Student Life at Booker High School
More than 1,200 students attend Booker High School, traveling from around the district and beyond to participate in the school’s renowned magnet programs—the VPA, Law Academy and Cambridge University AICE. The VPA program enrolls about 300 students on average in the five different departments, about 40 percent of whom are from out of the Booker High boundaries.
The student population at Booker High School, the most diverse in the district, is about 30 percent African-American, 30 percent Hispanic, and 30 percent White. These students represent varied religious and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as gender identification. Booker prides itself on accepting and embracing its diverse student body: in our diversity, our strengths thrive.
Students who are enrolled in the VPA take four academic courses daily, and the remaining three classes are in their discipline. For most VPA students, freshmen take VPA classes the first three periods of the day, and sophomores thru seniors take their VPA classes periods six-eight (the last three periods of the day). In Music, this is slightly different, as the Music Program offerings are varied and personalized, so those students may be enrolled in their Music classes throughout the day.
Booker High School has an active Renaissance program that rewards hardworking students with rallies and parties in their honor for achieving academic merit. Renaissance students enjoy the rallies, but also discounted rates on all events on campus; for VPA events, Gold Renaissance students receive free tickets, Silver Renaissance students receive half-off on tickets, and Bronze Renaissance students receive a dollar off.
In addition to its academic programs, Booker High School offers an array of sports:
- Basketball-boys and girls
- Cross Country-boys and girls
- Golf-boys and girls
- Soccer-boys and girls
- Swimming-boys and girls
- Tennis-boys and girls
- Track and Field-boys and girls
Booker High School is also home to many clubs and associations that students can participate in to get the most out of their high school experience.
- CROP (College Reach Out Program)
- Fashion Club
- Key Club
- Men of Distinction (MOD Squad)
- REACH Club (for students with an interest in medical careers)
- Stacks Club (for students with an interest in business or entrepreneurship)
- Student Government Association