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751 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91913

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(619) 397-2000
(619) 656-1203
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February 07, 2013
Bonita High offers a good education for the high functioning student. I do believe that additional support should be offered, but budgets are low. They have come under fire recently due to the lack of credible sports programs. While their golf team is amongst the best, and the GIRLS basketball team is coached by knowledgeable mentors, the BOYS basketball program is the worst. The Freshman coach is knowledgeable as is the assistant JV coach, but the other coaches unfortunately show no credible ability to lead these talented young men. The volleyball coaching staff is knowledgeable. The football team walked out on the program due to the coaching staff. While the focus on high school should be academics, it does help young men and women when they are mentored by coaches whose knowledge and ability they respect.

- submitted by a teacher
October 29, 2012
This staff here is a joke. They are a terrible school and have no idea how to run this school. The vice principles especially are idiots.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2012
If your child is planning on participating in the AP/IB track then this is a great school. My child is an AP Student and we were not happy with the lack of help and direction from my child's counselor. Also, Bonita Vista lacks attention to it's sports programs & fields. Kids from other schools attending sports functions at Bonita Vista have been heard commenting on how "ghetto" the school is. The principal only seems to be concerned with the high API scores for the school. Score boards, bleachers & fields are in dire need of repair.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2011
The school is top-notch, Consistently the best academics in the district. The classes are tough many teachers hold Phd in thier feild and most have more than a decade teaching experience So if your kid is not ready to work hard this is not the school for them. However if they can keep up with the work BVHS provides a great jumping off point to a successful college experience and success in life.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2011
im and 8th grader right now... and im from santee im movening up to chula vista and i will be in bonita vista high school.. district so thats where im goinggg... can anyone tell me what im expecting..?

- submitted by a community member
February 03, 2011
As a current freshman parent and BVHS alumnus, I can say the school has retained a high academic rating, however this is upheld by such a small portion of the population that it is actually irrelevant. I believe that the staff has become complacent and relies on this population to "carry" them through. An ordinary student that could become extraordinary with a little help and motivation is just pushed along. My child was absent due to illness for a week and I only recieved an email response from 2 out of 6 teachers. I have literally stood in the office for 10+ mins while office staff chatted, until I finally interrupted them. I have only seen the principal at assemblies, she didn't even show up to a local CABE, education assoc. conferance, for an award she was nominated for, she didn't win....there are drugs, sex, etc... in every high school, BVHS is no exception, but the students' sense of entitlement and total disrespect for each other and faculty is appalling, I've heard better language in an episode of Lock Up.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2010
My daughter started as a Freshman and is now in her Sophomore year at BVH. I am very pleased w/ the academics & support by all teachers. They really strive to stay in communication w/ parents & provide many tutoring options. The teachers are always open to meeting with students during their break hours. I have even received personal calls from teachers giving feedback on my daughters performance. She struggled at Bonita Middle but now at the High she is a straight A student due to the all the help available & encouragement...she is not book smart but very determined & is very greatful for the time teachers have given her. One negative is that principal is not really involved or available and her apprearance to me is not professional or appropriate. The asst/vice principal is always around though.

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December 09, 2009
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October 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
Bonita has more spirit than most, we are an accredited school, and we have the highest API score in the district (: GO BARONS <3

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July 11, 2009
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May 31, 2009
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May 31, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2009
BVHS is a public school with additional opportunities (IB, AP, Performing Arts, 6 language programs, etc.) As a public school, there are limitations with administration, teachers, and the students themselves. There is a strength in diversity among the students and a new more invigorated teaching staff.

- submitted by a teacher
January 10, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 11, 2008
I've been going here since half of my sophomore and now my junior year. I can say that BVH is not a school you want to go to. For the most part teachers don't care if you have trouble with the material, I've tried asking for help but only received a one minute quick help session. Their security is so damn low, you can jump the fence in and out during breaks and during class, you can just walk into a classroom and pull your friend out with questions. The staff/counselors were of no help and lack approachability/friendlyness. I'm currently attending the BVH learning center and let me just say that I've improved tremendously. Please don't send your kid here. They'll end up a druggie. BVH is overall not a good environment.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 11, 2008
I am A freshman Currently in my second week, and while it may be premature, I would like to venture an opinion. Everything seems a bit rushed, and a bit impersonal, with very many students, and not much to do. To attend Assemblies you have a spirit Shirt, which you must buy. The ASB seems to be open a bity irregularly, and I have yet to see the principal. The Teachers are mostly fine, good people. to have a 'Spirit Shirt'

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August 23, 2008
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July 21, 2008
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June 03, 2008
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May 07, 2008
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May 07, 2008
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November 30, 2007
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October 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
I graduated from BVHS last year. I remember how prestigious Bonita Vista used to be. We were once held very high and students were proud to be there. From my freshman year to my senior year I noticed a great change. As much as I appreciated the cultural diversity in the beginning towards the end of high school, after Ramon Leyba left everything became too relaxed. I loved my teachers and have great respect for them all. I noticed that students began to lose school spirit. Students lost respect for their teachers, too. But lastly, I saw a lack of motivation and discipline. Plus, the school overpopulated.

- submitted by a former student
February 10, 2007
This is one of the top 2 schools in the Sweetwater District in terms of getting an education. You see some of the best students in the district.

- submitted by a former student
January 21, 2007
I personally attended bvhs last year for my sophomore year. I did not like bvhs because very few teachers were there to help their students achieve, most of them were just there for the money. The school has a lack of school spirit and a lack or respect for each other and school property. I personally would never recommend this school to anyone! -rubi lopez

- submitted by a former student
October 23, 2006
If your child is planning on participating in the AP/IB track then this is a great school. Otherwise you are sending your child to a daycare. Ofcourse it maybe that way at other schools, but BVHS does have an excellent AP/IB program.

- submitted by a student
September 24, 2006
The focus of the admnistration has been to establish a proper learning enviornment, however with ap's/principal finding every meticulous detail to promulgate a disciplinary action, the project is deemed a hypocrisy.

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August 24, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2006
I love this school, very goal-oriented and test scores are high. However, they could be a little higher. Overall, I really like this school and it's great, except for the staff.

- submitted by a student
August 15, 2005
A truly graet school with great student support programs. Peer Counseling Program is wonderful. Very supportive to students success and achievement.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2005
as a former student, this school is very diverse in ethnicity. The education was great. I feel its a well rounded school.

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April 03, 2005
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January 24, 2005
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January 24, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
January 16, 2005
Excellent academic programs, including the International Baccalaureate which prepares students for international study that is even more advanced than AP classes. Full athletic program and world renouned music performance program--the student sing and dance group travels internationally.

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September 13, 2004
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June 29, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
April 14, 2004
Crowded. Teachers and counselors make little effort (or do not have time!) to assist parents student achievement for those who need extra attention and academic guidance, even at parent request. Campus is dirty. Students wander around or leave campus during class, not questioned. I have had two children in this school and have not been happy with it since the beginning.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2004
My oldest is a senior varsity letterman with a 4.3 GPA and youngest is a junior. They have both been given a far better than average education at this school and my oldest went to Havana to play an exhibition goodwill football game. How many schools do that? Bonita Vista is an excellent school!

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2004
Principal doesn't promote or welcome parent involvement. School site council meetings are at 2:30 every month so parent participation is inhibited. Sport team participation is limited to those who participate in club teams year round with a particular club and to students whose parents are coaches. AP - IB classes are for only the top 3% of students who can basically sit through lecture. Teachers make little effort to ensure student achievement form those students who actually need extra attention. Teachers openly encourage students to transfer out to easier classes. Too crowded. Campus dirty. Students always wandering around during class.

- submitted by a teacher
October 26, 2003
I have been afraid that some parents complain too much and don't give teachers enough credit for all they have done.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2003
I'm not a parent of this school, but I did attend here my sophmore, junior, and senior yrs. I thought it was a great school

- submitted by a former student
August 11, 2003
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Bonita Vista Senior High School
751 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA  91913
(619) 397-2000
Last modified Bonita Vista Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bonita Vista Senior High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top