Bellflower Unified School District, California

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Bellflower Unified School District
Bellflower, California
Bellflower Unified Seal.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Brian Jacobs, Ed.D.
Graduation rate:91.2%
Number of schools:14
Budget: $120 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Laura Sanchez-Ramirez
Board members:5
Term length:4

The Bellflower Unified School District is located inschool district in California that is based in Bellflower, California. It currently serves 14,292 students in 14 schools.

About the district


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Bellflower Unified School District is located in Southern Los Angeles County, California in Bellflower, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 77,356 residents.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Bellflower (%) California (%)
White 42.2 57.6
Black or African American 14.0 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.0
Asian 11.6 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.8 0.4
Two or More Races 4.7 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 52.3 37.6


Bellflower outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of percentage of residents living below the poverty level, but underperforms when measured on percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree and median household income. The median household income in Bellflower was $50,244 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 17.4% of Bellflower residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 30.2 in California. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Bellflower was 13.4% compared to 14.4% for the entire state.[3]

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4]


Dr. Brian Jacobs joined the Azusa Unified School District on July 1, 2011. He received his Doctorate in education administration from the University of Santa Barbara in 1999. He earned his Bachelor's degree in social science and Master's degree in education administration from La Verne University.[5]

School board

Current school board members include:[6]

Bellflower Unified Board of Education
Member Board Position Term Ends
Debbie Cuadros President 2015
Jerry Cleveland Vice President 2015
Sue S. Elhessen Member 2017
Laura Sanchez-Ramirez Member 2017
Paul Helzer, D.C., Ph.D. Board Clerk 2017


The table below displays the budget for Bellflower Unified School District:[7]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $86,673,322 73.5% $0 0% $31,324,021 26.5% $0 0% $0 0% $117,997,343
2012-2013 $78,596,813 65.5% $6,898,627 5.8% $14,343,998 12% $677,220 0.6% $19,453,021 16.2% $119,969,679
Averages: $82,635,067.5 69% $3,449,313.5 3% $22,834,009.5 19% $338,610 0% $9,726,510.5 8% $118,983,511

Teacher salaries

The Bellflower Unified School District employed 568 teachers during the 2011-12 school year. Below is financial information regarding teacher salaries in the district:[8]

Bellflower Unified School District Certified Salary Information
Category District State average for Unified districts
Lowest Offered $42,260 $39,856
B.A. +60 $64,499 $61,849
Highest offered $79,151 $$80,180
Average paid $70,096 $68,030

District schools

Bellflower Unified School District operates 14 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

Bellflower Unified School District
Albert Baxter Elementary School
Bellflower High School
Las Flores Educational Center
Stephen Foster Elementary School
Intensive Learning Center
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School
Esther Lindstrom Elementary School
Mayfair High School
Ernie Pyle Elementary School
Ramona Elementary School
Somerset High School
Craig Williams Elementary School
Frank Woodruff Elementary School

Academic performance

California STAR program

California's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program, which includes the California Standards Tests (CST), the California Modified Assessment (CMA), and the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), measures the achievement of California content standards for grades two through eleven. STAR results include English-language arts and mathematics in grades 2-11, science in grades 5 and 8-11, and history-social science in grades 8, 10, and 11. In high school, math and science tests reflect the course in which the student is enrolled. There are five benchmarks to indicate a student's proficiency on STAR. "Proficient" or "Advanced" indicates that a student is meeting or exceeding state standards, which is the desired achievement goal for all students.[10]

STAR- ABC Unified School District - Percent of Students Scoring at Proficient or Advanced[11]

Bellflower Unified School District Proficient/Advanced Percentage
Subject District percentage State average
English-Language Arts 53% 54%
Mathematics 52% 50%
Science 66% 57%
History - Social Science 49% 48%


Adoption of Safe Place to Learn Act

Bellflower Unified School District came under scrutiny when the district failed to adopt a new policy to implement a new, state-mandated anti-bullying policy that specifically includes actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Superintendent Brian Jacobs declined to comment on the subject when questioned by the Los Angeles Daily News.[12] The district eventually adopted a new anti-bullying policy to bring the district into compliance with state law.[13]

Contact information

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Bellflower Unified School District
16703 South Clark Ave.
Bellflower, CA 90706
District website

Website evaluation

The Bellflower school district website contains links to the school board members[14], and school accountability report cards[15].

See also

External links