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Principal's Message

Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

On behalf of the Bell High School Learning Community, I offer greetings and extend to you a warm return to the 2017-18 school year. We believe that parents, staff, and community members have the same goal; to ensure that each student reaches their maximum potential through a learning environment that focuses on standards-based instruction, rigorous learning, creativity, and a commitment to life-long learning.


As we enter our sixth year as learning community at Bell Senior High School, I want to reassure you that our faculty members are highly trained professionals who come from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. A tremendous team of administrators, coordinators, itinerants, paraprofessionals, and classified staff are here to support our students. In addition to our demanding curriculum, we are pleased to offer a variety of program enhancements for our students. The school will continue with its current schedule of 6 periods designed to meet the needs of our students and to close the achievement gap. Additional enhancements include the continued growth in our schools STEM Gifted Magnet with 656 students, AVID Academy with 160 students and the two newly established Linked Learning Academies for MTCA and ALPHA which will serve 500 students each. Furthermore, the school has embarked on creating a fifth learning academy with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program to the serve the needs of our international students. Finally, Bell HS will continue with its robust intervention and credit recovery programs thus affording students additional time to academically catch up.


With the anticipation of the beginning of the new school year, here are a few reminders the first day of school for students will be Tuesday, August 15, 2017 school begins at 7:20 a.m. The first Banked Tuesday will be on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 with dismissal at 1:34 p.m. (attached is schedule of events for the 2017-18 school year)

Once again, on behalf of the Bell High School family we welcome your return. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school counseling office at (323) 832-4780.

Rafael L. Balderas,