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About This School

Big Bear High School is a public high school in Big Bear City. The principal of Big Bear High School is Mike Ghelber and can be contacted at mike_ghelber@bearvalleyusd.org. 893 students attend Big Bear High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 3% of the Big Bear High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 62% of the 893 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Big Bear High School is 21:1. Lucerne Valley Community Day School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 68% 67%
Hispanic 25% 27%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 2%
Multiracial 2% %
Asian 1% 1%
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.4%
Unspecified 0.4% 0.8%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 2689%
Filipino 0.3% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62% 53%
Limited English proficiency 3% 12%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (12 months ago)

    I was a student at Big Bear High and overall it's a pretty decent school. They really consider themselves a family (Ohana) and the teachers really deeply care for their students. Just a couple things I noticed while attending... very political school. Lots of favoritism and unfair justice mostly when it comes to sports and other sort of activities. They really focus more on their athletic program instead of their performing art programs. But other than that the school is very peaceful (very rare to encounter a fight) everyone is very friendly. Overall pretty good school!

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a student at BBHS. This school is one big family. We call our school a ohana and that is exactly what we are. I have participated in the cheerleading program for the past 3 years and i have greatly enjoyed being involved with the school. I am friends with the jocks to the drama students and everyone in between. There are no social barriers in this small school. The teachers are caring understandable and relatable. I particularly give all my respect to the science teachers. Mrs smith Mr McClune and Mr. Bradley are 3 teachers that have greatly impacted my life. I highly recommend these teachers! They are the type of teachers to challenge you and prepare you for college. They use life experiences to teach a lesson instead of a typical book lesson. I absolutely admire these teachers and EVERY teacher at BBHS. Overall this school is wonderful! ~ we are truly one big family~

  • (3 years ago)

    Awesome school! Seems like all the teachers love thier jobs and the kids..that they care if the students succeed and contribute to that success.

  • (6 years ago)

    Big Bear high is very small and very overcrowded. The teachers are good and they really do prepare the kids for college. Small town big difference in social classes here. Kids are very good and in general it is a great school. No fancy classes. One good thing is I think over 70% of graduates apply to and go to college. Something is right my kids did well.

  • (6 years ago)

    I loved this school so much. I wish I could go back all the time...well to visit. It is an amazing school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Big Bear High School is a great high school. They have won 3 distinguished school awards and are waiting for the result of another. Now that Rick Jameson is there the school is great.

  • (9 years ago)

    Lots of double standards! Favorites are given priority. Parents can force A.D. and over ride coaches except for football (A.D. coaches) Some staff should not be teaching courses they are teaching as they have no experience nor proper knowledge of given course. School would rather save a few dollars instead of hiring qulified personel. However most teachers do very well. Most teachers work well with students and students do learn.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am a former student from Big Bear High. I went to three high schools in my four years of high school. I went to BBHS for three of those years. I thought it was a great school. I to this day still keep in touch with my former teachers. One teacher there really touched my life she cared about her students. I have never had a teacher care and help their students the way this teacher did.

  • (10 years ago)

    I was a graduate student from big bear high school. I was born and raised in this small community that has given me more opportunities that a larger city probably would have never given me. After high school I went abroad for a year. When looking back at the memories of all my teachers in all my years of education I couldn't have asked for anything better. They taught me so much and were more than just teachers they were always there if you needed help with understanding the work if it wasn't understandable. I am fortunate enough to have had the bests 4 years of high school and wouldn't change a thing.

  • (11 years ago)

    As a former student at Big Bear High and a veteran of 5 high schools I want to say that this was the best high school I attended. I vividly remember many of my teachers some of them winners of prestigious teaching awards as was Mr. Emerson who mainly taught English classes but who introduced me to 'Art Appreciation'. When I graduated years later from Berkeley Summa cum Laude in Art History with my senior thesis published in the Berkeley Undergraduate Journal I thought of Mr. Emerson when I decided that my next step would be to seek a teaching credential. I don't know what it was about Big Bear High School but it attracted some incredible teaching talent and I am a much better person for having attended this excellent school.

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