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  • 16703 South Clark Ave. Bellflower, CA 90706 • 562-866-9011
  • The roots of the Bellflower Unified School District stretch back to 1909, when the Somerset School District was formed in the region. The school was one of the main draws for settlers. The school served thousands of students in various incarnations until its demolition in 1951, the same year the community saw the construction of Bellflower High School. The unified school district was formed in 1957. The district operates 10 elementary schools, three high schools, a home study program and a child development center.

  • Superintendent: Dr. Brian Jacobs
  • Board of Trustees: Dr. Sue ElHessen, president; Laura Sanchez-Ramirez, vice president; Debbie Cuadros, clerk; Jerry Cleveland, member; Paul Helzer, D.C., PhD., member

Bellflower Unified Expands Teaching Teams to Intensify Math, English Instruction

Bellflower Unified has assigned 10 expert teachers to intensify instruction in math and English language development, providing classroom teachers with additional support for students, lesson plan development, coaching and other instructional supports. The teachers on special assignment, known as TOSAs, share new perspectives and advanced techniques, guiding classroom teachers in boosting their effectiveness at communicating key standards to students. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Unified Urges Community to Review New California Schools Dashboard

Bellflower Unified School District leaders are encouraging local families and community members to review the new California Schools Dashboard, which will be released Wednesday, March 15 for a statewide field test. The Dashboard, which is still under construction, is designed to evaluate district, school and student subgroup performance and growth on six state and four local measures. So far, data has been prepared for four measures. The others will become available in fall 2017, when a final version of the Dashboard will debut. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Bellflower Unified Home Studies Program Holds TK-1 Enrollment Session

Bellflower Unified’s Las Flores Home Education Independent Studies Program will hold a meeting at 1 p.m. Monday, March 20 for families considering enrolling children in transitional kindergarten, kindergarten or first grade. Las Flores, a TK-11 school, provides support to homeschooling families, including instruction in core topics and weekly enrichment classes. Las Flores is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges with instruction that meets UC/CSU admission requirements. The school is open to students across L.A. and Orange counties. Call 562-804-6565 or go to www.lasfloreseducationalcenter.org. Las Flores is at 10039 E. Palm St., Bellflower. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Bellflower Unified Invites Community Review of School Accountability Report Cards

Bellflower Unified has invited community members to review the District's 2015-16 School Accountability Report Cards (SARC), a comprehensive summary of the performance and conditions of each of our public schools. The report cards, made public Feb. 1, are available for review at local schools, electronically on local school websites and on the state Department of Education website. The reports provide an overview of each school and details about staffing, curriculum programs, student performance on state standardized tests, materials, quality of facilities and per pupil spending. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Bellflower Unified High School Athletes Honored at Hall of Fame Fest

Follow-up Story: Five athletic teams and 14 student athletes from Bellflower Unified's Mayfair High School were recognized on Feb. 27 by the city of Lakewood and the Piazza Family McDonald's during the annual Lakewood Youth Hall of Fame celebration. Those recognized included the 2016 CIF champion Mayfair boys wrestling team and 2016 Suburban League champion girls basketball, softball, girls track and field and girls volley teams. Emma Kailiponi was named Scholar Athlete of the Year. Performers of the year were Landon Anderson, baseball; Mone't Ward, basketball; Patrick Coo, BMX; Mercedes Padilla, soccer; Sarah Parten, softball; Brianna Figueroa, tennis; and Justin Pichedwatana, wrestling. Distinguished nominees were Kyle Small, basketball; Kai Emmsley, football; Sydairee Dudley, track and field; Sarah Clausen and Skyler Williams, volleyball; and Andrew Ramos, wrestling. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Bellflower Unified Kindergarten Teacher Stunned by $25,000 Milken Award

Katherine Shaw, a kindergarten teacher at Bellflower Unified’s Washington Elementary School, was surprised with a $25,000 Milken Educators Award during a March 3 ceremony led by Milken Foundation President Lowell Milken and California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Shaw, who was stunned by the announcement, was praised for sculpting her teaching approach to student needs. She also helps guide fellow teachers. The Milken Award, dubbed the Oscars of Teaching, will go to up to 35 teachers across the U.S. in 2017. Shaw is one of two in California to receive the award and the first Bellflower Unified teacher to be honored. For more information, go to www.milkeneducatorawards.org. Photos are available. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Unified Elementary Holds Bingo for Books to Boost Literacy

Bellflower Unified’s Thomas Jefferson Elementary will hold its second annual Bingo for Books event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, with families moving from room to room across the Dr. Seuss-emblazoned campus playing bingo and winning books. During the event's first year, more than 325 students and their families won over 500 books. Bingo for Books is organized by the Thomas Jefferson Elementary PTA, Associated Student Body and Family Night Committee, with support from staff members who decorate the campus. The books given out are donated by the PTA, staff members and other members of the community. Jefferson Elementary is at 10027 Rose St., Bellflower. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Bellflower Unified Adds School for Spanish Dual-Immersion Program

Bellflower Unified’s popular Spanish dual-immersion program – launched several years ago at the Intensive Learning Center – will expand to Washington Elementary School in 2017-18, creating a convenient option for families living in the north end of the District. A preschool dual-immersion program was launched at Washington Elementary this year. Kindergarten and preschool registration for both sites opens Monday, March 6. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Unified Fifth-graders Bring History to Life with Wax Museum

Fifth-graders from Bellflower Unified’s Stephen Foster Elementary will don historical attire from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 for the final presentation of a “wax museum” that visitors bring to life by donating coins. Once activated, the students give a speech on their historical figure, Benjamin Franklin, Sitting Bull, Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony. Students also made presentations on Feb. 21 and 24. More than 200 students and parents visit the museum each day, donating coins for Pennies for Patients and a science assembly. Foster is at 5223 E. Bigelow St., Lakewood. Photos are available. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Unified Earns WASC Accreditation for Innovative Independent Study Program

Bellflower Unified’s highly innovative Las Flores Home Education Independent Study Academy has earned a three-year initial accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The TK-10 school, which offers a blend of homeschool support and core curriculum, was praised by a WASC visiting committee for effective and caring leadership, parent engagement, strong use of technology and an emphasis on hands-on, student learning. School officials, who announced the decision Feb. 8, are expanding the school's high school offerings one grade each year. Each expansion will require a new review. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More