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Bellflower Unified School District

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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’s 2015 Teacher of the Year Transforms Faculty Mentor Program

Bellflower Unified 2015 Teacher of the Year Cathy Fong is what you would call a teacher's teacher – quite literally. As head of the District's Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) program, Fong guides BUSD's newest classroom leaders during their first two years. She trains mentor teachers, meets regularly with her charges and even substitutes in classrooms to keep up-to-date on tools and techniques. Fong joined Bellflower Unified in 1997 as an English teacher at Bellflower Middle and High School. In 2008, she took over the mentor program – and immediately began transforming it. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Unified Wins Prestigious Golden Bell for Innovative Health Sciences Career Program

Bellflower Unified School District is being recognized with a 2015 Golden Bell Award – the California School Board Association’s most prestigious honor – for a health science career pathway that provides high school students with hands-on career exploration, job shadowing at a regional hospital and internship opportunities. The District will receive its award at a presentation at noon Saturday, Dec. 5. Bellflower Unified launched its program in 2011 as a partnership with Lakewood Regional Medical Center. It added summer job shadowing in 2012, and a hands-on introduction to 17 career fields in 2014. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Mayfair High School’s 7th College Fair to Feature Workshops, Recruiters

Mayfair High School will host its seventh annual College Fair featuring nearly 30 public and private colleges from across the U.S. from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. The event, which drew 400 students and their parents when it shifted from a daytime schedule to evening in 2014-15, will feature breakout sessions on financial aid, how to prepare for a four-year college, college and career tech jobs, and the benefits of community colleges. Colleges include UCLA, USC, UC Riverside, UC Davis, local community colleges and out-of-state institutions. Mayfair High is at 6000 N. Woodruff Ave., Lakewood. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Bellflower Unified Students Shine on New State Standardized Tests

Bellflower Unified School students met or exceeded District expectations and many state and Los Angeles County proficiency averages on California’s first administration of new standardized tests for English language arts (ELA) and math. The data from the tests – administered in spring 2015 to students in grades three through eight, and grade 11 – will establish a baseline for student performance on the California Standards, now in their second year of implementation. Test results show areas of strength in multiple grades – especially in ELA – for Bellflower Unified’s English learners, economically disadvantaged students, and Hispanic, African-American and Asian students. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Rotary Club Takes 50 Bellflower Unified Students on Shopping Spree

Follow-up Story: Fifty underprivileged students received $100 each to buy school clothes and shoes at the Bellflower Kmart on Sept. 19 during the Rotary Club of Bellflower's annual Back to School Shopping Spree. Students were selected by Caring Connections, a nonprofit that works to meet the needs of Bellflower Unified students and families. The Bellflower Rotary Foundation funded the event. Club members helped students choose school-appropriate clothes and shoes. Photos are available Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Unified Welcomes Students with New Programs, Expanded Curriculum

Follow-up Story: Bellflower Unified School District welcomed 12,000 new and returning students on Aug. 31 with a host of new programs and services designed to prepare them for the challenges of college and careers. New programs include a new middle school engineering and robotics course, expanded Spanish language immersion and Mandarin instruction, a revamped high school math curriculum, additional professional development for teachers and counseling services to support elementary students. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Unified Adds 2nd Class of Students to College Credit Program

Seven Bellflower Unified incoming juniors will be welcomed into Cerritos College’s Middle Scholars program – which allows high school students to enroll in college courses – during a reception a 4 p.m. Monday, June 15 at the college, 11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk. The two-year program launched in 2014-15 with three juniors each at Bellflower and Mayfair high schools. It is aimed at students interested in pursuing teaching credentials, especially those who hope to specialize in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. Students attend classes at their high schools each morning during their junior and senior years, attend Cerritos College from 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and volunteer as tutors at elementary and middle schools on Fridays. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Bellflower Unified Taking 9th-Grade Home-Study Applications until June 18

Las Flores Home Education Independent Study Academy will accept applications for its new 2015-16 ninth-grade home-study program through Thursday, June 18. The Academy, at 10039 E. Palm St., Bellflower, supports traditional homeschooling and offers a hybrid program in which district teachers provide math and English language arts instruction three days a week and optional enrichment activities on Fridays. Many homeschooling students shift to traditional high schools in ninth grade because of challenges in securing college recognition of credits earned by homeschoolers. The Academy will help families over that hurdle, enlisting highly qualified teachers to provide instruction in such core subjects as English language arts, math and biology. Ninth-grade enrollment will be limited to 30 students. For information, call 562-804-6565. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Bellflower Unified Students Re-Enact Key Battles of the American Revolution

Follow-up Story: More than 100 costumed fifth-graders at Stephen Foster Elementary brought the American Revolution to life at 11 a.m. Friday, May 29 through a series of short plays that opened a window into colonial life and the battle for America’s independence. The annual historical re-enactment began with a “stroll” to show everyday colonial life. The action shifted to the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party before concluding with the Ride of Paul Revere and the battles of Lexington and Concord. The 50-minute show is scripted, but students ad-lib lines from their study of the times, making each performance one of a kind.Read More