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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 Students Launch Service Projects for Award-Winning Civics Program

Bellflower Unified's Mayfair Middle School students are launching public service projects and preparing for a school-sponsored trek to the U.S. Capitol as part of an innovative civics program recently honored as California's best. The program incorporates a variety of project-based and collaborative learning efforts to give students a theoretical and practical understanding of civics, from role-playing activities that bring historical elections to life to a public service component that students are required to lead. Mayfair earned one of three 2015 Awards of Excellence this spring in the state's Civic Learning Award program run by State Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Unified Students Create Mosaic Murals, Build Understanding

Students at Bellflower Unified’s Woodruff Elementary are hard at work this semester creating a pair of tile mosaics to decorate their campus through an innovative afterschool arts program that brings together students of differing abilities. The project was launched this fall at Washington Elementary, which is now graced by a pair of 5-foot-by-3-foot murals. The project is designed to broaden students’ appreciation both of art and of each other’s strengths. Program leaders are seeking grant funding to continue the effort next year.  Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

103 Bellflower Students to Receive Glasses Thanks to Mobile Clinic Visit

Just over 100 students from Bellflower Unified’s Washington Elementary School will receive free eyeglasses in the next few weeks after undergoing eye exams March 30-April 1 from Vision to Learn optometrists during the nonprofit’s first-ever visit to a District school. During the visit, sponsored by the Bellflower Rotary Club and coordinated by Caring Connections, 146 students received eye exams. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Students Donned Historical Attire, Personas for Wax Museum Fundraiser

Follow-up Story: Dozens of fifth-graders at Bellflower Unified's Stephen Foster Elementary dressed up as historical characters to populate a "wax museum" that visitors brought to life on three days during the month, ending March 10. When activated, students took on the attributes of their historical person and share their stories during the hour-long events. Donations benefited Pennies for Patients. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Unified to Finish Sweeping Upgrade of Classroom Tech by April

Bellflower Unified has spent $3 million this school year to create a system of tablets, laptops, document cameras and projectors that allows teachers to seamlessly integrate the latest technology into classroom lessons emphasizing critical thinking, hands-on learning and student collaboration. The effort combines hardware and software purchases, installation and professional development, as well as improvements in Internet access, system upkeep and maintenance. The system will be completed by April 1. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Unified Elementary Receives Prize for Student Service

Follow-up Story: Staff from Lakewood’s Office Max on Friday, Jan. 20 presented Bellflower Unified’s Craig Williams Elementary with the “A Day Made Better” award from the Office Depot Foundation, recognizing the school’s teachers and staff for their dedication to helping student succeed. The award includes a gift of student and classroom supplies, along with other goodies for teachers. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Bellflower Unified Overhauls Career Technical Education Programs

A new career technical education course that gives students a hands-on introduction to 17 health industry careers is drawing strong interest from Bellflower Unified students, with 233 students enrolled in eight classes at the District’s two comprehensive high schools. The course, launched in fall 2014, stems from an effort to strengthen career technical education with rigorous academics, in-depth industry instruction and a focus on training students for high-skill, high-wage and high-demand occupations. The overhaul began in 2013-14 when the District placed oversight of career technical education under the same umbrella as secondary school academics. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Unified Garden Helps Teach Environmental Science, Nutrition

An innovative gardening program at Bellflower Unified’s Ramona Elementary is planting the seeds for hands-on learning about environmental science and healthy eating thanks to a community partnership launched in fall. The program brings in a “Garden Ranger” to work each Tuesday with children from different grades at the Bellflower school’s outdoor garden. School leaders are seeking to raise $2,500 to continue the program for a second year. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Unified Spanish Dual-Language Immersion Program Fills to Capacity

Nearly 100 students fill four dual-immersion, Spanish-language classrooms at Bellflower Unified's Intensive Learning Center in Lakewood -- a capacity crowd for the District's latest foray into new educational arenas. The district launched the program in 2013-14 with kindergarten classes and, this year, added first grade. Research shows dual-immersion students not only learn the targeted language, but also gain significant understanding of cultures associated with the language, show overall cognitive advances and earn stronger grades in school. Bellflower Unified Superintendent Dr. Brian Jacobs said the program is one element of a broader effort to increase academic success, cultural understanding and preparation for a global economy. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Students Receive New Shoes at Shopping Event

Follow-up Story: Sixty-one Bellflower Unified students received new shoes and socks on Jan. 31, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Bellflower's 11th annual Payless Shoe Shopping Event. The event was held in conjunction with Caring Connections, a nonprofit dedicated to helping meet the needs of children and families in the Bellflower Unified School District. Also aiding the effort were Encounter Christian Church and Payless Shoe Source. Photos are available. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More