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About This School

Buena Park High School is a public high school in Buena Park. The principal of Buena Park High School is Jim Coombs, whose e-mail is jcoombs@fjuhsd.net. 1,962 students go to Buena Park High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 28% of the Buena Park High School students have "limited English proficiency." 76% of the 1,962 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Buena Park High School is 21:1. Fairmont Preparatory Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • German
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 9% 23%
Hispanic 73% 49%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 2%
Filipino 4% 3%
Unspecified 4% 4%
Multiracial 2% %
Asian 10% 19%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 14760%
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76% 33%
Limited English proficiency 28% 14%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    I am really impressed with the programs that are offered at Buena Park high. My daughter is in 9 th grade. I was told to send her to the other schools in our district. This school is different from when I went here. The staff and teachers really about education and the kids benefit from that. The middle College program is saving us money and her lots of time in College. I am happy at my choice to send her to BP.

  • (2 years ago)

    BPHS is now offering the Middle College program. Partnered with Cypress College it will be the only school in the district for the next 6 years to have this. The Middle College classes are taught by teachers with Master degrees and the credit for these classes count as college credit. Can you imagine the money and time saved by the students who graduate in four years? What a great idea!

  • (2 years ago)

    For 3 years I've went to a different school in the FJUHSD district and as a Senior I'm attending BPHS. At first I was really concerned about my level of education and the quality of the school. I can gladly say with confidence that I had nothing to worry about. Most of the teachers are friendly and helpful. The people in the office don't have attitude like the other school I attended. There are little to no racial conflict and students are welcoming. The school doesn't have the best academic scores (CST) overall but if you're determined to learn and work hard you can excel in AP classes and Honors to get your GPA to a good standing. So far I'm enjoying my attendance here and I look forward to a great senior year.

  • (4 years ago)

    Diverse student population and great caring teachers. Don't let the low test scores fool you. It's just the fact that students in the regular classes tend to screw around. As long as you take honors or better yet AP courses you'll have a mature fun experience. I can't stress the amazingly diverse population. It nearly eliminates any racial tension you'd find at another school. Counselors tend to side with the student if he/she wants advanced classes. They give you quite a bit of freedom while still recommending a path depending on what you'll major in. They don't try to steer you away from advanced courses. A matter of fact it's difficult getting out as to motivate students to at least survive if not strive. I've learned more this year in my AP & honors classes than I have in all my previous school years combined and it wasn't pain-painstakingly difficult.

  • (4 years ago)

    I attended this school 3 years ago leaving as a future Senior. I am no longer here and I can say I do regret all those tardies and absences and just dozing off. This was is the best school for me. Everyone you grow up with and make new friends fast here. There wern't such things as bullies or people who pick on u. Every one is understanding and friendly. Though there is drama here if you go on and do your own thing your okay. Theres no perfect school aviously but Im happy I attended her and made freinds and made the best of it.

  • (4 years ago)

    It is not a well recognized school for Academics but it is a good school. It produced two Class Valedictorians who both happened to be my sons.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a teacher at this school I can honestly say that BPHS is a fantastic place to work. We probably care more about our students than the majority of teachers at all of the other high schools in the district. To respond to the post that BPHS needs more diversity...this school is by far the most diverse school you will find in all of Orange County. At last count there were something like 30 languages spoken by students with nearly as many cultures represented by the student body and staff. As for the post that recommends parents insist on AP/Honors classes for their children so they have skilled teachers...ALL of the AP/Honors teachers teach 1-2 honors classes and the rest of their classes are 'regular' classes. The majority of teachers have masters degrees in their subject areas or in education. Staff members discuss students progress in multiple subjects to increase success.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a very good and safe school.The teachers here are great...although the administration is not fair and very judgmental rude and discriminating to both students and parents.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a very good school academically

  • (6 years ago)

    BPHS does it's best for all students and if you speak a language other than English at home this is where you want to be. BPHS pays more attention to its ELD students resulting in happier kids and higher test scores than any school in the District or adjoining neighborhoods.

  • (6 years ago)

    im a current buena park high school student I think its the worst school to get an education from. It seems like they dont actually teach in some or should i say most classes. its partly the students fault but its also the schools for having so little space and overcrowding.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a student at this school and I think that is a great place to learn. The students may not be the best but the teachers are great.They all want the best for all the students. Where as some of the other teachers in different schools only care about getting paid. This may be due to the fact that that most students there are already bright so the ones who do need help are left behind. Another great thing about this school is that there are no bullies. No one gets picked on for being dumb or really smart. Nothing will happen to you if you stay in the right crowd. In my opinion BPHS is the greatest school.

  • (7 years ago)

    The parent involvement here is nonexistent. The vast majority of the time I've been either the only parent at my child's activities or one of a few parents. The majority of the teachers are mediocre at best. Until they improve drastically parents will continue to put their children in the other better schools in the district and can you really blame them? If you do send your children here insist that they be in every Honors or AP class possible because that's where you'll find the better teachers and better behaved students. It's a sad sad school in dire need of some help.

  • (7 years ago)

    BPHS needs a more diverse student body.

  • (8 years ago)

    In the past buena park high school was a school of low test scores. This school had a bad reputation. But over the past 7 years or so Buena Park High School has increased its reputation. For example this school is no longer the lowest-test-score school in the district. Buena Park High School offers many challenging courses for those high prostective students as well.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is pretty good it has an on-campus police officer. The schools late policy is pretty good making the kids serve detention if they are late.

  • (8 years ago)

    Although I believe BPHS wants to compete academically with other county HS they may have to find a more constructive and safe method than to overcrowd their classrooms. This decreases the quality of learning and makes for safety issue. Safety is another area that may need to be addressed. Often I feel that they want praise for warehousing our children. I need educators not babysitters.

  • (8 years ago)

    Buena Park High School offers students a great quality education. Their teachers are very dedicated to their job and make sure that you student will reach his/her full potential. If you look at their college accpetances over the past couple of years you can conclude that the quality of education is definitely improving.

  • (9 years ago)

    You can give positive and negative opinions all you want and they are valuable in their own right but if the state wants numbers then I'll give you numbers. Buena Park High School's Annual Proficiency Index (API) has risen 146 points in the five years it has been measured. You can argue that the school is getting better at preparing students for tests but again when the world is reduced to looking at high schools for a number at least BPHS delivers--and even better than ANY of the other five comprehensive high schools in its district. Lots more positives and yes some negatives but if you want to quantify a school by what the State of California is looking for schools to do Buena Park has undeniably delivered results.

  • (10 years ago)

    I'm not a parent I'm a student. Yeah our scores aren't all that high but this school is great! The students aren't cruel here. None of us are really well off - money-wise - but we're not poor either. Since our parents aren't was well-off we apperciate things more. We cherish our friends and people aren't stuck-up because there is no reason to be. We are a small school and most students know each other. Kids don't get harrassed or teased here we all have understand each other because we are so much alike and we accept diverity we encourage it. I love this school i would never want to change what I've learned here because I've learned so much not only academically but about life and people.

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