reading Resources on the right side of the page.
The Four Cornerstones are the foundation upon which our curriculum, scheduling, collaboration, and interactions will be based and important qualities required for successful learning communities.