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About This School
Contact Information (School Year 2018—19)
Last updated: 1/25/2019
School Description and Mission Statement (School Year 2018—19)
Bonita High School is located in the City of La Verne in the eastern San Gabriel-Pomona Valley, adjacent to the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The high school was established in 1903 and after having moved from its original site on Bonita Avenue (which is now Damien High School) in the 1950s, has remained at 3102 D Street. Bonita HS is one of two comprehensive high schools in the Bonita Unified School District (BUSD). The BUSD serves the cities of La Verne (pop. 31,063) and San Dimas (pop. 33,371) and has an overall enrollment of 10,269 students. Besides the district’s two comprehensive high schools (Bonita HS, which serves the City of La Verne and San Dimas HS, which serves the City of San Dimas) the BUSD has a continuation high school, a K-12 alternative school, two middle schools and eight elementary schools.
The City of La Verne was named in Family Circle as “Top 10 Best Towns For Families” in the August 2010 issue. The education provided to the children of La Verne was one of the major contributing factors for this award. The relationship between the City and BHS has contributed to the overall success of the school and the students in the City of La Verne.
Bonita High School graduated 419 students in the class of 2018. Of those, over ninety percent will attend college in the fall. Eighteen advanced placement (AP) courses are offered to freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors; students to more than 900 AP tests in the spring. Average SAT scores are over 1500 , while the average ACT composite score was 22.7. Because of our students’ outstanding performance, U. S. News named Bonita as one of the “Best High Schools” in the nation and the Washington Post listed Bonita as one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools.
Bonita High School is characterized by excellence in the four “A’s”: Academics, Athletics, Activities and the Arts. For Bonita our Activities program focuses on leadership and character development. Bonita students performed very well on California State tests with our English scores coming in at 83% meeting or exceeding standards. Our choral programs are nationally recognized for excellence. The instrumental music, drama, dance and visual arts programs are very strong and have been recognized in competitions throughout the region. Athletically we field teams in 22 sports and most teams do well in postseason competition.
All Seniors at Bonita High School complete a PACE Project as a graduation requirement. The project includes a 9 page research paper, a project involving a minimum of 25 hours outside of school and a presentation to a board comprised of school staff and community members. The program has helped to significantly strengthen our students’ research, writing and presentation skills.
The school has developed a program entitled AIM (Academic Intervention and Mentoring) to provide a structured study opportunity for all ninth graders, and students in grades 10 through 12 who did not meet testing expectations, grades or citizenship. The program also provides the incentive of an extended lunch period for students who excel in these areas. In addition the school has implemented a LINK Crew program which connects upper class students with ninth graders in a series of formal and informal interactions designed to help the ninth graders in their transition to high school.
Bonita is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Our last full review was during the 2016-2017 school year. For the third time in a row the school received a full six year accreditation without a revisit which is the highest rating the commission awards. This is a tribute not only to the quality and strength of the current programs but is also an indication of the visiting committee’s belief that the school based improvement efforts would be continuedwithout the need for outside review or oversight.
Last updated: 1/25/2019
Student Enrollment by Grade Level (School Year 2017—18)
|Grade Level||Number of Students|
Last updated: 1/25/2019
Student Enrollment by Student Group (School Year 2017—18)
|Student Group||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Black or African American||2.5 %|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.3 %|
|Hispanic or Latino||50.2 %|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0.3 %|
|Two or More Races||5.9 %|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||32.3 %|
|English Learners||3.5 %|
|Students with Disabilities||7.2 %|
|Foster Youth||0.8 %|