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9-12
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Bell, CA
Students enrolled: 4,290
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4328 Bell Avenue
Bell, CA 90201

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(323) 832-4700
(323) 560-7874
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January 02, 2015
Wow so many "community" members talking about "accountability" for teachers! You by chance wouldn't be from Families in Schools or some other teacher -bashing organization would you? Because most members of our community do not talk in such "talking point" language. By the way, Bell used to be a much better school but it now has the principal who was there when Fremont was reconstituted so if the school has gone downhill, look at him. When Scott Braxton was principal, that school was a well-oiled machine. Teachers and students were respected. Sad to say, that is no more.

- submitted by a teacher
November 01, 2013
i am a former student, until i felt the need to leave. the first day i met the dean he told me he didnt like me, i have never in my life spoken to him so i have no idea why he would say that. all the teachers i had dont care about their students. this school is so crowded you must act fast the first day of school to get a table to sit for lunch. the staff is so rude, i remember one time they took my lunch away for no reason and threw it away in front of my face while i was minding my own business. my former counselor asked for my name and then asked me if i was sure it was my name kept insisting it wasnt my name. if you need help they will yell at you think you dont know anything and not help.

- submitted by a community member
July 01, 2013
As a former student, and now college graduate working in education, I look back at my experience and I realize there are many things to praise and condemn Bell High for. The school is overcrowded, which has created challenges with respect to fair offerings of courses, scheduling, and resources. There is very little accountability placed upon teachers and very little attempt to get parents engaged, which has affected the college-going culture negatively. Nonetheless, I do commend other areas of the school, such as certain advanced placement/honors courses and particular teachers who diligently put effort into challenging their students and ensuring comprehension. Moreover, there is a strong student government program and athletics department. However, one fact particularly strikes me; about 80% of Bell's graduates are ineligible/unprepared to apply for a Cal State or UC university. For this reason--and others--I do not recommend enrolling your child at this school. The law allows you to enroll your child in any public school, so do your research, and find the right school, because high school is very important in determining your child's future.

- submitted by a community member
June 26, 2013
Unless you're in honors/AP/sports you'll have the worst time of your life. The school food is horrible, most teachers don't care, and the few that do care are only in AP/Honors programs. The school will use almost any excuse to hold your diploma. If you're in a sport and don't pay up for the failure of a fundraiser that they host you best bet you won't graduate without paying out of your own pocket. I graduated in 2012 with high honors and I've been in both regular classes and honors. Its outstanding how much complaining you hear from everywhere. The school tries to put up an image of outstanding work and an effort to help those who are far behind but the truth is they don't. The CAHSEE stops many from graduating and it is sad that it does. The questions revolve around 6th grade math and english so the amount of people failing it is just unbelievable. The school holds workshops, I've personally gone and its just 4 hours of complaining from students and teachers "trying" to put in effort to teach material that is rarely included in any form of testing. Overall, unless you find the right people to talk to in this school, you won't get your education.

- submitted by a community member
December 26, 2012
I graduated this school in 1993 and have a niece that currently attends here. Like most schools the students need parental supervision. If parents aren't parents their kids will not try. It is easy for parents and students to blame the school for their own failures. How in the world is it possible for someone to fail a CAHSEE exam several times? My 7th grade daughter can pass that test. This school has the resources and teachers to help the students succeed. The student need to put in an effort as well. I don't understand how some students are successful and others are not. The teachers can do so much. If students do not try or parents don't stand over their kids being parents then do not blame the school for your short comings.

- submitted by a community member
August 24, 2012
I was a former student at Bell High School. The administrators and some of the teachers here just don't care about the students. Thanks to them I did not receive my high school diploma with the rest of my classmates because I had failed the CAHSEE exam one too many times but had worked hard and even exceeded the rest of the requirements for graduation. Not once was I given the right kind, for example, one on one tutoring, a screening, or even bothered to get to the bottom of why I was failing my CAHSEE and doing so poorly in my math classes. It wasn't till I got to college that I got the right kind of help. Turns out I had a learning disability that these people had failed to recognize. When I went back to confront them about this and get an explanation all they told me was,"you have to look for help somewhere else since you already have the two year mark." To make matters worst, instead of motivating students to go to college or make something positive out of their lives they tell their students and their parents,"don't worry, most of these kids don't even graduate and most of them get pregnant. We don't expect much from you."

- submitted by a community member
October 20, 2011
i graduated in class 2011 i was in the soccer team an di remember that everytime i didnt want to go to class i could just go to the P.E lokers and be there. is true that if you are Honor student, AP student, or athletes you have priorities have either school teachers, coach, and the police in charge of the school order. many teachers were responsible for criticizing his troublemakers students rather than trying to help them . course there are always teachers who really do their job, but still the majority of teachers that I had only the charge of wasting their time. in the soccer girls team I used to find discrimination aver that the players were not good enough and , were sat during the training and not helped at all. purposely learned that the school does not make the student. if you want to be someone in life gives the best of you. I played three years in varsity soccer team for women and thank God I had the chance to start, but look at the discrimination that emerged from the trainer to bad players.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 11, 2010
This the school where I learn the value of education and one my of sons went to Bell and to see how much the school has deteriorated and how children are still making the best of their education under such sad conditions broke my heart. The students deserve more than a run down school with falling ceiling tiles due to leaks on the roof and outdated building facilities that hinder not only their education but most importantly their health both physical and psychological. Please consider given the students of Bell Senior High School an educational environment that is indusive to learning. Thank you on behalf of all the students at Bell Senior High School.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2010
I graduated in class of 2007, and I hated it. I was in the Honors program for 2 years (Before I miraculously left the Honors program due to close-mindedness and seeing how unfair it was), and during that time I realized how the school only cared for the Honor students, AP students, and athletes, but they forgot about the troubled kids who needed the guidance. In Bell, if you were a troublemaker, the administrators preferred to suspend you or even kick you out of school than help you. If you were in sports, the school police would let you ditch class leave school to go get a burger, as long as you brought him one (Not making this up, I saw with my own eyes). Basically, it's a bad school, and I wouldn't even give it a star if it wasn't for the very few people that actually pushed students.

- submitted by a community member
March 03, 2010
BHS has great teachers who really care about the students and as well it has great programs to get us in the path to college

- submitted by a student
February 28, 2010
Most People think that Bell isn't a good school because of the area or the bad records it has.. But Bell has good teachers that will push students to the limit to get their school work done. It Also has a good rating of students passing CAHSEE and they go up every year. Last year in 2009 above 80% of 10th grade students passed CAHSEE the first time. It has alot of programs...and our sports are really good here ranging from Swimming,Tennis,Football,Basketball,Volleyball ,Baseball,Football,Soccer,Softball,Track,Cross Country,Golf..And so many clubs to choose.

- submitted by a student
January 08, 2010
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- submitted by a student
November 05, 2009
I am a Bell High School alumni; class of 2008. Although Bell High School may not be the greatest public school, it definitely has many opportunities for students to succeed and pursue a higher education after high school. It is really up to the student if he/she wants to challenge himself/herself. If you're a student there, I advise you to take as many AP/Honors courses as you can. Get involved with the extracurriculars, seek help, seek advice, get counseling...'You will only reap what you sow.' I'm proud to say that I made the most of what was presented before me at Bell and now I'm at UCLA...Like I said, Bell was not the best school, nor was it the worst, it is what you make it.

- submitted by a student
September 06, 2009
Most people think that this school is bad all because of where its at. Sure Bell ain't no Beverly Hill but the school is great! The teachers here make an effort to help me succeed throughout my high school years. Go Eagles!

- submitted by a student
September 03, 2009
i personally like this school better than the other schools around the area, i used to attend huntington park high and to be honest bhs is a way better school. The teachers care so much about our education, the counselours are there for us whenever we need them and the social vibe is just the best.

- submitted by a student
November 09, 2008
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November 05, 2008
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August 22, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
August 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2008
Well I currently attend this school. It is one of the best schools to learn about life and how to make it in the real world. But of course, thats not all. The teachers focus on getting you child to graduate from High School in order for them to continue their learning in college. Many parents argue that Bell High School is not a good place for your kids to graduate and that the school needs to do way more for the students. I believe that thats not true. In my year going to Bell, the teachers would sacrafice their time after work to tutor kids. Its not the schools fault that your child doesn't take advantage of these opportunities. If you want you child to learn to be independent and care about life, then Bell High School is defenetly a perfect school for them to attend!

- submitted by a student
March 17, 2008
One of the problems that Bell Senior High teachers face is that 'most' parents do not take an active role in their child's education. School does not end at 3:30, my parents made sure I worked when I got home. I was REQUIRED to read and work on my studies. I didn't get on MySpace or on the Play Station. I read and studied. Out of a class of 30, approximately 8 parents attend Parent Night Conferences. School isn't a babysitting facility it is a place that you are as active in your son/daughter's education as the teacher. Out of 150 students, when I taught, approximately 25-30 parents showed any interest in their child's academic progress. This was consistent in my 10 years in the classroom. I never had more than 30 parents show up. That's an F in my book too!

- submitted by a community member
February 21, 2008
I'm a student at Bell High and even though im in honor classes I still see how the rest of the students kind of get lost in the shuffle. It is very crowded and textbooks are too worn out. I had to tape up my last math book together.

- submitted by a student
February 17, 2008
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November 13, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
September 20, 2007
I am a new teacher at bell HS. I have been teaching in general and special education for eleven years throughout the district. Bell HS is one of the most comprehensive schools I have ever worked at. The principal and administrative staff are are exemplary and should be modeled by the district. I am happy to be at Bell HS and have made new acquaintances. I am also proud to be an employee of LAUSD at Bell HS. I have never seen a school before that cared so much about the success of all of its students. Teacher (Sci/Tech SLC)

- submitted by a teacher
September 19, 2007
I graduated in 2007. In my four years at Bell High School was one of the best experience. I always knew i was going to graduate since ninth grade. One of my goals was to become a honor student or a AP student through out the whole year but in this situation the councelor didnt push us to succeed or the college councelor. I always saw that a AP student or the '3.5-4.0' student was always being helped so they could succeed in life, but what happen to the rest of us??? Now i open my eyes and think of the past Why i didnt say anything about this why dont we get the same support with our education.I will succeed in life because thats my goal and if i ever had kids this would not be the high school they will attend.

- submitted by a student
no rating August 08, 2007
Bell High is a prime example of the real world - a constant imperfect place that changes daily. I'm a proud graduate and teacher there... In my opinion, it is the best place to learn about life, gain insights, and build one's character.

- submitted by a teacher
June 23, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
February 26, 2007
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- submitted by a student
January 05, 2007
I'm disappointed. Its so disgusting that teachers are so supportive to students receiving 'C' grades. The district must come in and take a second look at all teachers again. The good thing is that my child understands my purpose.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2006
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- submitted by a student
July 15, 2006
I am a graduate of Bell High. I agree that the parents of Bell High students must involve themselves in their children's education much more than they do. However, the school has a long history of administrative incompetence. The only students that succeed at Bell HS are the very small minority that are catered to because they are in the honors and AP programs and favorited. The vast rest are neglected and destined to fail. I'm ashamed at being a graduate of such a poorly run institution. Very luckily I'm now at one of the premier higher education institutions in the world.

- submitted by a former student
July 15, 2006
Any graduate of Bell High School that reaches any high education institution will find that they are very unprepared and have been robbed of an education by teachers and administrators of this school. Although there have been a handful of good teachers at this school, the administration has done a great job at getting rid of them.

- submitted by a former student
April 25, 2006
I am a graduate of Bell High. I've read many postings in regards to lack of textbooks and overcrowding, leaving with less knowledge than entering...all complaints. These people needed to speak up while they were in school. I had a real positive experience at Bell my main priority was to learn, I didn't get tied up in the clicks and what have you. So I believe it depends on the person whether or not they succeed and they need to stop trying to put their faults on a system. Parents need to start parenting and stop leaving it to the schools to teach what should be taught at home...taking responsibility for your actions or lack of. Bell is a great school, and I'm glad to be a graduate.

- submitted by a former student
December 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2005
If you are looking to send your child to college in the future, Bell High School is not the place to attend. From reading other feedbacks, it seems like things havent changed since I graduated in 1983. Over crowded classrooms, lack of textbooks, large student to teacher ratio, its a receipe for academic disaster. Like a previous reviewer, I managed to graduate from a second rate college after 6 years and 2 expulsions because of poor reading, writing and analytical skills. Bell High School didnt, and still doesnt I take it, impart adequate study skills to survive in at university. As the expression goes, one bitten twice shy, I will never let my children attend this high school.

- submitted by a former student
August 18, 2005
It's a good school with many activities for Parents and Students. The teachers and staff are great.

- submitted by a student
February 08, 2005
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- submitted by a student
December 07, 2004
I attended this school and graduated in 2000. Although there are a handful of incredibly gifted and devoted teachers, I am ashamed that students continue to learn in classes that are overcrowded and do not have sufficient textbooks. For health class, I had to go to the library during lunch time because books were only available there--can you imagine students not even having a class set? There are several problems with Bell High School. I hope that the community joins to help tomorrow's future students and that those great teachers that are there do not leave. There are much better schools to send students to--especially for a quality education.

- submitted by a former student
May 10, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
November 05, 2003
I'm a student in bell high school and i don't think it's so bad. true it could be better and it is over crowded but i have had some very good teachers.The students are the ones who mess up.Im an honor student and i enjoy going to bell

- submitted by a community member
October 07, 2003
This school is disgraceful, it is the epitomy of the LAUSD bureaucracy. DO NOT enroll your child here, please make an effort to increase the chances of a successful education and life chances somewhere else, as a former student here, i came out worse than when i went in, poor education, poor teachers, corruption and favoritism rule here!! fortunately , by some miracle i managed to attend and succeed at UCLA

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2003
I do not recommend Bell High School to any students... I am a former graduate of Bell High School and my experience at this school was not an educative one...Bell High is too crowded, the seating in th class rooms is a first come first serve and the books are in less than poor condition

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2003
I think this school is not that good, the only reason that my kids went to this school was because it was very close to the house. the administration is very bad. i have seen and witnessed discrimination by the administrater. the school is over crowded and the student - teacher ration is really about 32/1. i dont recomend you send your kids there.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
Overall this school is great!! It makes it great because of the school's dress code and safety. The teachers teach well and you could see that this school really cares for our students. I am happy my brother-in-law is going to graduate from this school as I did.

- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2003
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Bell Senior High School
4328 Bell Avenue, Bell, CA  90201
(323) 832-4700
Last modified Bell Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bell Senior High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top