Bear Valley Unified School District is an above average, public school district located in Big Bear Lake, CA. It has 2,523 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 28% of students are at least proficient in math and 41% in reading.
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Bear Valley Unified School District Reviews
I attended Bear Valley Unified School District from kindergarten through high school. This small town environment allowed me to have close relationships with my peers and school staff that resembled more of a family dynamic than normal school environments. I knew most of my teachers not as just staff but rather as family friends, confidantes, and mentors. I was surrounded by many of my peers since preschool, and this unique family dynamic allowed for an enriching, close knit learning environment. Limitations of this small town school district, however, are the lack of resources and academic opportunity given to aspiring students. The low demographics of Big Bear Valley does not allow for many opportunities in extracurricular activities. Although the district strives to create opportunities for its students as funding allows, the high school still does not have its own track, football field, basic sporting equipment, music classes or a wide variety of advanced placed curriculum.
The elementary schools have a high turn over rate with staff. Frequently changing principals and teachers. Policies are not always followed which poses safety risks. The biggest and most frequent issue I have had with this school district is when expressing a concern or presenting an issue. They seem to be quicker to defend their staff than they are to look into said concern.
I like our small schools, because it makes it easier to get to know teachers. I don't feel like I'm treated as if I'm just another head to count. The teachers get to know their students as individuals, which I really appreciate. I am still in touch with almost every teacher I've had since kindergarten.