Always Improving

 Always Improving

Badin High School commits to continuous improvements with a series of projects this summer

Corinne Minard

Badin High School doesn’t take the summer off. While students may be out of classes, Badin is working to improve itself with a series of updates.

“We’re always working to get better. If you’re not getting better, if you’re staying the same, then you’re losing ground, because other schools are going past you,” says Dirk Q. Allen, director of admissions and media relations for the school.

Those updates include:

– installing air conditioning in the gym, a $175,000 project that will bring air conditioning to the gymnasium for the first time,

– adding more space for the music department with the addition of a new piano loft in the Pfirman Family Activity Center,

– swapping out the doors in the lower classrooms with new security-enhanced doors and creating a new guest entrance.

“Each summer you prioritize what you think is important and that you can get accomplished. This is a great summer for progress. Certainly the safety of our students is a priority and [these updates] will help us enhance that,” says Allen.

These changes come at a time of great growth for the school. Enrollment has continued to increase—from 450 students in 2010 to 620 in the upcoming school year—with students in the 2018-2019 school year alone hailing from 46 different junior high schools and 29 zip codes.

Allen credits much of the growth of the school to its passionate families.

“The word in the community about Badin is very positive, which I certainly attribute to our continuous improvement. It’s a winning cycle. Students and families speak well of the Badin experience and what we like to call the Badin Family. Being the admissions director is my job, and it’s easy to encourage people to come to Badin. But when your students and families are talking you up, that’s what really resonates,” he says.

And continuous improvements—to both the curriculum and the school facility—make a big difference. The school has a 1:1 iPad program, a yearlong Integrated Tech class for freshmen, four years of engineering classes through Project Lead the Way, Advanced Placement and College Credit Plus classes, and even an Economics/Personal Finance class.

The additions to the academic curriculum have paid off for the students. The 2018-2019 class earned a total of $17.5 million in academic scholarships, with 59 of the 130 students each earning more than $100,000.

The summer may almost be over, but Badin isn’t finished improving its campus this year. The schools expects to break ground on a new $2 million Student Development Center before the summer ends. The new facility will connect the Pfirman Family Activity Center with the main building, add a student commons area, relocate several offices and allow the school to have more classroom space in the main building.

It’s just one more update that shows Badin’s commitment to continuous improvement.

“It’s interesting to me that students and parents do notice everything we do. Even if it’s just painting a hallway, they will see it and appreciate it. They know that you’re working to improve the facility and the experience,” says Allen.