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Principal's Message

Dear Parents, Students and Community Members,

October is College Awareness month in all high schools! On Wednesday, October 11, 2016 all of our 9th, 10th and 11th grade students will be taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)—better known as the PSAT. This standardized achievement test helps prepare students for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and similar achievement tests that are required for college admission. Taking the PSAT also raises students’ awareness of college and university options available to them. Although this test is traditionally given to 10th or 11th grade students, some of our 9th grade students are also scheduled to take this assessment test. As one of our goals at Bell HS, it is our belief that we cultivate a “college going culture” where all students may have access to a future career.

As a school learning community, at Bell HS we will have the UC Achieve forum for Seniors Sponsored by UCLA on Thursday, October 19, 2017 in the school auditorium as well as the Annual Southeast College & Career Conference Sponsored by Senator Lara on Saturday, October 28, 2017 on the Bell High School campus.

During college awareness month, it is encouraged that all parents, community members and staff promote college pride and speak to our students about the future benefits of enrolling into a college. Should you need further information about college and/or university applications, enrollment or financial aide, please do not hesitate to visit the school’s College Center and speak to our college counselor Mr. Gurrola at (323) 832-4779.


Rafael L. Balderas,