On the fated day of March 5th, the majority of the 8th grade became increasingly nervous as the end of the day approached. It didn’t matter which class they had last period, whether it was Living Environment, Art, or Humanities. It was insignificant, because during that last five minutes of class, high school results were given out. People held their breaths as they opened the letter, the one that determined where they were going for the next four years. Many were filled with joy and celebrated with elation because of their acceptances. Several tears were shed over the not-so-satisfying results. Everyone ran around in a frenzy, sharing and exchanging results with any fellow 8th grader they came across.
It’s not unusual for around 20% of each grade to leave for other schools in 8th grade. This year, however, more than 50% of the 8th graders are leaving. Within the past few years, parents and students have become more and more ambitious on the topic of education. It’s common knowledge that it is easier to get accepted into one’s “dream college” if their high school has been known for being academically rigorous for over fifty years, so it’s understandable that many students pick a more widely-known school over BSGE. Unfortunately, this is one of the sad realities of attending this school.
Having started about only 15 years ago, barely anyone recognizes the name “The Baccalaureate School for Global Education,” despite the academics being on par with, if not higher than, specialized high schools across the city. Come on, let’s face it. How many times have we awkwardly mumbled “Uhhh I go to the Baccalaureate School for Global Education, but we just call it BSGE” whenever people ask what school we go to? You would receive a blank face, whereas if you told someone you went to Stuyvesant or Bronx Science, a flash of recognition would pass on their face, followed by comments like “Oh that’s so cool!” and “Wow, you must be very smart then.”