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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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