Beverly Hills Unified School District
Beverly Hills Unified School District building in 2015
Address
255 S. Lasky Drive
, California, 90212
United States
Coordinates34°03′45″N 118°24′37″W / 34.06250°N 118.41028°W / 34.06250; -118.41028Coordinates: 34°03′45″N 118°24′37″W / 34.06250°N 118.41028°W / 34.06250; -118.41028
District information
GradesK through 12
EstablishedMarch 23, 1936; 86 years ago (1936-03-23)
SuperintendentMichael Bregy
NCES District ID0604830[1]
Students and staff
Students3,572 (2019-2020)[1]
Other information
Websitebhusd.org/

The Beverly Hills Unified School District, abbreviated BHUSD, is a school district based in Beverly Hills, California. It was unified into an elementary and high school district in 1936. Serving the city of Beverly Hills, it consists of one middle school, three elementary schools, and one high school - Beverly Hills High School.

History

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The Los Angeles City High School District annexed the Beverly Hills elementary school district on August 18, 1921. The elementary school district unified on March 23, 1936, as it established high school operations, therefore separating it from the Los Angeles high school district.[2]

In June 2010 the BHUSD began to deny permits to allow out of district students at BHUSD schools to continue attending BHUSD, stirring local controversy.[3]

Board of education

The BHUSD Board of Education consists of five members elected by the residents of Beverly Hills. Noah Margo, Rachelle Marcus, Amanda Stern, and Mary Wells are the current members of the school board. The Student Board Member is Eli Ramer.[4] Meetings are held bimonthly.

Demographics

The reputation of Beverly Hills Unified was one of the factors that attracted large numbers of Iranian Jews to the Beverly Hills area beginning in the 1970s.[5] By 1990 about 20% of the students of the BHUSD were Iranian, prompting the district to hire a counselor for Iranians and to write announcements in Persian. The Iranian Education Foundation donated money to the district.[6] In the BHUSD Nowruz is a school holiday.[7]

Schools

Beverly Hills High School

The District supports three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.

Elementary schools

El Rodeo School

El Rodeo School used to serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Beginning in 2019, El Rodeo serves students only in kindergarten through fifth grade. El Rodeo School was established in 1927, and enrolls 743 students in its campus at 605 Whittier Drive. The school is temporarily closed for reconstruction. The Principal was Kevin Allen,[8] later principal of the middle school (see below) and announced his retirement in 2021. The Vice Principal was Kevin Painter, later moved to Hawthorne (see below).

Hawthorne School

Hawthorne School used to serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Beginning in 2019, Hawthorne serves students only in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Established in 1914, the school enrolls approximately 600 pupils and occupies most of the 600 block of North Rexford Drive. It is the oldest elementary school in BHUSD. Among its alumni are Jack Abramoff and Monica Lewinsky.

In 2014, Hawthorne received the California Distinguished School Award. Additionally, it was awarded with the National Schools to Watch Award in 2015.

Hawthorne had the highest Academic Performance Index score in the district for the 2007-2008 year, based on the California STAR tests.

Horace Mann School

Horace Mann School is named for Horace Mann, and used to serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Beginning in 2019, Horace Mann serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Established in 1929, the school enrolls 723 students in its campus at 8701 Charleville Blvd. The current principal is Craig Bugbee.

On March 18, 1929, construction began on a two-story, 30-room Spanish style school building. In July, the school was named Horace Mann School, and 307 students and 11 teachers entered its doors in Kindergarten through sixth grade on December 9, 1929. The school was officially dedicated on March 21, 1930.[9] The first seventh grade students began attending in February 1930, and the first eighth graders arrived in the fall of 1930. The first graduating class of 30 students was in June 1930.[9] In 1932 and 1933, the school was expanded, closing off most of Arnaz Drive for playground space and to ensure safe passage for the students between the buildings. In 1962–1963, the music, art and industrial arts wing were remodeled. In 1966, the auditorium was reconstructed, and in 1968, the school's tower building was opened. A faculty parking structure, with middle school classrooms above, was built in 1975. Additional property on Robertson Boulevard was acquired in the 1980s.[9]

Horace Mann School was awarded the California Distinguished School Award in 1987, 1997, 2004 and 2008.[9] The school is ranked 639 of 5365 elementary schools in California[10] and is rated 93 on a 100-point scale.

The Horace Mann PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is an all-volunteer, parent/teacher partnership organization. Teachers and administrators rely on PTA support to enhance and enable the academic and social experience for students at Horace Mann. Horace Mann PTA Presidents have a storied history of community involvement.

Middle school

Beverly Vista Middle School

From 1924 to 2018 Beverly Vista School served students from preschool through eighth grade.[11] In fall 2019, the school name changed to Beverly Vista Middle School and began serving students in grades six to eight.[11] Established in 1924, the school enrolls 723 students in the 200 block of South Elm Drive. A new building B was dedicated on October 3, 2007. Beverly Vista's B building includes a bell tower, an auditorium with a balcony, and classrooms for the band, choir, kindergarten, and preschool.

Beverly Vista Middle School was awarded the California Distinguished School Award in 1989, 1993, 1997, and 2004.[12] Beverly Vista Middle School also received the No Child Left Behind National Blue Ribbon Award in 2005.[13]

High schools

Beverly Hills High School serves grades 9 through 12.

Political issues & controversies

Security and safety

The district attempted to utilize Evidence-Based Incorporated's (EBI) armed guards to protect the students after the Beverly Hills City council refused to continue their School Resource Officer (SRO) program, at the request of then Police Chief Dave Snowden.[14] EBI declared bankruptcy the very same year. Police Chief Snowden was a salaried consultant for EBI. The district was sued by Madison, the financier of EBI, for breach of contract.[15] In 2018, the district hired Nastec International, Inc. to provide armed guards, filling the vacancy left by Chief Snowden and EBI.[16]

The Beverly Hills Unified School District implemented another phase of their safety program in 2018, to begin in the fall of 2019. The school district could become "the most advanced public school district in the nation when it comes to safety."[17]

Subway extension

The BHUSD Board of Education opposed LA Metro's proposal to have the extension of the Purple Line to tunnel beneath Beverly Hills High School with concerns about incineration by underground gases, poisoning from fumes, terrorist attacks, and subterranean construction accidents. The school board spent several million dollars in legal fees and appealed to then Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Donald Trump to cut off federal funding for the project.[18][19] In May 2021, Judge George H. Wu granted a motion for summary judgment in favor of the Metro.[20]

Credit card misuse

According to the LA Times,[21] Superintendent Robert Pellicone was fired after it was discovered that he used the district's card to "run up bar and hotel tabs in Beverly Hills, San Francisco and other cities." Superintendent Robert Pellicone claimed he was fired due to his sexuality.

References

  1. ^ a b "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Beverly Hills Unified". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  2. ^ "LA City Schools Creation." Los Angeles Unified School District. February 7, 1998.
  3. ^ Rivera, Carla. "Families' hopes are dashed as new Beverly Hills Unified policy ousts nonresident children from district schools." Los Angeles Times. July 25, 2010. Retrieved on July 30, 2010.
  4. ^ "Board of Education » Board Members". Beverly Hills Unified School District. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  5. ^ West, Kevin. "The Persian Conquest." W Magazine. July 2009. Retrieved on March 11, 2015.
  6. ^ Mitchell, John L. "Iranian Jews Find a Beverly Hills Refuge : Immigrants: Khomeini's revolution drove 40,000 of them into exile. At least 30,000 may live in or near the city that symbolizes wealth." Los Angeles Times. February 13, 1990. Retrieved on March 11, 2015. p. 1.
  7. ^ Geis, Sonya. "Iran Native Becomes Mayor of Beverly Hills." The Washington Post. Sunday April 1, 2007. Retrieved on March 11, 2015.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2014-08-30.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ a b c d Horace Mann School History Archived July 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Schooldigger profile Horace Mann School
  11. ^ a b "History – About BVMS - Menu – Beverly Vista Middle School". Beverly Hills Unified School District.
  12. ^ Beverly Vista Middle School Distinguished School
  13. ^ "Beverly Vista Middle School".
  14. ^ Talbot, Victoria. "BHUSD Parents Confused Over City Council Role in School Security". Beverly Hills Courier. Beverly Hills Courier.
  15. ^ Coleman, Laura. "EBI-Related Woes Not Over For BHUSD: District Sued For $457,000 By Madison". Beverly Hills Courier. Beverly Hills Courier.
  16. ^ "School Board Inks $1M Contract With Nastec For Armed Security At Beverly Hills Schools". Beverly Hills Courier. 2018-12-07. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  17. ^ "BHUSD Aims To Be Nation's Most Secure School District". Beverly Hills Courier. 2019-03-15. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  18. ^ "Force behind campaign against Metro's Purple Line may have a Trump card". The Real Deal Los Angeles. 2018-07-09. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  19. ^ "The ultimate test of Trump's local cronyism is playing out in Beverly Hills". Reveal. 2019-01-09. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  20. ^ HEYWARD, Bianca (22 May 2021). "Judge Rules Against BHUSD in Metro Lawsuit". Beverly Hills Courier. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  21. ^ "31 Oct 1999, Page 178 - The Los Angeles Times at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2021-07-02.